Knowledge and Skills Needs: Call for Evidence

Would you like the opportunity to help shape the UK’s Social Science Capability?

The Economic and Social Research Council, the UK’s primary funder of academic social science is trying to better understand the social science knowledge and skills needs in the UK. Although most social science postgraduates find employment in academia, the knowledge and skills acquired through these studies are used in many types of employment. Therefore they are keen to hear the experiences from other organisations, such as local government, where social science skills and knowledge are used.

The focus in the call for evidence is on identifying strategically important high-level knowledge and skills that require intervention to improve the UK’s social science capability and/or capacity.  They are looking for evidence of the gaps; the knowledge and skills needed to ensure the world-leading status of UK social science research and the continued competitiveness of the UK economy and that benefit society.

This is your opportunity to input the knowledge and skills needs of local government. Therefore they would really encourage you to participate to ensure all sectors and needs are accurately represented in the consultation.

They are aware that the language and complexity of academia, as well as the time needed to complete them, can sometimes be off putting to local government wishing to participate in such consultations.  They are keen to ensure the voice of the sector is represented, Chris Carlton (01793 411505), is happy to work with local government who would welcome support in this area to ensure they contribute to the call effectively.

Further information can be found on the ESRC website. If you have any specific questions about the call please contact Kirsty Grainger

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