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Parliament for Knowledge Mobilisers: how to support your institution's engagement with the UK Parliament

This training session gives an overview of the UK Parliament and covers ways for researchers to work with the institution including details on select committees, the House of Commons and House of Lords Libraries, POST, and working with individual Parliamentarians. It then explores ideas around supporting researchers at your institution to engage with the UK Parliament, including potential incentives for academics.

Parliament for Knowledge Mobilisers: online training session

This is a recording of an online training session, delivered on 2nd December 2020 by UK Parliament's Knowledge Exchange Unit. 34mins34secs long.

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This is a recording of an online training session, delivered on 2nd December 2020 by UK Parliament's Knowledge Exchange Unit.

The session is aimed at knowledge mobilisers, i.e. people whose role is focused on sharing research from their institution with other sectors (examples could include people working in research impact, public engagement, policy engagement, knowledge exchange, communications, research development, academic libraries etc).

It focuses on practical information and advice, and what support is available for knowledge mobilisers from the UK Parliament's Knowledge Exchange Unit. The main presenter is Naomi Saint, Knowledge Exchange Manager, UK Parliament.

You can access other training sessions too, including how to engage with Parliament as an academic, PhD student or early career researcher, plus how to work with select committees, and how to write for a parliamentary audience.

Training resources

Useful links

The links below accompany information presented in the training session.

General advice on engaging with Parliament for researchers

  • Here is a webpage of 'how to' guides, including:
    • Infographics on research impact at the UK Parliament and getting research into Parliament
    • Guidance on submitting evidence to a select committee
    • Tips on writing a policy brief
  • Here is a "what shall I do next" webpage to help researchers think through the next steps of engaging with the UK Parliament
  • Here is where you can sign up to email alerts on topics which you choose (this will include select committee inquiries and other opportunities and news)
  • If you are interested in engaging with Parliament around the COVID-19 outbreak and its impacts, please see this COVID-19 researcher engagement webpage outlining the most targeted, impactful ways that researchers can engage at the moment
  • Here is more information about Parliament's Knowledge Exchange Unit, including contact details for further queries. If you are a knowledge mobiliser (see definition above), please do join our informal Knowledge Mobilisers network by emailing with your name, job title and institution.

Engaging with select committees

Engaging with the House of Commons and House of Lords Libraries

Engaging with POST

Engaging with All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs)

Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF)