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

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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.

09.00-12.30, 15th January 2021

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

Anthony Finkelstein (CSA for National Security) and Jane Hillston (UKCRC and University of Edinburgh)


Links between UKRI and Policy (Rhys Perry and James Coombs OBrien)

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

Masterclass (Chris Johnson, Queen’s University Belfast)

10.45 Break

11.00 Update on the Role of the BCS Academy 

Alastair Irons (BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT)

11.30 The Landscape of Influencing

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

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

Chris Hankin (Imperial College London)

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