What shall I do next?

It can be hard to know where to start if you'd like to engage with Parliament as a researcher.  Here is some advice to help you plan your next steps.

Getting started

1. Make sure you have read through our ways to engage with Parliament page, which outlines all the ways that you could approach and work with different parts of Parliament.

2. Think about why you want to engage with Parliament, i.e. what would you like to achieve?  This will help you to work out who to engage with and how.

3. Identify the areas where your work may be of interest in these ways:

4. If you are on Twitter, follow @UKParl_Research for plenty of opportunities to engage with Parliament as well as advice and resources to help you do so.

Taking it further

1. If you see a relevant select committee inquiry, submit written evidence. Here is a list of all open calls for evidence.  Select committees also advertise for specialist advisers sometimes, so keep an eye out for these opportunities.

2. Work with POST by proposing a topic for a briefing, contributing to a briefing currently being written, or participating in peer review of a briefing before it is published.

3. Apply for an Academic Fellowship.

4. If you feel your expertise could contribute to briefings on policy areas getting a lot of interest, get in contact with the House of Commons Library by emailing papers@parliament.uk with a brief introduction of yourself and your expertise.

5. Contact relevant APPGs from the APPG Register and offer to deliver a talk or contribute to their work. 

Researchers' stories

Find out first-hand what it's like to engage with Parliament from academics who have done so.

Get in contact with Parliament

Find contact information here for:

  • MPs and Peers
  • Select Committees
  • Libraries
  • The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • All-Party Parliamentary Groups