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Opening the monograph - 26 April 2024

Opening the Monograph: its future within an open scholarly landscape

A collaborative symposium between the University of Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, UKRI and RLUK. 

  • Date and time: 26 April 2024, 09.30-16.30
  • Location: Hope Street Hotel, 40 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9DA
  • Format and audience: an in-person symposium, of particular interest to members of the academic, information, and library communities.
  • Programme: see the symposium programme below
  • Registration: this is a free event but registration is required (below).

Event description

The monograph has long held a central place in the scholarly landscape across disciplines, especially the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Defying predictions of its decline, the growth of electronic content, open-access monograph publishing, and changing funder requirements, all provide opportunities to rethink the monograph’s future. This includes the recent implementation of the UKRI Open Access policy for longform publications.

This symposium will explore the future of the monograph and will bring together colleagues from the academic, funder, information and library, and publishing communities to consider the changing nature of open scholarship and the role of the academic monograph.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Christopher Smith, Executive Chair, the Arts and Humanities Research Council 
  • Dr Steven Hill, Director of Research, Research England 
  • Rachel Bruce, Head of Open Research, UKRI 
  • Dr. Şule Şahin, Senior Lecturer in Actuarial Science, The School for Business and Society, University of York
  • Professor Fiona Beveridge, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Professor Georgina Endfield, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research Culture and Postgraduate, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Impact, University of Liverpool
  • Anthony Cond, Chief Executive of Liverpool University Press and President-Elect of the Association of University Presses
  • Dr David Prosser, Executive Director, Research Libraries UK 
  • Alison Welsby, Editorial Director and Senior Commissioning Editor, Liverpool University Press
  • Martin Wolf, Head of Open Research, Libraries, Museums and Galleries, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Matt Greenhall, Director of Libraries, Museums and Galleries, University of Liverpool

The symposium will include a mix of keynote presentations, panel discussions, and facilitated conversations. Refreshments will be served throughout the day and any dietary or access requirements should be made known at registration. 

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Symposium programme

The event hashtag is #LivOpenMonograph

  • 09.30-10.00: Registration, refreshments and networking
  • 10.00: Welcome and introduction
    • Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research and Impact, University of Liverpool
  • 10.15: The Future of the Monograph: in conversation with Professor Christopher Smith
    • Professor Christopher Smith, Executive Chair of AHRC
    • Professor Fiona Beveridge, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • 11.10: Break
  • 11.30: Provocation Panel: The future of the monograph across perspectives. Facilitated by Professor Georgina Endfield, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor, Research Culture and Postgraduate
    • Dr Steven Hill, Director of Research, Research England
    • Rachel Bruce, Head of Open Research, UKRI
    • Anthony Cond, Chief Executive of Liverpool University Press and President-Elect of the Association of University Presses
    • Dr David Prosser, Executive Director, Research Libraries UK
  • 13.00: Lunch and informal networking
  • 14.00: Perspective Panel: Agency, responsibility, advocacy: the role and future of open access longform publications from cross-sector perspectives. Facilitated by Rachel Bruce, Head of Open Access, UKRI
    • Dr. Şule Şahin, Senior Lecturer in Actuarial Science, University of York
    • Dr Jon Winder, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of History, University of Liverpool
    • Alison Welsby, Editorial Director and Senior Commissioning Editor, Liverpool University Press
    • Martin Wolf, Head of Open Research, Libraries, Museums and Galleries, University of Liverpool
  • 15.20: Break
  • 15.40: A shared future? Plenary and summary
    • Facilitated by David Prosser, Executive Director, Research Libraries UK
  • 16:10: Shaping the future: Introducing the Trailblazers programme
    • Dr Matt Greenhall, Director of Libraries, Museums and Galleries, University of Liverpool
    • Anthony Cond, Chief Executive of Liverpool University Press and President-Elect of the Association of University Presses
  • 16.25: Close and thanks
    • Dr Matt Greenhall, Director of Libraries, Museums and Galleries, University of Liverpool

All Speaker biographies


University of Liverpool

Professor Fiona Beveridge is Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Liverpool. A key member of the Senior Leadership Team, she also leads a large Faculty and works closely with external partners to maximise the University's reach and impact and to foster the University's international reputation.

