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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. Read more …

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Contemporary Social Science – CiteScore

The Academy is delighted to note that its journal, Contemporary Social Science, which publishes as themed issues, has achieved a CiteScore of 1.03, ranking it as 48/188 in social sciences. This is clear evidence of the increasing influence of our Read more …

Contemporary Social Science call for papers: Making Sense of the Impact of Brexit

Following the referendum result to leave the European Union (EU) Prime Minister Theresa May announced “Brexit means Brexit”. Such a simple response suggests that Brexit is one-dimensional process that can be resolved relatively quickly. Read more …

Professor Dianne Berry OBE FAcSS to chair REF equality panel

The Academy would like to congratulate Professor Dianne Berry OBE FAcSS on being appointed chair of the Research Excellence Framework Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel. Read more …

Vacancies: 3 Non-Executive board members, Department of Health

Vacancy Description As the terms of office of a number of current non-executive members of the Department of Health’s board are ending, the Department of Health is seeking to fill 3 non-executive board member positions. One of the new members Read more …

How will the UK prosper outside of the EU? Conference booking now open

A day conference in association with the Society of Business Economists and the Scottish Economic Society.

Wednesday 10th May 2017

33 Finsbury Square, London. Read more …

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 Read more …

Vacancy: Chair of the College of Policing

This is a critical role, leading the development of the College of Policing as it becomes a world class professional body, shaping and influencing policing for future generations. The Chair’s role is to enable the College Board of Directors to fulfil its responsibilities for the strategic leadership and overall governance of the organisation. 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 Read more …

ONS Survey – How do you use government data?

The aim of the survey is to understand the types of data used, where you source your government data/statistics and any difficulties you face finding or extracting and using it. There is also an opportunity for you to provide additional comments and feedback about Government Statistical Service (GSS) data. Read more …

Contemporary Social Science call for papers: Building Knowledge Economies in Africa

Recent evidence suggests that Africa is on the threshold of significant and sustainable economic growth if its human and material resources can be effectively mobilised to support the process. Consequently, the World Bank’s Knowledge Economy Framework is being developed to explore and support the extent to which current policies in African countries impact the knowledge development process (and thereby competitiveness) on the continent. This themed issue therefore invites papers that focus on, but are not limited to the four dimensions of the World Bank’s Knowledge Economy Index, namely: information and communication technology, education, economic incentives and institutional regime, and innovation. Read more …

PSA seeks new CEO

The Trustees of the Political Studies Association of the UK (PSA) are seeking to appoint an outstanding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to build on our heritage as the second largest learned society in the world dedicated to the study of Read more …

CSS Call for papers – Sustaining Natural Resources in a Changing Environment

The aim in this themed issue of Contemporary Social Science is to compare and contrast international and multi-disciplinary perspectives on the development of policy in response to evidence about the impact of environmental change on the sustainability of natural resources, with reference to energy, water, sanitation, air quality and food security. Read more …

Vacancy: External Member of the Financial Policy Committee

The appointment of external members to the FPC is designed to ensure that the Committee benefits from thinking and expertise in addition to that existing inside the Bank of England and to provide constructive challenge during the Committee’s deliberations. Each member of the FPC should have expertise in the field of financial services and economics. Read more …

Intergenerational Relations in the Context of Changing Family and Household Structures

Seminar 2 in the current Series on International and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Evidence-based Policy, organised by the Academy’s International Advisory Group, will look at intergenerational relations in the context of changing family and household structures. This half-day seminar in the Read more …

Vacancies: UK Research and Innovation Board Members

The UKRI Board will be expected to support the set-up of the organisation, providing clear strategic direction and oversight, promoting the importance of UK Research and Innovation and supporting the senior leadership team of the organisation to embed new ways of working across UKRI. Read more …

Nominations now open for the Balzan Prize 2017

The Balzan Prize’s aim is to foster culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world. The four Balzan Prizes, two per category, are awarded to scholars, artists and scientists who have distinguished themselves in their fields on an international level. Read more …

Vacancy: Non-Executive Board Member – Department for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is looking to recruit one Non-Executive Board Member to its Board, to bring independent advice, support and challenge to the Executive to help shape the department’s work, particularly in terms of delivery. Read more …

Vacancies: Members of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology

The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) is the government’s top-level advisory body on science, technology, engineering, social sciences and disruptive innovation. The Council is looking to renew its membership from April 2017. Read more …

Academy Fellows recognised in New Year’s Honours

The Academy is delighted to see several of its Fellows honoured for their work in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list and offers its congratulations: Paul Cheshire CBE FAcSS, professor of Economic Geography at the LSE. For services to economics Read more …

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Inaugural meeting of Study Group on the social science of refugee issues

The Academy’s new pilot Study Group – on Refugee Issues –held a panel discussion of social science issues around Refugees, Belonging and Society, at the University of East London on 12 December, which was well attended by a mix of Read more …

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Seminar: Pathways to Sustainability in a Changing Environment

As part of its new seminar series on International and Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Evidence-Based Policy, the Academy’s International Advisory Group is launching the first in its new series of five half-day seminars on 17th January 2017. Seminar 1: PATHWAYS TO Read more …

Contemporary Social Science call for papers: Biographical Research – Challenges and Creativity

Emerging trends in biographical research are introducing new investigative challenges that merit further reflection, analysis and comparability. This special issue brings together papers from different social sciences that deal with such challenges and with the specific dilemmas posed by the practice of biographical research. Read more …

Vacancies: The Civil Service Commission

The Commissioners form the Board of the Civil Service Commission and bring a range of experience of the private, public and voluntary sectors. They bring an independent perspective to ensure a high performing Civil Service is well placed to meet the current and future challenges. Read more …

Vacancy: Chair of Public Health England

The Secretary of State is seeking to appoint a Non Executive Chair of Public Health England, the expert national public health agency which fulfils his power to promote the health and wellbeing of the nation. Read more …

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President’s Lunch 2016

Tuesday 13th December 2016 saw Professor Sir Ivor Crewe welcome 120 Fellows, Learned Societies and their guests to the annual President’s Lunch, held this year in the splendid surroundings of Ironmongers Hall near the Barbican in London.     As Read more …

Vacancy: Member – Qualifications Wales

Qualifications Wales is the principal authority on qualifications in Wales and provides professional advice to the Welsh Ministers on relevant matters as well as information, advice and support to a wide range of stakeholders. Read more …

Academy and Campaign respond to House of Commons Education Committee inquiry on the impact of Brexit on higher education

The Academy and Campaign have issued a joint response to the House of Commons Education Committee inquiry on the impact of Brexit on higher education. Read more …

Shadow Minister for Schools calls for “world class teaching” to transform UK education

