University of Glasgow academics elected to Academy of Social Sciences

Published: 16 October 2012

Two academics from the College of Social Sciences have received prestigious honours from a national academy.

Two academics from the University of Glasgow’s College of Social Sciences have received prestigious honours from a national academy.

James Conroy, Professor of Religious and Philosophical Education, Terry Cox, Professor of Central and East European Studies, have been elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of their outstanding contributions to their fields.

The Academy of Social Sciences promotes social sciences in the United Kingdom to the public, government and other stakeholders. Each year, the Academy recognises the work of distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors who have made exceptional contributions to the field of social science.

This year, 63 leading social scientists were made Academicians, joining over 700 Individual Academicians and 43 Learned Societies.

Professor Cary Cooper CBE, Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences, said, "It is so important for the social sciences to have a strong and comprehensive voice able to represent its crucial work."

Professor Conroy joined the University in 1999 as Head of the Department of Religious Education after holding positions at St Andrew’s College, St Mary’s College, and a number of teaching and adult education positions in England. He has written widely in the areas of religious education, religion, education and liberal democracy and education and the literary and aesthetic imagination.

Professor Conroy said: “I’m very proud to have been elected to the Academy of Social Sciences. It’s a tremendous honour and I look forward to maintaining the  high standards set by previous Academicians.”

Professor Cox joined the University in 2004 from the University of Strathclyde. His areas of expertise include the political sociology of post-communist transformations, with a special focus on civil society, interest group politics, governance and welfare regimes.

He said: “Becoming an Academician is one of the highest honours a social science researcher can receive. I’m thrilled to be joining the ranks of distinguished practitioners who have been inducted in previous years.”

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First published: 16 October 2012

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