Sealey Associates

Case Studies

Higher Education Innovation and Collaboration

Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement

Knowledge Exchange Concordat Self Evaluation Support

UKRI Future Leaders Fellows (FLF) Development Network Phase 2

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Understanding and Enhancing Policy Engagement Capabilities

Coaching and Training

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellows Pilot Development Programme

SETsquared - Talent Pool of Mentors, Consultants, Grant Writers and Trainers ​

Introduction to Commercialisation of Social Sciences Research


"Sealey Associates undertook a University-wide policy-engagement readiness review as part of The Open University's Knowledge Exchange Concordat (KEC) self-evaluation process for Universities UK (UUK).

"Bridget and her team were very attuned to the needs of both Universities and the policy-making sector and the opportunities which currently exist to help researchers make best use of their research outcomes to help inform policy-making and research impact.

"The approach Sealey Associates took was congenial, timely, organized and well-received by professional and academic staff alike, across the organization. OU colleagues were especially impressed with Bridget's sensitivity to The Open University's presence in all four Nations and the opportunities this can bring for a large organisation with a passion for engaged research, teaching and widening participation. It was felt her evaluation and recommendations were spot on."
Dr Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg
Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Senior Manager, Open University
"Sealey Associates have an excellent grasp on the opportunities that SPF provides and delivered an initiative that will achieve a major shift in the way the University approaches Policy impact and income generation."
Brigid Howarth
Head of Society, Culture and Organisations, University of Exeter
“Sealey Associates provided professional, expert and timely support for REF2021 preparations and in scoping policy engagement capacity and capability locally, nationally and internationally. Bridget Sealey worked with a range of academics and Professional Service staff, providing invaluable, independent critique and analysis, with clear, well thought through recommendations on where and how to strengthen and move forward."
Dr Allison McCaig
Head of Impact and Outputs, Research and Enterprise Service, University of Central Lancashire
“Bridget has been instrumental in helping us to capture the unique needs of learners around evidence use and academic engagement capability as part of the CAPE training programme. Her flexibility, attention to detail, and in-depth knowledge of a breadth of methods and knowledge exchange mechanisms have proven invaluable to this project!"
Kuranda Morgan
Evidence Lead, Nesta  
‘Sealey Associates delivered a quality piece of work for us at considerable pace. We gave them a challenging brief, to synthesise academic evidence into a policy-relevant summary. Their work was integral to a report on environmental policy laid before Parliament. Communication was clear and prompt throughout the project and they provided constructive feedback to shape the work for the better.’
Principal Analyst
Arms Length Body
"The Exeter QStep Centre has worked with Bridget Sealey for several years. She helped us secure our partnership with the Institute for Coding and worked with us to scope and create connections with Government Departments, International NGOs and Business. She played a key role initiating the Exeter Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, developing the initial business case and securing cross-disciplinary buy-in. As a consultant, she has worked with us to design and develop an initiative to enhance policy-engaged research and methodological capacity, and has delivered lectures to undergraduates that explain the policy making process. Her deep understanding of the academic environment, combined with her business acumen and ability to build relationships, have made an invaluable contribution to our work."
Professor Susan Banducci,
Director of Research, Politics; Co-Director of the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence; University of Exeter.
"I worked closely with Bridget when I was Pro Vice-Chancellor for research. She had particular responsibility for research support and development and for the preparation of ref submissions. [She combines] strong managerial skills with a collegial and congenial style of working that proved highly effective.”
Professor John Scott CBE
Former Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of Plymouth
"Bridget provided me with invaluable support and guidance to assist me in developing my postdoctoral research. She has been a brilliant mentor, and has helped the development of my work by sharing her broad range of knowledge relating to academia and its connections to other sectors. I would highly recommend Bridget’s expertise to others seeking leadership and inspiration for the development of research initiatives or other related activities."
Dr Emma Marshall
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Exeter
“I asked Bridget to deliver the facilitation of a workshop sessions between members of the senior civil service around the challenges of contemporary government and governance as they might be addressed through a new masters-level degree apprenticeship programme. It was a challenging brief with a lot of potential ambiguities and communication issues. Bridget offered us a detailed plan for engagement that utilised multiple appropriate technologies and delivered an excellent facilitated workshop. The outputs from the session were clear, articulate and informative; and the clients were extremely pleased with the experience. As evidence of the success of this intervention, additional funds were secured for a second workshop which I again asked Bridget to facilitate and lead. Throughout these I have come to the opinion that Bridget is an excellent communicator, facilitator and coach. Bridget has a detailed and nuanced understanding of the boundaries between higher education and government and I wholeheartedly recommend her work”.
Dr Nick Kirsop-Taylor
Lecturer in Public Policy & Administration. Politics department, The University of Exeter

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