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Academy hears advice on how the UK can prosper outside the EU

How can the UK prosper outside the EU? Prospering outside the European Union will be neither simple nor straightforward for the UK, was the message to a conference held on 10th May 2017 by the Academy of Social Sciences in 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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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

“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 …

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 …

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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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

OA and Society: Impact & Engagement Materials

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

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 …

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:

4.4 UNDERSTANDING AND IMPROVING SKILLS – LESSONS ABOUT EFFECTIVENESS Read more …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …