Our alumni from the Publishing undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are working in a range of jobs in the publishing and creative industries all over the world. Do get in touch and let us know what you are doing, and whether you would be willing to advise our present students on their future career.
View this video of Briana Haguewood who completed her MA in 2015 and is now the Publisher Relations Manager for Redshelf in Chicago
You can also join our Oxford Brookes Alumni group on LinkedIn - we have over 700 members - and we post there regular messages about events and activities. For example, we host an alumni party at the London Book Fair each year. In 2014 we also hosted an alumni event in Oxford - 'Alumni stories - Emma Bourne'.
Analysis of our alumni network in 2015 shows that 32% of our graduates are working in senior management positions around the world; 20% are in management positions; and 14% hold board level positions or own their own company.
Here is what our alumni say:
Sophia Podini, MA Publishing
After taking both a bachelor degree in publishing and a two-year publishing master’s in Italy, I still felt I was not ready to put myself forward as a valuable addition to any publishing company. I felt I needed a very practical, business oriented course that would help me understand the industry and prepare me for a ‘real job’.
I was not sure in which area of publishing I wanted to work – I only knew it must be in book publishing. I started checking degree programmes around Europe, searching for the one that combines all the elements that I was looking for: a creative and business oriented course that has an overview of different departments of a publishing house; and a course that is not only UK oriented but gives an international background. When I discovered the programme of the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes, I knew this had everything I was looking for, plus the amazing location of the city of Oxford – and all the ratings and feedback from previous students online were highly positive. ...
Posted on 17 Jan 2017 around 2pm •
Kirsten Cozens, BA Publishing Media
As soon as I visited the Oxford Brookes campus and met some of the Publishing Media lecturers, I knew this was the degree for me. I still was not too sure what publishing exactly entailed, but I loved reading, writing, and creativity, and that is what I got on this course.
The Publishing Media degree is tailored to give students the best professional skills they need to succeed in the industry, both in business and creative aspects, which have been invaluable throughout many of my internships and interviews. I felt that not only was I learning about creating content for different audiences, identifying the right markets for different publications, and understanding the business behind the creativity, but I also developed those all-important team work and leadership skills.
Posted on 19 Sep 2016 around 12pm •
Tik Dalton, BA Publishing
I had an unusual entry on to the course – half way through an English Literature degree at Bolton I had an epiphany of sorts, that I wanted to go into book publishing. After researching what was the best course around I came across Brookes.
What excited me most was the broad range of modules on offer, everything from industry technology, to the history of print culture. My three years on the course have been amazing, I think what really makes it is the friendly and open atmosphere created by lecturers and students.
Posted on 15 Sep 2016 around 2pm •
Hannah Todd, BA Publishing Media and English Language
I had known that I wanted to go into the book industry, but I was never sure which area. When I came across the Oxford Brookes undergraduate publishing course, it excited me much more than any other journalism/English literature degree that I had seen before. It was specific to an industry I wanted to enter, and the interview sealed the deal: the lecturers were all so welcoming and friendly.
During the three years at Oxford Brookes I was introduced to areas of the industry I had never previously had to think about (besides the obvious areas of editorial, design and creative writing): including business, finance and people management. For my final project, I set up Hello Me, it’s You a collaborative project that has culminated in the creation of a YA book, advocating mental health issues, and giving voices to young people on their own mental health related experiences. The book is published on 10 October 2016.
Posted on 15 Sep 2016 around 8am •
Ana Prior Martin
I was re-evaluating my career path when I came across the publishing MAs at Oxford Brookes University.
I was working as a Technical Writer in Germany, and although I had a background in publishing, when I decided to apply to publishing jobs in the UK, I did not succeed in getting one. With the Master’s in Digital Publishing I found the way to open the doors of the UK publishing world. The internships, the contacts in the industry, the classes and the thriving environment helped me to find my way into the publishing job on which I had set my heart, in journals publishing; but I was also surprised to discover other areas of publishing that I really enjoyed as well. The fact that along the way I got to make incredible friends who are just as passionate about publishing as I am, is just the cherry on the top of a great year. I am now working as a Production Editor at BioMed Central in London.
