The Campaign for Social Science Annual SAGE Lecture with BBC’s Home Editor Mark Easton speaking on identity took place on 4 February at RUSI. Mark Easton: Modern Britain’s identity crisis? Addressing an audience of academics, policymakers and interested general public, Mark’s lecture ‘Modern Britain’s identity crisis?’ was the 7th public lecture the Campaign for Social… Read more »
The Academy of Social Science and its Campaign is delighted to congratulate our Fellow Professor James Wilsdon on his new role as the director of the new Research on Research Institute (RoRI). RoRI is a new partnership between Wellcome Trust, the universities of Sheffield and Leiden, and the technology firm Digital Science, which aims to… Read more »
18 September 2019, London: Professor Bobby Duffy, Director of The Policy Institute and Professor of Public Policy at King’s College London, will be leading the Campaign for Social Science from November 2019. He replaces Professor James Wilsdon, who kindly returned to the role, as interim Chair, following the relocation of Professor Shamit Saggar to Perth,… Read more »
The Academy of Social Science and its Campaign welcome the government’s announcement of a two-year post-study work visa for international students
The Academy of Social Science and its Campaign for Social Science welcome the government’s announcement that it will reintroduce the two-year post-study work visa for international students. International students play an integral role in the health and vitality of the UK higher education sector and contribute greatly to the UK economy during, and after, their… Read more »
The Academy of Social Science has learned that the government’s recently announced plans to introduce a new fast-track system for Tier 1 visas (for ‘exceptional talent’) will apply only to STEM
The Academy of Social Science has learned that the government’s recently announced plans to introduce a new fast-track system for Tier 1 visas (for ‘exceptional talent’) will apply only to individuals with science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) skills. We are, of course, seeking to make representations about this. In the meantime, Sharon Witherspoon, Head… Read more »
Press Release: The Academy of Social Sciences responds to the Government’s plan to devise a new ‘fast track’ visa system for global science talent
9 August 2019, London: Yesterday, 8 August 2019, the Government made an announcement about its plans to develop a ‘fast track’ visa system for global science talent, and confirmed some interim plans for replacing EU Horizon 2020 funding through the UKRI if the UK left the EU without a deal. While the Academy of Social… Read more »
by Fiona Mackay (This blog is derived from the Women in Social Science Conference at City, University of London on 3 April 2019. Chaired by Professor Sue Scott FAcSS, the conference was organised by the Academy of Social Sciences, its Campaign for Social Science and NatCen, and supported by ESRC and Palgrave Macmillan.) While there has… Read more »
Am I an Asian Woman or a Woman Who is Asian? A Personal Reflection Being a Woman of Colour in the Academia
by Shan-Jan Sarah Liu (This blog is derived from the Women in Social Science Conference at City, University of London on 3 April 2019. Chaired by Professor Sue Scott FAcSS, the conference was organised by the Academy of Social Sciences, its Campaign for Social Science and NatCen, and supported by ESRC and Palgrave Macmillan.) In 2007,… Read more »
by Katherine Twamley (This blog is derived from the Women in Social Science Conference at City, University of London on 3 April 2019. Chaired by Professor Sue Scott FAcSS, the conference was organised by the Academy of Social Sciences, its Campaign for Social Science and NatCen, and supported by ESRC and Palgrave Macmillan.) I have benefited… Read more »
By Jil Matheson (This blog is derived from the Women in Social Science Conference at City, University of London on 3 April 2019. Chaired by Professor Sue Scott FAcSS, the conference was organised by the Academy of Social Sciences, its Campaign for Social Science and NatCen, and supported by ESRC and Palgrave Macmillan.) In celebrating women’s… Read more »
“The social sciences have a vital role to play in delivering the Industrial Strategy and helping the UK economy grow. They have already helped shape the strategy itself, and they can help us better understand the social conditions and behavioural changes needed to foster growth in the future, raise productivity, and deliver new technologies to… Read more »
Kelly Beaver is the Managing Director of Ipsos MORI’s Public Affairs business in the United Kingdom. She is responsible for a team of c.250 staff located throughout the UK including in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Her team provides robust research and analysis to help clients across every area of government policy to monitor and understand… Read more »
The Academy of Social Sciences is seeking a new Chair for the Campaign for Social Science, to start on 1 November 2019. The Campaign is an integral part of the Academy and leads on its public-facing advocacy for social science. It is a strong outward-facing voice for the Academy. The Chair of the Campaign is… Read more »
by Nancy Kelley Deputy Chief Executive and Director of the Policy Research Centre, NatCen. Listening to such a talented group of women over the course of an afternoon at the Women In Social Science conference was uplifting and sobering in equal parts. The quality of thinking, the honesty, and the passion of the speakers was uplifting.… Read more »
“Women have made a huge contribution to the social sciences over the past 50 years. But this contribution is still not fully recognized,” said Professor Sue Scott FAcSS in her opening remarks as the chair of the Women in Social Science conference on 3 April 2019. The conference was held in partnership with NatCen and… Read more »
Professor Shamit Saggar CBE FAcSS has been at the helm of the Campaign for Social Science since September 2017. A vocal advocate for the social sciences, he has championed the use of research to help make policy and practice more evidence-based. Shamit oversaw a time of significant growth for the Campaign – both in terms… Read more »
The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science is delighted to welcome Dr Rita Gardner CBE FAcSS as its new Chief Executive. Rita brings to the role more than 25 years’ experience of leadership and organisational development in the learned society and professional body sector in the UK. She is committed to… Read more »
The New Year saw the arrival of Nick Bibby as Director of the Campaign’s newest project, the Scottish Policy Innovation and Research Exchange (SPIRE). Nick is based in Scotland and will be working with colleagues at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Scottish Government and Parliament, and a growing network of universities across Scotland to… Read more »
This year the Campaign for Social Science/Sage Publishing annual lecture was delivered by Paul Johnson CBE FAcSS, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Visiting Professor of Economics at University College London. Paul Johnson has published and broadcast extensively on the economics of public policy, with a particular focus on income distribution, public finances, pensions,… Read more »
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.