The Knowledge Exchange Unit supports the exchange of information between UK Researchers and Parliament. They prepare a list of opportunities for researchers each week, which we will be disseminating in part through this blog.

If you are engaging in any of these opportunities, please email Glenn Harris or Suzi Edwards

New opportunities for researchers to engage with Parliament (compiled 24th June 2021)  

These opportunities have been compiled by UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU).

The KEU supports Parliament to communicate its research and expertise needs to the research community, and supports the research community to engage with Parliament. Take a look at the KEU’s webhub of information and resources for researchers.

These opportunities and resources have been sent to members of the KEU’s informal network for Knowledge Mobilisers, for circulation to researchers and others (find out more about the network).   

Engagement opportunities   

  1. Select committee inquiries launched in the last seven days (since 24th June 2021)
  2. Select committee inquiries launched in the last fortnight (since 17th June 2021)
  3. UK Parliament Restoration and Renewal – call for views



1.    Select committee inquiries launched in the last seven days (since 24th June 2021) 

  • Net Zero Governance | Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 27th August 2021
  • Meeting the UK’s housing demand | House of Lords Built Environment Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Sunday 22nd August 2021
  • UK-Australia trade negotiations | House of Lords International Agreements Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 6th September 2021 [Call for evidence re-opened]

2.    Select committee inquiries launched in the last fortnight (since 17th June 2021) 

Why should I engage? Submitting evidence to a select committee can lead to further engagement, such as an invite to give oral evidence. Your submission will be published on the Committee webpage. Your insights may inform the Committee’s conclusions or recommendations it makes to the Government. Find out more about why to engage with ParliamentAnd find more on engagement for impact

More informationFind all select committee inquiries currently open for submissions of written evidence.

Support resources:Find guidance on submitting evidence to select committees on the KEU’s ‘how to guides’ page.

3.    UK Parliament Restoration and Renewal – call for views

Do you have views and ideas about how Parliament’s Restoration and Renewal Programme can best renew the Parliament building to serve as the seat of the UK’s democracy for future generations?  You have 2 weeks left to contribute to this conversation

In particular, the Restoration and Renewal team want to know how they can make the Palace of Westminster more inclusive and welcoming for you and others, and more environmentally sustainable. And they want your views about how they should preserve and celebrate the building’s unique heritage, and how their Programme can create jobs and build skills across the whole of the United Kingdom.

Why should I engage? The information gathered will inform the detailed and costed restoration plan, which will be provided to both Houses of Parliament for their decision.

More information: Contribute your views and ideas to Parliament’s Restoration and Renewal Programme.

Support resources: Find out more about UK Parliament’s Restoration and Renewal Programme.


Parliament facts you didn’t know that you wanted to know

Did you know that there is a House of Commons departmental select committee scrutinising the work of each Government department? These committees conduct inquiries on the policy, spending and administration of that department, and make recommendations for changes and improvement.

So what?  The recommendations of these inquiries are based on written and oral evidence received from a wide range of people.  Researchers can contribute to any relevant select committee inquiry. Staying up to date with inquiries from any committees relevant to your area of research means you can spot opportunities to contribute as they arise.

More information: Here’s the full list of all select committees (including departmental select committees and committees on broader policy areas).  Here is a 2 minute video about what select committees are.  Or watch our online training session for researchers about how to work with select committees.