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 since 15 December 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 8 December 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. 

  • NHS Dentistry | Health and Social Care Committee | Deadline for evidence submissions: Wednesday 25 January 2023 
  • Soil Health | Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee | Deadline for evidence submissions: Sunday 5 February 2023 

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”.

Come and work with POST as a Physical Sciences Adviser  

There is an exciting job opportunity to join as the Physical Sciences Adviser in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), in the Department for Research and Information.

The Physical Sciences Adviser will support POST in providing independent and balanced analyses to both Houses of Parliament on public policy issues with a basis in science and technology, especially those related to the physical sciences and digital technologies. 

If you are passionate in making a real difference in the world of physical science and digital technologies, and are looking to develop or enhance your experience in this field, this will be the ideal career path for you!

This is a permanent role, available to apply for as full time or job share. The salary is £39,000 per annum.  Applications close at 11:55pm on Sunday 15 January. 

Find out more about the role, and how to apply, on the House of Commons recruitment page. 

Sign up for a webinar on submitting evidence to select committees

The Knowledge Exchange Unit, together with the Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN), are organising a webinar ‘Submitting evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committees: Advice for researchers.’

The webinar will take place 12pm-1pm on Thursday 2 February 2023. 

In this webinar Yohanna Sallberg, Second Clerk to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee (HSCC) and Head of Secretariat, HSCC Independent Expert Panel, and Professor Katherine Woolf, Parliamentary Academic Fellow on the HSCC Independent Expert Panel, will discuss the benefits of submitting evidence to the Committee and the Independent Expert Panel, and will give their top tips for submitting evidence as well as things to avoid. The webinar will be chaired by Nicky Buckley, Parliamentary Academic Fellow and UPEN Vice-Chair.

Register to attend this event using the online form. A subsequent email will be sent out to confirm places and provide the webinar link.

Why should I engage? Submitting written evidence is a key opportunity for academics to have their research seen by parliamentarians and to potentially shape policy. This session will provide important guidance for researchers on the evidence submission process, and tips to ensure that your evidence meets the needs of the audience. 

More information: Register for the ‘submitting written evidence’ webinar. Visit the UK Parliament Knowledge Exchange websiteFind out more information about UPEN 

The next station is Westminster  

This week marks the 160th anniversary of the London Underground! UK Parliament’s closest underground station, Westminster, was first opened on 24 December 1868. Then called Westminster Bridge, it was part of the steam-operated District Railway (now the District Line). In the 1990s the station was reconstructed as part of the Jubilee Line extension. During this work, engineers employed a control system using grout injections to protect the stability of the Elizabeth Tower which stands 30 metres from the station entrance. The newly designed station was named the Royal Fine Art Commission Millennium Building of the Year in 2000. For Harry Potter fans, the station featured in the film adaption of The Order of the Phoenix. 

So what?
Now you know all about the prize winning Westminster Station, why not pay it a visit during a trip to UK Parliament. UK residents can request a free ‘Inside UK Parliament’ guided tour. Delivered by a trained guide, the 75 minute tours explain the history of UK Parliament, how it works and its relevance today. Tours take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during the Parliamentary session. 

Note on this round-up

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If you consider yourself a knowledge mobiliser, find out how to join our informal network of knowledge mobilisers. This is a network of people whose role includes sharing research from their institution with other sectors, or supporting researchers to share their research.