Engaging with Parliament

Engaging with policy makers is an increasingly central part of academic life and it can provide an ideal way of demonstrating the impact of research. In response the Crick Centre has developed a unique training workshop which equips academics with the skills necessary to engage with Parliament.

The workshop offers practical skills and knowledge for academics seeking to engage with Select Committee inquiries in Westminster and devolved assemblies, and with international Parliaments.


Unlike most courses this workshop is designed and led by academics who have been closely involved with a large number of parliamentary inquiries (in the House of Lords and House of Commons).

It also involves contributions from parliamentary clerks who provide insights into the theory and practice of parliamentary engagement. Parliamentary engagement provides one of the most efficient and influential ways of disseminating why your research matters, and this training ensures that academics are able to prepare influential memorandums of evidence.


Feedback from participants:

“It was an excellent course from start to finish. The facilitators were really knowledgeable and friendly and being able to chat with a clerk was invaluable. The insights offered on the various stages of the select committee process really helped me to feel more comfortable about engaging in this way. I was also really impressed with the facilities available in Sheffield for holding select committee evidence sessions and having a mock evidence session. Overall, the best course I’ve been on in years!”

“Great workshop. Well designed presentations/activities”

“l learned a huge amount during the workshop. It has been the most useful training session I have been on in a long time!”

“I thought this was one of the most valuable and interesting workshops I have been on”

“I enjoyed it. It was fun and it was good to hear from a clerk”

“It was great! Managing to be both interesting and really useful. If only all workshops were like this”

I enjoyed it. It was fun and it was good to hear from a clerk.

Workshop participant

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