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Bethan Erasmus, MA Publishing

Bethan Erasmus at the Stationers' Hall

Bethan received the Stationers' Foundation Postgraduate Bursary for 2015-16.

Deciding on the right MA course can be incredibly hard; it takes a lot of research, as well as putting an awful lot of thought into what kind of job you are looking for in publishing. For me, the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes seemed the ideal introduction to an industry which, from the outside, can seem impenetrable. There was just one catch.

How was I meant to afford all of this? ...

Having just come out of an undergraduate degree, saddled with a huge amount of debt, I had not been able to put aside a substantial amount of savings for a Master’s. I knew that without some extra assistance beyond a careers development loan, further study was simply not an option for me. So, with my fingers tightly crossed, I applied for the Stationers’ bursary.  Being successful with my application was fantastic, and the bursary was nothing short of a godsend. The course so far has provided me with a fantastic introduction to the publishing industry, and I'm so excited for what the second term has in store.

Back in October, the MA course at Brookes offered us the exciting opportunity to go to the Frankfurt Book Fair, which would have been a complete impossibility without the financial security offered to me by the bursary. It was an amazing weekend which gave me an unrivalled insight into publishing, and I would really recommend going.

But the bursary offers more than the financial assistance alone. The foundation matches you with a mentor who will have been chosen with your interests in mind. Furthermore, on the completion of your course, you will be presented with the Freedom of the Stationers' Company - an organization with more than 600 years of accumulated knowledge. I have had the opportunity to meet so many people who have expertise in the Communications and Content industries, and therefore have formed invaluable connections. And besides that, going to the events has been a lot of fun too!

Being a part of this prestigious organisation so far has been a brilliant experience, and I hope that in the future I will be able to contribute more in return for the much needed help that they have given me. The bursary is meant for people with a genuine need for assistance, and with a keen interest in the Communications and Content industries, and I could not be more grateful. If you are starting the MA in Publishing this year and are concerned about the cost of postgraduate study, I really do urge you to apply.

If there are any questions you have about the scheme, please feel free to email Nicola Timbrell: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Posted on 18 Jan 2016 around 4pm

Filed Under PublishingScholarship and Funding