Policy Archive

Academy and Campaign call for flexible immigration system to address UK grand challenges

The Academy and Campaign call for a ‘flexible immigration system’ so as to continue to attract and retain international talent to UK universities and research institutions that will be vital in addressing the UK’s grand challenges.

Academy and Campaign welcome Industrial Strategy White Paper

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 responds to 2017 Autumn Budget

The Campaign for Social Science welcomes the Chancellor’s commitment to “the biggest investment in science and innovation funding in four decades” outlined in today’s Autumn Budget.

Academy and Campaign welcome Brexit report and additional visas

The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) and its Campaign for Social Science (CfSS) welcome the British Academy’s report, ‘Brexit Means?’,  which sets out the BA’s priorities for the humanities and social sciences in the current Brexit negotiations. The impact of Brexit on higher education in all disciplines has been raised by many. This includes implications for… Read more »

Response to the Industrial Strategy Green Paper Consultation

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

Response to the Triggering of Article 50

Today, the UK Government triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the process of our withdrawal from the European Union. As negotiations with the other 27 EU countries begin, we recognise the pressures the Government faces in obtaining the best possible deal for the UK. With this in mind, the Academy of Social Sciences… Read more »

Academy response to HEFCE’s consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework

The Academy has today published its response to HEFCE’s consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework.

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. Read the full note here This note outlines Government statements related to recommendations the Academy and Campaign have made since the EU referendum. It provides a summary of the Government’s response to some… Read more »

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. In the briefing, the Academy and Campaign said the “awarding of a further £4.7bn of funds… Read more »

Chair of new Office for Students – applications open (to 24 Nov)

The Department for Education has announced that applications are now open for the chair of the Office for Students (OfS). The Department says that the OfS chair, subject to parliamentary approval, will be tasked with leading the creation of the OfS and setting out its direction in the coming years working with the executive team… Read more »

Brexit and HE – new inquiry by House of Commons Education Committee launch

The Education Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on higher education. The inquiry follows the expansion of the Committee’s remit to include higher education, further education and skills in response to changes at the Department for Education. The Committee aims for the inquiry to seek to inform the public and influence… Read more »

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.

Leave – Academy briefing for UK social science in response to EU referendum vote

Britain has voted to leave the European Union. Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences, says ‘This will result in uncertainty for the social science community, with implications for research funding, international collaboration, freedom of movement, and capacity building.’ The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science summarise… Read more »

Academy calls for detailed parliamentary scrutiny of Higher Education and Research Bill

The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science have called for detailed parliamentary scrutiny of the Higher Education and Research Bill.

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. 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 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.

Academy responds to 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.

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

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

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

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

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 BBC Trust on statistics

The Academy 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. The document can be read on the Publications page of this website – here (pdf).

Nurse Review – the Academy and its Campaign respond

The Academy of Social Sciences together with its Campaign for Social Science welcome the report to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills today from Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society – but his strong endorsement of the quality of research makes it even more urgent that the money is found.

Academy responds to Inquiry into Science Budget – August 2015

The Academy’s Policy Team has submitted a response to the current Inquiry by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee into the science budget. It is available to read from our Publications page. The Inquiry can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-committee/news-parliament-2015/the-science-budget-tor/

The Census 2021 – Shaping the Content

The Academy’s policy team will be responding to the ONS consultation on the content of the 2021 Census. The fate of the topics listed below is uncertain, in most cases pending investigation into administrative sources or because the move to primarily-online collection reduces their operational value. If you’ve a view on their inclusion, perceive a… Read more »

Academy responds to PASC Inquiry into Statistics for the economy and public finances

The Academy’s Policy Working Group has submitted a response to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee’s Inquiry into statistics for the economy and public finance. The Academy’s response will be posted to this website once the Select Committee has approved publication.

Academy responds to PASC inquiry

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 »

ESRC NCRM Consultation: Please Help

In 2015, the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) will commission a number of new methodological research projects to a value of £5 million. The commissioned projects will become formal parts of a geographically distributed Centre and will play a key role in achieving NCRM’s strategic objectives. NCRM is now undertaking a consultation of… Read more »

Academy responds to Independent Review of RCUK OA Policy

The Academy has published its submission to the Independent Review of the implementation of RCUK policy on open access publishing, chaired by Professor Sir Bob Burgess FAcSS. A pdf can be downloaded from the Publications page of this website or by clicking here. The Academy’s Learned Societies were consulted to uncover evidence of what is… Read more »

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

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

Full Consultation Responses

The full texts of all Academy consultation responses are available in the Publications section of the site at