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Masterclass Overview

Researchers in MPLS engage with the policymaking community in a wide range of capacities and contexts. Many have found ways to involve policymakers in their research, giving them a stake in outputs that encourages uptake and leads to impact. Some have developed such a strong reputation, network and trust that they are invited by government or parliament to share their knowledge and expertise, or take up formal roles in the policymaking community.

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Event details and venue:

The next  2 sessions will look at how and why researchers could engage with UK Parliament and with the World Bank to shape policy.

Session 2. AI in the UK: Engaging Parliament

Date:Thursday 20 October 2022

Time: 11:00-13:00 (includes a networking lunch)

Venue: Lecture Theatre in the Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD

Are you interested in engaging with the UK Parliament? Have you wondered how Select Committees work and what it’s like to submit evidence? In this public policy masterclass, the second in this series, Professor Michael Wooldridge, Professor of Computer Science, and Philippa Tudor, Clerk of Committees at the UK House of Lords, will explore the challenges, rewards and realities of engaging with the UK Parliament.

In 2017, Professor Wooldridge submitted written evidence to the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence (AI), which was appointed by the House of Lords to explore the economic, ethical and social implications of advances in this field. As a result, the Committee invited him to present oral evidence in Parliament. Since then, he has given evidence in 2020 to the Liaison Committee as part of its follow-up inquiry into AI and most recently to an inquiry into the use of algorithmic tools in detection, deterrence, and management of offenders.

With a career spanning 40 years at the House of Lords, Philippa Tudor has a wealth of experience of supporting and advising Select Committees to support their crucial scrutiny of government policy. Over that time, she has held a number of different roles, including being involved in expanding the House of Lords Committee system, and Clerk to the Liaison Committee’s 2020 inquiry on AI.

The masterclass will take place in person, with lunch provided. Participants will have the opportunity to put their questions to the speakers, as well as reflect on how they can engage better with public policy through their own research.

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These sessions are delivered in association with the Oxford Policy Engagement Network – a diverse range researchers and professional services staff from across the University, who share a share a vision of public policy powered by the world’s best available research evidence and expertise. Membership benefits include regular notification of opportunities related to members’ areas of policy interest. ILP participants are encouraged to join, and can do so in less than 5 minutes at www.ox.ac.uk/open.

Learning objectives:

-Enhanced understanding of the value of academic research and expertise for different parts of the policymaking community

-Enhanced understanding of the different modes in which researchers engage with the policymaking community, and the challenges and rewards of each

-Enhanced and identify appropriate opportunities. to plan for effective engagement, and learn from it