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Your Parliament: An Introduction for Academics ESRC IAA Training

Friday 18 March 2016, 10.00AM to 12.00pm

Academics are required to articulate the potential ‘impact’ that their research may have on society, culture and the economy for the purposes of winning research funding, and for the purposes of reporting to those assessing the quality of research. There are a myriad of ways in which research can influence wider society and this session particularly focuses on engaging with parliament as one route or pathway to achieving impact. This session introduces the mechanisms and process by which you might engage with the policy making process. Professor Jonathan Bradshaw; Dr Kevin Farnsworth and Professor Roy Sainsbury will share their experiences as academics engaging with and influencing the policy making process.

By the end of the session attendees will:

  • Have increased their knowledge of what Parliament is – House of Commons, House of Lords and the Monarch
  • Have increased their knowledge of what Parliament does and why it is important
  • Understand the difference between Parliament and Government
  • Have an overview of a variety of the Parliamentary processes that can be engaged with
  • Understand how MP’s work and how to brief them
  • Know briefly how to work with Select Committees and keep up to date
  • An overview of the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST)
  • An overview of the House of Commons and House of Lords Libraries
  • Understand how to access further information

The session is funded by the University of York ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

This training session is aimed at and open to academic staff at the University of York. Admission is by free ticket only, please book your place at Eventbrite.

Attendees may be interested to attend the afternoon session, ‘The Role of Select Committees’, for which separate registration is required.

Location: Training Room YH/001b, Research Centre for the Social Sciences, University of York, Heslington, YO10 5ZF