Event Reports

In public debate tug of war, being right isn’t enough

What expert facts reveal about our society isn’t always shared by public perception, according to Will Moy, Director of Full Fact. In the first event in the Academy and Campaign’s 2017 Summer Programme, The Return of the Experts? Facts and Expertise in the Digital Age last week, Moy investigated the role of fact checkers, expertise… Read more »

Shadow Minister for Schools calls for “world class teaching” to transform UK education

“We need a world class, academically rigorously and highly trained teaching profession to transform education,” the Shadow Minister for Schools Mike Dakin told the launch of “Making the Case for the Social Sciences 12- Education”.

Technology can tap into citizen expertise and make government more open, says Beth Noveck

Professor Beth Noveck, Director of the Governance Lab, told the fourth Campaign for Social Science Annual SAGE Lecture that “technologies of expertise will create more open government” and increase engagement among the public.

Social scientists address challenges and opportunities in interdisciplinary research

The Academy and Campaign held an all-day conference addressing some of the individual and institutional challenges to interdisciplinary collaboration, such as funding, university structures, and career objectives on Tuesday, October 11.

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.

No religion steadily becoming norm in UK society, says leading academic

Professor Linda Woodhead rounded out the Academy and Campaign’s Summer Programme with a lunchtime talk on “The Rise of ‘No Religion'”.

Health of People project makes progress

The Health of People Working Group held its third meeting at the end of June to further develop the Campaign for Social Science’s flagship project, which will demonstrate how social science research and expertise can address some of the major problems facing UK health.

Panel looks at how to protect UK social science and research after referendum vote

The Campaign for Social Science hosted a panel discussion on the implications of the vote to leave the EU for UK social science on Thursday, June 30 at their offices in London.

EU Referendum polling disparities expose demographic divisions across UK

The EU Referendum is really about the winners and losers of the processes of globalisation and the ways in which UK society have been shaped by them, Professor John Curtice told an Academy and Campaign event.

Pathways to social science for public benefit

We must create “pathways to social science” for students from secondary all the way to postgraduate education, Sharon Witherspoon, Acting Head of Policy for the Academy and Campaign, said at an event on Friday, 22 April in Cambridge.

Policymakers call for more spending and greater awareness on dementia

A packed Committee Room 11 in the House of Commons heard The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP call for a stronger evidence base for public spending and its evaluation at the launch of ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences 11 – Dementia’.

Campaign promotes social sciences to students

At the first ‘Social Sciences Student Conference for Further and Higher Education’ earlier this month, Mike Danson FAcSS, Professor of Enterprise Policy at Heriot Watt University, gave a talk on social science and careers to more than 60 students from Moray College UHI, in Scotland.

Academy conference reflects on REF 2014 and looks ahead to the future

The Academy hosted an expert conference, ‘Impact and Implications: The Future of Research Excellence and the Social Sciences’, reflecting on REF 2014 and its significance for the future of social science and UK research more broadly.

Health of People report advances with second working group meeting

The group met on January 13 to discuss the vision and structure of the report, due to be launched in summer 2016. The report will outline the vital role of social science research and practice in contributing to health and addressing specific issues facing the NHS and public healthcare more broadly.

We must show the ways ‘social science can give rise to public benefit’ says Sharon Witherspoon

The social sciences must be ‘audacious’ and use their ‘elbow power’ to give rise to public benefit, while highlighting some of the internal as well as external challenges ahead.

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.

Welsh Ministers show their support for social science

‘Social science research is alive and making a difference’, said Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services in the Welsh Assembly.

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.

Roadshow series takes Campaign’s report out to the UK

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.

Members of Parliament need social science research to give their work a solid basis

Members of Parliament need social science research to give their work a solid basis, the Green Party MP Caroline Lucas told a Campaign event. Ms Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, was speaking at a roadshow at the University of Brighton.

The social sciences have a fundamental unity, Campaign roadshow hears

The Campaign’s Business of People report was written with the forthcoming general election and government spending review in mind, its main author, David Walker, said at a Bristol roadshow yesterday.

