Getting your research into Westminster: Parliamentary Select Committees

by Rob Coleman

There has never been a more important time for social science research than right now, when independent, robust evidence is needed to help tackle the big questions facing society. However, in today’s fast paced political climate just how can social scientists influence parliamentarians (and create policy impact) when their time and attention is in high demand? Continue reading

Exploring Researchfish

by Rick Hamilton

The first quarter of the new year is a busy time for our grant holders, research organisation staff, and all those involved with the collection of research outcomes in ESRC and UKRI. It sees the start of another Researchfish submission period, and this is the fifth year that our grant holders have taken part. Here in the ESRC Insights team, we have spent the year since the last submission period reviewing the data we have collected so far and reflecting on how we use it. Continue reading

Reflections on 2018

by Jennifer Rubin

As we come to the end of a busy year in the research landscape, it’s been an exciting and challenging time to take up the role of Executive Chair of the ESRC. The year has brought organisational changes, numerous societal challenges with which social science can help, and the advent of large new funds in UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to support research across disciplines and sectors to facilitate this. Continue reading