“We need a world class, academically rigorously and highly trained teaching profession to transform education,” the Shadow Minister for Schools Mike Kane told the launch of “Making the Case for the Social Sciences 12- Education”. 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 Read more …

Research plays crucial role in improving education for disadvantaged pupils

Mike Kane to launch new booklet making the case for social science research benefits to education. Read more …

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Response to Pearson’s decision to develop new AS and A-levels in Statistics

The British Academy, Academy of Social Sciences, Royal Statistical Society, Nuffield Foundation and Nesta welcomed the decision made by Pearson to develop new AS and A-level specifications in statistics for teaching from September 2017.Read more …

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Evidence Based Policy – New Seminar Series by Academy’s International Advisory Group

In January, the Academy’s International Advisory Group, chaired by Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS, is launching a new series of five half-day seminars exploring International and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Evidence-Based Policy. Read more …

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Refugee Issues Study Group event London, 12-12-16

Academy of Social Sciences Refugee Issues Study Group: Inaugural Event with The Centre for Narrative Research, UEL  and The Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, UEL Refugees, Belonging and Society Monday 12th December 2016, 5 – 7pm University Read more …

Vacancies: Non-Executive Members of the BBC Board

From 3 April 2017, the BBC will be governed by its Board, which will replace the two-tier governance structure of the BBC Trust and the BBC’s Executive Board. The new Board will be responsible for the exercise of all BBC functions in accordance with the Corporation’s Royal Charter. Read more …

European Alliance for the Social Sciences and the Humanities (EASSH) celebrates launch

The European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH) was launched on 15th November 2016 at a conference in Bratislava. Read more …

Professor David Canter FAcSS – The People and The State

Professor David Canter FAcSS (editor of Contemporary Social Science) discusses the latest Special Issue ‘Populism, protest and democracy in the twenty-first century’ guest-edited by Professor Thomas O’Brien, in a new blog post. Read more …

UK Parliament opens its doors to major academic fellowship schemes

The UK Parliament has launched two new fellowship schemes that will offer academic researchers, at every stage of their career, the rare opportunity to work on specific projects from inside Westminster’s walls. Read more …

Funding Call: Apex Awards

The APEX awards are a new funding opportunity designed to promote collaboration across academic disciplines through the support of world-leading interdisciplinary research projects. Read more …

Vacancy: Ofqual Board Member, Department for Education

Ofqual is the independent qualifications regulator for England. Its primary responsibilities are to maintain standards in regulated qualifications and assessments. The Secretary of State is seeking applications from high calibre individuals for appointment to the Ofqual Board. Read more …

Contemporary Social Science call for papers – Election Campaigns and Political Communication

Submissions are invited to a special issue on election campaigns and related communication. Contributions are welcome from a wide range of disciplines including communication science, sociology, political science, psychology, and advertising as well as pollsters, from around the world. Read more …

Vacancies – Various Public Honours Committees

The Cabinet Office is now looking for members for several public honours committees. 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 Read more …

Eighty-four leading social scientists conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences has announced today [19 October, 2016] that it has conferred the award of Fellow on 84 leading social scientists. The new Fellows are drawn from across the spectrum of academia, practitioners and policymakers. They have Read more …

Social scientists address challenges and opportunities in interdisciplinary research

The Academy and Campaign held an all-day conference addressing some of the individual and institutional challenges to interdisciplinary collaboration, such as funding, university structures, and career objectives on Tuesday, October 11.Read more …

Association for Project Management joins Academy

The Association for Project Management (APM) – Europe’s largest professional body for project and programme management – has joined the Academy of Social Sciences. Read more …

Vacancy: Institute for Apprenticeships Chair, Department of Education

The Chair will provide strategic leadership and direction to the shadow Institute during a critical phase in its development pre-April 2017. The Chair will be a strong figurehead and ambassador for the organisation, delivering its vision. The role will involve developing and managing effective relationships with senior stakeholders, seeking to bring them on board and win their commitment to the functions of the Institute. Read more …

Vacancy: (Lead) Non-Executive board member – Department for Exiting the European Union

The Department for Exiting the European Union is seeking to fill a Lead Non-Executive board member position and other Non-Executive board member positions, including that of Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. 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 Read more …

Call for applications: The Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Scheme

The Academy of Medical Sciences is delighted to announce a new call for applications, under their Springboard scheme, for researchers working in the health social sciences and medical humanities. Read more …

Vacancy: Financial Conduct Authority Non-Executive Director, HM Treasury

HM Treasury is seeking to appoint a non-executive director with expertise in consumer affairs to the Board of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Read more …

Vacancy: Chair of The UK Statistics Authority

The Chair of the UK Statistics Authority is responsible for reinforcing the independence, integrity and quality of official statistics produced in Government. 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. Read more …

Vacancies: Non-Executive Directors,NHS Digital

The Secretary of State for Health is looking to appoint four Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to NHS Digital (the trading name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre). Read more …

Vacancy – Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation

The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is now looking to appoint UKRI’s first Chief Executive. 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. Read more …

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, Read more …

Vacancy – Chair of Ofqual, Department of Education

The Centre for Public Appointments are seeking to appoint an outstanding Chair who can bring strong leadership and focus to Ofqual, working with the Board, Ministers and the Chief Regulator to provide clear strategic direction. Read more …

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AcSS President’s Lunch 2016 – Tuesday 13 December

The Academy is pleased to announce that this year’s President’s Lunch will be held on Tuesday 13th December at Ironmongers’ Hall in London. Read more …

Contemporary Social Science call for papers – Political activism across the life-course

Papers are invited that explore how citizens participate in society. What leads them to participate, and what are the consequences of their participation? These are important policy and practice relevant questions about political activism, defined as responding to matters of common concern. Read more …

Campaign for Social Science Vacancy: Supporter Relations Officer

The Campaign for Social Science is looking for a proactive individual to raise funding from the Campaign’s supporters, recruit new ones and develop relationships. The Campaign was established in 2011 to promote the use of social science in public policy Read more …

Academy and Campaign host successful Summer Programme

In June and July, the Academy and its Campaign held their first-ever Summer Programme series, covering topical and timely issues of social science significance. As we wrap up a successful season, we take a look back at the four headline events.Read more …

No religion steadily becoming norm in UK society, says leading academic

Professor Linda Woodhead rounded out the Academy and Campaign’s Summer Programme with a lunchtime talk on “The Rise of ‘No Religion'”. Read more …

Jon Deer joins the Campaign for Social Science board

The Campaign for Social Science is delighted to announce that Jon Deer, deputy director of the Research Division and team leader for the Research Development team at LSE, has accepted an invitation to join the Board. Jon has over 20 years Read more …

