From York to Dundee, over 50 academics and professional staff attended Wednesday’s information-packed Research, Impact and the UK Parliament event held here at Northumbria.
The key message was that the UK Parliament want academics and the research community to engage with them. They really really want to hear from YOU! This is great news as it could help you get your research into Parliament and make an impact on policy.
Here are their top tips:
- The UK Parliament Universities Team have created a new Research Impact and Parliament webpage which is full of contact details and
how to guides. Visit this page and explore all the links and resources.
- Be active on twitter. Tweet about your research and follow @POST_UK and @YourUKParl.
- Blog about your research. Write for informed, interested non-experts. This will make it easier for the research staff at UK Parliament to digest the information and recognise its value in meeting their specific needs and make it more likely that they will interact with you.
- Sign up for email updates or follow relevant select committees on Twitter
- If you respond to requests for evidence or make contact with Parliamentary staff, ensure you are writing for informed, interested, non-experts. Be concise, don’t use jargon and don’t expect them to already know about your expertise or research. When setting out your academic expertise (beyond answering the question asked or point of knowledge you are putting forward) link to your profile or additional pdf documents. This will ensure that the key message is not lost. Committees are cross-party, and you are most likely to be listened to if you are objective and do not (even unintentionally) appear to take a political side.
- If you find out about an inquiry too late, yet think you have something valuable to say, email and ask if you can still submit.
- Use the Parliament website to research which MPs, Lords, Parliamentary staff or committees will be interested in your research and make contact with them.
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