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Giving evidence to a select committee is an opportunity to that comes up in many researchers’ careers, and can be vital to the public impact of your research. However, it can also appear very daunting, and there is not much else in your career which will prepare you for the experience. This short course aims to demystify the process, and give you a clearer idea of what to expect and how to prepare for it. It will consist of two parts:

Part 1: Oxford

Part one will include an overview of select committees, their role, membership and management. It will also include how to prepare for an evidence session and some role-play so that participants can practice what it would be like to give evidence.

The dates of the Part 1 sessions are as follows:

Group A: June 10 and June 17: 10-11.30am (please note that part one takes three hours, but Group A will need to attend twice for 90 minutes each time)

Group B: June 24: 10am-1.00pm

Group C: July 1: 10am-1.00pm

Part 2: Portcullis House, Westminster

Participants will meet a clerk to one of the committees and hear about how they prepare a committee for an evidence session, and then sit through a select committee session.


Numbers for the Part 1 sessions are strictly limited, so as to ensure meaningful role-play sessions in the time available. There will be three groups of six.

The Part 2 session may be a larger group. We are not able to fix the date until the new select committee calendar is published after the general election. This might be delayed if there are coalition negotiations. It is hoped that Part 2 will be in July but it could be October.

In order to book a place on one of the Part 1 sessions please complete this application form and send it to

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Applications close on Friday 8 May 2015.