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.
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. You might also like to watch one of our 30 minute long training sessions about how to engage with Parliament as a researcher.
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:
- Find relevant select committees and sign up to email alerts or follow them on Twitter: full list of committees.
- Get to grips with the kinds of topics the libraries and POST write briefings on: explore briefings, and sign up to the POST mailing list.
- Identify relevant All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs): APPG register.
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 would like to introduce yourself to the House of Commons Library, send a 250 word introduction to email@example.com who will pass it to the relevant subject specialist in the Library. If you have factual updates you could contribute to a pre-existing Library briefing, you can get in contact with the House of Commons Library by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, naming the briefing and the update.
5. Contact relevant APPGs from the APPG Register and offer to deliver a talk or contribute to their work.