Does the EU influence your work?
For good or ill?
Let BIS know!
The Academy has received the following invitation to comment on the EU from BIS.
About the review
The Balance of Competences Review, launched by the Government last summer, is an opportunity for people from across the spectrum to have their say on what the EU means for the UK. The review is a coalition commitment to analyse where the EU helps and where it hampers. It will look at everything the EU does and how it affects the UK, from the environment to education to EU enlargement and more. To ensure this is an informed and objective analysis, experts and interest groups in the UK and Europe are invited to contribute. This is your chance to have a real input on the EU issues that matter to you. To have your say and for more information you can visit: https://www.gov.uk/review-of-the-balance-of-competences or join the debate on twitter #BOCReview
The review is broken down into a number of individual reports covering specific areas of policy where the EU has powers.
Research and Development
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is leading the review of competence in the area of ‘research and development’ which also covers aspects of space, and innovation. The Call for Evidence on Research and Development, published on 16 May on www.gov.uk, seeks contributions on research, innovation and space. The list of questions posed in the Call for Evidence is included below.
We are looking for input from anyone with relevant knowledge, expertise or experience in the fields of research, technological development, space and innovation. We welcome contributions from individuals, companies, civil society organisations, think-tanks, governments and governmental bodies. We welcome input from those within the UK or beyond our borders.
We will be hosting two stakeholder events in London on 3 July (for the research community) and 8 July (for business, innovation and space stakeholders).
For more information, or to register for a stakeholder event, please contact:
Verity Threlfell, 020 7215 8487
Wendy Simpson. 020 7215 1886
Research and Development Call for Evidence Questions
Impact on the national interest
1. Where has EU action had a positive impact for the UK on research, technological development, innovation or space? What evidence is there for this? Has EU action encouraged national action in any areas?
2. Where has EU action had a negative impact for the UK in these fields? What evidence is there for this? Has EU action prevented potentially useful national action in any areas?
3. How, and where, has UK engagement with partner countries or international bodies, both within and outside the EU, been helped or hindered by EU involvement?
4. What benefits or difficulties has the objective of a European research area (ERA) delivered for the UK?
5. How has the EU sought to coordinate the policy instruments at its disposal across different policy areas to create an enabling environment for researchers and innovators? How successful has this been?
Future opportunities and challenges
6. What could the EU most helpfully do to promote scientific and technological progress and innovation (including in the space sector)?
- How could the EU use its existing competence differently to deliver more in your area?
- How might a greater or lesser degree of EU competence deliver more in your area?
- How could improvements to existing EU activities make them more effective and efficient?
7. Where might future EU level action be detrimental to the UK interest in this area?
8. Where might action at national rather than EU level be more appropriate / effective?
9. How could EU and national policies and funding streams interact better?
10. What impact would any future enlargement of the EU have on this area of competence?
11. Are there any other points you wish to make which are not captured above?
New Academicians Welcomed
The Academy is delighted to welcome 35 leading social scientists as Academicians of the Social Sciences. Download the list here (pdf).
Professor Eric Anderson AcSS,
Professor of Sports Studies,
University of Winchester
Professor Judy Edworthy AcSS, Professor of Applied Psychology, University of Plymouth
Paul Evans AcSS, Principal Clerk of the Table Office, House of Commons
Professor Marco Francesconi AcSS, Professor of Economics, University of Essex
Professor George Gaskell AcSS, Professor of Social Psychology and Pro-Director London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Grzegorz Gorzelak AcSS, Professor of Economics, University of Warsaw
Professor Mark Griffiths AcSS, Professor of Gambling Studies, Nottingham Trent University
Professor Sarah Grogan AcSS, Professor of Health Psychology, Staffordshire University
Emeritus Professor Malcolm Harrison AcSS, Professor of Housing and Social Policy, University of Leeds
Dr Alan Holmans CBE AcSS,
Housing Research Consultant
Emeritus Professor Barbara Harriss-White AcSS, Professor of Development Studies, University of Oxford
Professor Jan Horwath AcSS, Professor of Child Welfare, University of Sheffield
Professor David Hulme AcSS, Professor of Development Studies, University of Manchester
Professor Hazel Johnson AcSS, Professor of Development Policy and Practice, The Open University
Professor Naila Kabeer AcSS, Professor in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies
Keith Kirby AcSS,
Former Senior Research Officer,
Department of the Environment
Professor Uma Kothari AcSS, Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies, University of Manchester
Professor Michael Lamb AcSS, Professor of Psychology in the Social Sciences, University of Cambridge, Professor in International Education and Development, University of Sussex
Professor Keith Lewin AcSS,
Professor of Education and International Development, University of Sussex.
Professor William Lindsay AcSS, Professor of Learning Disabilities & Forensic Psychology, University of Abertay, Dundee
Professor Fiona Mackay AcSS, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh
Professor Lorna McKee AcSS, Professor of Management, University of Aberdeen
Professor Lydia Morris AcSS, Professor of Sociology, University of Essex
Professor Paul Mosley AcSS, Professor of Economics, University of Sheffield
Professor Anne Phillips AcSS, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics and Political Science
Professor Kim Plunkett AcSS, Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Oxford
Dr Jonathan Potter AcSS, Senior Economist in the Centre for Entrepreneurship, OECD, Paris
Professor Peter Raynor AcSS, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Swansea University
Professor Celia Roberts AcSS, Professor of Applied Linguistics, King’s College London
Professor Constantine Sedikides AcSS,
Professor of Social and Personality Psychology,
University of Southampton
Professor Christopher Skelcher AcSS, Professor of Public Governance, University of Birmingham
Professor Gill Valentine AcSS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Social Sciences, University of Sheffield
Professor Cyril Weir AcSS,
Powdrill Professor in English Language Acquisition,
University of Bedfordshire
Emeritus Professor Ann Whitehead AcSS, Professor of Anthropology, University of Sussex
Professor Ruth Wodak AcSS, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Discourse Studies, Lancaster University