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Policy@manchester update

(13 October 2017)

Humanities-based Policy@Manchester held two events at the recent Conservative Party Conference. The first was in partnership with Centre for Cities and focused on the industrial strategy, economic growth and devolution, looking in-depth at local and national skills needs. The second was in partnership with Discuss Manchester and examined the Government’s plans for an Industrial Strategy.

Panel members included The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP (Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), alongside Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Diane Coyle, School of Social Sciences (SoSS). Both events were standing room only and the Facebook Live streaming from the event with Greg Clark MP has currently been viewed over 4,000 times.

Other colleagues, including Professor Francesca Gains and Dr Marianne Sensier  from SoSS and Vice-Dean for Social Responsibility Andy Westwood, were on fringe panels at both the Conservative and Labour Party Conferences. The Policy@Manchester team attended a variety of fringe events and live tweeted, networked and talked with other organisations about possible collaboration.

How to engage with select committees

One of the most effective ways in which academics can engage with policymakers is through Parliament’s select committees. Both the House of Commons and House of Lords have a number of select committees whose role is to hold the Government to account and scrutinise their actions.

Given their importance, Policy@Manchester has produced three short animated videos detailing how to get the most out of the select committee process.

These films cover how to effectively engage with select committees, how to keep up to date with their work, and how best to present your evidence.