Major report will be published in February

The date for the publication of the Campaign’s report on the importance of social science in the UK has been set. It will be launched on 24 February by Greg Clark MP, the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, at an event in Westminster.

‘Glass half-full’ for social science, Campaign Annual Lecture hears

LSE Director Craig Calhoun told the Campaign for Social Science’s 2014 Annual Lecture that the ‘glass was half full’ for social science in the UK, as it had great influence on our society but also faced important challenges.

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.

News Focus: Social sciences ‘will become more unified over next 10 years’

The social sciences will become more unified in their methods and conclusions under the influence of big data, software developments and innovation from STEM subjects, Professor Patrick Dunleavy told the Academy of Social Sciences annual lecture.

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 event hears of plans for important report

The publishers SAGE hosted an event for the Campaign at the Reform Club in London in April 2014 to mark the Campaign’s first three years. At the event the Campaign announced that it will write a major report on the value of the social sciences

Labour government would “restore the dignity of social science,” says Byrne

A Labour government would “restore the dignity of social science within government,” the Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills, Liam Byrne MP, said. He said he was “attracted” to reinstating the post of Chief Government Social Scientist.

NHS must unify mental, physical and social care, says Shadow Health Secretary

A “fundamental change” to the NHS so that it has responsibility for mental, physical and social care is needed, the Shadow Health Secretary has said.

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

‘We should encourage social science growth’ says David Willetts

David Willetts reaffirmed his belief that the social sciences are vital for tackling our society’s most important issues, at a Campaign annual lecture

Campaign begins work with schools

The Campaign has expanded its work by beginning promoting the social sciences to schools. Roses Leech-Wilkinson gave a talk on social science and careers to 70 sixth-formers.

Longitudinal Studies launch booklet

The Coalition government is “very comfortable with the case for the social sciences,” and would maintain its broad base, David Willetts MP, the minister for Universities and Science, has said.

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.

Latest social science research booklet produced

The Campaign will launch its latest Making the Case for the Social Science booklet next month, on the theme of longitudinal studies. Speakers at the event include David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, and Polly Toynbee, writer and Guardian columnist.

Child obesity is “national scandal”, says Chair of NHS England

On Wednesday, April 5, the Campaign launched its flagship report The Health of People.

Videos on LMU roadshow published

The Campaign has published two videos from its roadshow at London Metropolitan University in February. A shorter videos is of Professor Michael Harloe, Acting Chair of the Campaign, giving a summary of the Campaign’s progress to date, and a longer one is of all the main presentations at the event. Videos and photos of the… Read more »

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.

Campaign to hold a roadshow at the University of Exeter

The Campaign for Social Science is to hold a roadshow at the University of Exeter on 1 March to report on its progress over the last two years. The roadshow will be held from 12 noon to 2pm

Campaign to hold roadshow at London Met University

The Campaign for Social Science will hold its latest roadshow at London Metropolitan University on 20 February. The event takes place in the Henry Thomas Room of the Tower Building from 12.30pm. The speakers include Ceridwen Roberts, a member of the Campaign Board and Professor Michael Harloe AcSS, former Vice Chancellor at the University of Salford.

Conference on open access publishing in academia

A two-day conference organised by the Academy of Social Sciences, sponsored by the Times Higher magazine, Routledge, Wiley Blackwell and SAGE, looked at the implementation of the recommendations of the Finch Review for Open Access publishing in the UK. One hundred and forty people packed the main hall of the Royal Statistical Society in London on each day to hear expert speakers consider the implications of the move to open access publication of academic work

Campaign to hold Salford regional roadshow

The Campaign for Social Science will hold its latest roadshow at the University of Salford on Thursday 29 November. The event takes place between 12.30pm and 2pm at the Digital Performance Lab, MediaCityUK, Plot B4, Salford Quays, M50 2HE, and includes lunch. It is open to researchers at all universities. The speakers will be Tony… Read more »

Major conference on implementing Finch open access review is organised

A major two-day conference to look at how implementing the Finch Review on open access publishing will affect researchers and learned societies in the arts, humanities and social sciences will be held on 29 and 30 November. The Academy of Social Sciences is running the event in the wake of questions about the switch to… Read more »

