The Hotlines List was updated on 15 March 2019
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POST – the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology – is presenting regional training sessions for researchers to learn how the UK Parliament works and ways to engage with Parliament using research, with a particular focus on framing and communicating your research in a policy context.
What does the training cover?
This training gives an overview of the UK Parliament and covers ways to work with the institution including details on Select Committees, legislative scrutiny, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries, and POST. It also includes sessions on identifying how your research relates to policy, and communicating your research at Parliament.
How is the training delivered?
Sessions are delivered by officials from POST and Select Committees. The training is interactive and practical. You will leave with an action plan, plenty of resources and the chance to join our alumni network to receive further opportunities and support from Parliament. Refreshments and lunch are included.
Who should attend?
This event is aimed at academic researchers as well as those working in policy brokerage/research impact roles.
What will I learn?
As a result of the training you will:
- understand Parliament’s role and processes and the difference between Parliament and Government
- know how research is used in the UK Parliament
- be able to identify opportunities to feed your research into Parliament’s work
- know how your research could be relevant to Parliament’s work, and how to frame it in this context
- learn tips and advice on communicating your research at Parliament including style and tone
- be aware of where to go for further support
What does it cost?
There is an attendance fee of £40, including VAT. If this fee is a barrier to your attendance, please contact us; we may make exceptions in some circumstances.
More information can be found at www.parliament.uk/academic-training
New online resource provided by the House of Commons Library
The Armed Conflict Database provides
in-depth data, timelines and reports on conflicts worldwide.
The ACD enables the user to assess the
effects of armed conflict on a region or a country. Users can view historic
trends and patterns in conflicts and read regular reports on new conflict
The database holds annual figures for
global conflict trends, as well as multi-year statistics on fatalities,
refugees and IDPs.
Do you have a disability or suffer from a difficulty or disadvantage in your workplace?
The workplace adjustment process prevents, reduces or removes obstacles you might face at work. Adjustments can be requested to help with obstacles relating to mental health and physical or non-physical requirements.
Please see here for further information: http://www.w4mp.org/w4mp/w4mp-guides/workplace-adjustments/
The Department for Health & Social Care has produced a new guide for ministerial correspondence. If you would like a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that this is only available to the offices of Members of Parliament, Members of the Scottish Parliament, Assembly Members and Members of the European Parliament.
We have just published a new guide to how best to record audio of events or meetings, written by Conrad Taylor and based on his many years of experience.
You can find it in the guides section of the site
Audio recording meetings, events and lectures
The Parliamentary Health and Wellbeing service is running a number of classes related to maintaining and improving your health and wellbeing. These include mindfulness, meditation and relaxtion; Yoga and postural and relaxation classes.
Wellbeing classes will commence on 7 January 2019
For details see the Parliamentary Intranet
The Gender-Sensitive Parliament Audit, carried out by members and staff of both Houses of Parliament, was published on Thursday 20 December 2018.
It finds that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses, but there are still barriers to women standing as MPs or putting themselves forward to the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
Read more on the Parliament website
An updated version of the ‘Rules of behaviour and courtesies in the House of Commons’ leaflet and the accompanying guide have been issued by the Speaker and the Deputy Speakers.
The new leaflet includes updated advice to Members on speaking in debates, Question Time, and conventions and courtesies in the Chamber.
Details and copies to download are published on the Parliamentary Intranet
Today is the centenary of the 1918 General Election when women over thirty and all men over the age of 21 were able to vote.
It also saw the first woman MP elected, though as Constance Markievicz was a member for Sinn Féin she did not take her seat.
The photograph is of House of Doors, by Kristina Clackson Bonnington, a sculpture that was in Westminster Hall last month. See https://www.parliament.uk/house-of-doors/ for more details.
House of Doors is supported by the Lord Speaker’s Advisory Panel on Works of Art and the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art.
Find out more about House of Doors at www.houseofdoors.org