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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Academy has today welcomed Professor Sir Adrian Smith’s Review of Post 16 Mathematics which raises a number of important points related to the need for maths and data skills beyond those groups that go on to study maths and science at university. The report rightly determines that data and number skills will be increasingly… Read more »
The Academy and its Campaign for Social Science submitted a joint response to the UK Government Green Paper on Industrial Strategy.
Today, the UK Government triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the process of our withdrawal from the European Union. As negotiations with the other 27 EU countries begin, we recognise the pressures the Government faces in obtaining the best possible deal for the UK. With this in mind, the Academy of Social Sciences… Read more »
The Academy has today published its response to HEFCE’s consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework.
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 to Jo Johnson for listening and acting on the community’s concerns. We warmly welcome the… Read more »
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 made since the EU referendum. It provides a summary of the Government’s response to some… Read more »
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 the briefing, the Academy and Campaign said the “awarding of a further £4.7bn of funds… Read more »
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.
The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science have called for detailed parliamentary scrutiny of the Higher Education and Research Bill.
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, and capacity building.’ The Academy of Social Sciences and its Campaign for Social Science summarise… Read more »
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 in ensuring that sufficient evaluation measures are built in from the start. Adequate resourcing will… Read more »
The Academy and its Campaign have responded to the Science and Technology Committee’s Inquiry into Science Communication.
The Academy of Social Sciences has responded to the Cabinet Office consultation on Better Use of Data in government.
The Academy of Social Sciences responds to Lord Stern’s Review of the Research Excellence Framework.
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 to put the brakes on the research impact agenda. The letter comes alongside an article,… Read more »
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 been submitted to the inquiry. The note can be downloaded AcSS response – Sense about… Read more »
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 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.
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. The Inquiry can be found at http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-committee/news-parliament-2015/the-science-budget-tor/
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 primarily-online collection reduces their operational value. If you’ve a view on their inclusion, perceive a… Read more »
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 has approved publication.
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 a key role in achieving NCRM’s strategic objectives. NCRM is now undertaking a consultation of… Read more »
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 the lack of joined up and strategic thinking in UK central government; its inquiry follows… Read more »
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. The Academy’s Learned Societies were consulted to uncover evidence of what is happening in their field. Sadly the timing of the consultation over the holiday period made it… Read more »
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’.
The Academy has issued a statement on the future of the Census, and has responded to the ONS consultation on the issue.