Research collaboration: what we’ve learned from the Sussex Research Hive

At the end of last year I wrote a post about the new relationship SAGE has established with the University of Sussex Library. We provided a gift which was used to establish the Sussex Research Hive; a space in the library dedicated to researchers.

At the end of the first (academic) year of this initiative, we asked the Hive Scholars to summarize what they had taken away from the experience. In the first of what will be a few posts on this subject, a feature length article by the three scholars has appeared this week in the Guardian Higher Education Network. It talks about the isolation of being a researcher, and what the provision of a space for collaboration can bring – both to the individual and the institution as a whole.

The Hive Scholars also came into the SAGE London office last week to talk to staff, and will shortly be making a final report on what the initiative has brought to Sussex. I’ll be posting some more thoughts from these highlights, as I’m sure they will provide a really good insight into the challenges and opportunities facing researchers today. Do read the Guardian article it’s a great piece!

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