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 organised and hosted by the Library, will provide an opportunity to discuss some of these issues with other researchers across the University. The seminars are free, and open to everyone engaged in, or supporting, the research process at Sussex. The series is funded by SAGE as part of the Library’s programme of support for researchers, and will feature a number of high profile external experts, as well as representatives of the research community within Sussex, with the aim of bring researchers together from across campus to engage in debate.
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)
- Jude England (Head of Social Science, British Library)
- Karen Phillips (Editorial Director, SAGE)
27 January – Engaging 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)
- River Jones (Convenor of Community Engagement, University of Sussex and NCCPE Ambassador)
- John Merne (Researchers in Residence)
- Andy Stirling (Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, SPRU, University of Sussex)
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.
- Caroline Bassett (Research Theme Leader for Digital and Social Media, University of Sussex)
- Naomi Korn (JISC IPR consultant)
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)
- Rosie Beales (Research Careers and Diversity Unit, RCUK)
- Vitae speaker tbc
10 March – Working with the REF
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.
- Ian Carter (Director of Research and Enterprise, Sussex)
The series has been organised by the Library’s Research Liaison Section.