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Lucy Raby and Bethan Summerfield, two previous recipients from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing of bursaries from the Stationers’ Foundation, were made Freemen of the City livery company on Monday 13 January 2020. At the same ceremony, the 2019-20 bursary winners, Ellie Masterman and Molly Chell, received their certificates.
The Foundation offers bursaries to postgraduate students on specific courses related to the Communication and Content industries, including the MA Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes. Successful students receive a bursary of £6,000 and are offered the opportunity to receive mentoring during the period of their studies from an appropriate member of the Stationers’ Company, taking into account the specific interests of the student. On successful completion of their Master’s programmes, the award winners are presented with the Freedom of the Stationers’ Company.
Marylebone’s The Landmark hotel was host to the 2019 British Book Design and Production Awards on 21 November 2019, featuring the best books British publishing has to offer competing in such categories as Brand/Series Identity, Best Jacket/Cover Design, Best Student Book and the coveted Book of the Year.
The awards were hosted by Konnie Huq, British television presenter and writer whose first book, Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World, is set for publication in February 2020.
Boss Print stole the show with photography book North Northwest, winning both Best British Book and Book of the Year. The judges commented that 'Even amongst the highest of competition, this entry captivated us. There was not one element that did not fit in. The book was seamlessly put together as a whole with beautiful production and design, making it a truly worthy winner.'
The new 2019 issue of the Journal of Publishing Culture has just been published. This is the work of last year's students on the History and Culture of Publishing and the Culture of Publishing (Distance Learning) modules.
The recently published national survey around postgraduate student satisfaction shows excellent scores for the programmes in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. The overall satisfaction score is 100 per cent, and the same score was achieved for questions such as: ‘Staff are good at explaining things’; ‘Staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching’; ‘The course is intellectually stimulating’; and ‘Would you recommend Brookes to potential students?’.
A new paper, 'What is a Book?', has recently been published in the journal Publishing Research Quarterly, co-authored by Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing.
Miha Kovac, Angus Phillips, Adriaan van der Weel and Ruediger Wischenbart call for a fundamental reconsideration of how we define a book in relation to other book-like objects and text forms. The approach in the article is iterative, moving closer towards a definition of the book whilst acknowledging the arrival of offspring such as the ebook and audiobook.
You can read the article here
The publication of the 2020 Guardian University Guide reveals the high standing of the degree programmes from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. Oxford Brookes is ranked number one out of 61 universities in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.
On the 1st of May 2019, we invited product managers Alistair Nunn and Sze-Kie Ho from Pearson Education to judge the final presentations of our MA Publishing Media students taking the module, Digital Publishing Strategy. Eight weeks earlier, student groups were given a real Pearson user problem, and tasked with developing and testing an app or website that aims to solve this problem, while being a profitable investment for Pearson.
Over those eight weeks, groups conducted user interviews with real teachers, brainstormed potential solutions with pen and paper, prototyped these ideas as functioning apps, and conducted one-to-one user testing. This culminated in a ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch, presenting the team’s research and resulting product.
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Published this month is the brand new Oxford Handbook of Publishing. The book marks the coming of age of the scholarship in publishing studies with a comprehensive exploration of current research, featuring contributions from both industry professionals and internationally renowned scholars on subjects such as copyright, corporate social responsibility, globalizing markets, and changing technology.
The book is edited by Angus Phillips, Director of OICP, and Michael Bhaskar, Co-Founder of Canelo and visiting researcher at OICP. Full details can be found here
Students and staff from the Centre (OICP) were busy throughout the London Book Fair (LBF), held at Olympia from the 12th to 14th March 2019. We had our own stand from which we marketed our degree programmes, staff publications, research and consultancy, and various events including our training programmes. Over 50 of our students helped out with the running of the Fair, both in the seminar rooms and at the special forums, including the Author HQ, Poets’ Corner, Children’s Hub, English PEN Literary Salon, and Buzz Theatre.
At our stand reception on the Wednesday evening,attended by 160 people, we met up with friends of the Centre and alumni working at the fair. Pictures of the party cake, which had a design celebrating the forthcoming publication of The Oxford Handbook of Publishing (edited by Angus Phillips and Michael Bhaskar), were tweeted round the fair before it was eaten by the guests.
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The Publishers’ Publicity Circle (PPC) awards took place in London on 11 February 2019, presented to the publicists responsible for the best PR campaigns from 2018. The winner of the children’s book award, sponsored by the Daily Mail, was Kirsten Cozens of Walker Books, for her campaign for Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. Kirsten graduated from the BA Publishing Media degree in 2016.