Policy Research Briefings and Reports

PolicyBristol brings together policy-relevant work from across the University to make it more accessible to research users outside academia, so that it can inform and shape policy. Search for Policy Research Briefings by theme:

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Below is a series of our most recent policy research briefings and reports based on the work of researchers across the University of Bristol. Use the search box to find Policy Briefings by title, author, date and keywords (e.g. education, Brexit).

DateTitle of projectAuthorsKeywords
2018 Increasing the duration of repeat prescriptions may save NHS money and improve care Payne,Rupert;Sarah King;Ed Wilson;Céline Miani health and medicine; prescriptions; NHS England; repeat prescriptions; medication;
June 2018 ‘Refugee and Asylum-Seeking Women’s Advocate’ - a new professional role to combat sexual violence?

 Bates, Lis; Dr Geetanjali Gangoli

Politics and society; refugees; asylum-seekers; sexual violence; gender violence; women; ASVARW
June 2018 Loneliness and isolation: the need for community-led action

Barke, Jenny; Ben Crawford, Helen Manchester and Morag McDermont; James Duggan; Ruth Green; Simon Hankins; Steve Franks; Carol Jubb; Alan Nye; Alexandra Pickford 

Politics and society;social isolation; loneliness; community; Connected Communities; BS3 Community
May 2018 Policy report 33 - May 2018 - Words matter (PDF, 185kB) Dowling, Sandra; Joe Webb; Val Williams; Marina Gall  Politics and society;Disability Rights UK; Getting Things Changed; Dept of Health and Social Care
May 2018  Policy report 32 - May 2018 - Universities (PDF, 410kB)  D'Evelyn, Stephen, Victoria Mason-Angelow; Wendy Merchant; Sue Porter; Stuart Read; Sheila Trahar  Politics and society;Disability Rights UK; Getting Things Changed; Universities; 
May 2018  Policy report 31- May 2018 - Actors with learning disabilities (PDF, 315kB)  Richards, Beth; Mike Steel, Victoria Mason-Angelow  Politics and society;Disability Rights UK; Getting Things Changed; Equity; The Arts Council
May 2018  Policy report 30 - May 2018 - Family-focused support (PDF, 411kB)  Tilbury, Nadine; Beth Tarleton; Danielle Turney; Wendy Merchant  Politics and society;Disability Rights UK; Getting Things Changed
May 2018  Policy report 29 - May 2018 - Open up Music (PDF, 385kB)  Gall, Marina; Val Williams; Joe Webb, Sandra Dowling Politics and society; The Music Education Council; Disability Rights UK; OpenUpMusic
May 2018  Policy report 28 - May 2018 - Hospitals (PDF, 391kB)  Read, Stuart; Pauline Heslop; Caroline Miles; Victoria Mason-Angelow; Sue Turner; Chris Hatton  Politics and society;Hospitals;Hospital Trusts;Clinical Commissioning Groups;Care Quality Commission
May 2018 Policy report 27 - May 2018 - Commissioners and co-production (PDF, 632kB)  Sass, Bernd; Anna Denham Politics and society;DPO's;Adult Social Care; Local Authorities; Commissioners
May 2018 Policy report 26 - May 2018 - Dementia (PDF, 518kB)  Webb, Joe; Val Williams, Sandra Dowling and Marina Gall Politics and society;dementia;Dept of Health and Social Care; Local Authorities; service providers
May 2018 Enhancing the capacity of marginalised groups to make peace processes more successful Juncos, Dr Ana E; Gilberto Algar-Faria; Natalie Jester Politics and society;marginalised groups;conflict prevention;peacebuilding;PeaceCapacity
Apr 2018  Calculating the value of human life: safety decisions that can be trusted (PDF, 1,000kB) Thomas, Professor Philip Politics and Society;Business and Economy;Energy and Environment;Health and Medicine;J value;VPF;value of a prevented fatality;life expectancy value;cost-benefit analysis;health and safety;risk management
Mar 2018

