History & Policy creates opportunities for historians to engage with policy makers and shapers, through responses to policy consultations and at events. In this new section of the H&P website, you can find out more about our latest engagement activities and also search them by policy themes.
Policy engagement by theme
From the environment, to education and the economy, H&P is active in a wide range of current policy areas. Click here to search our policy engagement activities by theme.
Select Committees, government consultations and calls for evidence
H&P's historians frequently offer historical evidence to parliamentary select committee inquiries and respond to calls for evidence and consultations. Our Public Affairs Office can help with this. Click here to see historians' previous responses.
H&P also responds to relevant calls and consultations itself - including, for example, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)'s consultation on the new Research Excellence Framework, which will govern the assessment and funding of academic research from 2012. Download H&P's submission [pdf file, 148kb].
Seminars and briefings
H&P organises seminars and publishes briefings on issues of concern to policy makers. Recently this has included seminars in Whitehall in conjunction with the Cabinet Office and the Department for Education. Click here to find out more.
Guide to submitting evidence
For those seeking advice on how to submit evidence to Select Committees, Dr David Turner, Committee Specialist at the Health Select Committee of the House of Commons, has prepared a guide as part of a secondment with H&P. Download Dr Turner's paper [pdf file, 66kb].
Latest policy engagement
Ready for ageing?
The Ready for Ageing? report, published on 14 March by the House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change, draws extensively on evidence from H&P co-founder Pat Thane, of the Institute of Contemporary British History at King's College London.
Read the Ready for Ageing? report [pdf 1.73MB]
See also: Pat Thane's H&P paper, The work-life balance in an ageing society
The history of special advisers: evidence to Public Affairs Select Committee
On 12 June, Andrew Blick, of the Institute of Contemporary British History, gave oral evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee about the history of special advisers in government.Click here to find out more.
The evolution of sport policy since 1945: talk at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
When did government sport policy get off the mark in Britain? In a talk at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, historian Kevin Jefferys of Plymouth University traced the development of sport policy from London's 1948 'austerity Olympics' to preparations for London 2012.
Click here to download a copy of his talk [pdf file, 101kb].