RSS fellow appointed as new ESRC chief executive

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Jane Elliott has been announced as the next chief executive and deputy chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), as of 1 October 2014. She succeeds Paul Boyle, who will take up the post of vice chancellor at the University of Leicester when his four-year tenure ends.

Professor Elliott is currently director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and of the CLOSER (Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) programme at the Institute of Education, London. She has previously served as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Economic and Social Data Service, is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College and a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Her research interests include longitudinal research methodology, combining qualitative and quantitative research and narrative.

Professor Elliott expressed delight at the appointment and said she looked forward to ‘working collaboratively both within the ESRC and with the ESRC's many partner organisations to ensure that we continue to foster and support the highest quality social science research.’

The Society welcomes the fact that one of its fellows has been appointed to the role. ‘Congratulations to Professor Elliott for her appointment to what is a critical role in so many of the current debates around data, statistics and evidence,' said Roeland Beerten, RSS director of professional and public affairs. 'The RSS is delighted she will be driving forward the ESRC strategy which we fully support, and we look forward to working with her in realising this important agenda’.

The Royal Statistical Society contributed to a recent consultation regarding the future strategic direction of ESRC; which is available on the RSS main site's policy pages.


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