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Finding the Candidate: Recruitment Processes in the Publishing Industry

Our new report on Recruitment processes in the Publishing industry, entitled Finding the Candidate, has been completed and is now available to download as a PDF. This report, commissioned by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was undertaken by Pippa Smart, PSP Consulting. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time for face-to-face meetings and to complete the online survey.

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Publishing students receive awards from Stationers’ Foundation

A new postgraduate bursary scheme was launched by the Stationers’ Foundation in 2010, and students from the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes received two out of the seven awards. Daniel Parker writes about his attendance at the awards evening:

‘I arrived at St Paul’s, a beautiful area of London under the shadow of the famous cathedral, around six-thirty in the evening. I was there to collect an award for the scholarship that I had received from the Stationers’ Foundation and to meet the members of the Worshipful Company of Stationers. The awards give master’s students on selected publishing and journalism courses a generous bursary and the chance to have a mentor to support them throughout their year of study. Oxford Brookes had two recipients of the award, Abigail Pukaniuk and myself. The evening was primarily intended to celebrate the arrival of the “freemen” into the company and so Abigail and I watched as six men and one woman took part in the initiation ceremony that symbolized their entrance into the guild. Then it was our turn to meet the Master of the Stationers’ Foundation.

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Frankfurt Book Fair, Handkäs mit Musik and Apfelwein

Publishing Master’s student Lydia Evers writes about the recent visit by her class to the 2010 Frankfurt Book Fair:

On Thursday, 7th of October, at 6.45am a group of 32 postgraduate students together with Beverley Tarquini, Angus Phillips, Mary Malin and Rosalyn Dobrzanski made their way to Heathrow Airport to take a plane to Frankfurt – city of Handkäs mit Musik, Apfelwein and the Frankfurt Book Fair. Being from Germany (only about an hour away from Frankfurt), travelling there with a group of international students from Oxford was an amazing and almost too strange to be true experience for me. (I forgot where I was and that I actually spoke the language...)

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Winners of the School Magazine Competition

Thank you to everyone who entered the school magazine competition. The judges were immensely impressed with the quality of all the entries. They picked, Langley Park School for Boys, Beckenham, as the winner of the 16-18 years category with their magazine, SFM.  The articles were just right for the intended audience; the judges just couldn’t put it down either! It was outstanding in both content and design. A very professional magazine put together by a superbly talented team.

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Publishing students visit Hobbs the Printers

MA student Aleksandra Wolenska writes about a recent visit by her class to Hobbs the Printers:

On a sunny Thursday morning, fourteen MA Publishing students from Oxford Brookes gathered outside the Sports Centre at Headington Campus. We then set off in a minibus, driven by our lecturer Adrian Bullock, to visit Hobbs the Printers in Totton near Southampton – we were excited to be going to see a place where words turn into a printed book. We were given a warm welcome by Brian Jeff and Colin Richardson, and once divided into two groups, the tour began. ...

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Publishing Alumni Reunion Drinks

On the evening of 15th September 2010, the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies was delighted to host Alumni Reunion Drinks in Headington Hill Hall. 40 of our alumni and staff attended the event, which also featured a talk on the benefits of coaching and mentoring from Carmelina Lawton-Smith, Senior Lecturer in Training and Development.

Our next Alumni Reunion event will take place at the London Book Fair, April 2011. To keep up to date with our network and news, please join the Alumni group on LinkedIn.

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British Book Design and Production Awards 2010

The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association have announced the winners of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2010. The awards were celebrated at a glittering gala evening, held at The Lancaster London Hotel on 5th October, with the great and the good of the publishing industry, including a celebrity or two, in attendance.

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New members of Industry Advisory Board

New members of Industry Advisory Board

We are delighted to welcome six new members to our Advisory Board at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) at Oxford Brookes. They are Mary Cannam, Commercial Director at Faber & Faber;  Jacob Pienaar, Managing Director at Pearson Heinemann; Nigel Roby, Managing Director and owner of The Bookseller; Ian Russell, Chief Executive of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP); Rebecca Smart, Managing Director of the Osprey Group; and David Taylor, Group Managing Director of Lightning Source UK.

 

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Philip Pullman and Colin Dexter launch Oxford bid to become UNESCO World Book Capital

Oxford has formally launched a bid to become UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014. Since 2001 UNESCO has nominated a World Book Capital City to acknowledge the best year-long programme proposed by a city to promote books and foster reading. Successful programmes involve cooperation with local, national and international professional organizations representing writers, publishers, booksellers and librarians as well as communities and groups which encourage and promote reading. Oxford and its surrounding county of Oxfordshire have unparalleled resources and world renowned publishing and bookselling enterprises in place to support a programme of this kind, and there are probably more major, culturally diverse, authors based in or around Oxford than in any comparable city in the world.

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Blog to the Future?

A variety of current developments are creating questions over present models of publishing and scholarly communication. Will new journals continue to be launched? Will open access developments such as subject or institutional repositories reach a tipping point at which libraries will start to cancel journal subscriptions? Is the journal article too static a mechanism, by comparison to the ways in which scholars are able to interact using blogs and wikis? Steadily emerging is a new future for the journal as part of an overall network of knowledge creation and scholarly communication.

Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes, has published an article entitled ‘Blog to the Future?’, about the future of journals publishing, in the October 2010 issue of the Journal of Scholarly Publishing.

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