Campaign Updates

Campaign supports new report on ‘The Role of Research in the UK Parliament’.

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’.

Strategic Leadership Forum examines role of social science in Industrial Strategy

The first meeting of the Campaign’s newly convened Strategic Leadership Forum was held on 10 October.

New chair to speak at debate on global grand challenges

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.

Statement on appointment of new ESRC head

The Academy of Social Sciences congratulates Professor Jennifer Rubin on her appointment as Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council.

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 »

Academy and Campaign welcome UKRI board

The Academy and Campaign welcome the announcement of the non-executive members of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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.

Shamit Saggar to lead the Campaign for Social Science

Professor Shamit Saggar CBE FAcSS has been appointed to lead the Campaign for Social Science from 1st October 2017.

Campaign welcomes initial guidelines for REF2021

The Campaign welcomes HEFCE’s publication of the initial guidelines for REF2021.

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 »

Campaign announces social science pipeline project

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.

Academy welcomes Smith Review

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 »

Select Committee Chairs Announced

Select Committees announced new and returning chairs last week.

Academy and Campaign welcome new chair of Science and Technology Committee

The Academy and Campaign welcome the new chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

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 »

Academy and Campaign Statement on the Queen’s Speech

In light of the Queen’s Speech today, the Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science stress the importance of the UK higher education and research sector to the country, and the role that the social sciences will need to play in Brexit, the Industrial Strategy, policies in education and social care and… 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 Statement on the 2017 General Election

The Academy and Campaign respond to 2017 General Election result.

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.

Statement on students in net migration targets

Statement from the Campaign on the amendment to keep students out of net migration targets.

Marching for science

Join us on the March for Science on April 22.

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.

Response to the Triggering of Article 50

The Academy and Campaign respond to the triggering of Article 50.

Campaign welcomes Metcalfe ‘science priorities for Brexit’

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’.

Chair of the Campaign for Social Science

The Campaign for Social Science is seeking a new Chair towards the end of 2017.

Academy welcomes HE & R Bill amendments

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 »

Brexit and UK (Social) Science: Developments to date

The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science have today (February 20) published a new briefing note on Brexit.

Academy and Campaign respond to Prime Minister’s statement on Brexit objectives

The Academy and Campaign have responded to the Prime Minister’s January 17 statement on Brexit objectives.

It’s official: inequality, climate change and social polarisation are bad for you

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 »

‘Fake news’–why people believe it and what can be done to counter it

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.

Head of Policy on the BBC World Service

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.

Research plays crucial role in improving education for disadvantaged pupils

Mike Kane to launch new booklet making the case for social science research benefits to education.

Academy and Campaign publish briefing on Higher Education and Research Bill ahead of Lords debate

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.

Autumn Statement: Response from the Campaign

The Campaign has responded to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

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.

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.

Enough of experts? Data, democracy and the future of expertise

Beth Simone Noveck, Director of The Governance Lab, will deliver this year’s Campaign/SAGE Annual Lecture on Tuesday, 22 November.

Scientists are giving advice, but are governments listening?

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.

Campaign publishes annual report

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

Academy and Campaign publish recommendations to support UK science in Brexit negotiations

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.

Campaign in Scotland to host Presidential Question Time

Some of Scotland’s foremost scholars of American politics will discuss the result following the US Presidential elections on November 10.

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 publishes professional briefing on implications of EU referendum

The Academy of Social Sciences has published a professional briefing on the implications of the EU referendum for UK social science.

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.

A nation at unease with itself? Britain on the eve of the EU referendum

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.

The Rise of ‘No Religion’ – lunchtime talk with Linda Woodhead

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”.

After the EU Referendum – where next for social science?

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.

Academy and Campaign respond to Northern Powerhouses and Midlands Engine Inquiry

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.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Contribution of Social Sciences to Health – Call for Evidence

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 »

“Arbitrary mismatches” of universal credit ignore realities of low income

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.

To improve people’s health, listen to social scientists

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 »

The Election: One Year On: Policy change and challenges for Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

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 »

“Don’t drink and tweet”: ethical issues in social science research on social media

The Academy hosted a conference on the role of ethics in social media research on Monday, March 21 in London.

Academy responds to Lord Stern’s Review of the Research Excellence Framework

The Academy responds to Lord Stern’s Review of the Research Excellence Framework.

Policy at the Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science

Sharon Witherspoon MBE FAcSS takes up role as Acting Head of Policy across both the Academy and Campaign.

Professor John Urry FAcSS

The Academy and its Campaign are deeply saddened to learn of the recent unexpected death of Professor John Urry FAcSS.

The Contribution of Social Sciences to Health – Call for Evidence

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 »

Making the Case for the Social Sciences 11: Dementia – Launch 15th March 2016

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 »

Nurse review recommends harnessing a mythical beast

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.

The Business of People, one year on

David Walker reflects on the Business of People report one year on from its publication.

Anti-lobbying clause will undermine evidence, policy and the public interest, says Chair

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.

Behavioural sciences needed to address gaps in health and social care, says Chief Medical Officer

Professor Dame Sally Davies highlights the importance of behavioural sciences in addressing gaps in health research and social care.

Academy publishes Annual Report

The Academy of Social Sciences has published its first ever Annual Report, covering the period from 2014 to September 2015.

Academy and Campaign respond to BIS Higher Education Green Paper

The Academy and its Campaign have submitted their response to the BIS consultation on higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice.

Academy responds to BBC Trust on statistics

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.

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 »

Media scepticism sows doubt, not progress, on climate change

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 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.

Vacancy – Senior Policy Adviser

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 »

It’s every Whitehall department for itself in spending review scuffle

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.

Academy Housewarming – Integration in an era of superdiversity

Professor Jenny Phillimore will give a talk at the inauguration of the Academy’s new offices at 33 Finsbury Square on Wednesday, November 4

BIS blueprint heightens fears for research funding

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 »

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 »

ESRC survey to enhance support for early career social science researchers

A survey aimed to highlight how the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) could develop its support for postdoctoral social science researchers.

Reproducibility conclusions are misleading, says Academy Fellow

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.

Pioneer of social science dies aged 92

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.

Open Call: Campaign Board seeks new members

The Campaign for Social Science is seeking three new members to serve on its advisory Board, which is chaired by Professor James Wilsdon.

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

Expert roundtables discuss key issues around social sciences and health

Over the course of the Health of People project the Campaign brought together high-level stakeholders to discuss key issues around research, evidence and health. Introduction The Campaign for Social Science project ‘The Health of People’ aims to bring about a step change in the use of social sciences for population health. It is led by… Read more »