How Parliament uses academic researchMPs, Members of the House of Lords, and Parliamentary staff use research as part of their work. Find out how different people in Parliament use research in different ways and watch our introductory video.
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Ways to engage with Parliament
From giving evidence in a public consultation to contributing to a briefing and giving evidence to a committee, there are lots of ways academics share their research with Parliament.
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Why engage with Parliament?
Engaging with Parliament as a researcher can lead to all sorts of positive outcomes. Below are a number of reasons to get involved with the work of Parliament, based on the experiences of academics who have done so.
What interests Parliament?
Find out about what Parliament is interested in to help you decide how to get involved and contribute your expertise.
Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff are generally interested in research that is relevant to current issues on the parliamentary agenda. In addition, MPs are interested in research related to issues that affect their constituents.
Parliament may also be interested in research conclusions that do not map directly onto parliamentary business or the Government's current agenda, if the researcher feels the findings reveal a need for policy change or action.
Parliament wants to engage with researchers who have expertise in their field, and welcomes contributions from people from different career stages, disciplines, institutions and backgrounds.
There are a number of ways to find out what Parliament is currently interested in:
- Consult the current work of:
- Consult the calendar of scheduled business in Parliament.
- Consult Hansard: a searchable, verbatim report of what is said in Parliament (for example: debates, speeches, questions and answers).
- Consult Early Day Motions. These are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons, which allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause and which other MPs support by signing.
- Consult Petitions.
- Consult Prime Minister's Questions.
- Consult the Queen's Speech, which she delivers at the State Opening of Parliament. This speech details the Government's agenda for the coming session, including proposed policies and legislation.
- Find out more about MPs' interests and Peers' interests by looking at their individual webpages.