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Finance – London under threat

One of the City of London’s main lobby groups, TheCityUK, has warned that London’s position as a leading global financial centre is under threat without reforms to tax and labour rules. The group has published a new international strategy that seeks to return the UK to being the world’s leading international financial centre within five years.

The strategy underlines the need to strengthen market share in existing areas of advantage, such as FinTech. It also calls for the UK to build its capabilities in future areas of global growth where the UK has a competitive advantage, such as data, global ESG markets and risk management.

It says that delivering the strategy will create more high-skilled, high-value UK jobs, and attract more foreign direct investment into businesses in all sectors across the UK. It will put the UK at the forefront of innovation and position the UK as a leader in financing the green economy.


  • Developing new global markets around key areas of future global demand, including becoming a global hub for data and technology by championing common ground rules for digital trade and seek targeted data transfer agreements.
  • Positioning the UK at the heart of global ESG markets, partnering with other countries to create global ESG disclosure standards and more interoperability of ESG taxonomies.
  • Strengthening the UK’s role as a gateway through which global investors can channel funds to businesses across the UK and growth markets around the world.
  • Helping the UK to become the world leader in risk management and in developing alternative risk transfer instruments.
  • Attracting the world’s talent by making visas cheaper and quicker to process.
  • Strengthening capital markets by adopting the recommendations of Lord Hill’s review.
  • Boosting foreign direct investment by amending the tax regime for the financial services sector.
  • Adopting a more agile and dynamic regulatory approach.
  • Supporting UK law’s effectiveness and competitiveness and positioning the UK as a global centre for commercial legal services.
  • Helping the UK remain at the forefront of financial technology and innovation.
  • Liberalising trade with developed markets and emerging markets, with a focus on agreements that support services.
  • Securing international recognition for UK qualifications and improving labour mobility, strong market access and investment protection provisions.

Miles Celic, CEO of TheCityUK, said: “The UK’s financial and related professional services industry is a strategic national asset which provides millions of high-value jobs right across the country, attracts inward investment, contributes significant tax revenue and generates large export surpluses. Being host to the world’s leading financial centre provides large and widespread economic benefit to the UK – which is why there is no shortage of competitors seeking to grow their own financial centres.

“One of the greatest risks for any successful financial centre is complacency. Europe is littered with cities that were once the leading international centre of their day. The last decade has been one of growth for our industry, yet global competitors have grown faster. However, with the right strategy in place and a clear focus on delivery, the UK can pull away once again from its competitors. It is an ambition that needs industry, government, and regulators to work together. It will take sustained focus, cooperation and determination.”

The full strategy is available here.

This summary was prepared for BU by Dods.

Policy Influence Opportunities

New mailing list for colleagues who would like to use their research and expertise to engage with and influence UK policy making.

The policy team have set up a new mailing list for academic and professional service colleagues who are interested in using their expertise or research to influence UK policy.

We are keen to share timely information and encourage participation from a wider and diverse range of colleagues. We will send out opportunities in (usually) one email per week (less regularly when Parliament isn’t sitting). This will include:

  • expert calls
  • specialist or committee advisor opportunities
  • areas of research interest issued by the Government (topics they want to hear from you about)
  • fellowship opportunities (including for PhD students)
  • specialist inquiries and consultations that may be relevant to BU colleagues’ research interests
  • requests for case studies
  • Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) opportunities (such as POSTnotes, briefings, and reviewer opportunities)
  • information relating to All-Party Parliamentary Groups and other policy organisations which BU is a member of
  • internal (BU) and external training opportunities in the policy field
  • top tips for small steps to get started in policy influencing

The email will cover a wide range of opportunities so colleagues should simply scan through it for the factors that are of most interest.

BU colleagues can email to sign up to the weekly digest.

Announcements: Clinical Research | Broadcasting | Body Image | Decarbonising Transport | NHS

Today’s announcements:

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has made an announcement on the £64 million funding provided to strengthen clinical research delivery


Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden has made an announcement on plans for a new broadcasting white paper


The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee has published a report on the government response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee Report; ‘Changing the perfect picture: an inquiry into body image’


The Institute for Public Policy Research has published a report on decarbonising UK transport


NHS Providers has published a survey on pressure on the NHS

New Subject Benchmark Statement for Policing

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has today announced that it is working with the College of Policing to develop a new Subject Benchmark Statement for Policing.

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies. They are used as reference points in the design, delivery and review of academic programmes.

QAA leads the development of the Subject Benchmark Statements and reviews them on a recurring basis to ensure they are useful as possible for discipline communities. To ensure that the reviews take into account a diverse and broad spectrum of intelligence, opinion and experience on the subject areas considered, each subject area under review has its own advisory group, comprising of members of the academic community, employers, professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs) and students.

As the PSRB for the police service across England and Wales, the College of Policing has well established and extensive networks across higher education and the police service.

The Chair of the advisory group for the Subject Benchmark Statement for Policing has been confirmed as Dr Ian Pepper, Curriculum, Qualifications and Apprenticeships Senior Advisor at the College of Policing.

Dr Pepper said:

“This is an exciting time to Chair an highly experienced academic and practitioner working group, representing views from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all of whom are committed to writing a QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for contemporary policing. The Statement will complement existing professional body products by describing the national standards expected of those studying and graduating in the discipline of policing.”

Dr Ailsa Crum, Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards at QAA, said:

“We are delighted to work with the College of Policing and wider stakeholders in developing this new Subject Benchmark Statement. It provides a valuable opportunity to make clear the academic expectations for the award, in addition to the existing professional standards which have already been established.”

This summary was prepared for BU by Dods.

New select committee inquiries

The long-term impact of the pandemic on towns and cities | Lords COVID-19 Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Wednesday 30th June 2021

The Treatment of Contracted Staff for The MOD’s Ancillary Services | Defence Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Sunday 27th June 2021

Space Defence | Defence Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Thursday 1st July 2021

Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill | Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 5th July 2021

 Contact for support if you would like to respond to an inquiry

DWP In-House Research Unit – Academic Secondment

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is inviting applications from mid-career to senior researchers to join its newly formed In-House Research Unit on an academic secondment for 18 months.

This is a unique opportunity for academics to work in a government research service. The In-House Research Unit provides a full service model, designing and carrying out qualitative research across a range of populations. Successful candidates will collaborate with a range of internal customers and use the latest technical, methodological and analytical approaches to provide robust evidence to support decision-making in policy and operational development. They welcome applications from experts across a broad range of fields, who have expertise in qualitative research methods. They will be recruiting for up to 5 positions. For more information contact the BU policy team ( who have the candidate and application packs or email

The deadline for application is 18 June. 

Diverse policy voices – 9 June

Diverse policy voices – An online event exploring professional support staff and technicians’ engagement with policy initiatives across UK higher education.

9 June 2021, 12:30-13:30, online – register here

Shift Learning and the Newcastle University Policy Academy Alumni and collaborators explore the experiences of policy engagement among staff working in Higher Education and allied industries. This research is co-designed with sector stakeholders and the results will inform sector-wide actions. The report and findings will be launched at an online event exploring professional support staff and technicians’ engagement with policy initiatives across UK higher education.

Agenda and more information about the project and the launch event here

Humanities research to inform UK policy

What do UK Policymakers want from the humanities and what can humanities researchers offer?

Friday 4 June 12:00-13:30, on Zoom

Register to attend here.

A joint Universities Policy Engagement Network and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) seminar that brings together UK policymakers from parliament and central government to explore how UK policymakers engage with humanities research and researchers. This seminar is for you if you would like to understand better:

  • how humanities research contributes to the design or scrutiny of UK public policy,
  • how your own research could be relevant to current and anticipated needs of UK policymakers, as well as,
  • channels open to humanities researchers to communicate their evidence and expertise to UK policymakers

More information about the session is available here – all are welcome.

Call for evidence and expertise

Does your research touch on any of the below topics?

POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) has nine new POSTnotes in production. POST are welcoming contributions from experts within the below fields.

 To produce POSTnotes, advisers and fellows talk to a variety of stakeholders from industry, government, academia, and the third sector. These experts help POST identify important themes, point the report authors in the direction of critical literature, and even help POST peer-review the final reports.

On each of the links above there is a contact for the topic. Do get in touch with them to share your research and expertise.

Why should I engage? The POSTnote is POST’s flagship report. It is an impartial, evidenced four-page briefing reviewing emerging areas of research. There are different ways to contribute to a POSTnote as an expert. Researchers can get involved by contributing with literature, with expertise, or as a peer-reviewer. Find out more about why to engage with Parliament hereAnd find more on engagement for impact here.

More information:  You can find the new POST work programme here. And you can read POST’s previous POSTnotes here.

Support resources: View our guidance for expert contributors.

Contact BU’s policy team for more information or support –

Parliament for Researchers – exploring select committee evidence

New online training session: Parliament for Researchers – exploring select committee evidence, Wednesday 9th June 2021, 14:00 – 15:00pm

To build on your knowledge about the work of select committees, join this focused online training session to explore how select committees use research findings and expertise as evidence, and how you as a researcher can engage. The role of committee specialist advisors will also be covered.

