Invitation to MPs’ researchers from POST

Info sent to W4MP from POST – plus an invitation….and….a chance of winning a prize!  How can you resist?

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What do organ transplants, invasive species and driverless vehicles have in common? Well, they are all briefing papers currently in preparation at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Our office works for both Houses, specialising in producing a wide range of independent, peer-reviewed science and technology papers. They aim to inform MPs and Peers of exciting scientific developments that will have an impact on policymaking and legislation.

We also organise a busy year-round events programme open to all parliamentarians and staff – our next event is for MPs’ Researchers. We would be delighted if you could join us over lunch in the Attlee Suite at 12.00 – 2.00pm on Tuesday 16 July, where staff will be on hand to talk about how POST can help you with your work. There will also be a prize for researchers who sign up to our mailing list at the event!

To register for this event, or to join our mailing list to receive our briefings and future event invitations please contact postevents@parliament.uk or telephone us on 020 7219 2840.

We are always delighted to receive suggestions for new briefings – do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to see a topic covered by our scientific staff. Our comprehensive catalogue of publications is available online at www.parliament.uk/post

Travel Fair for Members and Staff – Tuesday 4 December

Tuesday 4 December. 3 – 5pm; Attlee Suite, 1st floor, Portcullis House.

Drop in to find out more about the range of services and resources from Hillgate Travel.

From arranging visits for overseas delegations to booking committee travel. Suppliers such as BA, Virgin, Easyjet, St Ermins Hotel and Dolphin Square Apartments will be available to discuss travel or accommodation services.

The Travel Office will also be promoting their online booking portal. This will be helpful to any member of staff who books travel or accommodation that is subsequently charged to IPSA’s expenses scheme.

Further information: martina@parliament.uk or x5732.


Getstats Seminar Invitation, 4 December 2012 (6-7pm)

Past marks: what’s happening to the statistical database for schools in England, as academies and free schools grow and local education authorities retreat?

Do we have good enough data and statistics for schools in England? With the growth of academies and free schools and the retreat of local authorities, the educational landscape is breaking up. Is there a danger of losing vital intelligence about pupils and performance?

Lord Lipsey, on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Statistics, invites you to a seminar to give MPs, peers and their staff a chance to talk and learn about statistics in action.

Speakers:

We are bringing together experts in education policy and data to ask whether we have enough data and statistics about schooling – to satisfy parents, employers, researchers, and ministers and MPs.

Professor Lorraine Dearden – works jointly at theInstitute ofEducation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Myles Hannon – Head of Education with SASUK, the leading provider of software and RSS getstats’ partner in this series of seminars; and

Jonathan Sharples – Manager of Partnerships at the Institute for Effective Education (IEE),University ofYork.

Seminar details:

Tuesday 4 December, 5.30pm (light refreshments) for 6-7pm followed by a reception, Macmillan Room, 1st floor, Portcullis House.

If you would like to attend the seminar, please contact Nitin Mehta (mehtan@parliament.uk) by 30 November.

This event is organised by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) in association with SAS UK and Ireland with the support of the House of Commons Library and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Statistics.