Posted on 10 Jun 2016 around 8am •
Elena Bianco, MA in Digital Publishing
I am really happy to inform you that I have got a job at Bloomsbury as an International sales assistant. I can't stop smiling since yesterday when I had the interview; it's my dream job in a publishing company that I really like and respect for its current strategy and I think it's one of the most interesting and challenging publishers at the moment. It is a maternity leave cover of 12 month and I will start next month. I know that I have to work on my major project in weekends over the summer and it is going to be hard, but I really couldn't say no to this amazing job and I am really, really happy.
The course made the difference as you may know, and the head of sales told me that everyone in publishing knows that graduates from Brookes have an excellent preparation and knowledge of publishing.
I just wanted to let you know about my new job and thank you again for everything - I am so glad that I applied for this course one year ago, my dream is becoming real and I changed and learned a lot in these months.
Posted on 31 May 2016 around 11am •
Jennifer Pierce, MA Publishing
Jennifer Pierce, a graduate of the MA in Publishing, has recently signed with Unbound to crowdfund and publish her debut novel, titled Slow Motion. Written for a Young Adult audience, the novel tells the story of two teenagers navigating their final year of high school as they deal with the class issues, secrets, and politics that influence their image-obsessed New England hometown. Jennifer, who currently works as an Editorial Project Manager at Elsevier, wrote Slow Motion as part of her Creative Writing BA at Wheaton College. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
The project is currently available for funding on Unbound’s website through mid-July. https://unbound.co.uk/books/slow-motion
Posted on 04 May 2016 around 1pm •
Ellie Reedy, MA Publishing
I had been encouraged to apply for the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes by a family friend who was working in the industry. I’d always been interested in the idea of working in publishing, but given I had studied in Nottingham and was from North Yorkshire, I wasn’t sure how to pursue this and it was difficult to see how I would get experience in my home town. Applying for the MA was absolutely the best decision I could have made for my career. It was clear Brookes had an excellent reputation in this area, and after being interviewed for a place on the course, I knew it was where I wanted to be. The course introduced me to all areas of publishing through the engaging lectures and projects, and the support from the staff was invaluable. As well as the studying itself, one of the highlights for me during the course was being able to get work experience at several publishers, allowing me to really get a sense of what a job in the industry would entail, and helping me to grow my confidence. I also had a fantastic time with some great friends on the course - we definitely had a ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude! ...
Posted on 29 Apr 2016 around 9am •
Cameron Sclater - MA Publishing 2014-15
Working at Pan Macmillan
When I had the epiphany two and a half years ago that publishing would be the ideal job for someone like me who feels slightly uncomfortable without a book within arm’s reach at all times who likes to dabble in some creative writing I was incredibly naïve about how many people felt exactly the same way.
Living in Scotland at the time armed with nothing more than a Bachelor’s in English Literature and a slight journalistic background I optimistically fired off my CV at every publishing opportunity I saw. Cue to a few weeks later and feeling extremely privileged to just to earn a response reading ‘Thank you very much for your application however…,’ even for an internship, I became aware that a different tact would be necessary.
Posted on 19 Feb 2016 around 11am •
Fernanda Dutra, MA in Digital Publishing
Internship in Geneva
It was the digital side of publishing that first persuaded me to come to Oxford Brookes for an MA in Digital Publishing, after years working as a journalist in Brazil. The same reason made me apply for a six-month internship in the Publishing unit of the International Labour Organization (ILO) - an opportunity available to students at Brookes. I was lucky to arrive in October, mid-way through two major projects for the unit: the adaptation of InfoStories, first launched as an iPad app, into a responsive website; and a new generation of Checkpoints, an app which allows companies to carry out analysis of their workplace and promote change. ...
Posted on 11 Feb 2016 around 5pm •
After graduating from college in Rome, all I knew was that I wanted to work in publishing. I had no experience, but I did have passion. I knew that if I wanted to succeed in making my dream come true, I had to choose the right place to start. What made me set my heart on this course at Oxford Brookes was that the professors help and encourage students to build connections in the industry, whether through work experience or the many events hosted by the faculty. I had a gut feeling that this was that ‘right place’ I was looking for at which to begin my career. ...
Posted on 25 Jan 2016 around 5pm •
Adrienn Jelinek completed the MA in Publishing by the part-time route over two years.
I now work as a Marketing Assistant at an independent international academic publisher in Oxford. I received an offer before submitting my major project, which meant that immediately after finishing the MA, I had a full-time position waiting for me. I am convinced that my part time office-based job, which I was doing for almost two years, as well as my varied and extensive work experience within the publishing industry were all essential in securing my current position. ...
