Campaign Updates

Campaign launches online tool-kit to link evidence and policymaking in Wales

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 »

We’re hiring! Campaign Manager

The Campaign for Social Science The Campaign for Social Science was launched in 2011 to promote social science to UK Governments and the wider public. We campaign for policies that support social science inquiry in the UK, such as the retention of large-scale longitudinal research programmes. We raise the profile of social science in the… Read more »

Join our policy team

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 »

Campaign welcomes further partnership on science and innovation collaboration

The Campaign welcomes the government’s 6 September further partnership paper on Collaboration on Science and Innovation.

We’re hiring! Supporter Relations Officer (Fundraiser)

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 »

Statement on Sir Mark Walport’s speech on UK Research and Innovation

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 »

Work with us! Supporter Relations Officer vacancy

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 »

Social scientists honoured

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 »

Academy and Campaign response to Technopolis report

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.

Response to the Industrial Strategy Green Paper

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.

Greater access to data will improve health outcomes, says MP

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.

Campaign publishes annual report

The Campaign has published its annual report covering the period from 2015 to early 2016.

Academy and Campaign host successful Summer Programme

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 joins the Campaign for Social Science board

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.

Academy and Campaign announce Summer Programme of events

The Academy and its Campaign have announced a full lineup of events for the summer season, covering a range of topical and engaging issues.

Senior social scientists honoured

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 »

Leading social scientists meet to plan Health of People report

Leading social science academics and practitioners have begun work on the Campaign’s next major report, The Health of People.

Campaign welcomes new Shadow Science and Universities Ministers

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 »

Social scientists speak out about research importance

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.

Welsh social science research ‘vital in driving innovation in policymaking’

The Academy and its Campaign for Social Science launched the latest booklet in its ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences’ series today.

Campaign publishes Spring 2015 newsletter

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.

Minister invited to hear views

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 »

Campaign publishes annual report for 2014-15

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 publishes media about Business of People Report

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.

Articles about the Campaign in the media

The Campaign features regularly in the news media:

Campaign publishes Autumn 2014 newsletter

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.

Pre-election report reaching completion

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

Joint seminar held with the Campaign for Science and Engineering

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.

Major Campaign report advances with an expert seminar on social science and government

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.

Have your say – online database of government consultations launched

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.

Campaign appeals for support

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.

Campaign publishes latest newsletter

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

Major Campaign report on social science takes important step forward

The major Campaign report on the social sciences has taken an important step forward with the second meeting of the working group which is guiding its production.

Leading social scientists meet to plan out major new Campaign report

Leading social science academics and practitioners have met as a working group to plan out a major new Campaign report on the social sciences, to be released ahead of the general election

Campaign issues latest newsletter

The Campaign has issued our Spring 2014 newsletter, with details of our authoritative report on how social science can help tackle the challenges facing our society, and an event to celebrate our first three years

The Campaign issues latest newsletter

The Campaign has issued our latest newsletter. This issue has details of a promise by the Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills, Liam Byrne MP, to “restore the dignity of social science” within government, made at our Board meeting.

Campaign appeals for life stories

The Campaign for Social Science is looking for people who can talk about how social science has helped them in their lives or careers. These interviews will be added to our website, as evidence of the positive influence social science has on our society.

Campaign launches events promotion service

The Campaign for Social Science is offering a new free service in which we will publicise public events with a social science theme on our website. Organisers can let us know about their events and we will put them on our events page.

Campaign publishes booklet on mental wellbeing

The Campaign is publishing the latest in its booklet series, ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences’ today, on the theme of mental wellbeing. The booklet will be launched by the Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham MP

Campaign asks UK social scientists for support

The Campaign for Social Science is contacting social scientists in UK universities to ask them for support. The Campaign Chair, Professor James Wilsdon, says “the more that social scientists engage in our activities, the stronger our voice becomes.”

Campaign publishes latest newsletter

The Campaign has published it latest newsletter, with details of David Willetts’ recent speech at our annual lecture, and our report on social science graduate employment rates, as well as other information about our work.

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Get the latest news from the Campaign for Social Science by signing up for our e-bulletin.Go to the registration page for more information – we ask only for your name and email address.

Campaign publishes Times letter

The Campaign has had a letter published in The Times debunking the myth of a job crisis among social science graduates.

Facebook page is launched

The Campaign has launched an official Facebook page as part of its remit to make contact with as many social science supporters as possible.

Campaign launches video series

The Campaign has launched a series of videos that show the importance of social science both for individual lives and for our society as a whole.

Professor James Wilsdon appointed as new Chair of the Campaign for Social Science

The Campaign for Social Science has appointed Professor James Wilsdon, an expert in science policy, to be its new Chair from 1 September 2013.

Campaign publishes latest newsletter

The Campaign has issued our latest newsletter. The Summer 2013 edition covers our Making the Case event, the start of our work with schools, and our latest supporters. The newsletters are published four times a year and have the latest news about our work

Campaign begins work in schools

The Campaign is expanding its work by beginning promoting the social sciences to schools. A Campaign staff member will talk about career prospects for social science graduates to students from two leading north London schools on June 18.

Campaign researches graduate destinations

The Campaign would like to speak to male social science graduates working in the Third Sector

Campaign issues latest newsletter

The Campaign has issued its latest newsletter. The spring 2013 edition covers issues including the latest roadshow, the latest Making the Case booklet, an introduction to our new staff member, our new communications strategy, changes to our Board, and our latest supporters.

Chief Social Scientist post is high on policy-makers agenda, says Campaign

The issue of the reinstatement of the post of Government Chief Social Scientist is much higher on the agenda of policy-makers now, the Campaign’s Director, Stephen Anderson, has said.

Campaign will stop social science being undervalued, roadshow hears

Social scientists have felt undervalued and unappreciated, but the campaign organised on their behalf was changing that, a roadshow at London Metropolitan University on 20 February heard.

The Campaign for Social Science

The Campaign for Social Science aims to raise the profile of social science in the public, media and Parliament. On this site you can learn more about our aims.

Campaign issues latest newsletter

The Campaign has issued its latest newsletter. The December 2012 edition has details of its latest Making the Case booklet, its work to help American academies set up a similar organisation in the US, and its latest supporters. The newsletter will be issued bi-monthly in 2013, with the next edition coming out in February.

Campaign for Social Science reaches £50,000 milestone

The newly-created Campaign for Social Science has just reached its first fundraising milestone of £50,000. This is a significant step towards the Campaign’s target of raising £300,000 over the next five years. The Campaign, launched in January 2011 at the House of Lords, was established to address concerns about the lack of awareness amongst politicians and the… Read more »