Policy Monitor October 2019

17th October 2019

The Importance of the Social Sciences for the Industrial Strategy

12th June 2019

“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 »

Policy Monitor February 2019

12th February 2019

Campaign for Social Science response to 2018 Autumn Budget

31st October 2018

The Campaign for Social Science welcomes the recognition in the Budget of the importance of science and universities for the long-term prospects of the United Kingdom.  The Chancellor acknowledges that it is essential that we ‘invest in infrastructure, in research, in skills and in our regions’ and that all parts of the UK must ‘attract,… Read more »

Academy and Campaign welcome Industrial Strategy White Paper

29th November 2017

The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science welcome the government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper, and set out the vital role the social sciences can and must play in achieving its aims.

Campaign welcomes further partnership on science and innovation collaboration

7th September 2017

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

Academy and Campaign Statement on the Queen’s Speech

21st June 2017

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 »

Academy and Campaign Statement on the 2017 General Election

12th June 2017

The Academy and Campaign respond to 2017 General Election result.

Response to the Industrial Strategy Green Paper Consultation

19th April 2017

The Academy and its Campaign for Social Science submitted a joint response to the UK Government Green Paper on Industrial Strategy.

Academy and Campaign respond to Northern Powerhouses and Midlands Engine Inquiry

11th May 2016

The Academy and Campaign issued a response Friday 6th May to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee’s Powerhouses and Engines Inquiry. The response stressed the need for good social science evidence both in shaping policies for the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine, and in ensuring that sufficient evaluation measures are built in from the start. Adequate resourcing will… Read more »

Academy response to the Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Science Communication Inquiry

6th May 2016

The Academy and its Campaign have responded to the Science and Technology Committee’s Inquiry into Science Communication.

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

22nd February 2016

In a letter to the Minister for Government Efficiency and Civil Service Reform in the Cabinet Office, Professor James Wilsdon FAcSS, Chair of the Academy’s Campaign for Social Science,  and Sarah Main raise concerns over an anti-lobbying clause that threatens to put the brakes on the research impact agenda. The letter comes alongside an article,… Read more »

Sense about Science Inquiry into the non-publication of government research

25th January 2016

Sense About Science has begun an inquiry into non-publication of government research. The details can be found here (SAS website). David Walker, Head of Policy for the Academy of Social Sciences, has prepared a note on the issues raised, which has been submitted to the inquiry. The note can be downloaded AcSS response – Sense about… Read more »

Academy responds to PASC inquiry

30th October 2014

The Academy responded to the Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) as it inquires into Whitehall’s ‘capacity to anticipate, analyse, assess and respond to the significant challenges facing the UK’ over the next decade. PASC has previously been critical of the lack of joined up and strategic thinking in UK central government; its inquiry follows… Read more »

Academy response to PASC Inquiry ‘Building Civil Service Skills for the Future’ March 2014

19th March 2014

The Academy and its Campaign for Social Science have submitted a response to the recent Public Administration Select Committee Inquiry, ‘Building Civil Service Skills for the Future’.

The Future of the Census

6th December 2013

The Academy has issued a statement on the future of the Census, and has responded to the ONS consultation on the issue.