Ideas for a Better World: Leading Change Through Policymaking

Learn about policymaking and leadership from experts and inspirational leaders, and create your own policy action plan.

Ideas for a Better World: Leading Change Through Policymaking

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
  • Digital upgrade Free

Become a leader and start making a difference in the world through policymaking

Policy change can affect billions of lives. What if you could create policies to enhance societies, transform lives and change the impact we have on the world? On this course supported by the Møller Institute at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, you will build knowledge and awareness about policymaking and leadership.

You will learn from global policy experts and hear innovative perspectives from policy leaders creating change all around the world. Listen to guest speakers from the United Nations, UK House of Lords, and The Elders, and learn to create your own policy action plan.

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What topics will you cover?

Turning passion into policy

  • What is policy?
  • Who makes policy change?
  • How to use passion and purpose
  • Your role in making policy change

Learning from experts

  • Hearing from experts, world leaders and young people who have made change in the world

Insight and evidence

  • Evidence in policymaking
  • How to use evidence
  • Different kinds of evidence
  • Policy creation processes

Collaborating and influencing

  • Policy making tactics
  • “Policy windows” and the best time to take action
  • What are stakeholders?
  • How to understand and influence others to make change
  • Communication and influence
  • How to define and communicate your “vision” for change

Creating your policy action plan

  • Actions, tools and tactics to help you plan your policy
  • How to achieve long-term impact
  • Key things to consider as you are planning your path to change

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify the passion which drives your ambition to shape policy change
  • Reflect on how your policy idea ties in to your wider purpose
  • Explore what policy is and how it can lead to change in wider society
  • Assess the importance of different types of evidence in creating policy
  • Identify who your stakeholders are and learn how to influence them effectively
  • Develop your confidence and skills around policy leadership
  • Design an action plan that will set your policy idea in motion

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at people who see themselves as future leaders in the field of policymaking.

Who will you learn with?

Richard Hill

Richard Hill

I'm an experienced leadership facilitator who specialises in helping people understand how they can make positive difference in the world.

Hasiba Begum Amin

Hasiba Begum Amin

I am the National Convenor of SM dept of Congress, India's oldest political party. I started as a student activist and have worked in the fields of mental health, education and women empowerment.

Lusine  Manukyan

Lusine Manukyan

I am an Improvement and Innovation a adviser at the Local Government Association and an alumna of Newcastle and Cambridge Unis.
I am passionate about helping local communities improve places and lives

Matthew G. O'Neill

Matthew G. O'Neill

I am a final year Political Science PhD Student with The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast.



Philip currently heads policy and legislative engagements at Transparency International Kenya. He is passionate about good governance and an alumni of #FutureLeadersConnect2019.

Who developed the course?

British Council

The British Council is on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries connecting the best of UK culture with a global audience and providing high-quality English language courses.


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What's included?

British Council are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible