Get Involved!

Elections and Voting:

  • The Government is working hard to boost engagement in our democratic processes, helped by the introduction of online registration, which makes it far easier to register to vote and which saw the electoral register for the General Election 2019 rise to 47.5 million electors, the highest ever.

Young People

  • The Government is keen to support programmes that look to increase youth participation in our democratic process.
    • The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) provides funding for the UK Youth Parliament, an excellent forum which demonstrates that the voices of young people belong in our politics and our Parliament.
    • Funding is also provided for the Youth Select Committee and the Make Your Mark ballot, which both support young people to raise issues on local and national levels.
    • DCMS also launched three new youth voice projects last year, which will enable young people to have more of a say in national policy making. These projects are a Young Inspectors Group, a Youth Steering Group and a digital youth engagement research project. 
    • On a wider level, the Government supports opportunities to make young people engage in their local communities. The £40 million #iwill Fund is a four-year joint investment between DCMS and the National Lottery that supports this very purpose.
    • The Government has also been a long-standing supporter of the National Citizen Service, a voluntary social development programme for young people that looks to build a more responsible, cohesive and engaged society.

Learning and Research

  • The Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme Open Call is launching in June 2020. Following the success of POST's Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme pilot, POST's Knowledge Exchange Unit (KEU) has reopened the scheme.  (The Directed Call for Fellowships, where Parliament proposes projects, is now a rolling call – for more information, see these webpages).
  • The Knowledge Exchange Unit is delighted to announce that it will be opening its Open Call scheme for Parliamentary Academic Fellowships again, from June 2020.
  • The scheme will enable academics to suggest ideas for projects to conduct at UK Parliament. These projects might include contributing to the core work of an office, filling gaps in expertise, helping to grow Parliament’s academic networks, informing parliamentary scrutiny, analysing and evaluating parliamentary practices, or building staff capacity and skills.
  • Find out more information here.

Community Groups

  • UK Parliament Week (1 - 7 November 2020) is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with their UK Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved.
  • Last year over 1.2 million people took part in UK Parliament Week, in every nation and region of the UK, and countries all over the world.
  • Whether it’s your first time or you’re signing up again, by taking part you’ll join a UK-wide conversation about our democracy, people power and making change happen. When you sign up, you will be sent in the post a free kit packed with goodies including an activity booklet, bunting, a ballot box, stickers, and more.
  • You can pick and choose from the options in the booklet to tailor your UK Parliament Week activity to suit you and your organisation, whatever time you have available and age groups you’re working with.
  • . Join in the conversation using the hashtag #UKPW. For more information, visit https://www.ukparliamentweek.org/en/n

Visiting Parliament and contributing to debates:

  • In light of the outbreak of Coronavirus, all tours and other non-essential visits have been stopped until further notice. This decision is consistent with the latest Government advice and has been taken by the Speakers of both Houses in consultation with Public Health England.
  • In the meantime, here are some of the ways in which you can continue to engage with the work of Parliament:
    • Select Committees: When the Commons and Lords Select Committees announce an inquiry, they invite the public – including academics – to submit written evidence: (in the Commons these are called 'terms of reference', whilst in the Lords a 'call for evidence' is published). The Committees then invite groups or individuals to give oral evidence.
    • Public Bill Committees: After the Second Reading of a Bill, it is often referred to a Public Bill Committee for further scrutiny. They may choose to receive written and oral evidence, including from academics.
    • All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs)

 

Page Last Updated: 30/05/2020.