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The State Opening of Parliament 

The UK general election took place on Thursday 4 July 2024. The new Parliament met on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for the election of the Speaker and swearing-in of MPs and Lords. The State Opening of Parliament and The King’s Speech will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2024.

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Parliament for Researchers: how to write for a parliamentary audience

This training session gives a brief overview of the UK Parliament and then explores how to prepare and write a research briefing for a parliamentary audience.  It also covers which teams at Parliament write and use research briefings, including details of House of Commons and House of Lords Libraries, and POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology), and how to use your research briefing in order to target a relevant, appropriate audience.

This is a recording of an online training session, delivered on 15th December 2020 by UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit and featuring an expert speaker from POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology). 33mins58secs long.

This training session is aimed at academic researchers and focuses on practical information and advice. The presenter is Naomi Saint, Knowledge Exchange Manager, UK Parliament, and the expert speaker is Dr Cristiana Vagnoni, Biology and Health Adviser, POST, UK Parliament.

You can also access other training sessions from UK Parliament's Knowldge Exchange Unit.

Training resources

Introductory videos about Parliament

You may find these short videos useful before watching the training session, to refresh your knowledge on the structure and role of the UK Parliament.

Useful links

General advice on engaging with Parliament as a researcher

Engaging with POST

Engaging with the House of Commons and House of Lords Libraries

Engaging with All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs)