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UK R&D stats ‘overlook social sciences, arts and humanities’


British Academy calls for broadening of data collection to capture full breadth of R&D activity

UK R&D statistics are failing to recognise the full contribution of arts, humanities and social science research, according to a new report from the British Academy, which calls for changes in the way data is collected.

In a new policy briefing, the national academy highlights the “central role” of Shape (social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy) disciplines, which it says are not currently as well counted or recorded as Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

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