It is hosted by the UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit with expert speakers from House of Commons and House of Lords select committee offices. The session is focused on practical information and advice, with opportunities for Q&A. The POST training sessions are highly recommended by BU’s policy team.

Book your ticket for Parliament for Researchers – exploring select committee evidence

The online training session will have captions available, images described and information sent in advance.  This session will be recorded and available on the Parliament website to watch after the event.

Support resources: You can also access recordings and resources from previous ‘Parliament for Researchers’ training sessions, including sessions tailored for researchers at different career stages and covering different topics such as select committees and writing for a parliamentary audience.

Call for experts in food insecurity and children’s health

Call for experts in food insecurity and children’s health

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is looking for 2 expert speakers for a virtual briefing event for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff on ‘Food insecurity and children’s health’ (Date TBC, around end of June/ early July).

The event aims to inform MPs and Peers on the causes of food insecurity, its impact on children’s physical and mental health and to describe interventions to support access to healthy food for children. The event will last around 60-75 minutes.  In a panel of 4 (including 2 experts from different charities discussing the current situation of food insecurity in children and their experience in delivery programmes), 2 academic experts will be asked to give a 5-10 minute presentation and answer questions from the audience.

POST would like to find experts who could discuss one/any of the following topics:

  • malnutrition and the effects in children, focusing not only on childhood obesity but more widely on malnutrition as a whole, also from an undernutrition perspective
  • food insecurity and children’s health in vulnerable groups in the UK (perhaps with a more on social science/economics background) including discussion about the evidence base and evaluation of interventions

Please note that POST is looking for experts who have a very broad perspective on the field and are able to discuss the wider literature rather than their specific area of research.

POST welcomes contributions from a diverse range of researchers.

To put yourself forward, please complete this form by 5pm on Friday 28th May 2021.


Why should I engage? POST events are attended by Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords and UK Parliament staff to hear directly from leading experts. Speaking at a POST event is a good way of feeding your research into the UK Parliament as part of a trusted, impartial service, and speaking directly to Parliamentarians. Therefore your contribution can help raise your profile and promote your research.

 Support resources: find more information about working with POST as an expert, and more information about POST events.

Expert request – Energy Sector Digitalisation

Call for experts in energy sector digitalisation

POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) is looking for experts to speak to about energy sector digitalisation, as they create a research briefing (POSTnote) on this topic.  They would like to interview academics and experts who could contribute insights on:

  • the use of digital technology within the energy system
  • benefits provided by ‘digitalisation’
  • disruptions to present methods of energy generation, transmission and use
  • applications of the most relevant digital technologies to the energy sector, and associated benefits
  • barriers to deployment across technical and policy dimensions.

Experts may be asked for an interview to share their insights, which would take place before the end of June.  They may in addition be asked to externally review a draft of the POSTnote once it is written, which would be in July.

To put yourself forward as an expert fill in this form before 5pm on Friday 28 May.

Why should I engage? POSTnotes are used by Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords and UK Parliament staff to navigate complex research. Contributing to a POSTnote is a good way of feeding your research into the UK Parliament as part of a trusted, impartial publication. All contributors are acknowledged online when the POSTnote is published. On publication, you and your organisation’s communications team will be notified to publicize the POSTnote and your contribution. Therefore your contribution can help raise your profile and promote your research. Contributing to a POSTnote may lead to research impact as understood in the context of REF2021.

Support resources: find more information about contributing to a POSTnote as an expert

If you are unsure about engaging speak to Jane Forster or Sarah Carter for support.

Survey – researcher engagement with Parliament

The UK-wide Universities Policy Engagement Network (UPEN), which BU is a member of, would like to find out what you think about engaging with Parliament as an academic researcher.  

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve ever engaged with Parliament previously.

UPEN wants to know

  • how academics perceive Parliament,
  • what are some of the key barriers to engaging with it, and
  • what measures could be put in place to encourage more academics and researchers to ensure their research informs the work of Parliament.

If you take part, you could potentially win a £100 Amazon voucher and it should take just 5 minutes to complete the survey.

You can complete the survey at this link: 

The survey is open to all academic and research staff, and PhD students, based at any UK university.

The deadline for responses is 31st May.

Specialist roles – policy impact opportunities

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is recruiting for 2 Committee Specialists to support their work. The Committee is currently working on issues relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, Net Zero, space and satellites and the role of research, innovation and technology in the recovery from Covid-19.  Committee specialists advise on, arrange and lead committee inquiries, and provide written and oral briefing to support committee hearings and produce reports to communicate committee findings. Committee specialists will work closely with the MPs who chair and sit on the committee, as well as engaging with high-profile individuals and organisations in the public, private and third sectors within the committee’s areas of interest. Deadline for applications is Sunday 23 May 2021.

