20 Mar 2014

Professor Brigid Featherstone conferred as Academician

Professor Brigid Featherstone

Professor Brigid Featherstone

The Academy of Social Sciences has announced today [Thursday 20 March 2014] that it has conferred the award of Academician on 28 leading social scientists including Professor Brigid Featherstone, Professor of Social Care at The Open University.

Professor Featherstone is a leading figure in applied social research into gender, child welfare and the child welfare system. She said: “I am delighted to have my research on gender and child welfare recognized by the Academy. This research has focused over the years on supporting social work and social care services to make a difference to the most disadvantaged families in society.”

The Academy of Social Sciences is the national Academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. It has over 900 individual Academicians, who are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors. They are given this status after a peer group has reviewed the standing and impact of their work. Academicians are entitled to put letters 'AcSS' after their name.

The 28 recipients have a wide range of expertise in the social sciences, including education, geography, social work, gerontology, law, sociology, economics and psychology.

For more information on Professor Featherstone’s work go to:

For more information, please contact:
Tony Trueman
Press Officer, Campaign for Social Science/Academy of Social Sciences
07964 023392

Notes to Editors
The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its mission is to promote social sciences in the UK for the public benefit. Its members include over 900 Academicians from universities and the policy and practice communities, and 46 member learned societies, representing over 90,000 social scientists. It launched the Campaign for Social Science in 2011. See: and

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