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Academy of Social Sciences responds to 2021 Budget announcement

This Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) response to the 2021 Budget focusses on the vital role that social science* and social scientists (both in universities and as practitioners) must have if the aims of the measures announced in the 2021 Budget are to be achieved. The social sciences comprise the societal, economic, behavioural and human… Read more »

Academy of Social Sciences response to Office for Students consultation on regulating quality and standards in higher education

In November 2020, the Office for Students (OfS) launched a consultation on proposed changes to its approach to regulate ‘quality’ and ‘standards’ in higher education. The Academy of Social Science responded to this consultation on 25 January 2021.  

Academy Of Social Sciences Response To UK National Data Strategy Consultation 2020

In September 2020, the UK government published a consultation on the UK’s National Data Strategy. Led by AcSS Council member Dame Jil Matheson, a former National Statistician, and working with some our Learned Society members and others, AcSS submitted a response in early December 2020. Because of the particular structure of the consultation questionnaire, which… Read more »

Academy of Social Sciences responds to Budget 2020

The Academy of Social Sciences welcomes the decisions announced in Budget 2020 to increase government’s own spend on Research and Development (R&D), and to stimulate faster growth in private sector R&D. While much of the new money announced will go to physical and life sciences, we know that meeting the grand challenges (climate change, health… Read more »

Government’s Proposals for a ‘Points based’ Immigration System – The Academy of Social Sciences’ initial response

19 February 2020, London:  The Academy of Social Sciences notes the Government’s proposals for a ‘points based’ immigration system, released today. For university jobs paying over £25,600, the required number of points will be gained, and a streamlined application process promised, as long as universities are all placed on an approved sponsor list – as… Read more »

Response from the Academy of Social Sciences to the CoAlitionS consultation on the draft framework for transformative journals

1      The draft framework specifies that a Transformative Journal must demonstrate an annual increase in the OA penetration rate of at least eight percentage points year-on-year, measured on a three year rolling period. To what extent do you agree this is fair and achievable? The Academy of Social Sciences strongly disagrees with this… Read more »

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 »