Addressing challenges in acquiring British citizenship in times of Brexit

Prabhat, Dr Devyani

Politics and Society;Immigration;Citizenship;Home Office;Brexit;British citizenship;EEA;ILR;Britishness Belonging and Citizenship

Feb 2018

Encounter, conversation and interaction: Improving
community relations through religious education

McKeown Jones, Dr Shelley, et al;    Politics and Society;children;religious education;NATRE;Westhill;community relations;UK; Dr Janet Orchard;Dr Amanda Williams;Dr Kathryn Wright;Ms Kate Christopher;Dr Rachael Jackson-Royal
Feb 2018 Management consultancy and inefficiency in the NHS: time for an urgent review

Sturdy, Professor Andrew; Gianluca Veronesi;
Ian Kirkpatrick

 Health and medicine;NHS;patient;care;health;GP;NHS Trust;management consultancy
Jan 2018  The future of farming policy in the UK: giving farmers a voice in development and delivery Morgans, Lisa; Dr Kristen Reyher; Lisa van Dijk; Professor David Main health and medicine;politics and society;energy and environment;livestock;animal welfare;Brexit;UK farming;farmer-first;AHDB;SAC Consulting; ADAS;veterinary practices
Jan 2018  Reaping the rewards from UK leadership in farm animal welfare: time for a national strategy  Mullan, Dr Siobhan; Professor David Main; Dr Jessica Stokes health and medicine;politics and society;energy and environment;livestock;animal welfare;Brexit;UK farming;Red Tractor;RSPCA;Assured and Organic
Jan 2018  Immigration enforcement and Article 8 rights: Mixed-immigration status families Griffiths, Dr Melanie; Candice Morgan Politics and Society;Immigration;Deportation;Home Office;families;Article 8;European Convention on Human Rights;ECHR;mixed-immigration status
Jan 2018 Detention of fathers in the immigration system Griffiths, Dr Melanie; Candice Morgan Politics and Society;Immigration;Deportation;Home Office;families;detention centres;IRCs;fathers
Jan 2018 Deporting High Harm foreign criminals: Operation Nexus Griffiths, Dr Melanie; Candice Morgan Politics and Society;immigration;operation nexus;deportation;Home Office;Foreign National Offenders;FNOs;families 
Jan 2018 Rates of giant liver and rumen fluke in cattle: implications for effective control in Tanzania Eisler, Professor Mark; et al.  health and medicine;politics and society;energy and environment;Tanzania;cattle;drug-resistant infection;Rose Vineer;Coles;Kassuku;Nzalawahe;parasites;livestock;community;fluke;fasciolosis
Dec 2017 Preventing suicide in Sri Lanka: Supporting vulnerable populations Knipe, Dr Duleeka; et al.  health and medicine;politics and society;suicide;pesticides;Metcalfe;Lambert;Gunnell;Jayamanne;Rajapakse;Dass
Nov 2017 Developing inclusive care homes for older people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) Willis, Dr Paul; Professor Trish Hafford-Letchfield; Professor Kathryn Almack; Dr Paul Simpson health and medicine;politics and society;arts and culture;LGBT;care homes;inclusion;ageing;equality
Nov 2017 Children growing up in the care of relatives in the UK‌  Wijedasa, Dinithi Arts and culture;Politics and society;children;kinship;relatives;UK
Nov 2017 Online GP consultation systems need further development and careful implementation to realise benefits Farr, Michelle; et al.  Health and medicine;NHS;patient;care;health;GP
Nov 2017 Poo Patrol: Community-led science and action to reduce dog fouling and improve child health Watson, Dr Debbie; Clare Marshall; Professor Eric Morgan Energy and Environment;Health and Medicine;Arts and Culture;Politics and Society;child health;dog poo;Poo Patrol;public health
Nov 2017 Advising in Austerity: The value of good advice McDermont, Professor Morag; Ben Crawford; Sue Evans Politics and society;austerity;citizen's advice; funding; legal rights; Productive Margins;advice;infographic;Anna
Oct 2017 Comparing Chilean school performance: improving fairness in the classification of schools Muñoz-Chereau, Dr Bernardita; Professor Sally Thomas Politics and society;Chile;School;education;accountability;value-added
Oct 2017 Pregnancy loss: consistent bereavement care pathways needed McGuinness, Dr Sheelagh; Dr Karolina Kuberska; Dr Danielle Fuller Health and medicine;pregnancy;guidelines;bereavement;Human Tissue Authority;HTA;NHS;patient;care;health

