The Campaign for Social Science is delighted to welcome two new members to its board, Professor Alison Park and Dr. Chris Tyler. Professor Alison Park is Director of CLOSER at the UCL Institute of Education. CLOSER brings together eight longitudinal studies, the British Library and the UK Data Service to share resources and expertise, provide… Read more »
The third Strategic Leadership Forum (SLF) was held at The University of Liverpool London offices on 20 June 2018. The SLF brought together members of our Supporters’ Scheme, including University of Essex, King’s College London, University of Manchester and University of Southampton. The topic of the third SLF was “Leadership Challenges and Opportunities in Social… Read more »
Campaign’s Chair Professor Shamit Saggar champions evidence-based policymaking in interview to Research Professional
Campaigning for justice Seven months into his role at the helm of the Campaign for Social Science, Shamit Saggar tells Eleni Courea how he champions evidence-based policymaking. Shamit Saggar is waging a war against confusion. The head of the Campaign for Social Science is passionate about solving many problems; but at this moment he is… Read more »
Professor Shamit Saggar CBE FAcSS, Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, welcomes a new report on ‘The Role of Research in the UK Parliament’.
The first meeting of the Campaign’s newly convened Strategic Leadership Forum was held on 10 October.
Professor Shamit Saggar, the new chair of the Campaign for Social Science, will join a high profile panel to explore the role social science research in tackling some of the global grand challenges.
The Academy of Social Sciences congratulates Professor Jennifer Rubin on her appointment as Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council.
The Campaign for Social Science has today launched a new online tool-kit Pathways to impact: a practical guide for researchers, in collaboration with Cardiff University. The online tool-kit is designed to help new researchers improve their political impact by providing guidance to link social science evidence more closely to the policy making process, with a… Read more »
The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science 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 science in the UK for the public benefit. It is composed of around 1200 individual Fellows, 43 member Learned… Read more »
The Academy and Campaign welcome the announcement of the non-executive members of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Professor Shamit Saggar CBE FAcSS has been appointed to lead the Campaign for Social Science from 1st October 2017.
The Campaign welcomes HEFCE’s publication of the initial guidelines for REF2021.
The Campaign for Social Science, part of the Academy of Social Sciences, is looking for a Fundraiser to pursue fundraising pledges from existing supporters, gain new pledges and develop relationships. This is an exciting time for the Campaign and a key moment in its growth and development. We were established in 2011 to promote the… Read more »
The Campaign is once again teaming up with partners SAGE Publishing on its latest research project looking at pathways into different social science disciplines at university and employment prospects for social science graduates.
The Academy of Social Sciences has today welcomed Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s Review of Post 16 Mathematics which raises a number of important points related to the need for maths and data skills beyond those groups that go on to study maths and science at university. The report rightly determines that data and number skills… Read more »
The Academy and Campaign welcome the new chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.
The Campaign for Social Science welcomes the speech on 4 July by Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive-Designate of UKRI, in which he said that investment in all areas of research will be needed if the UK is to maintain its global excellence. Many of the issues he identified are those where social science is essential,… Read more »
The Campaign for Social Science is looking for a proactive person to organise our fundraising from existing supporters, recruit new support and develop relationships. The Campaign was established in 2011 to promote the use of social science in public policy making and in wider society. It relies on funding from a broad supporter base. This… Read more »
Eight Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences have been recognised in the 2017 Birthday Honours List for their contributions in various academic and professional fields, from tackling climate change and research into end of life care, to education and services to vulnerable people. Roger Goodman, Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences, said: “We… Read more »
The Academy and Campaign respond to 2017 General Election result.
The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science welcome the publication of The role of EU funding UK research and innovation, jointly commissioned from Technopolis by the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.
Statement from the Campaign on the amendment to keep students out of net migration targets.
The Campaign for Social Science and Academy of Social Sciences submitted a joint response to the April consultation on the UK Government Green Paper on Industrial Strategy.
The Academy and Campaign respond to the triggering of Article 50.
The Campaign for Social Science warmly welcomes the statement made today by Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chair of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee and the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, outlining the ‘Science priorities for Brexit’.