The House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee is inviting applications from individuals for the role of Specialist Adviser to the Women and Equalities Committee for its inquiry into The Rights of Cohabiting Partners. The post will run from the beginning of July for up to 6 months. There is more information about the inquiry into The Rights of Cohabiting Partners here.  Deadline for applications is Friday 28 May 2021. 

If you would like to apply please discuss this with your Faculty and the BU Policy team (for support) prior to application.

New select committee inquiries

Responding to a select committee is an easy way to get your feet on the pathway to policy influence and impact.

Below are the most recently opened inquiries. There will be other inquiries accepting evidence too –  all inquiries currently accepting evidence are here  .

COVID 19: PPE Suppliers | Public Accounts Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 17 May 2021

The Myanmar Crisis | Foreign Affairs Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Tuesday 18 May 2021

COVID-19 cost tracker update | Public Accounts Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Thursday 20 May 2021

Technological Innovations and Climate Change: Supply Chain for Battery Electric Vehicles  | Environmental Audit Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Saturday 22 May 2021

Pension stewardship and COP26 | Work and Pensions Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 18 June 2021

An Equal Recovery | Treasury Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 28 June 2021

Overview of costs in the English rail system | Public Accounts Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Thursday 6 May 2021

Liberty Steel and the Future of the UK Steel Industry |Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 14 May 2021

The Navy: purpose and procurement | Defence Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Sunday 30 May 2021

Women in Prison | Justice Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 7 June 2021

Implementing the Integrated Review in Nigeria | Foreign Affairs Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 7 June 2021

UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure | Science and Technology Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Wednesday 23 June 2021

Why should I engage? Submitting evidence to a select committee can lead to further engagement, such as an invite to give oral evidence. Your submission will be published on the Committee webpage. Your insights may inform the Committee’s conclusions or recommendations it makes to the Government. Find out more about why to engage with Parliament hereAnd find more on engagement for impact here.

More information: all inquiries currently accepting evidence are found here 

Support resources: find guidance on submitting evidence to select committees on the KEU’s ‘how to guides’ page  

Support: Please engage with BU’s policy team before submitting evidence to a select committee. We can provide guidance and templates for colleagues who are new to responding to inquiries and we read through a substantial draft before all colleagues submit their response. Contact us –

Call for evidence – forms of inequality

The Treasury Committee have launched a new inquiry – An Equal Recovery.  

The inquiry will examine different forms of inequality that have emerged or that may have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, and what HM Treasury can do to mitigate them. The inquiry will focus on disability, gender, race, regional imbalances, and intergenerational inequality, including housing.

They’re also interested to hear what measures to combat inequality the Treasury could consider when making departmental budget allocations.

You can read the call for evidence here:

The deadline to respond is 28 June 2021.

Please inform Jane and Sarah within the policy team if you intend to respond to this call for evidence.

Committee Special Adviser – renewable energy

Opportunity to apply to be a Specialist Adviser to the Scottish Affairs Committee for its inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland.

Application deadline – midday, Monday 10th May

The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee is inviting applications from individuals for the role of Specialist Adviser to the Scottish Affairs Committee for its inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland. The role is likely to run from May 2021 until September 2021.

The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 10th May. You can find out more about the role and how to apply on this webpage. You can find out more about the inquiry into Renewable energy in Scotland here.

 Contact Sarah or Jane in the BU Policy Team if you would like to apply for this role –

Opportunity – registering your research on parliamentary database (international/aid)

International Development Committee announces its first Area of Research Interest: changes to the UK aid budget 

The International Development Committee is the first select committee to launch an area of research interest (ARI). Their ARI is focused on ‘changes to the UK aid budget’ and designed to help reinforce the Committee’s scrutiny of changes to the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) budget, the Integrated Review and the forthcoming Development Strategy (which will guide UK aid from 2022 onwards).

How can I engage? Academics at all career stages, research institutions, and experts are encouraged to register their interest in this ARI, add their existing research and any planned research in this topic area to the ARI repository, provide their insights, and suggest questions that the Committee could be asking to the Government in the short, medium, and long-term.

Those who respond to the survey will be entered onto a database of experts who may be contacted by parliamentary staff in order to help them scrutinise government in this area of interest. 

If you have evidence or insights on the ARI you can add information about the research and your contact details to the repository.

If this area becomes a topic of scrutiny within Parliament, parliamentary staff may search the repository for relevant research and contacts.  

Colleagues wishing to influence policy now or in the future that have expertise in the above stated areas are strongly recommended to prioritise responding to this survey. The opportunity to have your research expertise recognised on a parliamentary database is rare!

More information: International Development Committee ARI: changes to the UK aid budget

Contact Sarah or Jane for support or information –