NGO Advocacy Training for Staff

Bond, the UK network of NGOs has some new advocacy training courses that which are taking place in January. They have sent us this note: Working with experienced campaigner and trainer, Jenny Ross, we’ve totally updated the material to make it as relevant and useful as possible based on feedback from previous trainings, and it’d be great to have any more researchers join us. They’re competitively priced and I’m confident they’ll help researchers help with work they’re doing, as they have in the past. The…

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Lyell Scholarship: Society of Conservative Lawyers

SOCIETY OF CONSERVATIVE LAWYERS: THE LYELL SCHOLARSHIP The Society of Conservative Lawyers is offering a scholarship of £4,500 The successful candidate will support the Society’s research activities.  An average commitment of 12 hours a week between 1.2.16 and 31.7.16 is expected. The scholarship represents an excellent opportunity for a person interested in law and politics to engage with contemporary issues at a high level. Further information and application details are available at http://www. conservativelawyers.com/ The deadline for applications is 5pm 27 November 2015.

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Black History Month: Gospel Choir at St Mary Undercroft

  Join the London Adventist Chorale for an evening of rich, heartfelt a cappella music. These songs, considered the first indigenous genre of the New World, speak of hope, triumph, and a better future. The choir will sing such songs as Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Good News, Deep River and others, which will involve audience participation. Choir director Ken Burton will also share some insights into the music. Please visit our Eventbrite page to reserve your space.   Date: Wednesday 28 October Time: 6.30 – 8pm Location: Chapel…

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In the thick of it: what it’s really like working for an MP

David Jones at the Information and Outreach Service has written to tell us about an event taking place next month where the reality of working for an MP will be discussed – so those of you who aren’t sure what you’re actually doing may be interested! It’s on Tuesday 24 November 6.30pm to 8pm at the Skeel Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London, London, E1 4NS and is billed as “a lively evening at Queen Mary University of London discussing the realities of working…

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Constituency events for staff: new dates

The next three constituency events will be in Liverpool (10 November), London, for staff in the south east region (17 November), and Bristol (8/9 December [tbc]) and are open to constituency staff. To book your place please email constituencystaffopenday@parliament.uk at least a week before each event (preferably earlier). Full details here.

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Members and Constituency Etiquette

Members and Constituency Etiquette What should you do if your MP is visiting another MP’s constituency? Which MP should deal with someone in prison? Who should deal with people living abroad? The answers to these and other questions can be found in the House of Commons Library’s Standard Note on Members and Constituency Etiquette, which can be found here: http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN02028

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New POSTnotes published

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has recently published the following POSTnotes. Precision Farming Precision farming uses technology to improve efficiency. It offers benefits for yields, profits and the environment. However, uptake by farmers has been slow. This POSTnote describes precision farming methods, adoption and factors influencing it, and future practices. Trends in Compulsory Education This POSTnote focuses on trends in UK compulsory education and outlines where trends differ between individual nations. Trends in Crime and Criminal Justice This POSTnote describes crime patterns, and…

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Statistics Event: 22 October

In the run up to this year’s General Election, the Royal Statistical Society’s ‘Parliament Counts’ campaign called on prospective MPs to commit to attending a workshop on statistics if successfully elected. In addition to the session for MPs the RSS is running a dedicated session for MPs staff to which you are invited to attend. Time:    14:00-15:00am, Thursday 22 October 2015 Place:    Room U, Portcullis House Working with the House of Commons Library, the RSS will deliver the session, which will be an…

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Regional Constituency Events: Sheffield and Lisburn

The House of Commons Service regularly holds regional open days for constituency staff throughout the United Kingdom. Lunch will be provided and this, along with the registration period, is intended as a chance to network with the House Service, other constituency office staff in your region and visit ‘stalls’ of  services. IPSA have recognised the day as a training event and as such the costs of travel are eligible to be reclaimed through allowances in the normal way. More information Regional constituency events intranet page Booking…

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