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Apply to be a SAGE Research Hive Scholar

Cartoon illustration of many hexagonal smiling facesPlease note: The deadline for applying to be a Research Hive Scholar for 2017-18 has now passed.


Sage Research Hive Scholarships 2017-18

The Library’s Research Hive is a space dedicated for use by the research community at Sussex, open exclusively to doctoral researchers and academic staff. The Library, in partnership with the Doctoral School and SAGE Publications, is offering three SAGE Research Hive Scholarships to support the Research Hive and the needs of the research community at Sussex. Each scholarship attracts a fixed bursary of £3,575 for an eleven month duration: from the start of September 2017 to the end of July 2018.

The scholarship holders will be required to contribute on average 25 hours per month for the duration of the scholarship period to provide support for the Research Hive. These hours will be flexible and dependent on any planned events. Some of this time will be spent on-site in the Hive at times to be agreed, but the Scholars will also be expected to spend time in Schools and Departments finding out about the needs of the research community at Sussex and actively promoting the Hive. The Scholars will need to work together effectively and flexibly as a self-managing team, including regular contact by email/other social media and monthly face-to-face meetings. The role will include occasional evening and weekend working, with emphasis on raising awareness of the Research Hive and the benefits it has to offer; generating ideas and arranging events to support the research community; and evaluating the scheme.

These scholarships will provide an ideal opportunity for doctoral researchers to develop professional skills in a number of areas including: organising events; marketing; communication and project management.  The scholarship holders will be able to improve and expand their professional research networks, and to gain valuable insight and knowledge of issues affecting researchers at all stages of their careers. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about academic publishing and develop links with SAGE.

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How to apply

The scholarships are open to Sussex doctoral researchers who are currently registered and intend to stay registered until summer 2018. Applications should take the form of a statement clearly outlining how you meet the criteria listed in the person specification, together with a short CV, and be sent The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 25th June, and interviews will be held on Thursday 20th and Wednesday 26th July. Please specify in your application if you are unable to make one of these dates.  Although the scholarship will not begin until September, the successful candidates will ideally be able to meet informally during the summer. For an informal discussion about the scholarships, please contact Helen Webb, Research Support Librarian ( /01273 877941) or Suzanne Tatham, Academic Services Manager ( 01273 877632)

Key Responsibilities

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The Hive Scholars will work together to:

  • Contribute to marketing and awareness of the Hive by working closely with key contacts in the academic Schools (e.g. promoting the Hive as part of induction week meetings) and through social media including the Hive’s blog, Twitter feed and Facebook page
  • Promote the existence of both physical and virtual researcher communities within Sussex and externally in conjunction with SAGE.
  • Use social media to engage researchers, promote discussions and offer peer support.
  • Generate content for the Research Hive blog
  • Refer researchers to other support available within the University as appropriate, e.g. IT Services, Careers and Employability Centre, the Researcher Development Programme,  Student Support, and the Students’ Union
  • Support existing formal and informal researcher activities held by the Library / Doctoral School, including but not limited to: Open Access week events, professional development workshops, the Research Hive seminar series, Wellbeing week and Post Graduate Association (PGA) events
  • Initiate and organise relevant training and support within the Research Hive
  • Produce an annual evaluation of the Hive and its usage
  • Gather and share information on the use and development of the Hive with SAGE and the Doctoral School through written reports and presentations.
  • Any other duties in support of the Library and Doctoral School, as determined by the line manager

Person specification

Skills / AbilitiesEssentialDesirable
Ability to work effectively and flexibly as a team member X  
Ability to engage with researchers at all levels, in a range of disciplines X  
Excellent presentation skills X  
Excellent written and oral communication skills X  
An ability to manage a varied workload with periods of intense activity while remaining calm under pressure X  
Able to work independently and use own initiative X  
Broad understanding of the challenges and issues facing individual researchers X  
Awareness of current issues facing the UK HE sector   X
Awareness of support structures for researchers at Sussex   X
Demonstrable experience of initiating and completing new projects X  
Experience of organising and promoting events X  
Previous experience of writing and producing high quality promotional materials and resources for a range of audiences X  
Experience of using social networking tools   X
Experience of working with a range of researchers at Sussex and beyond X  
Personal attributes and circumstancesEssentialDesirable
Currently registered as attending a programme of doctoral research at Sussex, and intending to remain registered until Summer 2018 X  
Able to commit an average of 25 hours per month to supporting the Hive over the duration of the scholarship period X  
A commitment to continuing professional development and attending relevant training courses X  



Discover more about the Hive and the Scholars

Sussex Research Hive website

Sussex Research Hive blog

@SussexResHive on Twitter

Sussex Research Hive on Facebook

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