A vote at an EGM associated with the Academy’s AGM on 3rd July saw overwhelming support for Council’s recommendation to change the title conferred on individual members of the Academy from ‘Academician’ to ‘Fellow’, bringing the Academy’s practice into line with the other National Academies, and increasing recognition of the title.
This move followed an extensive consultation amongst the membership last year, which indicated widespread support for the change. Although the title given to individual members is not laid down in the Memorandum and Articles of Association, and therefore did not formally require a poll of the members to be taken, the Academy’s Council felt that strong support needed to be seen and demonstrated.
Accordingly the Operating Rules of the Academy will be amended to incorporate the changes.
Following the vote, a second resolution was proposed regarding the post-nomimal letters which Fellows are entitled to use. A large majority of those voting supported the use of ‘FAcSS’, or ‘Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences’.
Fellows will be invited, in due course, to request new certificates showing the new title, and are invited to start using the new title and post-nominals.