Oct 2017 Advice to eat fish at least twice a week during pregnancy lost in confusing guidelines Taylor, Dr Caroline; Professor Jean Golding, Professor Alan Emond Health and medicine;pregnancy;mercury;fish;dietary guidance;ALSPAC
Oct 2017 Cleft lip and palate: Improve centralised model of care to ensure best outcomes for children Ness, Andy; et al. Health and medicine;Cleft Care UK;cleft lip;cleft;NIHR; NHS;health;children;child
Sept 2017 An evidence informed response to the Taylor Review (PDF, 452kB) Bales, Dr Katie; Professor Alan Bogg; Professor Tonia Novitz Politics and society;Business and economy;work;labour;gig;economy;zero-hours;contracts;labour rights
Sept 2017 Appropriate Adults: Protecting the rights and welfare of vulnerable adults in custody Jessiman, Tricia; Ailsa Cameron Health and medicine;Politics and society;vulnerable adults;safeguarding;police;welfare;criminal justice system;appropriate;appropriate adults
Sept 2017 Data sovereignty: How can we control our personal data? (PDF, 180kB) Howard, Marilyn; et al. Arts and culture;Politics and society;Data;Productive margins;women;community;Knowle;3G;Merthyr Tydfil;KWMC
July 2017 Delivery is just as important as content in sex and relationship education Pound, Pandora; Rona Campbell, Health and medicine;Sex;Relationship;Education;school;teacher;SRE;NHS;
July 2017 EU maritime capacity-building in the Horn of Africa Ejdus, Filip Politics and society;EU;peace building
June 2017 Getting girls active: Reducing gender inequality in physical activity Sebire, Dr Simon; Professor Russ Jago, Kate Banfield, Professor Angie Page Arts and culture;Health and medicine;exercise;physical activity;gender;adolescence
May 2017 Advising in Austerity: How Citizens Advice can adapt to uncertain times McDermont, Professor Morag; Ben Crawford Politics and society;austerity;citizen's advice; funding; legal rights; Productive Margins
April 2017 What can we expect from a metro mayor? Sweeting, Dr David; Professor Alex Marsh Politics and society;Bristol;metro mayor;governance;West of England Combined Authority
Feb 2017 Improving sheep and goat health: community-led monitoring and targeted treatment Morgan, Dr Eric; et al. Health and medicine;parasites;drug-resistant infection; livestock;community
Jan 2017 Another shake-up of school league tables: how should we measure and hold schools accountable for the progress of their pupils? Leckie, Dr George; Professor Harvey Goldstein Politics and society;education;schools;league tables;progress measures
Jan 2017 Managing change without the use of external consultants: how to organise consultant managers Sturdy, Professor Andrew; Dr Nick Wylie Business and economy;management consultancy;consultant manager;TESI;change
Dec 2016 The ‘public value’ of research: creating long-term conversations between universities and communities Facer, Professor Kerry; Dr Bryony Enright, Katherine Dunleavy Politics and society;collaboration;university;Connected Communities;research
Dec 2016 Preventing and responding to conflict: Improving EU civilian capabilities must be prioritised Juncos, Dr Ana E. Politics and society;EU;conflict prevention;peacebuilding
Nov 2016 Too many takeaways? How the food environment affects the health and wellbeing of communities Webster, Kitty Arts and culture;Health and medicine;Politics and society;diet;wellbeing;community;productive margins;planning;food
Nov 2016 Priorities for suicide prevention: balancing the risks and opportunities of internet use Biddle, Dr Lucy; et al. Health and medicine;suicide prevention;internet;crisis;online help
Oct 2016 Planning Ahead: EU crisis management interventions require local ownership at the earliest stage Ejdus, Dr Filip Politics and society;EU;crisis management;CSDP;security;peace building
Oct 2016 Bursaries are an important component of widening participation in Higher Education and their funding should be maintained Harris, Richard; Sara Davies Politics and society;schools;inequality;education;participation;finance
Oct 2016 Researchers and mathematics teachers must collaborate to overcome barriers to student participation in Higher Education Sutherland, Professor Rosamund; et al. Politics and society;schools;inequality;education;participation
Oct 2016 Active after-school clubs are important for improving children’s physical activity Jago, Professor Russell; Dr Simon Sebire and Dr Emma Solomon-Moore Health and medicine;children;obesity;physical activity;wellbeing;education;schools
Oct 2016 Good Practice Guidance on working with parents with a learning disability must be updated and placed at the heart of practice Tarleton, Beth; Nadine Tilbury Politics and society;Disability;Family;Social care;guidance
Oct 2016 Stakeholders’ participation: a fundamental prerequisite for equitable and functional Marine Protected Areas Pieraccini, Dr Margherita Energy and environment;
July 2016 Brexit: clarity is essential before the UK pulls the Article 50 trigger Syrpis, Dr Phil Politics and society;Law;Brexit;Foreign Affairs;European Union;EU
July 2016 Conflicts of interest in healthcare: NHS procurement rules must be clarified Sanchez-Graells, Dr Albert Health and medicine;Politics and society;nhs;public services;healthcare
July 2016 Clean water linked to rising birth rates in Africa: why development initiatives must consider women’s reproductive services Gibson, Dr Mhairi; Dr Tigist Grieve Health and medicine;International development;reproductive services;technology
June 2016 Widening access to university: Step change needed to support talented learners from disadvantaged backgrounds Tikly, Professor Leon; et al.  Politics and society;inequality;education;participation
June 2016 Life chances: Re-imagining regulatory systems for low-income families in modern urban settings Watson, Debbie; et al. Politics and society;benefits;low income;poverty;community;Productive Margins
May 2016 Living near the next Fukushima: public perception of risk affects property value Coulomb, Dr Renaud; Dr Yanos Zylberberg Energy and environment;house prices;risk analysis;property
Apr 2016 Trident Renewal: future vulnerabilities must be taken seriously Edmunds, Professor Timothy; et al. Politics and society;security;nuclear;trident;technology
Apr 2016 Women at the top: women in senior positions can help boards achieve social goals Ellwood, Professor Sheila; Dr Javier Garcia-Lacalle Business and economy;Politics and society;Gender;CSR;Diversity;Leadership
Apr 2016 Marriage and Migration: facilitating the integration of migrant spouses Charsley, Dr Katharine; et al. Politics and society;citizenship;family;gender
Apr 2016 Fear of Fracking: earthquakes linked to shale gas exploration cause house prices to fall Gibbons, Professor Steve; Dr Stephan Heblich, Esther Lho, Professor Christopher Timmins Energy and environment;fracking;energy;house prices
Apr 2016 Children’s British Citizenship: exposing the barriers to registration Prabhat, Dr Devyani; Ms Jessica Hambly, Ms Solange Valdez Politics and society;citizenship;children;immigration;law
Mar 2016 China’s Investment in Europe: labour management practice in the electronics industry requires overhaul Andrijasevic, Dr Rutvica; Dr Devi Sacchetto, Dr Jan Drahokoupil Politics and society;Labour rights;international trade;investment;CSR
Mar 2016 Recognising the complexity of urban governance and leadership is critical for sustainable future cities Bird, Caroline; Professor Andy Gouldson, Gary Topp Politics and society;future cities;Bristol;urban;governance
Mar 2016 Trident renewal: Strategic utility and trade-offs must be made explicit Dorman, Professor Andrew; Professor David Dunn, Professor Timothy Edmunds Energy and environment;Politics and society;
Jan 2016 Extending initial teacher education to raise standards and improve teacher retention Orchard, Dr Janet; Professor Christopher Winch Politics and society;education;teaching;ITE
