Research Hive Seminars 2017

The Sussex Research Hive Seminar series returned for an eighth year. The popular series brings together the Sussex community to discuss current issues in research. This year speakers considered open access policy, experiences of open publishing, promoting publication, social media and REF2021.

These lunchtime events, funded by SAGE, are hosted by the Library and open to everyone engaged in, or supporting, the research process at Sussex. Where possible slides and recordings of the sessions have been made available.

The series will return in 2018, if there are any topics you'd like included in the programme please send your suggestions to

Introducing the UK Scholarly Communications Licence - briefing

9th February, 12.00-14.00, The Library Meeting Room

The University has been engaging in the development of the UK Scholarly Communications Licence (UK-SCL) for scholarly articles and conference papers since April 2015. The initiative, led by Imperial College and currently involving about 70 institutions, aims to create an Open Access policy and licence that mirrors the approach introduced in the US by Harvard in 2008, and that can be implemented by each UK institution. This briefing outlined the benefits of adopting the licence at Sussex and the practicalities of implementation.


Dr Ian Carter, Director of Research and Enterprise

Slides: Introducing the UK Scholarly Communications Licence

Audio recording (Sussex users only)


Jane Harvell, Head of Academic Services and Special Collections

Open publishing at Sussex

21st February, 12.00-14.00, The Library Meeting Room

This seminar presented two alternative successful models of open publishing currently up and running at Goldsmiths and The University of Westminster and offered opportunities to discuss and learn from their experiences. The University is committed to developing a policy and business plan in pursuit of a coherent Open Publishing strategy. The PVC Research has commissioned a 'Task and Finish' group to identify best practice, define a workable strategy, and over the course of the next academic year, develop a business plan for its implementation. At the end of this process, we very much hope that the University will have carved out for itself a leading place in Open Publishing and new model academic publication - a place that reflects the University's commitment to knowledge creation, dissemination and Sussex values.


Prof Sarah Kember, Professor of New Technologies of Communications, Goldsmiths. Slides

Andrew Lockett, Press Manager, University of Westminster Press. Slides


Prof Tim Hitchcock, Professor of Digital History, Sussex


Working with publishers to create a popular textbook

9th March, 12.00-14.00, The Library Meeting Room

Facing the challenge of engaging students, publishers are keen to reinvent the textbook and explore how a creative approach can foster a more effective learning experience. This opens up publishing opportunities for researchers rethinking the way that knowledge can be acquired.

Professor Andy Field discussed the inspiration behind his latest publication, An Adventure in Statistics, and why he has been interested in doing things differently; embedding academic content into a science-fiction love story with graphic novel elements. Mark Kavanagh, Executive Publisher at SAGE, shared insight into how SAGE supported the development of the book and worked with students to create innovative marketing strategies.  


Mark Kavanagh,  Executive Publisher, SAGE Publications. Slides

Prof Andy Field, Professor of Child Psychopathology, Sussex. Slides


Dr Catherine Pope, Research Development Officer and Managing Director of independent publisher Victorian Secrets


Developing and Disseminating research on Social Media

23rd March, 12.00-14.00, The Library Meeting Room

This session explored how academics can use social media to not only disseminate, but also to develop, research. What kinds of conversations and communities can academics build on social media, and what does this imply for the future of our research culture? And how does this fit with the changing role of social media in society as a whole, including its potential to weaken barriers between academic and non-academic audiences, but also to create additional risks for accurate representation and civil discussion? Dr Mark Carrigan, author of Social Media for Academics (2016), and Dr Kathleen Stock reflected on both the fundamental and the practical issues at stake in these questions.


Dr Mark Carrigan, Digital Sociologist & Social Media Consultant, Warwick

Dr Kathleen Stock, Reader in Philosophy, Sussex


Alex Fulton, Head of Communications, Sussex


Planning for REF2021: How to plan and publish with REF in mind

6th April, 12.00-14.00, The Library Meeting Room

The next Research Excellence Framework, the UK’s national research assessment exercise, is likely to be significantly different to previous incarnations. The REF creates significant opportunities for institutions, research groups and individuals to showcase outstanding areas of research and of its impact. All researchers and related other relevant University staff working in UK Higher Education need to be aware of the REF, but the issue of whether, or how far, the REF should affect individual publication planning and impact-linked research activities is both controversial in principle and difficult in practice, given continuing changes to the exercise. Professors Phil Ashworth from the University of Brighton and Pete Newell from Sussex discussed how researchers can productively work in a REF environment, recognising features of the process to which they can positively contribute, and which can promote both individual and institutional interests and opportunities.


Prof Phil Ashworth, Director of Research and Development, Brighton

Prof Pete Newell, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in Global Studies, Sussex


Kitty Inglis, Librarian, Sussex