The Campaign for Social Science is seeking a new Chair towards the end of 2017.
Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson, announced today (24th February) several amendments to the government’s Bill on HE and Research. Professor James Wilsdon FACSS, Chair of the Academy’s Campaign for Social Science welcomed the announcement saying, “Full marks to Jo Johnson for listening and acting on the community’s concerns. We warmly welcome the… Read more »
The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science have today (February 20) published a new briefing note on Brexit.
The Academy and Campaign have responded to the Prime Minister’s January 17 statement on Brexit objectives.
Professor Jonathan Michie FAcSS has written about this year’s World Economic Forum Global Risks Report identifying inequality, social polarisation and climate change as the trends that will shape global developments over the next ten years. The article originally appeared in The Conversation. This year’s Global Risks Report from the World Economic Forum warns that rising… Read more »
In the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in the US, “fake news” has emerged as a pervasive, and potentially subversive, phenomenon. Here, Professor Simeon Yates, Director of the Institute of Cultural Capital, a strategic collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, looks at its different forms, the effect of social media, and what this means for our democracies.
Sharon Witherspoon FAcSS, Head of Policy at the Academy and Campaign, was recently interviewed on the BBC World Service on evidence in policymaking.
Academy and Campaign respond to House of Commons Education Committee inquiry on the impact of Brexit on higher education
The Academy and Campaign have issued a joint response to the House of Commons Education Committee inquiry on the impact of Brexit on higher education.
Mike Kane to launch new booklet making the case for social science research benefits to education.
The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science have published a new briefing on part 3 of the Higher Education and Research Bill ahead of its second reading in the House of Lords on December 6.
The Campaign has responded to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement
Wider use of patient data will lead to better health outcomes, Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmonds and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Personalised Medicine, said Wednesday at a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Campaign for Social Science.
Lords Science and Technology Committee evidence session addresses Brexit concerns raised by Academy and Campaign
In an oral evidence session before the Lords Science and Technology Committee on Tuesday, Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson was questioned on some of the pressing concerns posed by Brexit for Higher Education, science and research.
Beth Simone Noveck, Director of The Governance Lab, will deliver this year’s Campaign/SAGE Annual Lecture on Tuesday, 22 November.
In an article originally appearing in the Guardian, Sir Peter Gluckman and James Wilsdon argue the need for evidence to influence policy in addressing many of the pressing social, economic and environmental challenges on the world stage. Read the full article below.
The Campaign has published its annual report covering the period from 2015 to early 2016.
In a briefing note addressing the consequences of the “prolonged period of uncertainty” in the three months since the EU referendum vote on June 23, the Academy and Campaign make recommendations about immediate steps the government should take to support UK science and ensure the “long-term health of research is kept to the fore” during the Brexit negotiation process.
Some of Scotland’s foremost scholars of American politics will discuss the result following the US Presidential elections on November 10.
In June and July, the Academy and its Campaign held their first-ever Summer Programme series, covering topical and timely issues of social science significance. As we wrap up a successful season, we take a look back at the four headline events.
Jon Deer, deputy director of the Research Division and team leader for the Research Development team at LSE, has accepted an invitation to join the Board.
The Academy of Social Sciences has published a professional briefing on the implications of the EU referendum for UK social science.
The Academy and its Campaign have announced a full lineup of events for the summer season, covering a range of topical and engaging issues.
Professor John Curtice considers how the problems of the polling industry and the social tensions exposed by the referendum might play themselves out in nine days’ time… and beyond.
Professor Linda Woodhead FAcSS will deliver a lunchtime talk at the Academy of Social Sciences on Wednesday, July 20, on the rise of “no religion”.
Join Professor James Wilsdon FAcSS (Chair); Professor Jane Elliott FAcSS (ESRC); Professor Graeme Reid (UCL), Jon Deer (LSE and EASSH) and Professor Antje Wiener FAcSS (University of Hamburg) for a panel discussion on the implications of the EU referendum result.
The Academy and Campaign issued a response Friday 6th May to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee’s Powerhouses and Engines Inquiry.
Academy of Social Sciences submission to the Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Science Communication Inquiry
The Academy and its Campaign have responded to the Science and Technology Committee’s Inquiry into Science Communication.
The Academy of Social Sciences responds to the Cabinet Office consultation on Better use of Data in government
The Academy of Social Sciences has responded to the Cabinet Office consultation on Better use of Data in government.
The deadline for submission has been extended to Friday 6th May 2016. Call for evidence The Campaign for Social Science is commencing a new project, The Health of People, to demonstrate the vital role of social science research and practice in contributing to health and addressing specific issues facing the NHS, UK healthcare, and health… Read more »
Issues of roles and relationships, and methods of managing money in low-income families, have not been explored enough, or qualitative research findings exploited sufficiently, in analyses of Universal Credit, argues Fran Bennett.
This piece by Professor Susan Michie FAcSS, Chair of the Health of People Working Group, also appears on the Times Higher Education blog: With an ageing population, a rise in long-term conditions, growing health inequalities, and a lack of political will to ensure that funding is increased in line with demand, the UK’s National Health… Read more »
Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities of the UK (DASSH UK) Summer Conference 2016 12-13 May 2016 Grand Connaught Rooms, Central London Confirmed speakers include: Nicola Dandridge (UUK), Laura Dyer (Arts Council), James Wilsdon, BIS representative and conference dinner speaker Rick Rylance Members fee £125 (including conference dinner) For full programme please… Read more »
The Academy hosted a conference on the role of ethics in social media research on Monday, March 21 in London.
The Academy responds to Lord Stern’s Review of the Research Excellence Framework.
Sharon Witherspoon MBE FAcSS takes up role as Acting Head of Policy across both the Academy and Campaign.
The Academy and its Campaign are deeply saddened to learn of the recent unexpected death of Professor John Urry FAcSS.
Call for evidence The Campaign for Social Science is commencing a new project, The Health of People, to demonstrate the vital role of social science research and practice in contributing to health and addressing specific issues facing the NHS, UK healthcare, and health more broadly. It will set out major problems facing UK health, and… Read more »
The eleventh issue in the Academy’s series showcasing the impact made by social science research looks at the topic of dementia and will be launched at a lunchtime seminar at the House of Commons on Tuesday 15th March 2016 with an invited audience of policymakers and influencers. All Fellows and member societies should also have… Read more »
In a piece originally appearing in Research Fortnight, our Head of Policy David Walker says Paul Nurse’s plan for the research councils lays out a crucial role for the research community. But it’s doubtful any such body exists. Read the full article below.
David Walker reflects on the Business of People report one year on from its publication.
James Wilsdon and Sarah Main explain how a Cabinet Office proposal to ban organisations receiving government funding from using those funds to influence policy threatens to put the brakes on the research impact agenda.
Professor Dame Sally Davies highlights the importance of behavioural sciences in addressing gaps in health research and social care.
The Academy of Social Sciences has published its first ever Annual Report, covering the period from 2014 to September 2015.
The Academy and its Campaign have submitted their response to the BIS consultation on higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice.
The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science have submitted evidence to the BBC Trust’s Impartiality Review of the BBC’s use of statistics chaired by Dame Jil Matheson FAcSS. Read the full document here.
Six senior social scientists, Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences, have been recognized in the 2016 New Year Honours for their contributions to social science and to public life: Professor Dame Henrietta Moore DBE FAcSS, Director, Institute for Global Prosperity and Chair, Culture, Philosophy and Design, University College London. For services to Social Sciences.… Read more »
The current lack of attention by government and opposition, and the prioritising of the economy over all other areas of state responsibility, has led to a relative media silence on climate change.
Leading social science academics and practitioners have begun work on the Campaign’s next major report, The Health of People.
The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science are seeking an individual well-versed in social science and policy to undertake policy formation for both organisations. You’ll play a vital and exciting part in our work for and on behalf of social science and be a key member of our small, friendly team.… Read more »
On the clock counting down to George Osborne’s spending statement on 25 November, it’s five to midnight. The most goody two-shoes departments settled with the Treasury first. They include communities and local government, leaving councils in England to infer that if the department can lop off a third of its budget for staffing and buildings, prospects for its grant to councils are grim.
Professor Jenny Phillimore will give a talk at the inauguration of the Academy’s new offices at 33 Finsbury Square on Wednesday, November 4
A leaked consultation on the future of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills suggests that November’s spending review will be accompanied by a radical overhaul of the research funding system, Professor James Wilsdon, Chair of the Campaign for Social Science, writes in the Guardian. Concerns highlighted by Professor Wilsdon include the future of quality-related… Read more »
The Campaign for Social Science welcomes the opportunity of dialogue with Labour’s new shadow science and universities team – and to remind them of the centrality of social science in any credible strategy for innovation and growth. For Labour, Yvonne Fovargue, MP for Makerfield, assumes the science brief while Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South… Read more »
A survey aimed to highlight how the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) could develop its support for postdoctoral social science researchers.
Ian Sample’s account of Nosek et al’s reproducability studies misrepresents the quality and value of social psychological research and misleadingly uncritically reports Ioannidis’ Stanford-stamped claims that the unreproducability is ‘devastating’ for social psychology.
The Academy of Social Sciences deeply regrets the death of Lord Claus Moser, one of the most eminent social scientists of the later 20th century, combining the highest academic attainment with public service and untiring advocacy of the benefits of social research and investigation.
The Campaign for Social Science is seeking three new members to serve on its advisory Board, which is chaired by Professor James Wilsdon.
The Campaign has published a series of videos of social scientists talking about the importance of research. The speakers include:
Professor Andy Ross, Professor Sue Scott, Professor Neil Ward, Professor Pat Thane, and Dr Simon Bastow.
The Academy and its Campaign for Social Science launched the latest booklet in its ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences’ series today.
The Academy’s policy team will be responding to the ONS consultation on the content of the 2021 Census. The fate of the topics listed below is uncertain, in most cases pending investigation into administrative sources or because the move to primarily-online collection reduces their operational value. If you’ve a view on their inclusion, perceive a… Read more »
The Campaign has published its Spring 2015 newsletter. This carries details of its series of roadshows, which are organised to promote its Business of People report and its work more generally, as well as providing a forum for discussing social science.
The Campaign is continuing its work to tell policy-makers about the importance of social science. It has invited the new Conservative Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson MP, to a meeting to talk about social science and government. His predecessors in office, Greg Clark MP and David Willetts, have attended Campaign meetings or events,… Read more »
The Campaign has published its annual report for 2014 and early 2015, with details of all our recent activities. It features a forward by its Chair, Professor James Wilsdon, who talks about its most important contribution.
The Campaign has published a range of media about the Business of People Report, including a report on a speech by Greg Clark MP, Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, at its launch.
The Campaign has published its Autumn 2014 newsletter. This carries details of the forthcoming launch of our major report on the social sciences, The Business of People. It also gives information about our annual lecture, website and fundraising work.
With just a month until we submit our pre-election report for publication, ‘The Business of People: The significance of UK social science over the next decade’ has entered a critical phase
In 2015, the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) will commission a number of new methodological research projects to a value of £5 million. The commissioned projects will become formal parts of a geographically distributed Centre and will play a key role in achieving NCRM’s strategic objectives. NCRM is now undertaking a consultation of… Read more »
In partnership with the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), the Campaign for Social Science hosted an expert seminar to inform its upcoming pre-election report.
The Campaign’s forthcoming report on the shape and size of social science in the UK during the next five years – due out in February – is taking shape.
The Campaign for Social Science has launched an online ‘Policy Monitor’ searchable index of official consultations on a wide range of issues of importance to our society.
The Campaign is writing to social scientists in universities and research centres to ask for their support for our work. The Campaign asks that researchers sign up for our e-bulletin to keep in touch with our work.
The Campaign has published its latest newsletter with the latest details of our work, including our forthcoming report on the social sciences, and developments in our work online