Posted on 25 Jan 2016 around 5pm •
Constance Young, MA Publishing
I wanted to give long overdue thanks to the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS). I was in the Master's course in 2011-2012 and from there I took an internship in the logistics department at Boardworks, which led to an editorial internship and then an editorial assistant role. I’ve been at Boardworks for over three years and am now the senior editor of the science division. ...
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 around 2pm •
Class of 2005 reunion
Alumni from the MA Publishing class of 2005-6 met up on Saturday 10 October at Oxford Brookes. They were impressed with the building works that had taken place since their time at the University, and had a tour of the new facilities such as in the John Henry Brookes Building.
Posted on 13 Oct 2015 around 4pm •
Tanya Ashfaq, BA Publishing
I graduated from the undergraduate degree in June 2014. I am happy to say that I am now a Marketing Assistant for BioMed Central, an open access academic publisher, working on the journal portfolio in biological sciences. I manage the marketing activity for over 50 journals, in what is a very busy and fast-paced environment. It is extremely rewarding and great fun!
Posted on 12 Jun 2015 around 4pm •
Brianna Corbett, MA Publishing
Brianna Corbett (MA Publishing 2010), who is the Production Archivist at Taylor & Francis, was shortlisted for the prestigious Kim Scott Walwyn Prize in 2015. Founded in 2003, the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize honours the life and career of Kim Scott Walwyn - who was Publishing Director at Oxford University Press and who died in 2002 - and celebrates exceptional women in publishing. The 2015 prize was awarded to Rebecca Lewis-Oakes, who is an Editor at Puffin Books.
The judges said of Brianna: ‘[she] has impressed with the passion and resourcefulness she shows in her role as Production Archivist. In this newly created role, Brianna’s clear enthusiasm for organisation has resulted in a carefully managed archive system. But more impressively, Brianna’s tenacity for detail has had a direct impact on workflow for the company – Brianna evidently understands the important role metadata plays in the modern publishing process. In some part, Brianna’s passion for quality control has enabled her company’s publishing to run more efficiently, and it’s for such dedication to detail that Brianna has made the shortlist for the prize. Much like Kim herself did, she shows fantastic potential and clearly thinks beyond the requirements of her role.’
Posted on 04 Jun 2015 around 1pm •
Alex Dyakowski, MA Publishing
I initially applied for the MA in Publishing course in 2009 after having spent a year or two working as an English teacher in Japan, and deciding that I needed to find an actual career to pursue. The course gave me an excellent grounding in the multiplicity of different areas of publishing, both within the industry as a whole and within the departments that make up any publishing company. This introduction has stood me in good stead over the five years or so that I have now worked in the industry and has allowed me to develop and take on new roles, about which I would otherwise have had no clue! ...
Posted on 22 May 2015 around 10am •
Verity Powell, BA Publishing Media
The undergraduate programme at Oxford Brookes was an excellent start to my career in publishing. During the course I especially enjoyed the Production module and was able to follow this up through work experience at A&C Black. By the time my degree had finished I had made the decision to work in Production, and on my leaver form I wrote that I would like to work in the Production Department at Penguin, which I ultimately did end up doing, but before that …
Posted on 05 May 2015 around 4pm •
Pippa Cox, BA Publishing Media
(Marketing Assistant, at Pavilion Publishing and Media)
Books Are My Bag: The London Book Fair 2015
April is one of the best months of the year; the evenings are brighter, Creme Eggs are on sale, and the London Book Fair comes to Olympia.
As a Publishing Media graduate, I have the fondest memories of exploring the fair whilst I mastered competitor research, tried to scribble down witty quotes for essays, and assessed which stands my wardrobe would best suit in the future.
This year was an exciting prospect as it was the first time that I attended the event as a professional. It was the perfect opportunity for a little reflection as I was now seeing the fair from a different perspective, armed with everything that I had enjoyed learning at Brookes and with a year’s industry knowledge. There were three observations that I wanted to share with current and future Brookes Publishing students…
Posted on 22 Apr 2015 around 1pm •
Jan Kasprzycki-Rosikon, MA International Publishing
During a fascinating year at Oxford Brookes studying on the MA International Publishing, I met lots of interesting people - many of whom became friends - and worked as an intern at Harcourt Education (today part of Pearson) and a printer based in Oxford. I then moved to Washington DC to work as an intern, later a consultant, at the World Bank in the communication department. Half a year later I returned to Europe to work in Rights at Pearson Education (2006-11). As Head of the Rights Department I had the opportunity to take the content produced in the UK and sell it to other countries in Asia, Middle East, Europe and South America. I have now decided to mix my passion for content with the advertising/ marketing world. I set up the first crowdsourcing agency in Poland, MillionYou.
