Academy of Social Sciences welcomes appointment of new head of ESRC

25 July 2014

The representative body of the social sciences in the UK has welcomed the appointment of Professor Jane Elliott as the new head of the Economic and Social Research Council.

The Academy of Social Sciences, which represents 46 learned societies with over 90,000 members, says Professor Elliott “will bring distinction as a leading social researcher”.

Professor Elliott, current Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, and the Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources programme, will begin as ESRC Chief Executive in October.

David Walker, the Academy’s Head of Policy, said: “We welcome the appointment of Professor Elliott who, as a social researcher leading two highly important research areas, will bring distinction to this role.

“The appointment is also notable because she is the first woman to occupy this post, one of the most important in social science.

“We look forward to working with Professor Elliott on a number of important issues, such as the funding of postgraduate study, and also on our forthcoming report on the future of social science in the UK.”


• The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its mission is to promote social sciences in the UK for the public benefit. It set up the Campaign for Social Science, which will issue a major report on the social sciences to policy-makers and the public in early 2015.

• The Economic and Social Research Council funds research into the important social and economic questions facing society. It also develops and trains the UK’s future social scientists. It is an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter in 1965, and funded mainly by the Government.