UK Parliament – new web hub for academic researchers

The UK Parliament has announced the launch of a new web hub for academic researchers.

‘Research Impact at the UK Parliament’ provides comprehensive information for researchers and universities on how they can engage with Parliament.

The hub answers three key questions:
•      What is Parliament interested in?
•      How does Parliament use research?
•      Why engage with Parliament?

It provides essential information on ways to engage with Parliament and stay up to date, as well as contact details of parliamentary teams and staff who work with research to support Parliamentarians.

The pages feature a variety of case studies in which researchers from across the UK, and from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, write about their experiences of working with a number of parliamentary offices.


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What do you think about evidence-based policy making?

We have received the following request from the Universities Programme Manager at the Houses of Parliament for views from researchers on evidence-based policy making. It focusses on an idea called the Evidence Information Service, aimed at rapidly connecting politicians with academics through parliamentary systems. If you are interested in finding out more about this initiative or contributing your views to it please read on:

Evidence Information Service

‘We are a group of academics from the Cardiff University, University of Exeter, University College London, University of Bath and the University of Bristol working with the House of Commons Library and the National Assembly for Wales Research Service to develop a UK Evidence Information Service (EIS).

‘The EIS will act as a rapid matchmaking and advisory service, working with existing UK parliamentary systems to connect politicians with the wider network of academics and professionals in science, technology, engineering, maths, medicine, humanities and the social sciences.

‘More details about the project can be found in our Guardian article and GW4 webpage.

‘We are seeking the confidential views of academics on their attitudes to and experiences of evidence-based policymaking, the usefulness of the EIS and their potential contribution.

 ‘We, therefore, invite all UK researchers in academia and industry to complete a 5-10 minute survey.

‘We would kindly ask that you distribute this email to your department/school.

‘For more information, please contact Lindsay Walker on’

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Calling all academic researchers!

Don’t miss out on three great opportunities for academics to work with and learn about Parliament.

Attend Research, Impact and the UK Parliament training and learn how to use academic research to engage with Parliament. Training sessions take place monthly around the UK.

Get involved in UK Parliament Week 2016 (14–20 November). Engage your students, colleagues or local community with democracy, politics and the UK Parliament by running an event or activity.

Apply for a place at Brexit: an academic conference. Share your academic expertise and build networks with parliamentary researchers at this special conference in Westminster on Thursday 10 November.


Work with and find out about UK Parliament

There are three great opportunities for academics to work with and learn about the UK Parliament coming up in the next couple of months.

Attend “Research, Impact and the UK Parliament” training

Learn how to use academic research to engage with Parliament at our “Research, Impact and the UK Parliament” training events, taking place monthly across the UK.

Get involved in UK Parliament Week 2016, 14th – 20th November

Engage your students, colleagues or local community with democracy, politics and the UK Parliament. Join hundreds of other organizations running events and activities during UK Parliament Week 2016 to explore democracy and empower people.

Apply for a place at “Brexit: an academic conference”

Share your academic expertise and build networks with parliamentary researchers at “Brexit: an academic conference”, taking place in Westminster on Thursday 10th November 2016.


Research, Impact and the UK Parliament

A training event aimed at researchers at any stage of their careers is being held in Newcastle on 23 September, 10-1.30 run by the UK Parliament Outreach and Engagement Service.

Houses.of.parliament.overall.arpThis interactive session will help you:

  • understand Parliament’s role and processes
  • learn how research is used in the UK Parliament
  • be able to identify opportunities to feed your research into Parliament’s work
  • learn tips and advice on communicating your research at Parliament

There is an attendance fee of £40 and the event is being held at Newcastle University’s Business School. For more information: 


SET for BRITAIN 2016 Poster Competition for Early Career Researchers

Godwin Yeboah SET for BRITAINSET for BRITAIN is an annual poster competition held at the House of Commons which encourages, supports and promotes Britain’s early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians. Competition winners will be invited to present their poster to parliamentarians and other policy makers. Up to 60 early-career researchers (PhDs and postdocs) will be able to present their posters and the winners receive Gold (£3,000), Silver (£2,000) or Bronze (£1,000) Awards.

SET for BRITAIN 2016 takes place on Monday 7th March 2016 and applications are now open for the poster competition. The deadline for entries is Monday 21st December 2015 at 5pm. To enter, simply fill out the online application form, provide an abstract of your work and a reference.

Godwin Yeboah, a PhD researcher from Northumbria, has previously presented at this event and you can read his account of the 2013 event on his blog:


Event: How to Influence Cultural Policy

Join the Parliamentary Outreach Service for a free event to find out how to influence cultural policy by engaging with Parliament. This event will give participants the knowledge and information to engage with the UK Parliament and influence cultural policy.

You will be able to explore how the UK Parliament is relevant to cultural policy as well as the tools and processes which can be used to engage with the UK Parliament. There will also be an opportunity for colleagues to share best practice about campaigning on cultural issues.

The target audience for this event is people working in the north east cultural sector in a professional, consultancy or voluntary capacity and academics, post graduate and early career researchers from the five north east universities.

This free event is taking place at the Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4JA – 0191 232 6789

Friday 2 October 2015 from 9.30-3.00pm

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Royal Society Pairing Scheme

vinici-burstowCalling all STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) researchers! If you want to share your research with parliament or government you should apply for the Royal Society’s Pairing Scheme.

Open now until the 24th May, successful applicants will get a chance to spend a “Week in Westminster” and host a reciprocal visit from a parliamentarian or civil servant to your lab/research space. Applicants must have at least 2 years of postdoctoral research experience and an interest in how research engages with policy. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how research informs policy and how you can make a policy impact with your research.

There is a short application form to complete which asks about your research interests and experience in communicating your research to a lay audience. Potential applicants are advised to contact your Faculty’s relevant Research Funding and Policy Manager to discuss in the first instance.