Innovating public policy

News – Heywood Foundation Public Policy Prize

The Heywood Foundation Public Policy Prize is now closed. We have been delighted by both the number of entries (1905) and by the diversity and quality of the thinking and would like to thank all those who have entered.

We have now appointed our judging panel. The Heywood Prize judges are: Ed Balls, Damon Buffini, Roger Carr, Amika George, Michael Gove, David Halpern, Suzanne Heywood, Gus O’Donnell, Minouche Shafik, Mustafa Suleyman and Sharon White. Together they bring a wealth of experience and diversity of perspective to the substantial challenge of choosing our winners.

We hope to be able to announce our winners before the summer. Given the breadth and quality of the entries we are, however, also thinking about how best to share all the shortlisted entries so they can be used by government, academics, think tanks and others to help improve our country as we emerge from this pandemic.

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Olly Robbins became our first Heywood Fellow

We were delighted to appoint Olly Robbins as our first Heywood Fellow. Olly spent several months at the Blavatnik School in Oxford working on his fellowship and we hope to appoint our next fellow in 2021.

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