SOAS University of London

Influencing Corridors of Power

Influencing the Corridors of Power (ICOP) is an innovative front-line project which addresses the democratic deficit between British universities and British politics. ICOP does this by being both a platform for academics and for students to write one-page briefings on current and upcoming parliamentary debates/ legislation, and a conduit for their delivery to all MPs and Lords. Furthermore, ICOP seeks to engage with MPs and Lords [pdf] so that the evidence-based views and recommendations in our briefings do not just inform, but actually create the policy changes our university population wants to see. Read how our novel approach to the dissemination of academic research has had a significant impact on policy in our First 9-Month Review [pdf].

We invite fellow academics and students to get in touch with us so that we can help them to get their research into Westminster. Full details can be found in the Briefing Template [docx].

You can listen to all of our briefings as 5-Minute Podcasts on SoundCloud, and please visit our project website to read past briefings and for further advice on how you too can influence the Corridors of Power.

Please also get in touch if you would like to request briefings on a specific topic.