Research Impact and Parliament

2 Nov 2015, 13:00 - 17:00

Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

Tel: 0207 219 8377

RIAPChrisIntro1.mp3 (MP3 265 KB)Research is one type of evidence that can strengthen Parliament‘s important democratic functions – debating the issues of the day, creating and revising laws, and examining and critiquing the actions of government. However, we know little about the ways that it feeds into Parliamentary processes currently.

This event informed academics about the many ways that they can improve their impact on Parliament. It presented findings from an analysis into the impact case studies submitted as part of the recent HEFCE Research Excellence Framework (REF) to showcase the different ways that academics (from all disciplines) have contributed to Parliamentary processes. It drew out lessons for Parliament on how it is currently engaging with academics, and how it might in the future.

This reception gave attendees the opportunity to speak with researchers, Parliamentarians, Parliamentary staff and other relevant stakeholders about their experiences in an informal setting during a wine reception.


  • 1.00pm
  • Registration and refreshments
  • 1.45pm (Intro (MP3 265 KB) and Speech (MP3 16.86 MB))
  • Welcome from Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons
  • 2.00pm
  • Keynote (MP3 12.92 MB): Professor Jane Elliot, Chief Executive, Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2.15pm
  • Panel discussion and Q&A (MP3 21.81 MB)
    Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, POST Board Member
    Adam Afriyie MP, POST Board member
    Penny Young, Librarian and Director General, House of Commons Professor James Wilsdon, Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, Professor of Science & Democracy, University of Sussex
    Paul Evans, Clerk of the Journals House of Commons
    Baroness Onora O’Neill of Bengarve CH CBE
  • 3.45pm
  • Exhibition opens and wine reception
  • 4.15pm (Intro (MP3 1.36 MB) and Speech (MP3 10.14 MB))
  • Keynote: Rt Hon Baroness D'Souza CMG, The Lord Speaker
  • 4.30pm
  • Exhibition continues
  • 5.00pm
  • Close

This event was sponsored by Research Councils UK, which is the strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils who annually invest around £3 billion in research. The event is being held in collaboration with the Parliaments and Legislatures Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association.

Download the take away messages handout (PDF PDF 307 KB).

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