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Results from Policy Idol 2017

Meena Nayar and Gemma Scott from Cicely Saunders Institute were part of the finalists at this year’s Policy Idol competition.

Now in its third year, Policy Idol is an annual competition open to all current students and staff at King’s, in which participants pitch their policy ideas to an elite panel of leading figures from the worlds of politics, academia and industry.

This year’s grand final took place on Tuesday 28 March in the Great Hall and was hosted by Mark Easton, Home Editor at BBC News.

Meena Nayar from the Cicely Saunders Institute along with her teammate Gemma Scott reached the final stage of the competition. Meena is completing her Academic Clinical Fellowship in Rehabilitation Medicine and Gemma is a Radiology registrar at King’s College Hospital. The duo presented to the panel about a ‘new emerging digital epidemic’. Their pitch highlighted the growing problem of smart phone addiction and exploring how we can break the cycle. They received the prize for ‘most substance’ by the experts on the panel. 

Lara Klass, Research & Dissemination Facilitator at the Cicely Saunders Institute attended the event: ‘I thought that the wide variety of local and global issues addressed, and the elegant policy solutions pitched, reflected the contestants’ sound understanding of their subjects. Well done to Meena and Gemma – a well-deserved win!’

The competition was chaired by Professor Jennifer Rubin, Director of The Policy Institute at King’s, and included Dan Poulter, Conservative MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich and Visiting Professor at The Policy Institute; Polly Toynbee, columnist at The Guardian; and Professor Frans Berkhout, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s. Former Home Secretary and Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, the Rt Hon Charles Clarke presented the awards to the finalists and highlighted the important role of initiatives like Policy Idol in helping to embed key communication skills.

For more information about the competition visit the King’s Policy Idol site