A new look for the Academy

Academy of Social Sciences launches new website and refreshes its visual identity.

The Academy has recently completed a major project to refresh its visual identity and to develop a new website. This brings our communications and identity in line with the new strategy completed last year, modernises our identity and provides enhanced communication capabilities. All our work and activities, including our Campaign for Social Science, will now feature on a single website and the campaign’s identity is more identifiably linked to the Academy.

Fellows will see the new identity introduced gradually over the next three months across all our communications. First, is the soft ‘go live’ of the new website on 28 September. This is a beta version, for testing, and there are some areas that are still under development and some ‘bugs’ that will need fixing. Please bear with us over this period of testing, refinement and further development. A more public launch is planned for late October.

The website introduces much improved functionality. For example, the Fellows Directory has the capacity to hold information on Fellows’ research interests, and the Policy Monitor is now embedded in the website. There are new sections on ‘what is social science’, designed to inform non-specialists, and on our social science society members. Fellowship services include direct links to subscription payment options and will, from early November, have embedded forms for Fellow nominations. We invite you to help us test the site and we welcome your feedback please to ceo@acss.org.uk

We have greatly enjoyed working with Praline, a London-based design studio specialising in branding and digital design, to develop the new identity and website. We also warmly thank two of our Campaign Board members, Desiree Lopez and Rachel Neaman, for their support and advice throughout this process, which has been led by Chizom Ekeh, Senior Communications Manager, and Rita Gardner, Chief Executive.