Roadshow series takes Campaign’s report out to the UK

1 June 2015

Bath roadshow 2

A series of roadshows run by the Campaign has promoted its Business of People report to social scientists around the country. The Campaign has run 16 events at universities, with six more to follow in the next few weeks. See timetable below for more details

‘The Business of People: The Significance of Social Science over the Next Decade’ was released in February. It presents a picture of Britain in the immediate future and sets out how social science can help guide government in key policy areas.

The roadshows gave researchers the opportunity to discuss the report, and social science in general. Topics tackled included the need to work more closely with civil servants and to identify popular communicators who could take social science insights to the public.

The events have attracted audiences of around 50 and attendees have been positive: a social scientist at Keele said it “made me think about the issues and how they apply to my own work.” Most of the events were attended by the Vice Chancellor of the host university and social science practitioners.

At an event in Cardiff attendees included representatives of the Office for National Statistics, the civil service and the Federation of Small Businesses.

The events have featured presentations by Campaign staff, including its Chair, Professor James Wilsdon FAcSS, the report’s lead author, David Walker FAcSS, its researcher, Roses Leech-Wilkinson, and Board members.

David Walker told a roadshow held at the University of Bristol that the report had been written with the general election and the forthcoming government spending review in mind. “The report is geared to the moment, so inevitably it has a positive and a positivist tone. There no point in putting something into the public domain at this moment that won’t at least peak some interest on the part of the powers that be.”

Further reports on social science and the UK would be issued by the Campaign later. The Bristol event was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Eric Thomas.

He said that is was “important that we debate and prosecute the case for social science research across the university and research sector.”

The remaining roadshows include an event in Scotland on 17 June, on social science in Scotland and the UK over the next decade, organised with the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Speakers include Sir Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government.

To book a place on any of the roadshows email Sam Martin, Campaign Development Officer or call on 020 7682 4663.