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Frontiers of Knowledge: Celebrating British Research- Call for Proposals

Published: 24 June 2013
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Call for proposals by the Council of the All Party University Group Closing date: 15 July 2013 The Council of the All Party University Group invites proposals from research individuals or teams within UK universities to give a lecture on their work to a cross-party audience of MPs and Peers.


Proposals should be submitted to<> by 12pm, 15 July 2013.


The All Party Parliamentary University Group, an initiative supported by HEFCE and seven other national bodies*, announces the launch of a new series of parliamentary lectures. Frontiers of Knowledge will bring leading research teams to parliament to explain their work to a cross-party audience of MPs and Peers, to celebrate the strength and diversity of research in UK universities.


The lectures will give researchers a unique opportunity to present their ideas to key policymakers and engage directly with a large number of parliamentarians, and so influence public policy debates. The events will also publicise the research project on a high-profile platform that has the potential to attract media coverage.


The Group will host three lectures in 2013-14, all in the Houses of Parliament. The first of these will be hosted by the House of Commons Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, in the Speaker's House on 19 November 2013.


The Council of the All Party University Group requests proposals from individuals or teams which set out:

  • The aim of the research project
  • Why it is important
  • Who is involved
  • How it is funded
  • Its potential impact (broadly defined)


The Council is particularly keen to hear about projects which are: Relevant to understanding a topical policy issue; multi-disciplinary; collaborative (eg. with institutions, international partners, industry, public services or policy-makers); and at an advanced stage, complete or published, such that results can be shared.


The Council will select three proposals drawn from the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The individuals or research teams responsible for the proposals will then be invited to deliver a 40 minute lecture, followed by questions.


Proposals, which should be a maximum of two sides of A4 and written in a style accessible to a non-expert, should be submitted to<> by 12pm, July 15th 2013.


For further information please contact: Alex Leonhardt on 020 7419 5605


*The British Academy, Universities UK, The Royal Society, Research Councils UK, Scottish Funding Council, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland.


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