The Academy's mission, in partnership with its member Learned Societies, is the advancement within the United Kingdom of the social sciences in understanding today and shaping tomorrow.
The objectives of the Academy are:
The members of the Academy are:
The presiding body of the Academy is its Council. Council members are the Trustees of the Academy.
Council is composed of the Academy's President, a Secretary and a Treasurer and fifteen members elected from two electoral colleges, nine by the Committee of Learned Societies and six by the Committee of Academicians. The Chair of the Council is elected by its members.
Council meets at least annually. Most of the business is conducted by standing committees, including Finance and Development, Public Education, Membership Services, and External Affairs.
A joint Nominations Committee of Academicians and Learned Societies, chaired by the President, evaluates nominations for Academicians and make recommendations to Council.
A Foresight Forum, bringing together the Committees of Academicians and Learned Societies, is responsible for advising Council on policy and ensuring that the policies of the Academy reflect the inclusive nature of the social sciences and the importance of practitioner perspectives.
The Academy is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and is applying for registration as a charity.
Academicians are entitled to add the letters 'AcSS' after their name.
Potential Academicians may be nominated by the constituent Societies. Nominations go to the Nominations Committee of the Council, who rank and appoint to fill the available places. The number of Academicians will be decided and controlled by the Council. Academicians are social scientists who have achieved international academic recognition or have undertaken distinguished service as a practitioner (i.e. putting social science into practice). It is anticipated that there will eventually be about 500 Academicians, with a lower number during the initial years.
There will also be Honorary Academicians, drawn from those who have contributed to social science, but who are neither practitioners nor academics. Not more than 10 per cent of Academicians will be in this category.