‘Social Scientists need to make a strong case’ – Keele roadshow report

Social scientists need to make a strong case for their worth both inside and outside of academia to take advantage of the opportunities they have at a time of threats to the sector, Sir Howard Newby, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, has said. Speaking at a roadshow for the Campaign in Keele on… Read more »

Campaign to hold Glasgow regional roadshow

The Campaign for Social Science will hold its latest roadshow at the University of Glasgow on 20 November. The event takes place at the Kelvin Conference Centre on the Garscube Campus from 12.30pm to 2pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Academics and managers from the University of the West of Scotland, the University of Strathclyde,… Read more »

Seminar on Political Influencing

Social scientists have more ability to influence Select Committees than they might think, but may not be taking full advantage of the opportunities presented. This was one of a number of points to come out of the Art of Political Influencing seminar in London on 18 October, run by the Campaign. Rachel Maze, the Policy… Read more »

Campaign for Social Science to hold roadshow at Keele University

The Campaign will hold its latest roadshow at Keele University on 24 October. The event takes place in Room CM0.12A/B on the ground floor of the Claus Moser Building from 12.30pm to 2pm. Light refreshments will be provided. The speakers will be Ceridwen Roberts AcSS, a Campaign Board member; Professor Sir Howard Newby, President of… Read more »

Campaign organises seminar on political lobbying

A seminar which brings together experts on political lobbying from the government, parliament and the social sciences will be held by the Campaign for Social Science on 18 October. The Art of Political Influencing will be held at the British Academy of Management, 137 Euston, London NW1 2AA, from 10-30am to 4pm. A free place… Read more »

Vince Cable praises business research at booklet launch

18/6/12: The social sciences are “extremely valuable” in providing evidence to help government decide on policy, Vince Cable told the launch of the Academy of Social Science’s booklet on management. The Business, Innovation and Skills Secretary said the booklet ‘Making the Case’ was “very interesting stuff and shows the massive contribution that academic community can… Read more »

Sport has a profound impact on society, says booklet

World-leading research provides hard evidence With the Olympic Games less than nine months away the focus is not just on how Team GB will perform, but also on the legacy of the Games. So the launch of a new publication containing evidence of the impact of sport on people’s lives is timely. Making the Case… Read more »

The riots of summer 2011 – Campaign event

We report from the Campaign’s event on the riots of 2011: The riots of August 2011 took the nation by surprise. Much was said at the time by journalists, politicians and pundits who tried to explain why the riots happened. This event brought together leading experts from a wide spectrum of social science disciplines to… Read more »

Making the Case – launch of crime booklet

The Justice Minister has highlighted the critical role of social science research in crime prevention at launch of new publication by the Campaign for Social Science. “The role of the social sciences is crucial to understanding the operation and impact of new policies on crime prevention. We rely on evidence showing what works, what doesn’t… Read more »

“UK social science is the best in the world”, says leading academic

“UK social science is the best in the world,” said Professor Michael Harloe of the Campaign for Social Science. Speaking to a large audience of social scientists at a Campaign roadshow at the University of Warwick, on 16 May. Professor Harloe said: “When the newly-issued QS World University Rankings 2010 are adjusted for population and… Read more »

Three Regional Roadshows set the ball rolling

Sixty-five social scientists attended the NE regional roadshow at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle on 3rd February, where Sir Howard Newby AcSS, the President of the Academy, and Stephen Anderson its Executive Director, discussed the Campaign and Appeal. During the event hosted by the Dean of Social Sciences, Professor Lynn Dobbs. Lively questioning revealed… Read more »

Launch of the Campaign for Social Science 20th January 2011

“As a long time consumer of the output of the British social science community, I value social science and support the event and the Campaign,” said the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, speaking to a packed room at the launch of the Campaign for Social Science at the… Read more »

The launch of the campaign for social science

A campaign to fight for the future of social science in the UK is being launched today (20th January) at the House of Lords in the presence of David Willets, MP, who will respond to Campaign aims and initiatives. The Campaign, which is being rolled out by the Academy of Social Sciences, aims to highlight… Read more »