The Academy is composed of 348 Academicians and 43 Learned Societies. Academicians are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. Most of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences in the United Kingdom are represented within the Academy
The Academy responds to Government and other consultations on behalf of the social science community, organises meetings about social science for practitioners and seminars on topics that span social science disciplines, and sponsors a number of schemes that promote social science and enhance its value to society.
Charles Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, launched the report of the national review of the social sciences on Tuesday, 25 March 2003. The 160 page report, Great Expectations: the Social Sciences in Britain, has been produced by the independent 12-member Commission on the Social Sciences in response to a proposal by the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences. It summarises the current strengths of the social sciences in Britain - which have an annual turnover of £2.8 billion in universities alone, 20% of which is for research - and areas of concern, based upon contributions from over 200 individuals and many organisations, plus a review of many statistical sources. The report contains 60 recommendations to various parts of government, the funding councils, the Economic and Social Research Council and other research funders, and to universities and other important 'players'.
A PDF version of the report may be downloaded here for viewing.
INTERCHANGE: A new scheme is being set up in this Birmingham Office Space to facilitate the interchange of social scientists for periods of 3 to 12 months between the Home Office and the university sector was launched on 1 May 2002. For further information see the..