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Bearing witness: giving evidence to a parliamentary committee

In their scrutiny of government policy, MPs and peers often ask academics to give evidence to parliamentary committee inquiries, which can sometimes feel daunting to those in the firing line.

But Graeme Reid, chair of science and research policy at University College London, says there are plenty of things you can do to make the process more enjoyable.

Having worked in government for almost two decades, Reid has made numerous appearances before committees. But even with his years of experience, he still sets aside time to collect and prepare his evidence. “I would expect to spend a good few hours preparing,” he says.

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