Impact of academic research on parliamentary select committees in the context of REF2021
Dr Richard Watermeyer (PI), Dr Ceri Brown, Dr Jim McKinley, Dr Robin Shields
This study investigates parliamentary select committee members' understanding about what informs and guides their search for evidence/scrutiny of the best kinds of evidence. We seek to provide clarity on the relationships between academic researchers in UK universities and Parliament, considering how equal, balanced, harmonised, mutually beneficial, transient, sustained, one-way, exploitative, etc, those relationships are. In the study, select committee members are asked to provide opinions of how academics (and their research) impact on Parliament, and how visible or opaque this impact is, as well as to what level of esteem academic research is treated in the parliamentary context. The study also seeks to clarify their recognition of claims put forward by academics (in REF ICS) concerning their impact on Parliament, and poses the question: Can academic researchers directly impact upon parliamentary processes?