Publishing News | Postgraduate
Here is a picture of colleagues in a team meeting this week via Zoom. Our office closed on Tuesday morning (24 March 2020) and we are all working remotely. Although we have had to suspend our programme of events, we are actively working on the remaining classes for this year, which have moved online. We send our good wishes to our network of alumni and friends around the world, and do get in touch if you are interested in studying with us next year – whether on campus or through distance learning.
We send our solidarity and best wishes to everyone around the world in these difficult times.
A recent survey by the Publishers Association asked respondents from the publishing industry which university they attended. In the table of the top 10 UK universities attended, Oxford Brookes was placed second, between Oxford and Cambridge.
Source: Publishers Association, UK Publishing Industry Diversity and Inclusion Survey, 2019. In total data for 12,702 individuals was collected.
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 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?’.
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.
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
The 2018 British Book Design and Production Awards were held at the Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel in London on 22 November 2018. The evening was hosted by author and comedian Adam Kay, who rose to fame with his book This is going to Hurt, which recounts his career as a junior doctor. An instant Sunday Times bestseller with over 700,000 copies sold, it has won numerous literary prizes. Adam entertained guests throughout the evening and presented a total of 19 awards.
C. M. Taylor is an associate lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. His new novel, Staying On, was published by Duckworth on 18th October 2018. Set amongst the Brexit-plagued British expats on the Costa Blanca, the book is a tragi-comic geriatric coming-of-age story and a deep, loving portrait of the English working class.
The process of writing the novel was documented by the digital curation team at the British Library, who installed software on Craig's computer to record every single keystroke during the writing process. More about this process can be found here
The Bookseller published this week the 2018 list of the Rising Stars of the UK book trade. The talented individuals are given as examples of the industry’s next generation of leaders. Included in the list are two OICP alumni: Sarah Davis-Goff of Tramp Press and Sam Hutchinson of b small.
Sarah graduated from the MA Publishing in 2008, and set up Tramp Press with Lisa Coen in 2014. They had a book longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize - Solar Bones by Mick McCormack, which went on to win this year’s Dublin International Literary Award. Sam graduated from the Master's in 2007; in 2018 he was also given the award of Young Publisher of the Year by the Independent Publishers Guild.