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

Academic Librarians – Parliament/research engagement training

Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit have a (free) online training session for academic librarians exploring ways to engage with Parliament and support researcher engagement with Parliament on 20 May 10:00-11:00. To register book here.   The policy team tracks the usefulness of the information we share so it’d be great if you could email us at… Read more »

Space Strategy & Satellite Infrastructure

The Commons Science and Technology Committee has opened a new inquiry into UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure and has invited written evidence by 24 June. Here are the terms of reference: What are the prospects for the UK’s global position as a space nation, individually and through international partnerships; What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current UK space… Read more »

Violence against women and girls

Colleagues may be interested in responding to a new Home Affairs Committee inquiry into violence against women and girls. The inquiry will look at how violence against women and girls is being addressed.  The Committee will use information from this call for evidence to inform its future programme of work on this issue. The deadline for… Read more »

Call for experts

The Open Innovation Team has been commissioned by a government department to support a new programme of work. They are seeking suggestions of relevant experts in either futures methodologies in education or education system disaster recovery. Please send your name and hyperlink to your professional profile to Louis at the Open Innovation Team: Deadline:… Read more »

Current Select Committee Inquiries

Select committee inquiries: Home Office recall: Spring 2021| Public Accounts Committee | Thursday 29th April 2021 Permitted Development Rights Future Governance of the UK| Lords Constitution Committee | Deadline for evidence: Friday 30th April 2021 Timeliness of local auditor reporting on local government in England| Public Accounts Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Thursday 13th May 2021 Renewable… Read more »

Science Advice – Parliamentary Academic Fellowship opportunity

Parliamentary Academic Fellow sought to conduct study of different organisations around the world which provide science advice to parliaments  An exciting opportunity has arisen for a university-based researcher or person working in knowledge exchange to conduct a fellowship with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST).   The project will comprise a study of different organisations around… Read more »

Parliament for Researchers: free online training sessions from UK Parliament

UK Parliament’s Knowledge Exchange Unit has two free online training sessions coming up in May. The sessions are popular and fill up quickly, so book your free ticket as soon as possible! You can also access recordings and resources from previous ‘Parliament for Researchers’ training sessions, including sessions tailored for researchers at different career stages… Read more »

New BU guides on leading research collaborations, costing projects and maximising value from RKE activity- available for download

Three new guides are available to assist BU colleagues with initiating and managing Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) projects. The guides are downloadable from the below links by BU Staff, or from policy documents section of the BU Staff Intranet. Costing and pricing guide for Research & Knowledge Exchange activity This guide is intended to… Read more »

UK government sets out bold vision for the future of clinical research delivery

Patients, clinicians and researchers across the whole of the UK are set to benefit from the ambitious vision for the future of clinical research delivery according to this press release from the UK Government. The plan includes: Strengthening the UK’s renowned research expertise as a world-leader in designing and delivering research An ambitious vision to… Read more »

HE policy update for the w/e 25th March 2021

Welcome to your catch-up edition of the policy update. We bring you all the news from last week and from this week so far – it’s doom and gloom for research funding. Parliament rises for Easter recess on 25 March so the Policy Update will be back to its regular slot from w/c 19 April…. Read more »

New Select Committee Inquiries

Select Committee Inquiries launched since 8 March 2021: SHORT DEADLINE: Policing and organisation of vigils relating to the safety of women in public places | Home Affairs Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Sunday 21st March 2021 Children’s Homes | Education Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 23rd April 2021 Renewable energy in Scotland | Scottish Affairs Committee |Deadline for… Read more »

Call for Topic Specialists

Wanted: topic specialists for a new social impact observatory The International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO) is a new collaboration of UK academic institutions and other global networks, established to help policymakers throughout the UK address the social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. IPPO is now seeking to develop a network of topic specialists who can advise on, review and author… Read more »

New Select Committee Inquiries

Select committee inquiries launched since 1 March:   Covid-19 and the criminal law | Justice Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 9th April 2021 Local government and the path to net zero | Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee | Deadline for evidence submission: Friday 30th April 2021 Tech and the future of UK foreign policy | Foreign Affairs Committee… Read more »

Ask the Experts – Briefing on COVID-19

The Parliamentary & Scientific Committee are holding an Ask the Experts briefing on COVID-19 on Monday 15 March from  5.30pm to 7.00pm on Zoom – organised jointly by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society. This briefing event is the next… Read more »

HE Policy Update for the w/e 4th March 2021

After a string of very long and detailed policy updates, we have a slightly lighter one for you this week, as most government attention has been on the budget and therefore, for once, HE has not been much in the spotlight.  There have been a lot of very boring answers to Parliamentary questions but since… Read more »

Policy opportunities

Please see a range of policy opportunities coming up soon. If you intend to respond to a select committee inquiry, a consultation, or an APPG (all party parliamentary group) call for evidence please engage with BU’s policy team in good time before submitting your response. Contact us on: BEIS Consultation survey – Get your voice… Read more »