Sharing academic expertise with Government

   
   

One major way for academics to get public policy impact with their research and expertise is through UK Parliament Select Committees which scrutinise the policy and practice of Government, and seek evidence from members of public. The European Parliament also has formal committees and consults experts on topical issues and new regulations. 

Numerous academics at The University of Nottingham submitted written evidence that informed the final committees' reports or were invited to give oral evidence in the UK Parliament or the European Parliament. The topical issues our experts discussed included the future uses of autonomous vehicles in the UK, unsafe discharge from NHS hospitals and the consequences of Brexit for public procurement legal standards.

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Institutional responses

Science and Technology Committee (House of Lords) - Life Sciences and the Industrial Strategy (September 2017). Professor John Atherton (Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) gave evidence alongside Sir John Savill (Chief Executive, Medical Research Council), Sir Harpal Kumar (Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Research UK), Professor James Stirling CBE FRS (Provost, Imperial College London), Professor David Price FGS (Vice-Provost, UCL). 
 

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial StrategyBuilding our Industrial Strategy (April 2017)

 
Science and Technology Committee (House of Commons) - Research integrity inquiry (March 2017); written evidence submitted by Soma Mukherjee, REF and Research Policy Manager
 
Foreign Affairs Committee (House of Commons) - UK relations with China inquiry (January 2017)
 
Science and Technology Committee (House of Lords) - EU Membership and UK Science (September 2016); oral evidence given by Professor Sir David Greenaway, former Chair of the Russell Group of Universities and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham
 

Individual responses from academics and research groups

2016-2017 academic year


Artificial Intelligence Committee (House of Lords) - What are the implications of artificial intelligence? inqiry (September 2017); written evidence submitted by Dr Ansgar Koene, ‎Senior Research Fellow 

 
Science and Technology Committee (House of Commons) - 

Algorithms in decision-making inquiry (April 2017); written evidence submitted by Professor Derek McAuley, Dr Ansgar Koene and Dr Elvira Perez Vallejos in collaboration with the Human Centred Computing group, University of Oxford

 
Culture, Media and Sport Committee (House of Commons) - 'Fake News' inquiry (April 2017); written evidence submitted by Dr Ansgar Koene, ‎Senior Research Fellow 
 

Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (European Parliament) - Policy Department: Economic and Scientific Policy (February 2017); presentation by Professor Sue Arrowsmith, Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy

 

Work and Pensions Committee (House of Commons) - Victims of modern slavery inquiry (December 2016); response compiled by Dr Alison Gardner with contributions and advice from Dr Alexander Trautrims (The University of Nottingham), Andrea Nicholson (Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham), and Caron Boulghassoul (The Nottingham Arimathea Trust)

 
Science and Technology Committee (House of Lords) - 

Autonomous vehicles inquiry (November 2016); oral evidence given by Professor Sarah Sharples, Associate Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Exchange, Professor of Human Factors

The written evidence was submitted by Professor Sharples with colleagues Professor Terry Moore, Professor Herve Morvan, Dr Gary Burnett, Dr Xiaolin Meng, Dr Michael Galea, and Professor Derek McAuley.

 
Defence Committee (House of Commons) - Defence acquisition and procurement inquiry (November 2016); written evidence submitted by Dr Aris Georgopoulos, Assistant Professor in Law
 

Communications Committee (House of Lords) - Children and the internet inquiry (October 2016); oral evidence given by Professor Derek McAuley, Professor of Digital Economy

The written evidence was submitted by Professor Derek McAuley with colleagues Dr Ansgar Koene, Senior Research Fellow, and Dr Elvira Perez Vallejos, Senior Research Fellow

 
Science and Technology Committee (House of Commons) - Role and priorities of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) interim chair inquiry (September 2016); written evidence submitted by Dr Ansgar Koene (The University of Nottingham), Professor Bernd Stahl (De Montfort University) and Professor Marina Jirotka (University of Oxford) on behalf of UK academics involved with Responsible Research and Innovation
 
 

 

2015-2016 academic year

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (House of Commons) - Follow-up to PHSO report on unsafe discharge from hospital (June 2016); written evidence submitted by Professor Justin Waring, Professor of Organisational Sociology, and Dr Simon Bishop, Assistant Professor in Organisational Behaviour
 
Science and Technology Committee (House of Commons) - Robotics and artificial intelligence inquiry (May 2016); written evidence submitted by Dr Ansgar Koene, Senior Research Fellow, in collaboartion with Dr Yohko Hatada (Evolution of Mind, Life and Society Research Institute)
 
Energy and Climate Change (House of Commons) - Energy revolution inquiry (April 2016); written evidence submitted by Professor Seamus Garvey, Professor of Dynamics & Director of the Rolls-Royce UTC in Gas Turbine Transmission Systems, and Dr Tristan Davenne, Research Fellow
 

International Development Committee (House of Commons) - Tackling corruption overseas inquiry (March 2016); oral evidence given by Professor Paul Heywood, Sir Francis Hill Professor of European Politics

 
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (House of Commons) - Exports and role of UKTI inquiry (January 2016); oral evidence given by Professor Richard Kneller, Professor of Economics, and Professor Holger Breinlich, Professor of International Economics
 
Science and Technology Committee (House of Commons) -Investigatory Powers Bill: technology issues inquiry (January 2016); written evidence submitted by Dr Ansgar Koene, Senior Research Fellow 
 
Science and Technology Committee (House of Commons) - 

Digital skills inquiry (January 2016); written evidence submitted by Dr Ansgar Koene, Senior Research Fellow 

 
EU Internal Market Sub-Committee (House of Lords) - Online platforms and the EU Digital Single Market inquiry (January 2016); written evidence submitted by Dr Ansgar Koene, Senior Research Fellow 
 
EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee (House of Lords) -Responding to price volatility: creating a more resilient agricultural sector inquiry (December 2015); oral evidence given by Professor Paul Wilson, Professor of Agricultural Economics
 
Science and Technology Committee (House of Lords) - Genetically modified insects inquiry (October 2015); oral evidence given by Dr Sarah Hartley, Research Fellow 
 
 

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