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Policy Boot Camp 2020

Working with University College London and the University of Manchester, we are pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2020 Policy Boot Camp.

Last year over 250 students took part in UCL’s Global Citizen Programme and the 2019 Boot Camp with over 30 students gaining a paid internship. Find out about this year’s programme, sign up today or contact us if you have any questions.

Sign up today for Policy Boot Camp 2020

How do we reach net-zero carbon emissions? How can we close the digital divide and end tech inequality? How do we develop thriving local places? How do we address structural inequalities across the country? What do we understand as the future of work and can we maximise the opportunities of AI?

The 2020 Policy Boot Camp, brought to you by the University of Manchester and University College London, will help you make sense of the policy making process. With an introduction to policy making led by Prof Andy Westwood, and workshops devised by professionals from across the sector, this course is perfect for anyone interested in public policy. You’ll tackle tough policy challenges and develop imaginative and urgently-needed responses to real-world problems. You’ll meet new people and work with diverse groups to get to grips with the basics of the policy world. Following the course, there will be opportunities for paid internship placements at a range of policy organisations across the country.

What We Do


At cfgm.uk we are working towards fostering a Greater Manchester policy focused community. Our aim is to facilitate solutions to some of the city’s most pressing problems. We want to share new research and thinking, and work with policy actors from across the city. Working with policy-makers, academics, campaigners and students, our goal is to kick-start policy conversations at a local level, and to insert a new perspective into national debates.

2019 Policy Boot Camp at the University of Manchester

In 2019 cfgm.uk ran a policy making training course for University of Manchester students, including a series of workshops, events and interactive sandpit sessions on some of Manchester’s trickiest policy problems. Over the course of the programme, students worked with staff from organisations including Greater Manchester Combined Authority, CLES, GMCVO, and Public First. They heard from policy-actors working in academia, in parliament, and in local government and put together proposals to crack some of the Manchester’s toughest policy conundrums, from generating inclusive growth to knife crime to climate change. We hope to offer a similar boot camp this summer. Find out more.

It was multifaceted, complex and fast-paced, and provided the perfect precursor  for understanding the policy-making process

Hannah Vallance
Boot camp participant and intern at Policy@Manchester

Policy Internships

Following the boot camp, many participants gained internships in policy organisations around the country including Greater Manchester Combined Authority, GMCVO, cfgm.uk, Metrodynamics, Resolve Consultants, Economic Change Unit, Social Market Foundation, Foundations, the Coop College, Centre for Towns, Politics Project, Policy@Manchester and Tyndall Centre for Climate Change. Some of these internships have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we are still looking for organisations to host interns. Find out more.


As well as running these boot camps and internship programmes, we hope to publish think pieces and blogs addressing issues at the heart of national and local policy debates. Whether it’s working with students and academics, engaging with the city’s local authorities, or publishing new research and thinking, our goal is to create an exciting and vibrant policy community in Greater Manchester.

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