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Academic Engagement with the National Assembly for Wales


Wales has world-class research, knowledge and expertise in its universities and academia. With four universities ranked in the top-500 in the world, Wales has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked universities both in terms of population and GDP per capita.

For more information see the Learned Society of Wales/Times Higher Education publication Wales and the World (PDF 3.25MB).

The Assembly already benefits from academic expertise. Making greater use of this expertise to support the policy and legislative scrutiny work of the Assembly will help to deliver the Commission’s strategic goals of providing outstanding parliamentary support and engaging with all the people of Wales. The Commission’s strategy for 2016-2021 (PDF 1.33MB) includes a specific commitment to ‘leverage external expertise where necessary'.

The Wales Act 2017 gives the Assembly more powers and responsibilities, whilst the UK’s decision to leave the EU by March 2019 will increase the complexity of policy and legislation that the Assembly will have to deal with.  Better access to academic expertise is helping to meet these challenges and improve the Assembly’s scrutiny of Welsh Government policy and legislative proposals.

Key academic engagement initiatives

The Assembly has a number of new academic engagement initiatives and is developing some existing ones.

This includes:

The National Assembly for Wales has established a ‘pool’ of experts that can provide research and briefing services related to the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (Brexit and associated matters).

Research and information services within the Assembly are provided by Senedd Research, the National Assembly for Wales research service. However, on occasion, there is a need for specialised briefing or advice to complement the services provided by Senedd Research. Assembly Committees may also identify specific issues where additional expertise is needed. The Brexit Framework allows the Assembly to enter into individual ‘call-off’ contracts with the pool of experts as the need for research and briefing arises.

The following work has been published under the Brexit Framework agreement:

Previously, we also jointly organised the Exchanging Ideas Seminar Series.

Read the Campaign for Social Sciences Guide to Pathways to Impact in Wales

Academic Research and the Assembly
Research Excellence Framework
The Academic Fellowship Scheme
Exchanging Ideas Seminar Series
UKRI PhD student Placements
Knowledge Exchange



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