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 11 November 2021)

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).

Select committee inquiries launched in the last seven days (since 4 November 2021)

Please click the title of the inquiry to be taken to a summary of that inquiry and the full call for evidence.
Investment in Northern Ireland | Northern Ireland Affairs Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Tuesday 14 December 2021

Select committee inquiries launched in the last fortnight (since 28 October 2021)

Please click the title of the inquiry to be taken to a summary of that inquiry and the full call for evidence.
Energy National Policy Statements | Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 26 November 2021
You can view all select committee inquiries that are currently open for submissions of written evidence on the Parliament website.

Why should I engage? Submitting evidence to a select committee can lead to further engagement, such as an invitation 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 evidenceSupport resources: Find guidance on submitting evidence to select committees on the KEU’s ‘how to guides’ page.

Opportunity to apply to be a Specialist Adviser for the Women and Equalities Committee

The Women and Equalities Committee is looking for a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee with its ongoing work on preventing violence against women and girls.
The Committee are looking for an experienced Specialist Adviser who can work well within a small team and help the Committee prepare for an inquiry.

The post will run from December 2021 until the conclusion of any inquiry, likely to be before summer 2022. Advisers are expected to work no more than two days in a week on a flexible basis. Time commitment for this inquiry is likely to be frontloaded with 1-2 days per week until February 2022. From then onwards, the time commitment is likely to be less.

A daily fee is paid to Advisers on the basis of an established scale, plus reasonable expenses, for example for travel to and from Westminster if necessary (further information available on application).

The Committee proactively aims to be as inclusive as possible in its appointment of Specialist Advisers. The Committee values diversity and encourages applications from people from a wide range of backgrounds.

The deadline for applications is 30 November.

Find out more about the opportunity, the application process and how to apply.

If you require additional information about the post, please contact Margaret McKinnon,

Why should I engage? Being a special adviser provides a great opportunity to work closely with a committee, informing its work and approach to an inquiry – such as inquiry focus, selection of oral witnesses, and report development and conclusions. Find out more about why to engage with Parliament hereAnd find more on engagement for impact hereMore information:watch a short video with researchers who’ve been specialist advisers talking about their experience

ICYMI – New POST work programme announced (and how to contribute your expertise)

POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) produces impartial, non-partisan, and peer-reviewed research briefings for parliamentarians, known as POSTnotes. POSTnotes are designed to make scientific research accessible to the UK Parliament, and POST welcomes expertise, literature and peer-reviewers for POSTnotes.

In case you missed it last week, POST has recently agreed its upcoming POSTnote programme, meaning that, in the coming months, POST will be producing POSTnotes on the topics below:
Age Assessments of children in immigration policy
Biodiversity and financial risks
Innovation in adult social care
Invisible disabilities
Reform of the Mental Health Act – impacts on children
Click a topic in the above list to find more details. On each webpage you can find the name and email address of the person writing that briefing. You may wish to contact them to contribute to the POSTnote with literature, expertise or as a peer-reviewer.

You can also find out about all the topics which POST is currently working on, as well as how to get involved.

Why should I engage? POSTnotes are used by Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords and UK Parliament staff to navigate complex research. Contributing to a POSTnote is a good way of feeding your expertise into the UK Parliament as part of a trusted, impartial publication. All contributors are acknowledged online when the POSTnote is published. On publication, you and your organisation’s communications team will be notified to publicise the POSTnote and your contribution. Therefore your contribution can help raise your profile and promote your research. More information: Find out more about contributing to a POSTnote. For queries about POST or POSTnotes contact POST.

A Parliament fact to (we hope) delight and intrigue you

Did you know that the Knowledge Exchange Unit webhub contains a wide range of ‘How to’ guides about engaging with Parliament as a researcher or expert?

So what? You might be interested to read our one page guide on Research, impact and the UK Parliament which outlines who uses research in Parliament and how is it used.

If you’re looking for a bit more information, you might be keen to read our short guide to producing research to support the work of UK Parliament – a three page guide on producing research so as to be useful for Parliament.

Thinking about submitting evidence to a select committee? You can read Parliament’s guidance on submitting evidence to Commons select committees and guidance on submitting evidence to Lords select committees.

More information: Delve into Parliament’s ‘How to’ guides to help plan your engagement with UK Parliament as a researcher.