Fiona is a Professor of Law, specialising in international and EU law, in particular foreign investment law and gender equality law and policy. She has a particular expertise in gender mainstreaming (that is, the idea that gender concerns should be addressed systematically in all areas and by all actors), and how this is implemented in international institutions, the EU, and in individual states. In the UK this approach is best exemplified by the public sector equality duty, now contained in the Equality Act 2010. She has completed two studies for the European Parliament FEMM Committee, ‘A New Strategy for Gender Equality Post 2015’ and ‘The EU Budget for Gender Equality’.

Fiona is Chair of the Board of the University of Liverpool Press and a Non-Executive Director for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Fiona was also a Trustee of the Liverpool Football Club Foundation, the official charity of Liverpool Football Club from 2012-19.


Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professor Christopher Smith is the Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and International Champion for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). He has been Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews since 2002, and he was also Vice-Principal (2007-2009), before being seconded as Director of the British School at Rome, the UK’s leading humanities and creative arts research institute overseas, from 2009 to 2017. He is the author or editor of over 20 books from textual editions to museum studies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Academia Europaea


Research England 

Steven Hill is Director of Research at Research England. Steven was formerly Head of Research Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), and leads on all aspects of research policy and funding.

Steven is responsible for research funding, including quality-related funding (QR), general capital funding and the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF). He also leads Research England’s research assessment and policy work, and is the chair of the steering group for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). Policy responsibilities include research integrity, public engagement and open research, and Steven contributes to debates and discussions at home and overseas on the enhancement and assessment of research impact. His team also includes Research England’s analysis function. 


UK Research and Innovation

Rachel is Head of Open Research at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). She has worked in research policy and digital scholarship across national organisations including for the former Higher Education Funding Council, Jisc and the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She has overseen national and international programmes that develop digital infrastructure for information and scholarship that have resulted in long-term sustainable services, and developed UK research data policy including open research data concordat.

She is an expert in open science and has been an expert adviser to the European Commission and was the UK representative on the European Open Science Cloud Governance Board and been engaged in the Research Data Alliance from its inception.

Rachel is also the UK representative on the G7 Open Science Working Group and a member of the Expert Group for Plan S, the international initiative seeking full and immediate open access to research publications.


University of York

Dr. Şule Şahin is a Senior Lecturer in Actuarial Science in the School for Business and Society at the University of York. Previously, she worked as a Lecturer in the Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics at the University of Liverpool (2017-2021). She is a member of the AFIR-ERM Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis Management Working Party and has been part of the mortality modelling subgroup since January 2022. Her research interests lie in the area of mortality modelling, stochastic investment models for long-term applications, and actuarial compensations for loss of earnings. She serves as one of the co-editors of the open access Springer Actuarial Series book, "Pandemics: Insurance and Social Protection”, published in 2021. She is also a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.


University of Liverpool

Professor Anthony Hollander is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Impact and Professor of Stem Cell Biology at the University of Liverpool. He provides strategic leadership for the development of research policy and for ensuring impact of the University’s research programmes in Liverpool and around the world. He is also responsible for commercialisation of research, for developing partnerships with companies and other external stakeholders and for the training of postgraduate research students.

Anthony’s research career has focussed on the development of stem cell therapies for treating diseases of cartilage. His former University of Bristol spin-out company, Azellon Ltd, developed a stem cell treatment for torn knee cartilage and his new University of Liverpool spin-out company, TrophiCell, is developing trophic stem cell therapies for a range of chronic diseases. He was previously part of a team that created the world’s first tissue engineered airway and is former President of the International Cartilage Repair Society, Chair of Utrecht University’s International Scientific and Societal Advisory Board for Life Sciences and Chair of the Russell Group Pro-Vice-Chancellor’s Research Network.


