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
POST provides balanced and accessible overviews of research from across the biological, physical and social sciences, and engineering and technology. It places the findings of this research in a policy context for Parliamentary use.
The best known format for these briefings are ‘POSTnotes’: four page summaries of public policy issues based on reviews of the research literature and interviews with stakeholders from across academia, industry, government and the third sector; they are peer reviewed by external experts. POSTnotes are often produced proactively, so that parliamentarians have advance knowledge of key issues before they reach the top of the political agenda.
Find out more here: https://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/publications/
The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST, for short) has been producing impartial, non-partisan, and peer-reviewed briefing notes for over thirty years on various subjects which may be of interest to Members and staffers.
POST is the UK Parliament’s in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues related to science and technology. Their aim is to inform parliamentary debate.
More information and the full list of POSTnotes can be found on the main POST site here: https://post.parliament.uk/
They are also published on the popular Medium platform – follow POST here.
Their work programme covers:
- Biology and health
- Energy and Environment
- Physical and digital science
- Social Sciences
Their analysis covers:
- Food Security
- Transport and Infrastructure
- Digital Tech
- Security and Defence
- Crime and Justice
- Health and Social Care
- Science Policy
All publications (since 1995) are available in PDF format. To sign up for their mailing list, please click here: https://mailchi.mp/email.parliament.uk/post
POST also hosts seminars and training events, details of which can be found here: https://post.parliament.uk/category/training-and-events/