Posted on 29 Sep 2014 around 2pm •
Flavius Ardelean, MA Publishing
I will just start by saying that studying at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies was the best thing that could have happened to me on a professional level. It helped me structure the internal turmoil that was provoked by my love for books and offered me a host of opportunities.
I am an author, translator, arts manager and publishing professional from Bucharest, Romania, currently the PR & Marketing Manager of a Romanian imprint specializing in science fiction, fantasy and crime fiction, and also the Publicist of a new online bookshop and community. I graduated from the MA in Publishing at the OICPS in 2013 with a Dissertation on the horror publishing industry, supervised by Angus Phillips. Horror publishing ... Yes, they do this, they really do – the staff at OICPS supports every crazy idea you’ve got and helps you give it the form and logic that it needs. ...
Posted on 04 Sep 2014 around 8am •
Emma Horton, BA Publishing
Emma was recently interviewed by the University for an alumni profile.
After graduating from Brookes what were the next steps for your career, and where are you working now?
During my final year at Brookes I knew that I wanted to work in marketing so began applying for jobs in this area. A few months after graduating, I began working as a Marketing Coordinator at Routledge, Taylor & Francis, an academic publisher based in Oxfordshire, where I was able to apply a lot of what I had learnt during my course. I have now been working there for more than four year in various marketing roles. I am currently a Senior Marketing Executive promoting the company’s politics and international relations journals. I have also completed a CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing.
Posted on 08 Jul 2014 around 4pm •
Kristen Scott, MA Publishing
Now settled in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, I am currently working as a Digital Copywriter and Editor for a marketing and design company in the city.
Embarrassingly unexperienced before my MA, nonprofit publishing peaked my interest through an internship at New Internationalist in Oxford. The internship in Geneva at the ILO was not only an eye-opening experience but it opened doors that I otherwise wouldn't have even been able to knock on. I had the pleasure of spending the six months with Sophie Hall, a fellow MA student. I was lucky that she had the same sense of humour but different strengths which was the perfect recipe for stressful times.
Posted on 24 Jun 2014 around 1pm •
Jennifer Krebs, MA Publishing
When I started my undergraduate degree I was enrolled as a Politics major. Going in, I already knew this wouldn’t be the place for me but it took me an entire year to realise that I should major in what I liked – and that’s how I ended up with an English degree. I was lucky that my university didn’t lock the English majors into future teaching careers – they encouraged exploring all aspects of the discipline (I declared an editing concentration), evoked interest in other careers and, most importantly, introduced me to the Brookes MA programme. I did my research and, just like all the statistics said, Brookes was the best publishing MA to get – and as a bonus I would get to head to Oxford. There is truly no better place to study books.
Posted on 24 Jun 2014 around 10am •
Frankie Mace - MA Book History and Publishing Culture 2012-13
Frankie Mace (currently Assistant Editor, Bloomsbury) writes:
I had initially intended to come to Brookes to study on the mainstream Publishing course, but I was concerned that I would not enjoy some of the more vocational or technical elements. I was really excited when I realised that I could take the Book History MA, study the modern history of publishing in a more academic way, and still take all of the elective courses and business elements that had appealed to me in the first place.
I found the MA reading engaging and fascinating, discovering a rich world of cultural, historical and sociological topics, which gave me a firm understanding of the economic and political history of the publishing industry, along with insight into the present day, and future, business of books. For anyone who enjoys writing creatively and undertaking their own research, I cannot recommend the course highly enough. The access and resources available are incredible, with excellent support from the academic faculty and the assignments encourage innovation and originality; I particularly enjoyed creating, along with my peers, our own online journal, in which we each published an article on a 20th Century publishing topic of our choice.
For me the MA was a life changing experience. I feel that the Book History MA equipped me with all the abilities I needed to enter into the job market and gave me the confidence to pursue a career in publishing. I was able to move straight from studying into an editorial position at an independent publisher in London and, thanks to the course, I believe that I was given a competitive edge.
Posted on 30 May 2014 around 8am •
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