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Response to the Industrial Strategy Green Paper Consultation

The Academy and its Campaign for Social Science submitted a joint response to the UK Government Green Paper on Industrial Strategy.

Response to the Industrial Strategy Green Paper Consultation

The Academy and its Campaign for Social Science submitted a joint response to the UK Government Green Paper on Industrial Strategy.

Response to the Triggering of Article 50

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 »

Academy response to HEFCE’s consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework

The Academy has today published its response to HEFCE’s consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework.

Academy welcomes HE & R Bill amendments

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 »

Brexit and UK (Social) Science: Developments to date

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 »

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 the briefing, the Academy and Campaign said the “awarding of a further £4.7bn of funds… 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 OfS and setting out its direction in the coming years working with the executive team… 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 Education. The Committee aims for the inquiry to seek to inform the public and influence… 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.