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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Academy submission to the Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Science Communication Inquiry

The Academy and its Campaign have responded to the Science and Technology Committee’s Inquiry into Science Communication.Read more …

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Academy responds to Cabinet Office consultation on Better Use of Data in government

The Academy of Social Sciences has responded to the Cabinet Office consultation on Better Use of Data in government. Read more …

Academy responds to Lord Stern’s Review of the Research Excellence Framework

The Academy of Social Sciences responds to Lord Stern’s Review of the Research Excellence Framework.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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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 …

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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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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 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 …

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 …

Full Consultation Responses

The full texts of all Academy consultation responses are available in the Publications section of the site atRead more …