In this response to HEFCE's consultation, the British Academy makes the case for sustaining the important capability of quantitative methods in the social sciences.
Postgraduate study is under threat from a number of quarters, ranging from: increased levels of undergraduate debt; rising postgraduate tuition fees; the shortage of postgraduate funding opportunities; and current immigration policy. The statement makes a number of recommendations aimed at addressing these threats and urges the government to develop an holistic approach that recognises the value of postgraduate study in the UK.
This submission by the British Academy highlights the need for RCUK Policy on Open Access to be sensitive to the distinctive features of publishing in the humanities and social sciences. It discusses evidence of compliance with the 'Green' Open Access embargo periods and considers the impact of a requirement for Creative Commons licensing on the humanities and social sciences.
The British Academy commissioned the National Union of Students to research and produce a reort on student attitudes to debt and its impact on postgraduate participation. An online survey of 4,211 undergraduate students were undertaken.