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The Policy Institute Student Network

The Student Network is our way of collaborating and partnering with students at King’s. The Network allows students to work with us on projects, including research, but also to attend and work at events, contribute writing to our blogs, and to build networks with policymakers and practitioners.

What is the Policy Institute Student Network and who’s it for?

The Policy Institute wants to find new ways of working with students from across King’s. Through our annual policy-pitching competition, Policy Idol, we’ve established a body of enthusiastic and engaged students who want to support our work, so we’re expanding on this to build a Student Network to partner and collaborate with.

The Student Network is open to students from all disciplines and degree levels with an interest in policy research and the policymaking process. It will be managed and run jointly by Policy Institute staff members and students themselves.

Given it’s the first of its kind, the Student Network will undoubtedly evolve and develop as we engage with student members to shape the best ways to collaborate and work together.

What does the Student Network involve?

As members of the Student Network, you’ll have different motivations for wanting to work with us depending on your personal interests, experience and skills. We’ll therefore aim to offer a variety of opportunities with differing levels of commitment.

Experiences could include:

  • Invitations to Policy Institute events.
  • The opportunity to write for our website and social media channels, including press releases and blogs.
  • Opportunities for paid work to help assist us with our research activities.
  • Opportunities for paid work to help us run Policy Institute events.
  • Networking opportunities at events such as the Parliamentary Reception and our Summer and Christmas receptions.
  • Receive careers advice from members of the Policy Institute.
What’s the commitment?

Whilst we offer a programme of exciting opportunities, we know there are many time pressures on students, so the activities will range in terms of commitment and input from you. We anticipate that the more you put into the Student Network, the more you’ll get out of it. We’ll also ask you to promote our work amongst the student body to help raise our profile.

Any socials?

We’ll aim to have at least two formal social events for members of the Network – an intro event and spring party. Food and drinks will be provided and you’ll get the opportunity to meet each other as well as colleagues from the Policy Institute.

The group is free to organise additional informal social events and get-togethers.

How do I apply?

The Network is currently not open to new members. But we will be planning to re-open applications in 2020.

Any questions please email:

For information on how we use your personal information please consult the Policy Institute Student Network Privacy Notice.