UK Strategic Forum

The UK Strategic Forum for the Social Sciences was established in 2001 to provide an opportunity for the major issues and challenges facing the social sciences to be debated at the highest level, and to ensure that the needs of the social sciences are addressed. The Forum brings together representatives from major research groups and organisations with a common interest in ensuring that there is a healthy and sound social science research base in the UK.

Research Excellence Framework - position statement

On 27 October 2009 the Forum discussed the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) consultation on the Research Excellence Framework (REF), which sets out proposals for new arrangements to assess and fund research in UK higher education institutions. The Forum statement outlines the general principles on which there was broad consensus at that meeting.

Representatives of the Forum are drawn from the following member organisations: The British Academy; the Economic and Social Research Council; The Leverhulme Trust; Nuffield Foundation; Royal Economic Society; The Academy of Social Sciences; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Association of Research Centres in the Social Sciences; Home Office; Office for National Statistics; Departments for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform; The Treasury; Department for Children, Schools and Families; and Universities UK.

These organisations also have the opportunity to respond independently to the REF Consultation and the Forum does not seek to constrain any such submissions.