Academy of Social Sciences

Nationwide with travel to London

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    Nationwide with travel to London

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  • Expiry date

    26 January 2021

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    Academy of Social Sciences

Ref: GSe68929

The appointment of the President to succeed Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS comes at a vital time for the Academy and for the social sciences. The Academy has a new strategy that is outward-looking, a committed, high profile board of Trustees and effective leadership in its Chief Executive. It seeks to build on the regard in which it is held, to realise more fully its potential. The President will play a vital role in that, embodying the Academy’s collaborative and consensual style.

The role of the President is an active one, and while the President acts as a figurehead for the Academy, the role goes beyond that. We are seeking a President whose standing, expertise and influence will significantly further the Academy’s strategy at this most important time in its development.

S/he will act as a strong advocate and ambassador for the social sciences and be influential with government and others, whilst having the support of the fellowship and social sciences community as a whole.  S/he may have a background as an academic or applied social scientist from any sector or have a track record of using or championing social science at high levels.

The President heads the Council which is the Academy’s governing body and chairs the (3 times per year) meetings of the Council and of the Learned Society Chief Executives, and the annual AGM.

Rarely has there been a time when the social sciences are more needed than now and when the opportunity to ensure they are championed, understood, valued and used has been as great. We are seeking a President who identifies with the challenge and the opportunity that faces the social sciences over the coming years, and who will contribute significantly to the profile and impact of the social sciences as well as the Academy.

The Academy of Social Sciences is the National Academy of Academics, Learned Societies and Practitioners in the Social Sciences. Its charitable purpose is to ‘promote the social sciences in the UK for public benefit’. The Academy has recently undertaken a major strategic review and that will guide our development, growth and work over the coming three years.

The Academy’s vision is that the social sciences flourish across the UK and sustain their world leading stature. They are widely valued for their contributions to society, economy, environment and well-being; and led by confident and capable communities of academics and other professionals, learned societies and students


The Appointments Committee is chaired by Dame Jil Matheson, former National Statistician and current Honorary Secretary at the Academy. It is this committee which is overseeing the search and selection processes to recommend a new President to Council. The Academy has appointed GatenbySanderson to assist in the search, led by Julia Roberts.  

The Academy values diversity and encourages applications from all sections of the community.

For an informal confidential discussion about the role, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson, Michelle Sander or Julia Roberts (07341 773 817).

Interested candidates should apply below, providing:

  • A CV or biography which confirms why you might be the right person (4 pages max)
  • A covering letter (maximum of 2 pages) which tells us why you are interested in becoming our new President and what you will bring.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 25 January 2021.

Closing date25th January
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.