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 the research community (find out more about the network).

Select committee inquiries launched in the last seven days (since 24 February 2022)

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

Remember that you don’t have to answer every question posed in each call for evidence. And you can also explore all select committee inquiries currently open for submissions of written evidence

Select committee inquiries launched since 10 February 2022

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

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 evidence

Support resources: Find guidance on submitting evidence to select committees on the KEU’s ‘how to guides’ page. Watch our 30 minute online training session “How to work with select committees”.

Call for expertise for the House of Lords Committee on the Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud

The House of Lords Committee on the Fraud Act 2006 and Digital Fraud is currently seeking experts in the following topic/s to provide specialist expertise to the Committee’s members and secretariat. This activity would be required on an ad hoc basis until the Committee is due to report in November 2022. The Committee is looking for expertise on:

  • Digital fraud
  • Cyber fraud
  • Cyber governance in the public and private sectors
  • Online regulation
  • Digital identity

If you would like to recommend relevant experts from your institution, please complete this form or pass the link to the form to the experts themselves to complete. The deadline for recommendations is 5pm on Wednesday 9 March 2022.

We are very grateful for all expressions of interest. We may not be able to reply to everyone who is recommended. Please consider how you could ensure diversity when recommending experts or passing this opportunity to your contacts. 

Ashok Kumar Fellowship 2022/23 – now open for applications

Applications are open for the 2022/23 Ashok Kumar Fellowship Scheme.

POST, in partnership with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the Materials Processing Institute are offering a three-month Fellowship to engineers who have completed a degree at undergraduate Masters level or above, in a discipline related to chemical or process engineering, or have equivalent industry experience. There is one funded Fellowship available.

This Fellowship is an exciting opportunity to gain real-world experience of how research evidence is communicated to decision makers. The successful applicant will be based in the UK Parliament, supporting its use of research evidence.

The Fellowship can be carried out full-time for three months or part-time over a longer period. The Fellow may be based on the Parliamentary Estate in London, may be working remotely from home exclusively, or a combination of the two. POST will discuss the hours and location of the Fellowship with successful applicants.

Successful applicants will be expected to start their fellowship between September 2022 and May 2023. The exact start date is to be agreed between the applicant, POST, and (if relevant) the applicant’s EngD or PhD supervisor.

POST (and UK Parliament more widely) is committed to increasing diversity and to maintaining an inclusive workplace culture. We welcome and encourage applications from underrepresented groups.

For more information, including about the fellowship, eligibility to apply, how to apply, funding arrangements, and contact details for any questions, please visit the fellowship webpage.

The deadline for applications is 18 April 2022. Interviews will be held on 7 June 2022 and will take place remotely.

Why should I engage? POST’s PhD fellowships offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to view the epicentre of policy-making from the inside. By the end of their time at POST, fellows learn how to write for policy with balance and impartiality. They also develop a unique understanding of Westminster and forge important relationships with key stakeholders, while often delving into a novel and exciting topic of research. Find out more about what a POST fellowship is like and the opportunities it can lead to.  

More information: Find out more about POST fellowshipsWatch an interview with a previous POST fellow to learn about her experience.

Opportunity to apply to be a Specialist Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee for its inquiry into illicit finance

Applications are open to apply to be a Specialist Adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee for its inquiry Responding to illicit and emerging finance.

The Committee will be inquiring into the UK response to illicit and emerging finance as part of its wider work looking at how the international rules-based order is being maintained and reshaped. The role is likely to last for six months to a year.

The Committee wishes to hear from applicants who:

  • can demonstrate detailed knowledge of digital currencies and the security implications of illicit finance flows
  • can suggest from experience which individuals and organisations the Committee should consult on this subject
  • are familiar with the advocacy positions or political affiliations that are held by these individuals and organisations, and with the policy debates relevant to the inquiry terms of reference
  • are not themselves associated with an advocacy position relating to this subject
  • can demonstrate a strong network of contacts on this subject.

The ability to provide clear and concise advice orally and in writing to politicians and/or senior decision-makers is essential.

As a Specialist Adviser, you will be working with the Committee secretariat on an ad hoc basis to provide authoritative advice in relation to this subject. Work demands from the Committee are likely to be irregular and unpredictable. Only in exceptional circumstances would you be asked to do more than two days’ work in a particular week, and it would normally be much less than this. You would be paid a daily honorarium on the basis of work done.

The role will involve attendance at Committee meetings in London, and you may be asked to accompany the Committee on any visit in connection with the inquiry. The Committee will meet connected, necessary expenses.

The Committee values diversity and encourages applications from people from a wide range of backgrounds.

For more information, including about the Committee, the kind of work involved in the role, and the application process/ how to apply, please see this webpage about the opportunity.

Applications should be sent to no later than 6pm on Tuesday 8 March 2022.

If you have any questions about the role, please contact the Committee team on 020 7219 3498.

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 here

More information: watch a short video with researchers who’ve been specialist advisers talking about their experience  

ICYMI – House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry on Delivering a UK science and technology strategy

As you may have seen from the list of select committee inquiries currently open to written evidence above, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has opened an inquiry on Delivering a UK science and technology strategy.

The inquiry will look at the Government’s plans to deliver a UK science and technology strategy. The inquiry will consider what such a strategy should look like and how the UK’s research and innovation system can deliver it.

Interested researchers/ experts can take a look at the Call for Evidence and submit written evidence to the inquiry. The deadline to do so is 25 March 2022.

Directed Call of the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme – deadline for applications 13 March 2022

The Directed Call of the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme is open for applications until 13 March 2022. The Scheme gives university-based researchers and staff working in knowledge exchange the opportunity to participate in a fellowship project with an office in UK Parliament. There are 13 fellowship projects open to applications. Each fellowship project in the Directed Call has been proposed by a team at Parliament as a project on which academic input is needed.

There is lots more information about the Directed Call on our Parliamentary Academic Fellowships webpage, including a link to our Guidance Note for applicants, and a list of all fellowship projects open to applications. The deadline for applications is 23.55 on Sunday 13 March 2022. 

Watch a recording of our Knowledge Exchange Unit online information session about the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme 2022 on YouTube. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us on  

Why should I engage? Fellowships offer the opportunity to work closely with a team in Parliament, supporting and informing its work, building capacity or helping evolve processes, or delivering a unique project. Find out more about why to engage with Parliament hereAnd find more on engagement for impact here.   

More information: Find out more information about the Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme here. And find information about the outcomes and impacts arising from previous fellowships here.

A Parliament fact to pin to your noticeboard

Did you know that the House of Commons sometimes sits on a Friday?

The House of Commons normally sits Monday – Thursday.

However the House occasionally also sits on Fridays. The House generally only sits on thirteen Fridays in a ‘session’, to consider Private Members’ Bills (a ‘Parliament’ is the period of parliamentary time between one general election and the next. Each ‘Parliament’ is usually divided into five parliamentary years called ‘sessions’, beginning and ending in the spring). However, the House can agree to sit on other Fridays when government business would take precedence.

Private Members’ Bills are public bills introduced by MPs and Lords who are not government ministers. As with other public bills, their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population.

The majority of Private Members’ Bills do not become law but, through creating publicity around an issue, they may affect legislation indirectly.

So what?
Private Members Bills are a great way to find out about the interests of individual MPs and Lords, as well as to find out about changes to legislation which are being proposed. MPs or members of the Lords may use research insights in the drafting of their Private Members Bills.

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