Research Hive Seminars 2014

Now in its fifth year, the highly popular Sussex Research Hive Seminar series returned to bring together the research community to discuss a range of current issues. This year speakers explored how archives can support qualitative research and approaches for increasing the reach of your research, as well as how to demonstrate the impact of creative research outputs, and innovations in scholarly publishing.  

These lunchtime events, funded by SAGE, were hosted by the Library and open to everyone engaged in, or supporting, the research process at Sussex.

The Sussex Research Seminar series will return in 2015. If there are particular subjects that you would like to see covered please send your suggestions to: 

Enriching your research: using archives to conduct qualitative research

Archival research isn't just for historians. Researchers from many disciplines can use archives to discover material that produces compelling qualitative work. In this seminar two researchers discussed their experiences of using archives in different ways to support their qualitative research.


David Hendy - Professor of Media and Communication, University of Sussex (Audio / Slides)

Paul Quinn- Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of English, University of Sussex (Audio /Slides)

Chaired by Fiona Courage - Special Collections Manager & Mass Observation Curator, The Keep

Increasing the reach of your research

With academics increasingly facing information overload, how can you ensure that other researchers find your articles in the first place? This seminar looked at different approaches: Kudos, a new service which can help you increase the impact of your research, and case studies from academics who have used social media to generate interest in their work.


James Wilsdon - Professor of Science and Democracy, University of Sussex (Audio /Slides)

Tim Hitchcock - Professor of Digital History, University of Sussex (Audio / Slides)

Charlie Rapple - Co-founder, Kudos (Audio/ Slides)

Chaired by Ian Carter - Director of Research and Enterprise, University of Sussex

Demonstrating the impact of creative research outputs

This seminar looked at ‘creating cultural capital’ – how researchers can create impact from creative and non-traditional outputs. How can you demonstrate the wider impact of your work, when should you start thinking about measuring impact and what are the benefits for you? Sussex researchers have been getting creative in their approach.


Saskia Gent - REF Impact Officer, University of Sussex (Audio / Slides)

Lynne Murphy - Reader in Linguistics, University of Sussex (Audio / Slides)

Chaired by Jane Harvell - Head of Library Academic Services & Special Collections, University of Sussex

Challenging traditional approaches to scholarly publishing

The Open Access movement and the frustration with scholarly publication process has led many academics to take dissemination of their research into their own hands. There have been calls, post-Finch, for universities to set up their own presses as rivals to traditional publishers, but how realistic is this? This seminar explored other approaches taken by the academic community to make research more openly available.


Rupert Gatti - Director, Open Book Publishing (AudioSlides)

Peter Coles - The Open Journal of Astrophysics and Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Sussex (AudioSlides)

Chaired by Kitty Inglis - Librarian,  University of Sussex