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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
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
(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
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I was carrying the idea for a Quick Revision app when I arrived at Oxford Brookes University. The programme helped me to convert the idea into a real project. It was the Publishing Department which gave me exposure and knowledge about app development including the whole cycle of publishing sector. The MA in Publishing not only develops skills but also creates work and employment scenarios during the course which help develop the uniqueness and market appeal in each product and service.
Posted on 12 Nov 2014 around 2pm
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
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 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
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
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 (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