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 9 June 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 in the last 2 weeks (since 2 June 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”.

2022 Call: Thematic Research Lead

We are so very excited to share the news that, from the end of 2022, through the Knowledge Exchange Unit, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are piloting an exciting role as part of a new partnership to place research evidence at the heart of UK Parliament.

Thematic Research Leads (TRLs) will be mid-career university researchers, who will work three days a week (0.6FTE), embedded in pilot thematic policy hubs of parliamentary staff. They will do this whilst retaining their substantive academic post for the remaining two days a week.

Thematic Research Leads will work alongside POST, library and select committee staff at UK Parliament to help ensure the best available research evidence feeds into scrutiny, legislation and debate. They will also strengthen and diversify connections between Parliament and the research community. We are delighted that the ESRC are committing to fund these roles.

We are so very excited to be seeking three mid-career university researchers to take up three different one-year Thematic Research Lead pilot positions (0.6FTE), starting from January 2023.

These roles are generously being funded by the ESRC.

We are looking to appoint to the following roles:

The deadline to apply for these roles is 11.55pm, 1 August 2022.

We really encourage applications from everyone regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or whether or not they have a disability.

This webpage contains more information on the Thematic Research Lead Call, the shared ambitions of POST and the ESRC for this activity, as well as information on how to apply.

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Please do share this opportunity widely, and please be inclusive in those you share it with.

Why apply for this role? These roles, if proven, could become highly influential, prestigious roles at the heart of Parliament, somewhat akin to the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisers, but shaped for a parliamentary context. The role offers an exciting opportunity for you to see first-hand how research feeds into policy, through shaping parliamentary work with your research expertise and participating in core parliamentary processes. You will be uniquely placed to build connections with parliamentary and government stakeholders to take forward through your career, and participation will provide you with rich and varied experiences to support you on an upward professional trajectory.

ICYMI – Project management and project delivery experts – take part in knowledge exchange within Parliament

The UK Parliament Project Delivery Community of Practice (CoP) is currently seeking experts in the following topic/s to share knowledge, expertise, insights and tools for our project delivery professionals. We hope that we are able to find experts as soon as possible as the CoP working group has already been set-up.

This is a brilliant opportunity to work closely with project delivery professionals, make a range of contacts at Parliament, share research findings and contribute to shaping the project management community in UK Parliament.

The topics which we are seeking expertise on are:

  • Project/programme management and delivery
  • Leadership, management and performance
  • Change management, communications and engagement
  • Lessons and knowledge management
  • Sustainable business practices and behavioural insight
  • Centres of excellence, communities and social networks

If you would like to recommend relevant experts from your institution, please complete this form or pass the link to the form to experts themselves to complete.  The deadline for recommendations is 12:00 midday on Thursday 23 June 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.  

For more information or queries about this opportunity, please contact the Knowledge Exchange Unit.

Why should I engage? This is a unique opportunity to work closely with staff within Parliament, supporting and informing their project delivery work, build capacity and help evolve processes. Find out more about why to engage with Parliament hereAnd find more on engagement for impact here

A Parliament fact for a (hopefully) sunny day!

As you may know, select committees at UK Parliament run inquiries, for which they take written and oral evidence.

Select committees usually launch each new inquiry with a call for written evidence – this is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in the topic, or relevant experience, to contribute their views.

So what?

There is information and guidance available to support you if you are giving evidence to a House of Commons select committee.

This includes guidance on giving written evidence, including about how to submit written evidence, top tips for writing useful evidence, and some information about publication of evidence.

It also includes information about giving oral evidence, including what happens if you’re invited to give oral evidence.

You can access an online guide about giving evidence to a House of Commons select committee.

You can also access guidance about giving written evidence to a House of Lords select committee

More information