Campaign publishes annual report
September 28, 2016
The Campaign has published its annual report covering the period from 2015 to early 2016. In the report, Professor James Wilsdon, Chair of the Campaign, says: “While we are still young, this report highlights how the scope of our advocacy, publications and events has grown.
“Uncertainties over the institutional landscape for higher education and research funding have made it a busy year on the policy front. We have provided a social science perspective in response to numerous consultations – including the Higher Education Green Paper, Nurse Review and Stern Review – and given evidence on several occasions to Parliamentary select committees.
“The year ahead will be an important one for the Campaign. We have begun work on a new report, The Health of People, setting out social science’s role in strengthening health policy and the NHS, which will be published in early 2017. We are working closely with colleagues in Scotland to increase our visibility and activity north of the border, and we look forward to engaging policymakers in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Westminster through our project on social science in Parliament.
“Brexit will pose particular challenges for the social sciences, as for the entire research system, and is likely to be a significant focus of our work over the next year. In the lead up to and since the EU referendum, we have provided evidence and analysis of the potential effects, in terms of collaboration, funding and mobility. Social science also has a critical role to play in understanding and responding to the growing inequalities that lie behind the Brexit vote.”