The British Academy is an independent national academy of Fellows elected for their eminence in research and publication. It is the UK's expert body that supports and speaks for the humanities and social sciences.

Our mission is to inspire, recognise and support high achievement in the humanities and social sciences throughout the UK and internationally, and to champion their role and value.

The Academy has three principal roles:

  • A Fellowship, composed of distinguished scholars from all areas of the humanities and social sciences, elected by their peers, which promotes the work of these disciplines and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
  • A Funding Body, supporting the best ideas, individuals and intellectual resources in the humanities and social sciences, wherever they are located.
  • A Voice, providing independent advice about the health of disciplines and the needs of research, contributing evidence to strengthen policy making, enhancing public understanding and debate, and representing the humanities and social sciences in the UK and internationally.


Dr Molly Morgan Jones

Director of Policy

Hetan Shah

Chief Executive

Dr Adam Wright

Head of Public Policy