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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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 Guardianarticle and GW4webpage.
‘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.
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.
SET 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.
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
Sign up at Eventbright: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/influencing-cultural-policy-engaging-with-the-uk-parliament-tickets-18306860312
Calling 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.