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

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

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).

You can now subscribe directly to our new weekly email round up of opportunities for researchers and experts to engage with UK Parliament!  These opportunities can include calls for evidence from select committees, academic fellowship opportunities, requests for expertise from Parliament and more. You will receive the round up each Thursday morning, with some exceptions such as parliamentary recess.

Subscribe to UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit weekly round up for researchers.

Select committee inquiries launched in the last fortnight (since 30 September 2021)

Please click the title of any inquiry listed below to be taken to a summary of that inquiry and the full call for evidence.

Carbon border adjustment mechanism | Environmental Audit Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 25 October 2021

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities | Public Accounts Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Thursday 28 October 2021

The right to family life: adoption of children of unmarried women 1949-1976 | Joint Committee on Human Rights | Deadline for evidence submission: Thursday 28 October 2021

Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Negative Emissions Technologies | Environmental Audit Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Thursday 28 October 2021

Post-pandemic economic growth: State Aid and Post Brexit Competition Policy | Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 1 November 2021

Health assessments for benefits | Work and Pensions Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 5 November 2021

Equality and the UK asylum process | Women and Equalities Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 8 November 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 Parliament. You can also read more on engagement for impact.
More information: Explore 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.

What’s it like to engage with Parliament as a researcher?

If you’ve ever wondered this, check out our new video interviews with six amazing researchers who have engaged with UK Parliament! In these short videos, they talk about how they got involved, and what the experience was like for them.

Find our new video interviews with researchers about how they engaged with UK Parliament.

Engaging with Parliament as a researcher is for everyone, from every demographic and research discipline. You don’t need to be a senior academic to engage with Parliament. Parliament is keen to hear from researchers at all career stages and from a wide range of institutions.

For more information and advice about engaging with UK Parliament as a researcher, visit the KEU’s web hub of resources.

A Parliament fact which you didn’t know you wanted to know

What on earth is Erskine May?
Thomas Erskine May’s guide to parliamentary practice is properly entitled ‘A treatise on the law, privileges, proceedings and usage of Parliament’ but it is commonly referred to as Erskine May (or simply ‘May’). It is generally held to be the most authoritative reference book on parliamentary procedure.

So what? We don’t expect you to become an authority on parliamentary procedure! But it could be interesting to know about some of the rules which govern the business of Parliament, so you’re aware of the environment that parliamentarians are working in.

More information: Find out more about rules and traditions at Parliament. Take a look at the online edition of Erskine May. Explore Parliamentary Archives on Erskine May.