Research Libraries UK

In March 2010 David Prosser became the Executive Director of RLUK, the representative body for the UK and Ireland’s leading research libraries. Before moving to RLUK, he was, from 2002, the founding Director of SPARC Europe, an alliance of over 110 research-led university libraries from 14 European countries advocating new models of scholarly communication. Previously, he spent ten years in science, technical, and medical journal publishing for both Oxford University Press and Elsevier Science. Before becoming a publisher he received a PhD and BSc in Physics from Leeds University, UK.


University of Liverpool

Georgina Endfield is APVC for the Research Environment and Postgraduate Research and Professor of Environmental History at the University of Liverpool.

In January 2017 Georgina joined the University of Liverpool as APVC for Research and Impact in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and remained in this role until December 2022 when she took on her current APVC position. She has held various roles including Honorary Secretary for Research and Higher Education for the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers, 2008-2014).

Georgina was a full panel member and also an Interdisciplinary Research Advisor for UoA 14 (Geography and Environmental Studies) in REF 2021. She is a member of the Leverhulme Trust Advisory Panel (starting 2023) and regularly participates in funding panels and moderating boards for AHRC, ESRC, NERC and UKRI. She was also a Steering Committee member of the Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) UK Climate Resilience programme.

Georgina was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2023.


Liverpool University Press

Anthony Cond has led an outstanding team at Liverpool University Press for the past 16 years, during which time LUP has twice been acknowledged as the UK’s academic publisher of the year. He is President-Elect of the Association of University Presses, an organisation representing more than 160 university presses across 17 countries, and has served on the Boards of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers and UKSG, and on the Institute of English Studies Advisory Council. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Learned Publishing and founded the University Press Redux conference.


Liverpool University Press

Alison Welsby is Editorial Director and Senior Commissioning Editor at Liverpool University Press. Involved in key decisions at management and Board level, Alison manages an exceptional team of commissioning editors, and is responsible for the books editorial strategy, partnership publishing, LUP’s Digital Collaboration Hub and Open Access books, plus translations and foreign rights. Alison also manages the award-winning Pavilion Poetry series, which is part of an undergraduate work placement with the University of Liverpool, and is passionate about mentoring and career development. Alison commissions books in history and art history, as well as on behalf of partners, and has been working in academic publishing for over twenty-five years.


University of Liverpool

Martin Wolf leads the University of Liverpool’s Library Open Research Team. This team is responsible for our strategies and services in support of the university’s shift towards the greater use of open research practices, including support for the management of research data, planning and deployment of resources to support open access publishing, and close liaison with other university departments on systems and processes for capturing and monitoring information on research outputs.

Martin has over two decades’ experience of working in research libraries, having worked previously at Cardiff University and the University of Warwick. He is especially interested in helping support positive change in the scholarly publishing environment.


University of Liverpool

Jon Winder is an early career researcher, based in the history department at the University of Liverpool. His academic research explores the social, environmental and oral histories of attempts to create more liveable and inclusive urban environments. His first monograph, Designed for Play: children’s playgrounds and the politics of urban space 1840-2010, will be published open access this summer with the University of London Press. His second open access book will be published in a few years’ time as part of the Wellcome-funded Melting Metropolis project.


University of Liverpool

As Director, Matt provides strategic leadership for Libraries, Museums and Galleries (LMG). He is responsible for setting the overarching vision for LMG services, collections, and spaces, and ensuring that these deliver against the ambitions of the University’s Strategy 2031. Matt works to enhance the impact and visibility of LMG’s activities through building partnerships across the university and with national and international partners. He attends several University committees and provides briefings to the University’s senior leadership team in relation to library, information, and heritage issues and policies.

Matt is an advocate for cross-sector collaboration between the cultural, heritage and academic communities. He is a champion for the transformative effect of education and the role of libraries, museums, and galleries as catalysts of change for individuals, communities, institutions, and society.

A collaborative symposium between:

  • Liverpool University Press - founded 1899
  • UKRI: UK Research and Innovation
  • RLUK: Research Libraries UK