Professor Jane Elliott has been appointed as Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council

Minister for Universities and Science Greg Clark today (25 July 2014) announced the appointment of Professor Jane Elliott as Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Greg Clark said:

I am very pleased to welcome Professor Elliott as the new Chief Executive of the ESRC. She brings to the post a range of strengths including an impressive track record in academia which will be key to her keeping ESRCat the forefront of world-class social science.

Professor Elliott said:

I am delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive of the ESRC at a challenging but exciting time for the social sciences in the UK. It is a wonderful opportunity to help maintain the excellence of our research and ensure that, wherever possible, the results of our work have a beneficial and tangible impact on people’s lives. Many of the key challenges faced by our society require an interdisciplinary approach with strong input from the social sciences. I am therefore looking forward to working collaboratively with the chief executives of the country’s other 6 Research Councils.

ESRC Chair Dr Alan Gillespie said:

I am particularly pleased to welcome Professor Jane Elliott as the newESRC Chief Executive. She brings a distinguished track record in scholarship, research and management in the academic community and the leadership skills to take ESRC into its fiftieth year and beyond.

The appointment is for 4 years. Professor Elliott will take up her post on 1 October 2014 as the permanent successor to Professor Paul Boyle.

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