University discuss the importance of evidence at Evidence Week in Parliament

Evidence Week brings together people from all walks of life to talk about why evidence matters. MPs, peers, parliamentary services, representatives from the third sector, business and academia came together to talk about the importance of evidence.

The week is an initiative of Sense about Science, the House of Commons Library, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology [POST] and House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, and is being held in partnership with SAGE Publishing with events and briefings being produced in collaboration with community organisations, research and regulatory bodies, including the Royal Statistical Society, Alliance for Useful Evidence and UCL.” (Sense about Science, 2018)

As a member of the Alliance for Useful Evidence Dr Lynn Lansbury from the Faculty of Business & Law was invited to the event, hosted by Adam Afriyie MP. Sessions were held to discuss evidence in practice, transparency and communication. Critical thinking was high on the agenda and it was considered to be a crucial transferable skill for students in all disciplines along with number and data skills.

The importance of being able to write in plain English was also emphasised. These skills are valued by employers and give the student who have them a wider range of choices.  Penny Young, Librarian & Director General, Information Services, highlighted the role of the House of Commons Library and POST sharing insights into the work of parliamentarians in seeking and scrutinising evidence. She later commented that using the House of Commons library service is as vital to MPs as using our library service is to our students.

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