Nicky Buckley

Associate Director at Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Nicola Buckley
Associate Director, Centre for Science and Policy & Parliamentary Academic Fellow, Knowledge Exchange Unit, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Nicky is on secondment to the Knowledge Exchange Unit in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) at the UK Parliament for a year from July 2022, for four days per week. She will be working with several Select Committees to generate and disseminate Areas of Research Interest to the academic community nationally. She will also be working to integrate this project with POST's Futures work.

Nicky will be working for one day per week at CSaP for the year from July 2022, job-sharing with Charlotte Sausman. Nicky has been leading the Policy Fellowships team at CSaP, responsible for directing a programme matching Policy Fellows to relevant academics, developing CSaP's academic networks and interactions with other universities. Nicky is also the institutional lead for the Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) project, funded by Research England.

Nicky is one of the Vice-Chairs of the Universities Policy Engagement Network, responsible for strategic partnerships.

Previously, Nicky was the Head of Public Engagement in the Office of External Affairs & Communications at the University of Cambridge. Nicola managed the annual Cambridge Science Festival and founded and managed the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and Open Cambridge programmes.

Prior to that, Nicky worked as Fundraising Manager within three charities. She was also a secondee to the Science and Society team in the Department of Business Innovation and Skills.

Nicky has an MA in History and an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, and an MSc in Science and Society from the Open University.

Nicky is also chair of Trustees of the Cambridge Junction, an arts organisation and venue.

  • In news articles

    Giving Advice to Government: Insights for Early Career Researchers

    How should researchers synthesise diverse evidence and construct compelling answers to policy questions? What are the differences between being an honest broker of information and an issue advocate? How can early-career researchers get involved with the world of policy?

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    Professional Development Training for Careers in Policymaking

    On 26 February 2021, the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) hosted the fourth seminar in the ‘Being Heard’ seminar series, a professional development programme for PhD students within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students were joined by invited guests including doctoral researcher Fleur Nash, Dr Rachel Cooper (Strategy Director, Cabinet Office) and Nicola Buckley (Associate Director of CSaP).