Research Hive Seminars 2019

Now in its tenth year, the Sussex Research Hive Seminar series brought together the community at Sussex to explore current issues in academic research. We heard perspectives from a variety of practitioners and joined our Sussex peers to discuss the issues that are currently affecting researchers.

Supported by SAGE Publications and hosted by the Library, these lunchtime events are 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 2020, if there are any topics you would like included in the programme please send your suggestions

REF2021 and equalities in the research community

Thursday 28th February, 12:00-13:30, Library Meeting Room on the 2nd floor

Sandwich lunch included from noon, seminar will start 12:15

Does the REF reinforce or alter the broader challenges of equalities, diversity and inclusion within the academic community? What lessons were learned from REF2014 and what new measures are being put in place for REF2021? How do these fit within the broader context of equalities and diversity in contemporary academic life? Is a more equal research environment also a more excellent one, and does the REF help or hinder this? 

This seminar included an overview of equalities and diversity policy for REF2021 followed by an exploration of the broader issues facing academics.


Prof Claire Langhamer, HAHP Director of Research & Knowledge Exchange, Sussex

Dr Dominic Dean, REF Academic & Operational Manager, Sussex (slides)

Audio recording with slides

Emerging technologies and big data

Thursday 14th March, 12:45-14:15, Library Meeting Room on the 2nd floor

Please note the slightly later start time - sandwich lunch included from 12:45, seminar will start 13:00

Technological advances are opening up great possibilities for academic research but new developments bring with them new challenges. This seminar offered a varied programme, looking at the potential obstacles to open access in law, applications of big data in the publishing world and where economics and physics meet in measuring wealth inequality.

The Open Laws EU Project aimed to harness new technology to improve access to legal information across borders. Prof Chris Marsden explored the six cross-cutting challenges that it identified, including barriers in legal publishing, the human right to privacy and the economics of austerity.

Lily Mehrbod from SAGE Publications offered the publisher perspective on big data and its impact on social science research now and in the future.

Thomas Piketty's bestselling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013) promoted the importance of wealth inequality. In the last t