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Open Fellowship Opportunity

Innovation Placements Call 2017:

NERC’s Innovation Placements call (previously Innovation Internships) is inviting researchers to apply for six to 12 month placements based in business, policy and civil organisations. The researcher will be expected to spend between 80% and 100% of their time in their host organisation’s premises, demonstrating how their partner can best make use of scientific knowledge and outputs, leading to longer term, self-sustaining activities for the host. This is open to PhD students and closes on 10 August 2017.

For more information please see our Placement Opportunaties page or contact us on public.policy@durham.ac.uk

Second round of Government placement opportunities

There are a number of opportunities for academic colleagues to be placed into Government departments. All the placements are for those with expertise in research methods, and they are being funded by the ESRC through the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM), based in Southampton. The policy team in Southampton has helped the NCRM to identify the placement opportunities and develop the scheme. They are now looking to identify high quality candidates to take up these positions.

In this second round, three placement opportunities are being advertised: 1) in the Government Office for Science & Alan Turing Institute 2) at the Department of Transport and 3) at the Centre for Ageing Better. The closing date for applications is 6th September. All the details including the application form and contact details should you have a query can be found here: https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/TandE/fellowships/.

Open Fellowship Opportunaties

Innovation Placements Call 2017:

NERC’s Innovation Placements call (previously Innovation Internships) is inviting researchers to apply for six to 12 month placements based in business, policy and civil organisations. The researcher will be expected to spend between 80% and 100% of their time in their host organisation’s premises, demonstrating how their partner can best make use of scientific knowledge and outputs, leading to longer term, self-sustaining activities for the host. This is open to academics and PhD students and closes on 29 June 2017.

Opportunity to be Specialist Adviser to Select Committee

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee is looking to recruit Specialist Advisers to provide advice and expertise on its inquiry into the funding of higher, further and technical education. Details of the scope of the inquiry and the call for evidence can be found on the Committee’s website. More information about this role is on parliament’s website.

The role is part-time, remunerated by a daily fee. It is expected that an adviser would spend up to one day each week working for the Committee (half a day if two advisers are appointed) over the course of the inquiry.

Interested candidates should send a CV and covering letter setting out their suitability for the post to wallera@parliament.uk by or on midnight on 4 September 2017. Interviews are likely to take place in early September. The appointment is subject to the approval of the committee.

Thursday 9th December 2016 - BEIS Select Committee

Durham University welcomed a House of Commons Select Committee to the region in December reflecting its growing relationship with UK Parliament.

As part of the Committee’s brief to scrutinise the Government’s Industrial Strategy, they visited two of Durham’s world-class research groups based at the North East Technologies Park (NETPark).

The Centre for Advanced Instrumentation creates high-tech instruments for major telescopes around the world and has helped Durham to achieve a world-wide impact for space science research. The Committee, led by Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, also saw the work of the Advanced Inorganic Materials Group which ‘grows’ large diameter crystals to develop high energy, colour X-ray imaging technology.

For further information please see the University's News Page

PhD student reflects on POST at Parliament: Charlotte Kitchen completes fellowship for Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Charlotte Kitchen is a member of Durham University’s Mental Health Research Centre in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health. Charlotte is in the third year of her PhD which is an evaluation of the feasibility of Behavioural Activation Therapy as a treatment for young people with depression in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Charlotte has just completed a three month secondment undertaking afellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), funded by the British Psychological Society (BPS). POST is Parliament’s in-house source of independent, balanced and accessible analysis of public policy issues from across the biological, physical and social sciences, and engineering and technology. POST produce briefings in order to place the findings of this research in a policy context for Parliamentary use. Charlotte was tasked with preparing a ‘POSTbrief’ on ‘selective education’ which is a responsive policy briefing based on a mini literature review. This was in response to the current debate and government consultation on grammar schools. This process involved researching and writing the brief, interviewing a range of stakeholders, attending debates in the Houses of Commons and Lords as well as liaising with the Education Select Committee.

The secondment has been an exciting and valuable experience. It has broadened Charlotte's understanding of the processes of translating research into policy and law and will undoubtedly be beneficial in her future career. Charlotte is grateful to the BPS for funding this opportunity, her PhD supervisors for their enthusiasm and assistance in this endeavour and to POST for facilitating her fellowship.

To seeCharlotte’s full 'POSTbrief' please click here

In the new year Charlotte will be talking about her experiences and offering academic staff at Durham some practical insights about engaging with parliament via some organised sessions that will be advertised on the events page of the Engaging with Public Policy website found here and via dialogue.

If you would like further information, including details of how we can support academics to engage with Parliament, please do not hesitate to email us at public.policy@durham.ac.uk

Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee visit

We are pleased to annouce that the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee are coming to Durham University on Thursday 8th December 2016.

The BEIS Select Committee are visiting Durham as part of their current inquiry into the Industrial Strategy. The Committee are considering what the Government means by Industrial Strategy and how interventionist in the free market it should be, such as whether it should prevent foreign takeover of UK companies. They are also looking at priorities for the private sector, for example what businesses want from a revamped industrial strategy, the pros and cons of a sectorial approach and possible geographical emphasis. Durham University is hosting the visit as part of our commitment to build links between the University and UK Parliament and grow our role in working with a range of sectors to have a strong voice on issues that are important to the region.

As part of their visit the BEIS Select Committee is holding a Public Evidence session at the University. The committee will take oral evidence from a range of business and industry leaders from the region. This will take place in the Lindisfarne Centre between 14:00 – 16:15 and is open to the public on a first come first served basis.

There will also be a unique oppotunity to attend a public Question and Answer session, open to all, with Iain Wright (MP for Hartlepool). This opportunity will allow you to find out more about life as an MP and the work of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee. The Q&A session will take place from 16:30 – 17:30 in the Appleby Lecture Theatre (Geography), no sign up needed and everyone is welcome.