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 03 November 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 27 October 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”.

New topics for POST briefings approved! 

In October the POST board approved four new topics for Parliamentary briefings (known as POSTnotes) 

  • Electricity market reform 
  • Hormone treatment for children with gender dysphoria 
  • Diet-based inequalities
  • Online advertising technologies 

To produce POSTnotes, our advisers and fellows talk to stakeholders from industry, government, academia and the third sector to help identify important themes, point out critical literature and peer-review POSTnotes 

More information about how to contribute to POST briefings can be found on the UK Parliament website. 

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 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 as an expert. For queries about POST or POSTnotes contact POST. 

Introduction to the UK Parliament Education Service

We collaborate with a number of teams from across UK Parliament in our work to connect researchers with Parliament. We want to shine a light on some of these teams, starting with the UK Parliament Education Service. If you volunteer with a community group, engage in youth mentoring, have children, or want to increase your knowledge of Parliament then this may be of particular interest to you. 

The UK Parliament Education Service has an outreach service which provides training sessions on Parliament for community groups, schools and colleges across the UK. Each UK region has their own outreach officer who lives in the area and can facilitate in-person or online sessions. 

Schools and colleges can also book a visit to UK Parliament, taking part in one of the Education Service’s free, award-winning tour and workshop programmes. 

The UK Parliament Education Service also has a large number of online resources, for a wide range of audiences, which provide interesting and accessible information on the different parts of Parliament, the difference between Parliament and Government and how you can engage in the work of Parliament. 

More information about the UK Parliament Education Service, including how to organise a visit or session, can be found on the website.

Why should I engage? Understanding how the UK Parliament works, and understanding the different methods you can use to get your voice heard in Parliament, increases Parliamentary engagement. Increasing understanding of Parliament can help researchers to identify parts of Parliament who may be relevant to their research, or who could be contacted to share information about their research or field of study. 

More information: Find out more information about the UK Parliament Education Service on their website. You can also follow the UK Parliament Education Service on Twitter @UKParlEducation 

Order! Order! Read this week’s Parliamentary fact

When Sir Lindsay Hoyle was elected as the Speaker of the House of Commons in 2019 he was physically dragged to the Chair by other MPs. This custom dates back to the early modern period when the Speaker’s role was to communicate the Commons’ opinions to the monarch. If the monarch didn’t agree with what was being communicated, they could order the execution of the Speaker. Therefore, MPs in that period needed a physical push to take on the role of Speaker. 

So what?
The UK Parliament Archives blog ‘Inside the Act Room’ has a number of interesting and engaging articles for researchers to enjoy. These articles includes information on Parliamentary figures- such as how the role of the Speaker has changed over time- and commemorates key dates in the history of Parliament.  It also provides explanations of key acts which had a lasting impact on the history of the UK, and signposts how researchers and academics can access the UK Parliament archives. 

More information