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Research and Innovation Services

Past Events and Training Opportunities

Policy Drop–in Sessions

Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 2pm to 4pm, Palatine Centre PC002

The policy team within Research and Innovation Services are hosting a one-to-one drop in session to advice anyone wanting assistance in engaging with policy makers. There is no need to make an appointment or register for this session. If you would like further information or assistance please contact Lisa Hodgson on 49204 or email

Working with Parliament and Select Committees - interactive workshop

Friday 25th May 2018 at 13:00am to 17:00pm, Location: Collier Room, College of St Hild and St Bede

In this interactive workshop you will have an opportunity to meet and build links with staff from the UK Parliament, Select Committee Outreach teams and Select Committee Advisors. Small group discussions will explore how to raise the profile of research in parliament, build relationships and present research for a policy audience. This workshop is aimed at those who want to know how parliament works and uses research as well as those looking to engage more with select committees (particularly, but not limited to Early Career Researchers). Places are very limited as the format will be small group discussion, so will be allocated on first come first served basis. Lunch will be provided at 13:00 and the session will start at 13.30. To register please sign up here.

Postponed Event - Policy Engagement for Impact – Wednesday 11th April

The policy team are hosting two 'Policy Engagement for Impact' lunch time sessions where there will be an opportunity to hear from experienced academics about their experience of engaging with policy and policymakers. The first event will take place on Wednesday 11th April in the Lindisfarne Centre at 12:00 till 14:00 and lunch will be provided.

The confirmed speakers are Alex Densmore from Geography, Lisa Hodgson from Research and Innovation Service and a further speaker is to be announced.

If you would like to attend any future workshops please email your details to and we will keep you informed.

Scottish Parliament Academic Fellowship Scheme

Last week the Scottish Parliament launched its Academic Fellowship scheme. Please see here for an overview, including details of current Fellows. The window for application is extremely tight with the deadline for applications being 5 January 2018. If you are interested in applying to this scheme please contact Neil Heckles on or Lisa Hodgson on We may have some funding available to support any successful placements.

There are two application routes:

Stream 1: Academics apply for a specific project defined by the Parliament under one of the following policy themes. As well as general circulation, please forward to academic colleagues with research expertise in these areas.

1.International trade

  1. Innovation in farming and food
  2. Effectiveness of economic development
  3. Digital justice
  4. Post legislative scrutiny
  5. Waste
  6. Health – integration of services
  7. Good Food Nation

Stream 2: Academics propose a project.This can be on any topic of clear relevance to parliamentary business, in particular original analytical or primary research

If you would like further infromation please contact the team by phone on 49204 or email

Blogging for Impact

Professor Colin Talbot, Cambridge University - Wednesday 29 November Holgate Room Grey College. 1 – 2.30 pm (lunch from 1-1.30)

Professor Talbot was founding Director of the Policy@Manchester network, and a former advisor to both the Treasury and Public Administration Select Committees. His advice on public sector performance, public spending systems and civil service reform has been sought by governments around the world – including the OMB in the USA and Prime Ministers and Cabinet Department in Australia. His research on Government, Academics and Policymaking has included experimental virtual Policy Labs.

Professor Talbot retired from the University of Manchester in summer 2017 and is currently an emeritus Professor of Government and Public Policy and Research Associate with the Judge Business School and Cambridge Public Policy. In this workshop he will discuss his experience and success in engaging policymakers through online blogs and ‘virtual policy labs’.

This event has taken place but if you would be interested in attending an simular event in the future please contact us on

Open Calls for Academic Parliamentary Fellowship Scheme

The UK Parliament is piloting an Academic Fellowship Scheme that will offer academic researchers at every stage of their career the rare opportunity to work on specific projects from inside Westminster’s walls.

The Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme is offering academics from different subject areas and at any career stage the opportunity to come and work in Parliament.

Funded by monies made available to universities to increase the impact of their research, the Scheme includes opportunities for academics to work on specific projects proposed by offices inside Parliament, as well as enabling academics to propose a project of their choosing.

To apply for the Fellowship scheme please complete the below application form and return it to before Monday 14th August 2017.

Please see below a short presentation from the Academic Parliament Fellowship scheme that provides more details. For further information and the application guidelines please Parliament UK website.

The external deadlines are (all applicants have to go through the internal process frist);

Stage one - Applicants submit an Outline Application (essentially an expression of interest): Midnight 4th September

  • This will provide a brief description of the proposed project and indicating a preferred host parliamentary office.
  • Academics notified about decision in principle (e.g. whether they have been shortlisted by parliamentary offices): Friday 15th September

Stage two - Applicants shortlisted in stage one would be invited to progress to the stage two – preparation of a Detailed Application. This would elaborate on the Outline Application and would be required to be submitted: Midnight Friday 13th October.

  • We expect that parliamentary staff to want to interview candidates before making a decision. Interviews with academics: Week commencing 23rd October.
  • Candidates will be informed as to whether they are successful by Monday 30th October.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Neil on 44641 or email

Research, Impact and the UK Parliament Training Event

The event will explore how to use research to engage with Parliament and will take place across the UK with an event in Newcastle on Tuesday 12 December at 1.30pm.The training events give an overview of Parliament and then cover ways to work with the institution, including details on Select Committees, legislative scrutiny, the House of Commons and House of Lords libraries and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). Training is interactive with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions

Please click here for more information, details and how to register for this training event.

Durham Public Policy Seminar Series

‘Life Chances of Young People in Scotland’

Naomi Eisenstadt, Scottish Government Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality Durham University Business School

11 October 2017 at Durham Castle, Senate Room

12 – 2 (lunch from 12)

In 1999 Naomi became the first director of the Sure Start Unit. Starting out in the civil service with responsibility for Sure Start local programmes, her portfolio grew over seven years to include early education, childcare, parenting policy, and extended schools. She then spent one year as the Secretary of State’s Chief Adviser on Children’s Services. Her last three years before leaving the civil service were as Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force. Naomi will be reflecting on and offering insights into her most recent role, with the Scottish Government, which has included engaging with academics, civil society organisations and young people, in particular her final report which makes recommendations about improving social mobility and life chances for young people.

This event has now closed and video of the event will be posted shortly.

February 2017 - Parliamentary Academic Fellowship - Now Closed

The Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme is offering academics from different subject areas and at any career stage the opportunity to come and work in Parliament.

The Fellowship Scheme is open to academics of all levels and experience who are employed at a UK higher education institution that holds either an ESRC or EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA). All applicants must have the right to work in the UK and will have to go through an internal selection process first.

The deadline for this scheme is fast approaching and if you are interested in applying then please register your interest by emailing

Funded by monies made available to universities to increase the impact of their research, the Scheme includes opportunities for academics to work on specific projects proposed by offices inside Parliament, as well as enabling academics to propose a project of their choosing. For further information on the scheme please see the link here.

There are six projects call open:

    1. House of Lords Library: Improving research services for Peers and staff through the collection and analysis of performance data.
    2. House of Commons Research and Information Team: Learning about the needs, motivations and behaviours of MPs, MP's staff and parliamentary staff.
    3. House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee: Providing energy and climate change support and advice to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee.
    4. House of Commons Health Committee: Scrutinising the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan.
    5. House of Commons International Trade Committee: Providing support and advice to the International Trade Committee of the House of Commons.
    6. House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee: Providing support and advice to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.