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Research Hive seminars 2011

Research in the UK is coming under increasing pressure from funding cuts, technological changes and expectations from government and other stakeholders. What does this mean for you as a researcher at Sussex?

The Sussex Research Hive Seminar Series was organised and hosted by the Library and provided an opportunity to discuss some of these issues with other researchers across the University. The seminars were free and open to everyone engaged in, or supporting, the research process at Sussex. The series was funded by SAGE as part of the Library's programme of support for researchers, and featured a number of high profile external experts as well as representatives of the research community within Sussex with the aim of bringing researchers together from across campus to engage in debate.

The presentations have been recorded and made available for the benefit of students and staff who were unable to come along on the day. Please follow the information below.

13 January - The future of research communication

The research landscape is changing fast, in terms of technological advances, the nature of scholarly communication and the increasing need to demonstrate value. Hear how the British Library and SAGE view the key trends and opportunities over the next ten years, and discuss with other researchers how this will affect how you conduct your own research.

Chair: Judy Sebba (Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, School of Education and Social Work, University of Sussex)

Speakers:

Jude England (Head of Social Sciences, British Library)
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 Karen Phillips (Editorial Director, SAGE)
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27 January - Engage the public with your research

Public engagement is increasingly a priority for research funders, and universities are under pressure to demonstrate the impact of their research on society. Engagement can take the form of collaborating, consulting or informing, and has the potential to enrich a university's teaching, learning and research. Hear case studies of what's already going on at Sussex, and discuss what public engagement means for you as a researcher with others from across the research community.

Chair: Chris Marlin (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, International)

Speakers:

River Jones (Convenor of Community Engagement, University of Sussex and NCCPE Ambassador)
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Powerpoint slides Andy Stirling (Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, SPRU, University of Sussex)
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10 February - Conducting research in the digital age: ethics, copyright and the Digital Economy Act

Digital information, tools and services are transforming the way that research is carried out and communicated. Find out from the experts how these changes and recent legislation have the potential to impact upon the future of the scholarly environment and your own research.

Chair: Margaretta Jolly (Director of the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research)

Speakers

Caroline Bassett (Research Theme Leader for Digital and Social Media, University of Sussex)


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24 February - The future of researcher development and careers

Reduced investment for research provides a challenge to universities and their researchers in terms of development and career progression. Find out how RCUK and Vitae are addressing these challenges and the implications for your own career and development.

Chair: Linda Buckham (Director of the Careers and Employability Centre, University of Sussex)

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new tool for assessing the quality of research in UK institutions and will be completed in 2014. Find out how Sussex is responding to the challenge and discuss the implications for your own research with other researchers across campus.

Speakers

Ian Carter (Director of Research and Enterprise, Sussex)

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