Women researchers at the UK Parliament

This event was held on 9th October 2019. Attendees at the event celebrated women researchers' impact on the UK Parliament, learnt more about how to engage with Parliament as a researcher, and contributed ideas to strengthen Parliament's work with women researchers.

What did the event cover?

At this event, attendees:

  • celebrated women researchers' engagement with and impact on Parliament
  • contributed ideas to strengthen Parliament's work with women researchers
  • learnt how to engage with Parliament as a researcher, and built their confidence to do so
  • built their networks and made new contacts at Parliament.

When was the event?

This event was held on Wednesday 9th October 2019, running 10:30am - 6:00pm.  The networking session 4:30-6:00pm, sponsored by Emerald Publishing, was optional.

Who attended?

The event was open to all from the research community.

Why did we hold the event?

We know that fewer female researchers engage with the UK Parliament than male researchers, based on both statistical and anecdotal evidence, and we want that to change.  This event is part of a small series; we will also be holding events focused on academics from BAME backgrounds and academics with disabilities (dates TBA).  These extra-ordinary events fit alongside our Parliament for Researchers training series (UK-wide, monthly training sessions for researchers, run by Parliament's Knowledge Exchange Unit).

What happens next?

We have gathered the ideas contributed at the event and are exploring how to implement some of them, in order to strengthen UK Parliament's work with women researchers.  If you would like to know more, please contact Naomi Saint, Knowledge Exchange Manager, POST..

Get in touch and follow us on Twitter

Contact the Knowledge Exchange unit: Sarah Foxen, Naomi Saint and Laura Webb (keu@parliament.uk) and follow us on Twitter @UKParl_Research

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