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Press Release: An Immigration System Fit for the Science System

17 October 2019, London: The Campaign for Social Science has launched a short briefing paper proposing a streamlined post-Brexit immigration system for universities and recognised research institutes – An Immigration System Fit for the Science System. The Campaign proposes that UK universities and recognised research institutes should be treated as ‘trusted sponsors’ – able to… Read more »

Academy of Social Science response to ESRC Leadership consultation

Q.1. The Academy of Social Sciences welcomes the ESRC’s initiative on research leadership. The ‘Evidence Review’ produced by Professor Flinders and Dr Anderson is excellent.  It makes a particular contribution by examining current practice, initiatives, and gaps, and outlining a clear analytic framework for the various dimensions of research leadership.  It includes a sophisticated discussion… Read more »

The Academy of Social Science and its Campaign welcome the government’s announcement of a two-year post-study work visa for international students

The Academy of Social Science and its Campaign for Social Science welcome the government’s announcement that it will reintroduce the two-year post-study work visa for international students.  International students play an integral role in the health and vitality of the UK higher education sector and contribute greatly to the UK economy during, and after, their… Read more »

The Academy of Social Science has learned that the government’s recently announced plans to introduce a new fast-track system for Tier 1 visas (for ‘exceptional talent’) will apply only to STEM

The Academy of Social Science has learned that the government’s recently announced plans to introduce a new fast-track system for Tier 1 visas (for ‘exceptional talent’) will apply only to individuals with science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) skills.  We are, of course, seeking to make representations about this. In the meantime, Sharon Witherspoon, Head… Read more »

Other responses to Plan S

Our Member Learned Societies’ responses to Plan S British Academy of Management response to Plan S British Sociological Association response to Plan S Political Studies Association response to Plan S Regional Studies Association response to Plan S Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) response to Plan S Other selected UK responses to… Read more »

Academy of Social Sciences response to Plan S, and UKRI implementation

Introduction 1. The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its mission is to promote social science in the United Kingdom for the public benefit. The Academy is composed of nearly 1400 individual Fellows, 44 Learned Societies, and a number of affiliates, together… Read more »

AcSS and CfSS response to the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee inquiry into Brexit: EU Student Exchanges and Funding for University Research

Academy of Social Sciences and Campaign for Social Science – Written evidence (ESE0013) The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science have long argued that retaining the closest possible association with the EU framework programmes, and access to exchange programmes like Erasmus+, are necessary to ensure the continued vibrancy and vitality of the UK science and research sector. This would not only help safeguard research funding and continued opportunities… Read more »

AcSS response to HoC ST inquiry on balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending

Academy of Social Sciences response to House of Commons Science and Technology Inquiry into Balance and Effectiveness of Research and Innovation Spending The Academy of Social Sciences welcomes the inquiry of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee into the balance and effectiveness of research and innovation spending. We have also welcomed the fact… Read more »

Academy and Campaign respond to House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Brexit Inquiry

Responding to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Brexit Science and Innovation Summit Inquiry, the Academy and Campaign stress previous calls for ‘appropriate visa policies’ for universities and the wider research community. They argue that ‘straightforward and flexible recruitment and retention’ of international researchers would ensure the UK has the necessary skills… Read more »

Academy and Campaign welcome Brexit report and additional visas

The Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) and its Campaign for Social Science (CfSS) welcome the British Academy’s report, ‘Brexit Means?’,  which sets out the BA’s priorities for the humanities and social sciences in the current Brexit negotiations. The impact of Brexit on higher education in all disciplines has been raised by many. This includes implications for… Read more »