Policy Engagement

Group Policy Unit

Coventry University Group's policy engagement activity is overseen by the Group Policy Unit. The GPU supports the Group’s long-term strategy of engaging and informing relevant politicians, policy-makers and organisations of the strengths of the University Group, its recognised teaching excellence and its place as a key player in its local economies.

The Group Policy Unit builds links with external representatives from local, national and international government, political parties and informs the senior leadership teams of policy changes that will impact on the achievement of outpoints and outcomes as defined in the Group's Corporate Strategy.


Tracking the current external environment and aligning with the University's strategic priorities, the Group Policy Unit focuses its policy engagement activity on the following areas:

  • Flexible learning to suit the needs of students and meet the requirements of employers
  • Promoting excellent teaching and enabling all students to succeed
  • Collaborating with industry and applying expertise to support local communities and drive innovation.
  • Research with impact.


Consultations and Inquiries

Responding to calls for evidence from Government Departments and Select Committees through submission of consultations papers.

Stakeholder Engagement

Reaching out nationally and building relationships with figures such as Government Ministers, Senior Officials, Select Committee Members, Shadow Ministers at Westminster and Whitehall and ensuring that Coventry University is represented in relevant discussions.  

Working regionally to influence the local industrial strategy through engagement with local MPs and Councillors; Coventry City Council; The West Midlands Combined Authority and the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership - whilst also collaborating with our regional University partners through the West Midlands Combined Universities.

The Policy Unit also runs events, or partners with other bodies to engage with stakeholders and position the University as a lead thinker in particular areas.

International Policy

Whilst most of the work the Group Policy Unit undertakes is based around UK Government policy, Coventry University Group is a global organisation and therefore the Group Policy Unit has staff members based in our International Hubs.

Currently the Group Policy Unit has staff working in the Asia Pacific region through our Singapore Hub and in the Middle East through the Dubai Hub. These roles ensure the Group is abreast of policy changes which may affect its working practices in these locations.

For further details of international policy matters please contact the policy.vco inbox, details below.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about the activities of the Group Policy Unit, please contact us at policy.vco@coventry.ac.uk

The Policy Unit inbox is monitored by the following:

Joanne Dobson
Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Group Policy)
+44 (0) 7974 984410

Holly Higgins
Senior Policy Advisor
+44 (0) 7392 096856

Elizabeth Norton
Policy Advisor
+44 (0) 7392 096817

Walid Namane
Policy Advisor (Dubai Hub)

Desmond Loi
Regional Policy Analyst (Singapore Hub)

Junior Mutabazi
Regional  Policy Analyst (Africa)

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