About the British Academy

The British Academy is the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. We mobilise these disciplines to understand the world and shape a brighter future. ​

Our three roles

The British Academy is

  • an independent fellowship of world-leading scholars and researchers
  • a funding body that supports new research, nationally and internationally
  • a forum for debate and engagement – a voice that champions the humanities and social sciences.

Our President

Professor Julia Black PBA

Professor Julia Black PBA, CBE is a Professor of Law at the London School of Economics

She succeeded Professor Sir David Cannadine FBA, FRSL, FSA, FRHistS, FRSA as President of the British Academy in July 2021. She is Strategic Director of Innovation and Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Fellows of the British Academy

The British Academy is a fellowship of around 1,300 leading national and international academics elected for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences.

How we are run

Council

The overarching governing body of the Academy, made up of the President, the Vice-Presidents and 15 Ordinary Members.

Committees

Details of the committees that govern British Academy policy work and roles.

Charter

Our founding document, dated 8 August 1902

Bye-laws

Setting out how the British Academy is structured and managed.

Regulations

Regarding the Fellowship, committees, processes, procedures and expectations of conduct

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