Campaign for Social Science – Call for new Board members

19 December 2017

Call for new Board members

The Campaign for Social Science is seeking four new members to serve on its advisory Board, which is chaired by Professor Shamit Saggar CBE FAcSS.

Applicants with experience of one or more of public policy and practice, communications and outreach, international perspectives, fundraising and campaigning would be particularly welcome. However, all sectoral backgrounds in the social sciences are relevant.

We also actively encourage applications from early/mid-career researchers, women, those with a disability and those from a black or ethnic minority background, to ensure that the Board reflects the rich diversity of UK social science.

But the most important requirement is enthusiasm for the Campaign and a willingness to contribute (both at, and beyond Board meetings) to our efforts to promote and strengthen the voice of social science in policymaking, the media and with the wider public.

The Campaign was set up in 2011 as an initiative of the Academy of Social Sciences, but with its own governance arrangements. This year, the Campaign has published a second landmark report, The Health of People , set out a practical guide for researchers in Pathways to Impact in the Welsh Government and the National Assembly, responded to various public consultations and given oral evidence, commented on BREXIT related issues, and proposed amendments to the Higher Education and Research Bill (now Act), which were adopted.

The Campaign has also launched a new Supporter Scheme, which has been well received, including the formation of a new Strategic Leadership Forum (SLF) in the Social Sciences for Gold and Silver level supporters. The first meeting, held on 10th October, was addressed by Andy Haldane FAcSS, Chief Economist at the Bank of England on the challenge of raising the UK’s productivity, followed by Paul Kirby of Zinc, a social science incubation unit, formerly Head of the No 10 Policy Unit. The SLF is engaging with the opportunities available to social science as part of the Industrial Strategy and the provision of the Industrial Strategy Challenges Fund. At its next meeting, the SLF will meet members of the UKR&I Board with a social science background to discuss the provision of support to the social sciences.

A further project for delivery in early 2018 is to examine the skills needed by social science graduates to enhance their employment prospects, particularly in the areas of data and number skills. This will build on an earlier report on What do social science graduates do?

The Campaign is keen to pursue collaborations with other disciplines outside of the social scientists to bring a holistic view to many of the world’s most pressing social issues.

Details of current and past activities are all shown on the Campaign’s website:

Appointments to the Board are for an initial three years duration, with the potential to renew for another three years. Board members are unremunerated, but travel and related expenses for quarterly Board meetings in central London are paid.

If you are interested to find out more about the role then please contact either Shamit Saggar, Chair of the Board on [email protected] or Stephen Anderson, Executive Director on [email protected].

The application procedure is to write a short letter (accompanied by a CV) and send it to Shamit and Stephen at the email addresses shown above, to outline the basis for your interest in the role, relevant experience and what you hope to bring to the Campaign.

This is an open call: please pass it on as far and wide as you are able.

 Applications close on Friday 5th January 2018.