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Demographic shifts causing changes to Japanese universities have policy lessons for UK social science

Professor Goodman delivered the Academy Annual Lecture 2016 entitled The State of Japanese Social Science; Japanese Social Science and the State before the Academy’s AGM on Thursday, June 30. Read more …

Vacancy: Non Executive Directors, The Pensions Regulator

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is the UK regulator of work-based pensions. It is a non-departmental public body established under the Pensions Act 2004. It is sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Parliament sets the legal framework Read more …

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AGM highlights Academy growth over the last year

The Academy held its 17th Annual General Meeting on Thursday (June 30 2016) at its offices at 33 Finsbury Square in London. Read more …

Vacancy: Head of Evidence and Analysis,What Works Wellbeing

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing is an independent collaborative organisation set up in June 2015 to understand what governments, business, communities and individuals can do to improve wellbeing. Read more …

Call for reviewers for IPBES Assessment draft chapters

Expert reviewers are currently being sought for the First Order Draft reviews of the IPBES thematic assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration, and the four regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services: Africa; Americas; Asia Pacific; and, Europe and Central Asia. Read more …

Vacancy: Chair, College of Policing

The College is a membership body that leads on knowledge, education and standards in policing: establishing the evidence base of ‘what works’; supporting the development of individuals; building the educational framework; and setting evidence-based standards for forces and individuals. The Read more …

Vacancy: What Works National Adviser

The What Works National Adviser will provide direct advice to Ministers, the Cabinet Secretary and other leaders in Government on what good evidence shows to be both effective and cost-effective in delivering policy outcomes. As Chair of the What Works Read more …

Contemporary Social Science call for papers – Investigating Youth in Challenging and Troubled Contexts

In recent years, many social scientists have explored young people’s lives and transitions, considering such matters as social exclusion, disempowerment and disenchantment, as well as promoting effective interventions, strategies and innovations through policy.In order to benefit from bringing this diverse range of studies together a themed issue of Contemporary Social Science is planned. Read more …

Contemporary Social Science call for papers – Identity, Agency and Fieldwork Methodologies in Risky Environments

This special volume explores the dilemmas that surface when scholars venture into risky fields, sometimes by choice and often by circumstance. This special issue will focus on methodological and ethical issues. Read more …

Vacancy: Lead Non-Executive Director, DfE

The Department for Education is looking for a lead non-executive Board member (NEBM) to succeed Sir Paul Marshall, who is stepping down after three years. The lead NEBM plays a key role on the DfE Board, supporting the Secretary of Read more …

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Oxford Fellows Chapter discuss future of UK HE under UKRI

The Oxford Fellows Chapter recently held one of its twice-yearly meetings. About 20 Fellows living and working around Oxford gathered at Kellogg College for a discussion with ESRC CEO Jane Elliott about the HE White Paper and Bill and the Read more …

Vacancy: HEFCE Non-Executive Board Members

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills invites applications for appointment to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). There may be an opportunity for board members to continue to serve on the successor body to HEFCE, Read more …

Vacancy: Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs

Under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 the ACMD has a statutory duty to keep drug misuse in the United Kingdom under review, and to advise the Government on measures for preventing misuse and the resulting health and social problems. Read more …

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Academy Fellows recognised in Birthday Honours

The Academy congratulates six of its Fellows on their recognition in the 2016 Birthday Honours list: Professor Nigel Gilbert CBE FAcSS. Professor of Sociology and Director, Centre for Research in Social Simulation, University of Surrey. For services to Engineering and the Read more …

Chair sought for TEF. Deadline 6th June

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is seeking a Chair for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The role is a Ministerial appointment, and will take into account advice from the recruitment panel which includes the Chief Executive of the Read more …

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Professor John Benyon FAcSS – RIP

The Academy is greatly saddened to hear of the untimely death on 19th May 2016 of Fellow and former Council member Professor John Benyon FAcSS after a short battle against the cancer mesothelioma. John was the founder of the University Read more …

Vacancy: External Member of the Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England

The membership of the FPC comprises the Governor (who chairs the FPC), the four Deputy Governors, the Chief Executive of the Financial Conduct Authority, the Bank’s Executive Director for Financial Stability Strategy and Risk, five external members appointed by the Read more …

NED vacancy at DCLG

The Department of Communities and Local Government is looking to recruit one Non-Executive Director to its Board. Application deadline 17th June, noon. Non-Executive Directors attend the Department’s Board which meets 5 times per year and is chaired by the Secretary Read more …

Social Science expert sought to chair Migration Advisory Committee

Do you want to play a leading role in advising the Government on a range of migration policy related issues? As Chair of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) you will oversee the operation and output of the Committee that provides Read more …

The Rise of ‘No Religion’ – lunchtime talk with Linda Woodhead

Linda Woodhead, Professor of Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University and Director of the Institute of Social Futures, will deliver a lunchtime talk at the Academy of Social Sciences, London, on Wednesday, Read more …

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 Read more …

Successor to Lord Krebs sought for Adaptation Sub-Committee (CCC)

The Committee on Climate Change is seeking a new Chair to lead the work of its Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) from 1 February 2017. The ASC delivers advice on the Government’s approach to climate change adaptation through independent scrutiny of the UK’s National Adaptation Read more …

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After the EU Referendum – where next for social science? – 30th June

Join Professor James Wilsdon FAcSS (Chair); Professor Jane Elliott FAcSS (ESRC); Professor Graeme Reid (UCL), Jon Deer (LSE and EASSH)  and Professor Antje Wiener FAcSS (University of Hamburg) for a panel discussion on the implications of the EU referendum result, Read more …

The Problem of Philanthropy. Podcast now live

Listen here as Dr Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, addresses the Problem of PhilanthropyRead more …

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EURIAS Fellowship Programme 2017-2018 Call for applications

The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 18 participating Institutes: Aarhus, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bologna, Budapest, Cambridge, Delmenhorst, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Paris, Read more …

Call for Working Groups on Antimicrobial Resistance

The JPIAMR, in partnership with 8 European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK), and Canada, is launching a fourth joint call for working group proposals.  The call sets out to assemble motivated groups of leading Read more …

HEFCE Strategic Advisory Committees – new members wanted

HEFCE wishes to appoint new members to all of its Strategic Advisory Committees. (HEFCE site) The Strategic Advisory Committees advise the HEFCE Board on the effectiveness of its strategies. At a time of significant change in the sector, these positions Read more …

ESRC Grant Assessment Panel Membership – applications invited

The ESRC is now inviting applications from suitably experienced persons to act as members of the Grant Assessment Panels (GAP). Panel membership is drawn from all areas of the social sciences, representing a broad range of expertise, skills and approaches. Read more …

ESRC Audit Committee vacancies

Current vacancies ESRC, BBSRC and NERC are currently inviting applications for new members to our respective Audit Committees. Prospective candidates will preferably have experience in working in a similar capacity in either a higher education environment or the public sector. A strong Read more …

“Don’t drink and tweet”: ethical issues in social science research on social media

The Academy hosted a conference on the role of ethics in social media research on Monday, March 21 in London. Read more …

Professor John Urry FAcSS

The Academy is deeply saddened to learn of the recent unexpected death of Professor John Urry FAcSS, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. John Urry was a founding Fellow (or Academician as they were then known) of the Academy Read more …

Policymakers call for more spending and greater awareness on dementia

A packed Committee Room 11 in the House of Commons heard The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP call for a stronger evidence base for public spending and its evaluation at the launch of ‘Making the Case for the Social Sciences 11 – Dementia’. Read more …

Forty-two leading social scientists conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

The Academy of Social Sciences has announced today [March 3, 2016] that it has conferred the Award of Fellow on 42 leading social scientists. The new Fellows are drawn from across the spectrum of academia, practitioners, and policymakers and have Read more …

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The Theme’s the Thing – Editing Contemporary Social Science

David Canter describes his approach to editing the new journal of Contemporary Social Science. How do you bring an interdisciplinary social science journal to life if it has no central topic to hold it together? Economists would rather publish in Read more …

Making the Case for the Social Sciences 11: Dementia – Launch 15th March 2016

The eleventh issue in the Academy’s series showcasing the impact made by social science research looks at the topic of dementia and will be launched at a lunchtime seminar at the House of Commons on Tuesday 15th March 2016 with Read more …

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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 Read more …

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Call for Papers on terrorism – Contemporary Social Science

Knowing terrorism: ethics, methods and politics of researching political violence The attacks of 9/11 still casts a long shadow over foreign and domestic policy agendas in the US, the UK and many other countries. The launch of the ‘Global War Read more …

ESRC Framework for Research Ethics – new revision published

The ESRC has announced the latest revision of its Framework for Research Ethics. The framework for research ethics was introduced in 2006 to provide guidance to ESRC-funded researchers, organisations, research ethics committees (RECs) and other interested parties, on ethics in Read more …

Fellow to lead Scottish Science Advisory Council

Paul Boyle FAcSS (left) has been appointed to chair a “revitalised” Scottish Science Advisory Council. Professor Boyle has been named as one of seven academics to form a council to provide science advice to Scottish ministers. He currently serves as President and Read more …

Fellows access at 33 Finsbury Square

Fellows of the Academy now have access to free tea and coffee in the cafe at 33 Finsbury Square, where our new headquarters is housed. WiFi is also available via Eduroam. Simply mention at the till that you are a Read more …

THE BALZAN PRIZE

The International Balzan Prize Foundation’s aim is to promote culture, the sciences and the most meritorious initiatives in the cause of humanity, peace and fraternity among peoples throughout the world. The Academy has been invited to nominated outstanding social scientists for Read more …

THE LUI CHE WOO PRIZE FOR WORLD CIVILISATION

The Academy has been invited to submit nominations of individuals or organisations for the new LUI Che Woo Prize for World Civilisation. Very substantial prizes (HK$ 20 million each) will be awarded in three categories: 1) for contributions to the Read more …

Conference reflects on REF 2014 and looks ahead to the future

The Academy hosted an expert conference, ‘Impact and Implications: The Future of Research Excellence and the Social Sciences’, reflecting on REF 2014 and its significance for the future of social science and UK research more broadly. Read more …

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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 Read more …

Code of Practice for Official Statistics – have your say…

Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation at the UK Statistics Authority has recently launched a stock take of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. To begin this stock take, the Royal Statistical Society’s Statistics User Network (StatsUserNet) would like Read more …

Enduring Ideas: The Problem of Philanthropy – 1st March 2016

In the fourth lecture of our series, Dr Beth Breeze, Director of the Centre for Philanthropy, at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, discusses philanthropy. ‘Philanthropy’, or more literally, ‘love of humankind’, should be an uncontroversial Read more …

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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 Read more …

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Academy Fellows recognised in New Year Honours

The Academy congratulates six of its Fellows on their recognition in the 2016 New Year Honours list: Professor Dame Henrietta Moore DBE FAcSS, Director, Institute for Global Prosperity and Chair, Culture, Philosophy and Design, University College London. For services to Read more …

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President’s Lunch 2015

‘Devolution for Wales has created a social policy institution and the National Assembly does the things that social scientists think about every day’, said Mark Drakeford AM, speaking at the Academy’s annual President’s Lunch, held this year at the National Read more …

HEFCE Tendering opportunities: Interdisciplinary research in higher education

Closing date: 14 January 2016 HEFCE is seeking to commission two pieces of research to explore the interdisciplinary research (IDR) landscape in higher education. Case study review of English interdisciplinary research in higher education The study will consider examples of Read more …

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We must show the ways ‘social science can give rise to public benefit’ says Sharon Witherspoon in 3rd SAGE CfSS Annual Lecture

Leading research funder and former Nuffield Foundation Director Sharon Witherspoon MBE FAcSS told the Academy’s Campaign for Social Science’s 3rd Annual Lecture that the social sciences must be ‘audacious’ and use their ‘elbow power’ to give rise to public benefit, Read more …

Vacancies for User Members on ESRC Grant Assessment Panels (GAPs)

ESRC has recently published a vacancy notice inviting applications for User members of the Grant Assessment Panels (GAPs).  We hope to appoint three members to each panel spanning the public, private and third sectors.  Details can be found on our Read more …

Welsh Ministers show their support for social science

‘Social science research is alive and making a difference’, said Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services in the Welsh Assembly. He was speaking on 25th November as the tenth issue in the Academy and Campaign’s series of Read more …

The Campaign for Social Science responds to the 2015 Spending Review

The Academy’s Campaign for Social Science responds to the 2015 Spending Review: “The Campaign for Social Science welcomes the relative protection given to the science budget in the spending review, but it’s premature to see this as a good outcome Read more …

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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.Read more …

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UK Training Needs in Advanced Social Science Research Methods – New NCRM Report

The ESRC National Centre for Research Methods has just published a report by Gabriele Durrant, Rebekah Luff, Rose Wiles and Graham Crow FAcSS following a comprehensive consultation on the UK Training Needs in Advanced Social Science Research Methods. The aim Read more …

Integration leads to equality, but only if embraced by everyone

Integration is vital for social solidarity, Professor Jenny Phillimore FAcSS, Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) and Professor of Migration and Superdiversity said at an Academy and Campaign event yesterday. Speaking at the Academy and its Campaign’s Read more …

HEFCE Social innovation fund for pilot projects

HEFCE has allocated a minimum of £40,000 to support a number of projects to pilot novel practical approaches to creating social innovations. HEFCE, in association with the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), has launched a call to support Read more …

Forty-six leading social scientists conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

The new Fellows have been recognised after a thorough process of peer review for the excellence and impact of their work in the social sciences. Read more …

AcSS Research Ethics event

The Academy’s Ethics Project is staging the first in a planned series of events promoting the 5 Common Principles of Social Science Research Ethics which the Academy has adopted. Date: Tuesday 10th November 2015 Place: Graduate School, Queen’s University Belfast Read more …

Opportunity to join the HEFCE Audit Committee

The HEFCE Audit Committee supports both the Board and the Chief Executive as Accounting Officer, by giving them independent assurance about internal control, risk management and corporate governance. The Committee’s remit includes both HEFCE and those institutions and bodies that Read more …

International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence and Policy

The latest issue of the Academy’s journal Contemporary Social Science is now available. This is a themed issue on the topic of ‘International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence and Policy’, guest edited by Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS, Professor Susanne MacGregor Read more …

Vacancies on the UK Healthcare Education Advisory Committee

The UK Healthcare Education Advisory Committee (UKHEAC) is seeking to recruit new members with the right expertise and vision to contribute to the development of healthcare education and research. The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 16 October 2015. Read more …

Enduring Ideas 3: The problem of prejudice

In the third in our new public lecture series, held in association with the British Library, Professor Dominic Abrams FAcSS, University of Kent, discusses ‘the problem of prejudice’. British Library, London, Tuesday 17th November from 6.30pm until 8pm Prejudice takes Read more …

Higher Education Academy – Board vacancy

HEFCE are seeking a nominee from the higher education (HE) sector to represent the four UK HE funding bodies on the Board of Directors of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The appointment is for an initial term of up to three Read more …

Pioneer of social science dies aged 92

The Academy of Social Sciences is sorry to hear of the death of Claus Moser, Baron Moser KBE CBE, one of the most eminent social scientists of the later 20th century, combining the highest academic attainment with public service and Read more …

Fellows appointed to House of Lords

The Academy congratulates David Blunkett FAcSS and David Willetts FAcSS on their elevation to the House of Lords.Read more …

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 Read more …

Opening Doors 2015, 20th October

The Academy is proud to partner this interdisciplinary conference on gender in education.  Presented by the IOP and GEO, this conference aims to bring together practitioners and academics to discuss the important issue of gender and education.  As you may be Read more …

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Open Call: Campaign Board seeks new members

The Campaign for Social Science is seeking three new members to serve on its advisory Board, which is chaired by Professor James Wilsdon. Further details about the Campaign can be found here http://campaignforsocialscience.org.uk/ These are uncertain times and the need for active advocacy on behalf Read more …

Academy secretariat to move

We are pleased to announce the relocation of our administrative office to 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG on 19th October 2015. We shall be  housed within the offices of The University of Liverpool in London. The new premises, a Read more …

Academy welcomes RCUK’s response to Burgess Independent Review of RCUK OA Policy

The Academy of Social Science welcomes RCUK’s response to the Burgess Review of the implementation of RCUK’s Open Access publishing policy.Read more …

Academy joins other leading institutions in Climate Communique, calls for governments to act now

Twenty four of the UK’s foremost academic and professional institutions have called on national governments to take immediate action if they want to avert the serious risks posed by climate change. A joint communiqué published today brings together a diverse Read more …

Making the Case for the Social Sciences 10 on Welsh research is launched

The Academy’s Campaign for Social Science has published the 10th booklet in its Making the Case for the Social Sciences series. The latest booklet has details of research carried out by social scientists in Wales, featuring 14 research projects in Read more …

AGM welcomes new Council members and bids farewell to retirees

The Academy held its 16th Annual General Meeting yesterday (2nd July 2015) at 33 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG. Before the event, Professor John Urry FAcSS gave the Academy Annual Lecture 2015, on Offshore Worlds and Social Futures. Watch here The Read more …

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 Read more …

The Future of Scotland Discussed at Joint Campaign – RSE Event

Whatever the future of Scotland after the 2015 general election, Scotland’s social scientists are looking ahead with confidence. The recent joint meeting convened by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Campaign for Social Science reflected institutional divergence between Scotland Read more …

Fellows Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Academy is delighted to note that the contribution to national life made by three of its Fellows has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, published on 13th June 2015. Professor Jane Falkingham FAcSS [left], Dean, Faculty of Social and Read more …

Honorary degree for Academy Head of Policy

David Walker, head of policy at the Academy, has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Aberdeen, in recognition of his work in disseminating the social sciences during his career as a journalist and public affairs executive. At Read more …

“Surveys” – Your Help Requested

Fed up with dodgy surveys bringing research methodology into disrepute? Charities seem to be joining commercial organisations in inviting participation in ‘surveys’, the punchline of which is a sales pitch or request for a donation. Peter Taylor FAcSS draws our Read more …

AGM & Annual Lecture – Offshore Worlds and Social Futures

Professor John Urry FAcSS [left], Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Lancaster, will deliver the 2015 Academy Annual Lecture before the AGM on Thursday 2nd July 2015. Professor Urry has served on the Academy’s Council and various committees, Read more …

Academy welcomes Jo Johnson

The Academy has written to the new Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, to welcome him to his new post. Read more …

Academy Council elections (updated)

Five places for election to the Academy’s Council will arise at the 2nd July AGM. Candidates wishing to stand are invited to return the appropriate form to the Executive Director with a statement of candidacy by Friday 22nd May 2015. Read more …

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IRDR Science Committee – call for nominations

ICSU, ISSC and UNISDR have issued a call for nominations for the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme’s Science Committee. Read more …

NatCen seeks new CEO

NatCen CEO Penny Young is moving on to the House of Commons as Librarian and Director General, Information Services from late May, where she will be putting evidence at the heart of democratic debate and reaching out to the public. Read more …

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ISSC-IDS Post-doctoral Fellowship

The ISSC and IDS are seeking a motivated and outstanding post-doctoral researcher to do research and help with the editorial coordination of the 2016 World Social Science Report. We are looking for a talented, early career social scientist with long-term experience and an Read more …

Social science in scientific progress & the political agenda

The Academy wrote to the Observer in response to Dame Athene MacDonald’s Comment piece on Science matters to voters, so why is it being ignored by our politicians?

The letter is published at Read more …

Dr Alan Holmans CBE FAcSS – RIP

The Academy is sorry to learn that one of its Fellows, Dr Alan Holmans CBE FAcSS (pictured left), died, peacefully, on the 27th March 2015 at the age of eighty. Alan was particularly well known by both academics and practitioners Read more …

Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS Chair of Council

Next Chair of Council announced

Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, an expert on Japanese society and head of the social sciences division at Oxford University, is to lead the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Goodman takes over in July as chair of the council of the UK’s Read more …

Enduring Ideas: the Problem with Capitalism Podcast

The podcast of Dr Ha-Joon Chang’s excellent Enduring Ideas lecture on the Problem with Capitalism is now available on the British Library website at Read more …

ESRC Committee Vacancies

The ESRC is currently seeking to appoint new members to the Committees of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Further details, including vacancy specifications and application forms are currently available on the ESRC website at: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/vacancies.aspx Applications, with a CV Read more …

Virtue Ethics in the Practice and Review of Social Science Research, 1st May 2015

The Academy Ethics Group’s next event in the Ethics Programme is now live, organised in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. Commentators are still being sought to respond to each session on the day. More information and booking at the Read more …

New Fellows Announced

The Academy is delighted to announce that it has conferred the Award of Fellow on the following 33 social scientists Read more …

DFID seeks new CSA

The Department for International Development is seeking a Chief Scientific Adviser and Director Research & Evidence, to be based in London or East Kilbride, Glasgow. Part-time secondment from an academic institution is possible. The application deadline is 9th April 2015. Read more …

Chair of Council lectures at ECB

Professor Sir Cary Cooper FAcSS has been invited by the European Central Bank to deliver a lecture to the senior management of the bank in Frankfurt on the 12th March in the ECB HQ on the topic of ‘health and wellbeing in the workplace’.Read more …

The Importance of Innovation

Innovation is considered to provide the basis of future economic development. Industrialised countries, which do have strong structures in modern industries, a highly skilled labour force and leading edge research, manage to perform well in periods of crises. This helps to Read more …

Minister welcomes ‘The Business of People’

Rt Hon Greg Clark MP welcomed the Campaign for Social Science’s major report, ‘The Business of People’, calling it a ‘very timely and impressive publication’. Speaking at Church House Westminster on 24th February to a room full of key figures Read more …

Why the Social Sciences Matter – new book

Why the Social Sciences Matter was the focus of a special event staged by its publishers on 19th February 2015 in London, which saw a highly engaged audience hear a series of stimulating speeches prompting them to consider the way 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 Read more …

ONS Customer Satisfaction Survey

The ONS is consulting on user satisfaction. Glen Watson, Director General, ONS writes: We want to be sure that the statistics, analyses and services ONS provides meet the needs of our customers and that you feel you can shape our work. Read more …

Diversities of Innovation: The Role of Government Policies for the Future Economic Basis of Societies

Innovation is often understood exclusively in the light of economy, but it is definitely the outcome of human labour and the relationship among individuals and groups. Some societies and governmental structures are clearly more successful than others: they perform divergently Read more …

Social Scientists are as Vital as Engineers, argues Fellow

Professor Jonathan Michie FAcSS, co-editor with Professor Sir Cary Cooper FAcSS, of Why the Social Sciences Matter has written eloquently about the need for social science input into the the greatest challenges of our time, for the Guardian Higher Education Read more …

Enduring Ideas – ‘The Problem with Democracy’. New Academy Lecture Series Inaugurated

The Academy’s new lecture series, called Enduring Ideas, which is the successor to its highly popular ‘Myths and Realities’ series, was inaugurated on 26th November 2014 with a captivating talk from Professor Matt Flinders FAcSS on The Problem with Democracy Read more …

Chair of Council’s book is Times Book of the Week

The latest publication by the Academy’s Chair of Council, Professor Sir Cary Cooper FAcSS, has been chosen by the Times newspaper as its Book of the Week. The paper writes of ‘Solving the Strategy Delusion’ by Marc Stigter and Cary Read more …

Mapping the Knowledge Landscape project

The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (www.gov.uk/cst) is looking at the UK Science Landscape. The aim of this project is to build a picture of the whole research landscape in the UK and to develop a stronger evidence Read more …

Social Scientists Recognised in New Year’s Honours

The Academy congratulates all Fellows and other social scientists whose contribution to the nation has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list. In particular we note: Professor Sir Julian Le Grand FAcSS, Richard Titmuss professor of social policy at Read more …

John Oates awarded for services to Hungarian people

Professor John Oates FAcSS, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education & Language Studies at the Open University, has been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary for his exemplary work and tireless efforts for the Read more …

Appointments to ESRC Council 2015

The ESRC’s Appointments Panel is seeking applications from an experienced individual from the Public Sector, (local government/ executive agency/ NDPB/ devolved administration) to fill a vacancy on its governing Council. This vacancy is for part-time, fixed term membership and the total Read more …

UN Global Sustainable Development Report – call for briefs

The call for briefs for the UN Global Sustainable Development Report was recently published, This Report will be submitted to the third session of the High-level Political Forum in June 2015. The present call for briefs provides individual scientists and Read more …

The Chancellor’s 2014 Autumn Statement

Social scientists are likely broadly to welcome the promise in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement that government-backed loans will be offered to students on postgraduate degree Read more …

Call for Papers – Upcoming Special Issues of ‘Contemporary Social Science’

1. Social Inequality and Its Consequences in the 21st Century  Guest editor: Jennifer Jarman, Lakehead University jjarman@lakeheadu.ca Papers are invited dealing with ‘Social Inequality and Its Consequences in 21st Century Societies’. Papers that give attention to newer aspects of social Read more …

Sir Andrew Dilnot tells Oxford Fellows Chapter that British political culture lacks numerical understanding

British political culture has a hole at its heart, the chair of the UK Statistics Authority told a recent meeting of the Academy’s Oxford Fellows Chapter – and the gap is a basic understanding of numbers and proportion. Sir Andrew Read more …

Nominations for Fellow – deadline Friday 28th November

The deadline for submitting nominations for Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences is Friday 28th November. Read more …

New Generation Thinkers 2015

Applications are now open for the AHRC – BBC New Generation Thinkers scheme 2015, supporting early career researchers in cultivation their research communication skills and dissemination of their work. The subject coverage for this year’s schemes covers all disciplines covered by Read more …

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Report of 3rd World Social Sciences Fellows Seminar published

The Academy, through the work of its International Advisory Group chaired by Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS, hosted the third ISSC’ World Social Science Fellows Seminar in the summer of 2014. The proceedings have now been written up and published as Read more …

Education Committee Evidence Check Forum

The Education Committee is hosting an online forum for members of the public to evaluate evidence from the Department for Education (DfE) on nine topics, along with the Department’s use of evidence. Read more …

What Works Wellbeing Funding – Call for Proposals

Bid proposals are invited for funding to undertake evidence programmes to underpin a new and independent What Works Centre for Wellbeing. The Centre has initial funding of over £4.3 million over three years, and the funding available for each evidence programme is between £875,000 and £1.063 million Read more …

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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 Read more …

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 Read more …

New Fellows Announced

The Academy of Social Sciences is delighted to announce that it has conferred the award of Fellow on the following 34 leading social scientists: Professor Philip Allmendinger, Professor of Land Economy, University of Cambridge.  Professor Allmendinger is a Chartered Town Planner Read more …

Craig Calhoun delivers 2nd Campaign Annual Lecture

LSE Director Craig Calhoun told the CfSS 2014 Annual Lecture that the ‘glass is half full’ for social science in the UK: it has great influence on our society but faces important challenges. Read, listen & view an exclusive interview Read more …

The Problem with Democracy

The Academy is delighted to announce a new public lecture series in collaboration with the British Library, replacing the highly successful ‘Myths and Realities’ series which completed last year. Wednesday 26 Nov 2014, 18.30-20.00 Where: Terrace Restaurant Price: £8, (£6 Read more …

Academy’s Chair voted ‘Most Influential HR Thinker’

HR Magazine voted the Academy’s Chair, Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE FAcSS as the most influential HR thinker for 2014. The magazine says of the award: “HR Most Influential is an annual list that celebrates the most influential players in Read more …

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Candidates Wanted – WSSR 2016, Scientific Advisory Committee

The Academy has been invited to make nominations to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the 2016 World Social Science Report. Following the success of the 2010 and 2013 World Social Science Report (WSSR), and in line with the International Social Read more …

Policy Monitor – Now Searchable!

The Campaign for Social Science has launched an online ‘Policy Monitor’ searchable index of official consultations on a wide range of issues.

The database supplements the monthly bulletins the Campaign has issued giving details of consultations on legislation in areas including education, employment, finance, health, housing and transport.

The database can be searched by country, government department, subject area and date. Read more …

Elsevier’s Metrics Development Program – Call for submissions

Individuals or research groups conducting primary research or developing software tools and algorithms aimed at capturing different levels of scientific evaluation metrics are welcome to submit a proposal. With the proliferation and increasing availability of primary data, research can be Read more …

ESRC Council Vacancies

APPOINTMENTS TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC) 2014 The ESRC is currently seeking applications from leading academics to serve on its governing Council. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research 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 Read more …

Academy welcomes 47th member learned society

The Academy is delighted to announce that the Association of Law Teachers has become its 47th member learned society. The ALawT is made up of law teachers from both higher and further education, and for over 40 years has played Read more …

BIS Seeks Two HEFCE Board Members

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) wishes to appoint two new members to the HEFCE Board. See http://www.hefce.ac.uk/news/newsarchive/2014/news88029.html for more information and to apply.Read more …

National Academy Heads meet in Edinburgh

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE FAcSS, the Chair of the Academy, joined fellow Heads of National Academies at the recent Royal Society of Edinburgh Triennial Dinner. Heads of National Academies from Europe also joined the meeting and held their own Read more …

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Academy-hosted ISSC World Social Science Fellows Seminar – a great success

World Social Science Fellows’ Seminar Global Social Governance Developing international social science research and impacting the policy process From 29 July to 2 August 2014, the Academy’s International Advisory Group hosted the third in the International Social Science Council’s (ISSC) Read more …

Academy welcomes decision on 2021 Census

The Academy has welcomed the decision to maintain the Census for England and Wales in 2021.

The Academy of Social Sciences particularly welcomes the opportunity to augment the census of households with ‘administrative data’ gathered from citizens’ interaction with government and its agencies. Read more …

The Social Science of Human-Dominated & Human-Influenced Systems: Annual Lecture Report

The social sciences will become more coherent and unified in their methods and conclusions under the influence of big data, software developments and innovation from STEM subjects, Professor Patrick Dunleavy FAcSS told Fellows and guests alike, prior to the AGM on 3rd July. Read more …

Academy praises appointment of new head of ESRC

Professor Jane Elliott, current Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, and the Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources programme, will begin as ESRC Chief Executive in October. David Walker, the Academy’s Head of Policy, said: “We welcome the appointment of Professor Elliott who, as a social researcher leading two highly important research areas, will bring distinction to this role. Read more …

OA and Society: Impact & Engagement Materials

Materials from two recent Academy/T&F/ALPSP Open Access conferences are now available online at Read more …

Certificate of Fellowship

Following the change in nomenclature of 3rd July 2014, all current Fellows have the opportunity to order a replacement Certificate of Fellowship. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CSD58T7 to order yours. Read more …

Professor Jane Broadbent FAcSS elected to Council

Professor Jane Broadbent FAcSS, formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of Roehampton University and now Professor of Accounting at Royal Holloway, University of London, has been elected by the Academy’s Fellows to its Council to serve a three year term, renewable Read more …

Academicians now ‘Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences’

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 Read more …

EASSH Letter re Social Science funding under Horizon 2020

The Academy has endorsed a letter from the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH) to the Commissioner expressing serious concerns about the way in which funding for social sciences and humanities is being handled in Horizon 2020 under Read more …

Academy Chair and other Social Scientists Honoured

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE FAcSS, Chair of the Academy’s Council since 2009, has been created Knight Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to social science. A leading media commentator and researcher in organisational psychology, Professor Cooper’s work Read more …

New Chair of the Academy sought from Summer 2015

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE FAcSS will retire by rotation as Chair of Council at next year’s AGM (i.e. 2015). The Academy’s Appointments Committee is currently engaged in seeking a replacement and welcomes both suggestions of others who may be Read more …

Open Access and Society: Impact and Engagement

Update yourself on all that is currently going on in relation to Open Access publishing and its implications, especially in the European context. The Academy has been supporting a pair of day conferences organised by Taylor and Francis publishers: Open Read more …

POST Parliament & Research Workshops 2014

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology is running a series of workshops for researchers and academics around the country to tell them about the work of select committees in the Commons and Lords and invite them to get involved. For Read more …

LONGITUDE PRIZE – SOCIAL SCIENCE INPUT NEEDED

The Government has launched the 2014 Longitude Prize for solutions to a major modern-day problem. Although couched in physical science and engineering terms, of course these problems also require help from the social science community. Visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/longitude-prize-2014-solving-one-of-the-greatest-issues-of-our-time and http://www.longitudeprize.org/ for Read more …

John Westergaard RIP

The Academy is saddened to hear of the death of one of the foremost sociologists of his era – Professor John Westergaard AcSS. An obituary can be read in The Guardian . A page of tributes has been set up Read more …

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World Social Science Report 2013

King’s Policy Institute, in collaboration with the International Social Science Council in Paris and the Social and Human Science Sector at UNESCO, invites all Academy members to the UK launch of the World Social Science Report 2013 taking place at King’s College Read more …

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ISSC World Social Science Fellows Seminar – Call for Support

ISSC WORLD SOCIAL SCIENCE FELLOWS SEMINAR – Call for Support From 29 July to 2 August 2014, the Academy’s International Advisory Group is hosting the third in the International Social Science Council’s (ISSC) Programme of World Social Science Fellows Seminars Read more …

International Policy Seminars – final seminar report available

An event report from the final seminar in the Academy’s international seminar series called ‘Social Science Evidence and the Policy Process: International Insights’ can be found as a link from the main Seminar Series page under the Activities tab above, Read more …

AGM 2014

The Academy’s Annual General Meeting for 2014 will be held on Thursday 3rd July at 4.30 pm at 30 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4UE. The AGM will be associated with an EGM to vote on a possible change of nomenclature Read more …

March E-Bulletin published

The E-Bulletin for March 2014 has now been published. All Academicians, member Learned Societies and Affiliates will receive a copy by email, unless they have elected not to do so. The Bulletin may also be read here or by visiting Read more …

New Academicians Announced

The Academy is delighted to announce the conferment of the award of Academician in the Social Sciences (denoted by the postnominal letters ‘AcSS’) to the following 28 distinguished social scientists: Professor Peter Alldridge AcSS Drapers’ Professor of Law, Queen Mary, Read more …

Open Access and Society: Impact and Engagement – Seminars

The Academy, together with the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), is pleased to be sponsoring a pair of complementary seminars hosted by Taylor and Francis. These two seminars – one in London and one in Brussels – Read more …

Local Academicians Group meets to discuss The Blunders of Our Governments

The Academicians based in or around Oxford met recently for one of their bi-annual seminars with dinner at Kellogg College, Oxford, at the invitation of its President, Professor Jonathan Michie AcSS, a member of the Academy’s Council. The Academy’s President, Read more …

Applications open for Chief Executive of ESRC

Applications are now open for a new Chief Executive for ESRC to start in September after Paul Boyle steps down. Read more …

Academy President wins Practical Politics Book of the Year

The Blunders of Our Governments by the Academy’s President, Professor Sir Ivor Crewe AcSS and Professor Anthony King, has been awarded the prize in the Practical Politics category of the Political Book of the Year awards. Sir Ivor is Master of University College, Oxford and Anthony King is Essex County Council Millennium Professor of British Government at the University of Essex.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’. Read more …

New CASS Briefing: Opposing Gay Rights in UK Parliament

CASS has just released a new briefing of new research. This one is related to work done by Robbie Love and Paul Baker, on the topic of Opposing gay rights in UK Parliament: Then and now. In the briefing, they ask: Read more …

International Policy Seminar Series – new issue of Professional Briefings now available

The fourth issue in the Professional Briefings series now has a new sub-issue on the fourth seminar, which was held in February 2014:

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International Seminar Series – Report from Seminar 4 now available

The fourth in the series of five Academy of Social Science International Advisory Group (AcSS IAG) seminars, entitled Social Science Evidence and the Policy Process: International Insights, was convened by Tom Schuller on the theme of ‘Understanding and Improving Skills: Read more …

ESRC Appointments to Council 2014

APPOINTMENTS TO THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC) 2014 The ESRC is currently seeking applications from leading academics to serve on its Council. Council members are appointed by the Secretary of State for BIS who sets broad guidelines within Read more …

The Conversation

The Academy would like to invite expressions of interest in helping produce short written articles for publication on The Conversation. This offers a platform to discuss new and upcoming research, or for evidence-based debate on popular news stories, for dissemination Read more …

E Bulletin published

The Academy’s January 2014 E-Bulletin has just been published. Read more …

Careers in social science

The Academy and Campaign have compiled a list of useful links to careers information for prospective students in social science.Read more …

Academy hosts ISSC World Social Science Fellows Seminar

From 28 July-3 August 2014, in partnership with the Centre for International Studies, LSE, the Academy’s International Advisory Group (IAG) is hosting the third in a series of ISSC World Social Science Fellows Seminars, on the topic of ‘Global Social Governance: Developing international social science research and impacting the policy process’. Read more …

Welcome to the new Academy website

The Academy is delighted to launch its new, improved website.

Do take time to look around and please let us know if you spot any problems or anomalies. Read more …

International Advisory Group (IAG) Seminars

The IAG series of seminars is exploring innovative approaches to effective use of social science evidence in policy making in different countries, policy settings and domains, and is considering the conditions under which these models could be transferred cross-nationally. Read more …

New Year Honours for Academicians

The Academy congratulates the following Academicians for their public honours: Read more …

Making the Case – Help Needed

Please send stories of social science research that has made a difference to policy or practice Read more …

President’s Lunch 2013: Sir Howard Bids Farewell to the Presidency

“We can look forward with confidence to the future of the Academy and the future of social science,” said Professor Sir Howard Newby AcSS (below), as he delivered a valedictory speech to the 2013 President’s Lunch, stepping down after nearly Read more …

FINDING COMMON GROUND? Common Ethics Principles Project

The Academy is taking forward its initiative to develop generic ethics principles for use across social science research. A conference will take place on 10th January at the British Library, London.Read more …

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.Read more …

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – Academy Response

 Statement from the Academy of Social Sciences  “The Academy of Social Sciences has welcomed the prospect of extra student places that the Chancellor spoke about in his Autumn Statement today [5 December 2013]. A greater number of university students is Read more …

‘Fellows’ or ‘Academicians’?

Council met during November and discussed the findings of the informal online consultation of the membership that took place recently. Council received a full written report containing all the views presented. Read more …

Making the Case 9: Mental Wellbeing Launched

A “fundamental change” to the NHS so that it has responsibility for mental, physical and social care is needed, the Shadow Health Secretary said at the launch of Making the Case for the Social Sciences 9: Mental Wellbeing by the Campaign for Read more …

New President for the Academy

The next President of the Academy of Social Sciences will be Professor Sir Ivor Crewe AcSS (left), Master of University College, Oxford. The Academy’s Council formally approved the appointment at its meeting  on 20th November 2013. Sir Ivor succeeds Professor Read more …

Older Academy News

To read older news from the Academy, please visit the eBulletin Archive on the Publications page.Read more …