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.
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
On 15 August, Beverley Tarquini, Senior Publishing lecturer, Byron Russell, Head of Ingenta Connect and Xiaochen Zhang, Deputy Director of the Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University chaperoned 17 publishing students for a two week summer camp and visit to Beijing International Book Fair. Our partners at Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) welcomed the group of undergraduate and post-graduate students and arranged a variety of cultural and industry visits.
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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.
The Oxford Times interviewed Sarah Franklin on the publication of the paperback of her novel Shelter: 'the captivating and heartlifting story of two lost souls who meet in the forest [of Dean]. One is Connie, who has left her bombed-out home in Coventry to join the Women’s Timber Corps. The other is Seppe, an Italian prisoner-of-war – a pacifist who enlisted to escape his abusive father, and who now finds himself bullied by a Fascist co-prisoner.'