Nov 2015 The Quipu project: Participatory story-telling can help rebuild community in post-authoritarian societies Tucker, Dr Karen; Dr Matthew Brown Arts and culture;Politics and society;human rights, community; technology;Peru
Nov 2015 Policies that reduce greenhouse gases can improve human wellbeing Hiscock, Dr R.; et al. Energy and environment;greenhouse gases;climate change;wellbeing
Nov 2015 Registering children as British citizens: current laws require overhaul Prabhat, Dr Devyani; Ms Jessica Hambly, Ms Solange Valdez Politics and society;children;citizenship;education;PRCBC;finance;legal
Sep 2015 Widening participation in the digital age: can online networks and technologies support underrepresented students in succeeding at university? Timmis, Dr Sue; Ms Wan Ching Yee, Dr Bernie Munoz Chereau Politics and society;technology;education;university;social media;inequality;access
June 2015 Energy planning in cities requires holistic assessment of both environmental and health impacts Friedrich, Professor Rainer; et al. Energy and environment;city;global;electricity;climate change
Apr 2015 Fresh approach needed towards regulation and support of ‘green’ social enterprises in the emerging new economy Morgan, Professor Bronwen; Caroline Bird, Declan Kuch Energy and environment;business;governance;community
Apr 2015 One size won’t fit all: Buildings have diverse effects on health and the environment across Europe and China Niittynen, Marjo; et al. Politics and society;energy and environment;
Mar 2015 Teenage Kicks: Cultural policy and practice needs to reflect the views, lives and ideas of young people Manchester, Dr Helen Arts and culture;young people;diversity;culture;digital;participation
Mar 2015 Mayoral governance in Bristol: An initial assessment of impacts Sweeting, Dr David; Professor Robin Hambleton Politics and society;Bristol;mayor;local governance;mayoral governance;Bristol Civic Leadership Project
Mar 2015 Employment tribunal claims: debunking the myths Busby, Professor Nicole; Professor Morag McDermont Politics and society;employment tribunal;legal aid;fees;unfair dismissal;Productive Margins
Jan 2015 Enhancing spaces for Muslim women’s engagement Aabe, Nura; et al. Politics and society;muslim;women;inclusivity;participation;public spaces
Dec 2014 Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015: Defence Must Close the Civil-Military Gap Dorman, Professor Andrew; Professor David Dunn, Professor Timothy Edmunds Politics and society;defence;armed forces;organisational culture
Dec 2014 Care homes need urgent review Manchester, Dr Helen; Dr Liz Loyd Politics and society;ageing;care homes;care workers;integration
Oct 2014 A directly elected mayor can enhance visible city leadership Sweeting, Dr David; Professor Robin Hambleton Politics and society;mayoral governance;devolution;civic leadership
July 2014 Employment tribunal fees deny workers access to justice Busby, Professor Nicole; Professor Morag McDermont Politics and society;employment tribunal;fees;employment disputes
May 2014 Improving urban neighbourhoods for all: Don’t rely on the middle classes Bridge, Professor Gary Politics and society;middle classes;participation;urban policy;neighbourhoods;segregation
Feb 2014 Afghanistan: no holds barred. If sustainable peace is to be achieved, negotiations must be open to all Algar-Faria, Mr Gilberto Politics and society;peacekeeping;international;negotiations;Afganistan
Dec 2013 The success of ‘naming and shaming’: league tables have a positive impact on performance of schools and hospitals Bevan, Professor Gwyn; Dr Deborah Wilson Politics and society;education;hospitals;league tables;targets
Nov 2013 Biofuels and sustainable development: can sustainability standards stop ‘land grabbing’? Fortin, Dr Elizabeth; Dr Benjamin Richardson Energy and environment;international development;sustainability;land
Sep 2013 The 2008 Global Financial Crisis: effects on mental health and suicide Gunnell, David; et al. Health and medicine;unemployment;suicide;mental health;recession
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