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Engaging with Parliament as a researcher

How Parliament uses academic research

MPs, 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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Hear an academic talk about engaging with Parliament

Here is a transcript of the video interview.Hear more stories from academics about academics engaging with Parliament.

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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Find out about Postgraduate opportunities 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.

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What interests Parliament?

Find out about what Parliament is interested in to help you decide how to get involved and contribute your expertise.

Parliament's interests

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:


Learn more about how different people in Parliament use research.

Further resources

There are plenty of other ways to engage with parliament as an individual: