Category / policy

This part of the blog features news and information about higher education policy and how BU’s research is influencing policy.

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…. Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

HE Policy Update for the w/e 20th May 2021

The expected flurry of activity post Queen’s Speech didn’t disappoint this week. Speculation about fees and funding, the Skills Bill, an OfS quality measure (which is not going to be used for regulation, so what is it for), as the new OfS chair sets out a new list of priorities, hot on the heels of… Read more »

HE Policy Update for the w/e 13th May 2021

Several controversial new Bills with implications for the HE sector were introduced through the Queen’s Speech – which was very political this year (you’ll see what we mean). There’s a lot to say so it’s a longer update and we’ve focussed mainly on the parliamentary shenanigans this week. Regular BU readers will know that we… Read more »

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… Read more »

HE Policy Update for the w/e 7th May 2021

We’re a little bit late this week, but we hope you enjoy the latest update.  If anything exciting crops up in the Queen’s Speech on Tuesday we will let you know.  In the meantime we are all looking forward to the next set of Covid announcements  – with hugging! Queen’s Speech speculation: Free Speech You’ll… Read more »

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… Read more »

HE Policy Update w/e 30 April 2021

Parliament has prorogued at close of business on Thursday, returning for the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday 11 May. Despite this it is likely the news will continue apace particularly with the post qualification admissions consultation responses coming in thick and fast. This week’s policy update has NEON’s admissions response. HEPI have a paper… Read more »

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,… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Cohabitating Partners – rights (inquiry)

The Women and Equalities Committee have launched a new inquiry – The Rights of Cohabiting Partners | Deadline for evidence submission: Monday 5 July 2021 Information on the scope of the inquiry Cohabiting couples make up the fastest growing type of family, with over 3.4 million couples cohabiting in England or Wales. Couples who cohabit currently have… Read more »

Event: Journalism – an effective bridge between research and policy?

Social Science and the media: How can journalism provide an effective bridge between research and policy? A free online event on 24 May to explore how we can grow a more supportive relationship between journalism, social research and policy. The meeting is part of a series organised by Transforming Evidence, an interdisciplinary collaboration aiming to… Read more »

PhD student fellowship opportunity (food science/technology)

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) is currently recruiting for the 2021–2022 IFST-POST fellowship. Applications are open to PhD students of UK universities researching a food science and technology topic. Applicants should be in the second or third year of their PhD studies, undertaking research studies related to Food Science and Technology at… Read more »

Parliament, policy engagement, and devolved policy training sessions for researchers

UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit are offering two free online training sessions for academic researchers and knowledge mobilisers. Policy Engagement for Researchers – Government in contrast to Parliament: 19th May 2021, 14:00 – 15:00  Parliament for Researchers – how to engage with devolved legislatures: 25th May 2021, 10:00 – 11:00 Please email policy@bournemouth.ac.uk if you… Read more »