Past Events

Wed 23 March 2016 at 12.00 pm

The Game of Thrones app

Emily Labram (Publishing Technologist, Bibliocloud)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Gibbs 301

Previously Product Manager at HarperCollins, adapting books into products that meet needs. She managed and launched an app for Game of Thrones which won FutureBook's app of the year and received rave reviews.

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Wed 16 March 2016 at 12.10 pm

Grove Street Media

Tom Scholes (MD Grove Street Media )

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Gibbs 301

Providing interface design, programming and animation services to the publishing industry

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Wed 9 March 2016 at 12.00 pm


Michael Bhaskar (Co-Founder & Publishing Director CANELO)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Gibbs 301

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Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Mon 7 March 2016 at 10.00 am

Working in Publishing Day 2016

An annual event at Oxford Brookes for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, Working in Publishing Day offers a day of advice and networking with industry professionals. There are workshops in the morning, and in the afternoon we run a speed-dating session with a large number of publishing companies. Previous speakers have included Richard Charkin, Joanna Prior and David Shelley.

Type of Event: Publishing

Thu 3 March 2016 at 9.00 am

Assessing Key Issues in Book Publishing

Westminster Media Forum

Taking Place: Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James's Street, London SW1A 1LR

This seminar will examine the key commercial opportunities and challenges for the UK consumer book market.

Planned sessions consider the impact of increased competition from new media - particularly mobile - on readership, distribution and pricing strategies.

Delegates - including authors, agents, publishers, retailers and aggregators - will discuss latest thinking on strategies to compete in the wider content economy, examining innovative digital services, the quality and differentiation of product, and how to secure a fair playing field for all stakeholders in the value chain.

Emma House, Director for Publisher Relations, The Publishers Association and Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive, The Society of Authors have agreed to be Guests of Honour at this seminar and deliver keynote addresses; and other speakers include Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

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Type of Event: External Publishing Event

Wed 2 March 2016 at 12.00 pm

Academic book sales and the take up of ebooks

Kieron Smith (Digital Director, Blackwell Ltd)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Gibbs 301

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Tue 1 March 2016 at 10.00 am

Google Analytics

Tom Scholes

Taking Place: King’s Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford

Tom Scholes is founder and Director of Grove Street Media, supplier of digital assets to the publishing industry, and Associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University

This one-day introduction to Google Analytics (GA) is aimed at anyone interested in the practical aspects of implementing and using GA, from understanding the terminology surrounding it, through to advanced reporting techniques.  The course also includes example strategies for evidence-based digital publishing.

Complete Event Details

Type of Event: Publishing | Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Wed 17 February 2016 at 12.00 pm

Why a small digital publishing company can be beautiful

Charley Darbeyshire (Charley Darbeyshire, Founder, Educake)

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Gibbs 301

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Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Wed 10 February 2016 at 5.00 pm

Postgraduate open evening

Come and talk to staff from Publishing about our MA degrees

A postgraduate qualification can help you to kickstart your career in publishing, or to develop your skills and experience.

This University-wide open evening offers you the chance to find out about a range of postgraduate and professional development opportunities we offer.

Both academic and professional support staff from the University will be available to answer your questions and give you advice and information about our MA programmes in publishing.

For information about the event please visit here

Type of Event: Publishing

Wed 10 February 2016 at 12.00 pm

Transforming Digital Science Publishing at Pearson Education

Elizabeth Munns (Content and Learning Delivery Lead: Science, Pearson Ed. )

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Gibbs 301

Meeting the challenge of publishing blended products and services for GCSE Science. Changing how we work and shifting to continuous delivery of content to meet customer needs. 

Type of Event: Publishing | Lunchtime Digital Seminars

Tue 9 February 2016 at 10.00 am

Content marketing for publishers

Alison Jones

Taking Place: King’s Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford

Alison  had a long career in publishing, during which she helped pioneer digital publishing.  She is now a business and executive coach, content consultant and publisher. 

Traditionally publishers have viewed content as the preserve of editorial, and marketing has been focused on increasing sales of that content. Content marketing brings editorial and marketing mindsets together to create a powerful way of engaging and exciting readers, building direct relationships and improving discoverability.

Complete Event Details

Type of Event: Publishing | Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Thu 4 February 2016 at 10.00 am

Taking Control of Permissions: A Practical Guide to Clearing Permission to Use Third Party Content

Clare Hodder and Ruth Tellis, Rights2 Consultants

Taking Place: The King's Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford

  • Do you find the process of seeking permissions time-consuming and chaotic?
  • Are you confused when trying to interpret licences correctly?
  • Have you found it difficult to ensure you are compliant with licence terms?

As digital publishing develops, more and more asset types are being included in publishing projects, and they all require licenses from their respective rights holders (often multiple per asset) before they can be used. This highly practical course is designed to steer you through the increasingly complicated minefield of clearing permissions when using third party content.

This one-day course will help demystify the process of obtaining permission, proving an insight into

the language and meaning of licence terms, and help you to ensure your business is compliant in the

use of third party material.

Complete Event Details

Type of Event: Publishing | Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Wed 3 February 2016 at 10.00 am

Rewriting and Substantive Editing

Andrew Steeds

Taking Place: The King’s Centre, Osney, Oxford

Increasingly, texts pose greater challenges than editors would expect to find in their standard copy-editing activity. How do you make a case for more-substantive editing than had been envisaged for a text? How do you set about reworking a text that doesn’t work in its submitted form? And how do you do so while keeping the person or people responsible for writing it on board? These, and other, questions are explored in Rewriting and Substantive Editing, a training course that presents ideas and strategies for making the process of rewriting less daunting than it can at times appear to be.

Course outline:

  • Identifying problems and considering solutions
  • When sentence construction breeds confusion
  • Adjusting the level of a piece of rewriting
  • Clarifying the message of a text
  • Maintaining the author's voice
  • The pros and cons of bullet points
  • Approaches to cutting text
  • Editing text written in English as a second language
  • Considering jargon and specialist vocabulary

Date: Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Venue: The King's Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford

Tutor: Andrew Steeds has a background in writing and editorial consultancy. In addition to his work for the Migration Museum Project, he runs two companies – Simply Put Ltd and the Writing Clinic – that work with organisations to make public written communication clearer and more accountable. His work for both companies involves writing, project management, consultancy and training. He started off working as a teacher before going on to work in educational research and educational publishing. He was heavily involved in the publication of the then Department for Education and Skills’ adult core curriculum documents, including manuals on working with refugees and asylum seekers, and with EAL learners (learners with English as an additional language).    

Price: £150


Type of Event: Publishing | Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Thu 14 January 2016 at 10.00 am

eBook Design and Production

for Publishers, Editors, Typesetters and Freelance designers or anyone familiar with InDesign.

Chris Jennings

Taking Place: Oxford Brookes University, Publishing IT Suite


This short 1 day (10am to 4.30pm) course is intended for anyone who is familiar with book design for print but need to understand the implications when eBooks are required.

Location and Facilities

The course will take place in the Publishing IT suite in the Tonge Building at Oxford Brookes University (Gypsy Lane Campus). The room is equipped with 42 iMacs and lecturer projection. The MACs have all the latest software including Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, InCopy, Photoshop etc), HTML editors, scripts for ePubs and multimedia editing tools. Google drive is installed so that delegates can save work to be retrieved at a later stage.

Skills Level Expected

Experience of InDesign or other page layout software would be useful but not essential.

Course Objectives

After attending this short course, delegates will:

  • appreciate the workflow options including web first and XML
  • understand the choices available to publishers when publishing content to multiple platforms
  • become familiar with the available technologies to deliver eBooks
  • understand the different formats of eBooks and how to create them
  • be able to use page layout software with an awareness of output options

Price for the course: £160

Complete Event Details

Type of Event: Publishing | Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Tue 24 November 2015 to Wed 25 November 2015

Publishing Strategy Toolkit

Kay Symons (formerly publishing director and MD of Heinemann Secondary and Vocational, now publishing consultant and trainer)

Taking Place: The Executive Suite, Oxford Brookes University

This two-day introduction to crucial competitive strategic thinking for print or digital publishers is for anyone charged with maximising the success of a list or market segment and competing effectively,

In two intensive days participants learn how to:

  • be clear about their overarching goals and those of the organisation they work in
  • analyse the opportunities and competitive environment in their market
  • identify the important strengths of their organisation
  • generate strategic options and choose the most successful
  • create financial plans which tell the strategic story
  • plan for an uncertain future
  • communicate plans concisely and effectively

Complete Event Details

Type of Event: Publishing | Oxford Publishing Group Training Courses

Tue 3 November 2015 at 12.00 pm

Judge a book by its cover?

Kat Morrell and Sophie O’Rourke (Creative Services Manager and Business Development Manager of emc design)

Taking Place: Willow Lecture Theatre, Oxford Brookes University

People say not to judge a book by its cover, but if you had the choice between two books with exactly the same story inside, both identically priced, the only difference being that just one has a beautifully designed cover - which would you stretch to pick up off the shelf first?

emc design is one of the UK’s leading design agencies for the publishing industry.   They specialise in beautiful design for ELT, education and trade publishers.  Today they will be telling us the story behind those lovely designs.

Type of Event: Publishing | Publishing Seminars

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