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Research and Innovation Services

Past Events and Training Opportunities

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.