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Dr Seema Patel, Senior Lecturer in Law, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University

Email: seema.patel02@ntu.ac.uk

In this video interview, Dr Seema Patel describes her experience of engaging with a House of Lords select committee.

Video interview - Dr Seema Patel

Recorded Summer 2021. 5 mins 1 second.

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Here is a transcript of the video interview.

Below you can find some selected quotes from the video interview.

 

“It became really clear during the seminar that the committee required short, sharp, punchy presentations from the speakers, rather than a traditional academic delivery which I was accustomed to […] And similarly the written evidence needed to be adjusted to suit a non-academic, non-law audience, speaking directly to the questions presented in the Call for Evidence...”

 

“I was really nervous about interacting with notable Members, but the Committee were extremely welcoming and receptive, the questions after the talk were manageable and they really challenged me to speak concisely and precisely.”

 

“... this entire experience is incredibly enjoyable and valuable, and the team are really welcoming and friendly, and there is an overarching sense that what you are doing is making a real difference by contributing.”

 

Useful links

Find out more about select committees in the UK Parliament.

Look through a list of all UK Parliament select committees.

Watch a recording of our online training for researchers about how to work with select committees.

Watch a recording of our online training for researchers on exploring select committee evidence.

Read a ‘how to’ guide about submitting evidence to a select committee of the House of Commons.

Read a ‘how to’ guide about submitting evidence to a select committee of the House of Lords.

Watch a recording of our online training on how to write for a parliamentary audience.

Read our ‘how to ‘guides on engaging with Parliament as a researcher.