Joint UKCRC/CPHC/UKRI/BCS Workshop on Policy Engagement

Given the increasing links between research funding and government policy, it is ever more important that the Computing Science Research and Education Communities engage with Westminster and regional governments.  This morning’s event will explain the links between policy and UKRI funding, it will provide first-hand experience of engagement from Chief Scientific Advisors and it will provide a practical exercise in responding to requests for input in parliamentary and policy consultations.

This event was held on 15th January 2021 and slides may be downloaded below. There is also a blogpost on the event here

09.00  Introduction: Why it is important to get involved with this kind of work 

Jane Hillston (UKCRC Chair and University of Edinburgh) and Edmund Robinson (CPHC Chair and Queen Mary University of London) Slides


Links between UKRI and Policy (James Dracott) Slides

10.00 The Mechanics of Consultation & how it relates to Parliamentary Committees

Masterclass (Chris Johnson, Queen’s University Belfast) Slides

10.45 Break

11.00 Update on the Role of the BCS Academy 

Alastair Irons (BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT) Slides

11.30 The Landscape of Influencing

Sarah Main (Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)) Slides

12.00 Closing – why it is important to get involved with this kind of work

Chris Hankin (Imperial College London) and Anthony Finkelstein (CSA for National Security)