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Rachel Thorpe - From Oxford to Paris

European Master in Publishing 2006-8 

I began the European Master in Publishing at Oxford Brookes, where the course allowed me an insight into the various sectors of the publishing industry. I then moved from one vibrant and sociable city to another, and ventured to Paris for my second semester. Having grown up in France, I have spent most of my life moving between these two countries, so I didn't find it too daunting. Saint-Cloud Pôle Métiers du Livre is dedicated to courses specialising in jobs relating to books, such as librarian or editor. Much smaller than Oxford Brookes, it has a very homely feel and an amazing view over the whole of Paris. It has been very interesting to gain an insight into the publishing industry in France and Britain and the different ways that the ‘book' is perceived in both countries.

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Posted on 16 May 2007 around 2pm

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Marie Lomax

BA Publishing 2006
Now working at Blackwell Publishing.

I’d recommend the BA Publishing course to anyone who wants real variety in their studies. The programme closely mirrors industry practice in terms of content and assessment, and what I liked most was the choice to combine more creative modules with real-world business elements, such as book design and publishing resource management. I was made aware of the various functions and complexities in the trade and saw just how many different opportunities there are  - it isn’t just about staring at pages with a red pen! The department is really friendly and the strong networks being built with universities across Europe make this a very exciting time to be a part of it.

Posted on 11 May 2007 around 8pm

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Jing Wang -Internship in Washington at the World Bank

I finished my 12-week internship in the Office of the Publisher at the World Bank in Washington DC and flew back, full of excitement and the benefits of my time there.

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Posted on 12 Dec 2006 around 3pm

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Jing Liu

Hi, there! This is Jing (Jennifer) Liu from Beijing. Having finished my study at Oxford Brookes and returned back home with a MA degree in publishing last year, I am now working as the director of the Beijing branch of Hainan publishing house, a young but very energetic trade book publisher of China. Although I had already worked in publishing industry for five years before I went to UK in 2003, I still prefer to owe my quick growth as a mature publisher to Brookes for it provides me a very good opportunity to understand what I am doing in an international environment and helps me build a world-wide business network.

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Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm

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Tarda Davison-Aitkins

I met David Beckham, ghost wrote the last two chapters of Chris Eubank’s autobiography, and I have seen a number of my book ideas published. While not being able to help me overcome my fear of growing up, my degree from Brookes did give me the confidence to successfully complete four weeks of work experience, which eventually led to a job with a leading publisher, and my subsequent career. My time spent in the student union bar helped me keep it.

Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm

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Julie Dwinnells

As an international student, my classmates were very diverse and the professors often took extra time to explain subtle differences for us.  It enriched the learning process.  I highly recommend the trip to Frankfurt during the first semester; classes first and second semester related to it and it is a good place to start thinking about dissertation topics.

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Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm

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Tracy Banghart

author of What the Sea Wants

I decided to pursue my master’s degree in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University to augment my previous training as a proofreader. As an American, I wasn’t sure how much of the information I’d pick up on the course would be transferable to my country; nor did I know whether the degree would help me get a job when I returned to the States. I chose the course because the professors I met with were nice, Oxford was beautiful, and the school had a good reputation. My expectations were blown out of the water by how much I learned, and how much of an effect doing the course has had on my career opportunities.

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Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm

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Jill Waddell

My experience as a Publishing postgrad at OBU was one of the best decisions I ever made.  The program was extraordinarily diverse which was great as I was an international student myself.  I worked with students from all over the world - who in some cases had already been in publishing in their respective countries - this brought a tremendous amount of knowledge to lectures and group work.  I am from Trinidad - and I returned to the Caribbean to complete my dissertation in Jamaica to intern for one of the most successful independent publishers in the region - all by the way of contacts through Oxford Brookes.  The international network that the post grad course provides to its students is invaluable and I suggest that all students try their hardest to tap into it!

Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm

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Janet Remmington

The postgraduate course at Brookes provided an excellent launch pad for my career in publishing. As an international student I was well catered for and I greatly enjoyed learning about the industry in the global as well as the local context. Since I completed the course in 1998, I have worked for three companies and have had four different editorial roles, each with more responsibility and reward. I have chosen academic publishing as the sector I wish to work in and am continually challenged and enriched by what it has to offer. I am grateful to Brookes for the many opportunities it has afforded me in the world of work, and also for the many friendships it has made possible.

Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm

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Sarah Barrell

Award nominated journalist and travel writer.

As a journalist I often work closely with the publishing world. My time studying publishing at Brookes prepared me well for the business realities of both the press and publishing industries.

I found the broad editorial lessons learnt in my publishing modules were particularly useful when applied to my former position as Deputy Editor and subsequently Acting Editor of the Independent on Sunday's Travel section.
 

Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm

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