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Frankfurt Book Fair

Students and staff from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies recently returned from the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Thirty-two postgraduate students and three members of staff attended Frankfurt Buchmesse 2006, which is the biggest book fair in the world.  Students met with a variety of publishing companies, including Berg, Nelson Thornes, Infinite Ideas, Attwooll Associates, Usborne Publishing (pictured, with Elizabeth Wright of Usborne) and Pearson Education.  They also had the opportunity to discuss work experience and career opportunities, and to discover more about global trends in the publishing business.

During the trip to Germany, students and staff also went back in publishing time to visit Mainz, home to the fifteenth-century printing press and its inventor Gutenberg.

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The book and its future

Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was interviewed for an article in the Times Higher Education Supplement about the book and its future (29 September). Together with Bill Cope, he has edited a collection of papers, The Future of the Book in the Digital Age, published this month by Chandos.

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Postgraduate Publishing Open Day

Potential postgraduate applicants to the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies are warmly invited to attend the Postgraduate Fair on Wednesday 18 October 2006.  Find out more about the MAs in Publishing, International Publishing, Publishing & Language, Interactive Media Publishing and the European Master in Publishing.

Please join us at the Arts & Humanities stand from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.  At 5.30pm, there will be a Q&A session with the MA Course Leader.

For general information about the Postgraduate Fair, please call 01865 484848, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or see the Postgraduate Fair website.

 

To book a place on the Publishing Q&A session, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Recent grants awarded to historians of medicine

Two members of the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, based in the History Department, have recently been awarded grants by the Wellcome Trust.

Dr Alysa Levene was awarded £1990 towards the costs of her project on ‘Children and hospitals in eighteenth-century provincial English and Scottish towns', in which she will undertake a pilot project to establish the feasibility of a larger-scale investigation into child health and the hospital movement in eighteenth-century English and Scottish provincial towns. This is a significant topic given the almost total neglect of children as a category of the sick population in this period, and especially outside London.  

Professor Steve King has won £3600 to fund the expenses of a PhD Training Programme in the History of Medicine. This national programme seeks to engage students with the process of writing a PhD, obtaining funding, getting published, doing a viva and presenting seminar papers. The ultimate aim is to bolster completion rates for Wellcome Trust students and to more constructively underpin their entry into the academic job market. This will be the first national training scheme of its kind in the arts and humanities. 

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Historian wins large Research Grant from ESRC

The School of Arts and Humanities is delighted to announce that Dr Virginia Crossman, Senior Lecturer in History, has been awarded the sum of £454,965 by the ESRC towards the costs of her three-year research project, entitled 'Welfare Regimes under the Irish Poor Law 1850-1921'.

The project focuses on the history of poor relief in Ireland from the end of the Great Famine to the establishment of the Irish Free State. Using qualitative and quantitative data, the project will explore the character, organisation and operation of the poor law in Ireland and will trace national and regional patterns in the provision and distribution of relief. Irish experiences of the poor law system will be examined in relation to welfare provision within the United Kingdom as a whole. At the same time, the impact of factors such as religion, national identity and regional economics on the scope and character of welfare practices will be assessed. By analysing both general trends in relief policies and the micro-politics of relief, the project will provide a historical context for contemporary debates on the position of the poor and marginalised in Irish society, and will facilitate the integration of Ireland into the international history of European welfare.

Dr Crossman is one of a number of experts on the history of welfare provision based in the History Department at  Oxford Brookes, and her award confirms the growing importance of this area of research.  

 

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Publishing lecturer takes part in The English Literature Project, Russia

Claire Squires recently returned from a two-day seminar on contemporary British Fiction in Perm, Russia.

At the invitation of the Oxford Russia Fund, Claire took part in The English Literature Project, which aims to introduce Russian university teachers of English Language and Literature to works of contemporary British fiction.  The seminar, which is in its second year, is led by Karen Hewitt of the University of Oxford and Boris Proskurnin of Perm University, and was attended by approximately 100 Russian delegates.  During the seminar, 6000 copies of books, bought by the Oxford Russia Fund and delivered to Russia by Blackwell's, were distributed to attendees.

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Seminar at the Beijing International Book Fair

Angus Phillips and Adrian Bullock gave a seminar to over a hundred people at the 2006 Beijing International Book Fair on Friday 1 September.

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Victoria Barnsley of HarperCollins receives honorary doctorate

On Friday 8 September Victoria Barnsley, CEO of HarperCollins UK, received an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University.

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Summer internships at the World Bank

Jing Wang and Nina Schipper, MA students in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University, are experiencing a challenging and enriching summer this year. At Washington DC, within the headquarters of the World Bank, the two students are pursuing an internship at the Office of the Publisher of the organisation.

Jing Wang (China), is working with the Marketing and Online Resources publishing team, dealing with marketing analysis, rights licensing and worldwide co-publishing partners. Those include some British companies such as OUP and Palgrave Macmillan. Jing interprets the internship as ‘a great opportunity to know the World Bank working system and its projects, and to let the world know more about the World Bank.' Everyday she feels very glad when stepping into the beautiful office building: ‘Working at the World Bank signifies that you are going to do something meaningful and helpful for the people in the world, especially those living in poor countries.'

Nina Schipper (Brazil), has been working with the Acquisitions team, and so far has been involved in the preparation of leading publications such as the World Development Report, the Annual Report, and the youth guide Getting to Know the World Bank. She has also been participating in the e-library project, which makes available in full text, for readers everywhere, the contents of the World Bank's books and reports.  Nina commented that: ‘Learning about  the serious yet creative way the World Bank disseminates the knowledge on development that is produced here, either through printed books or online resources, is an important step in my career.'

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OpenBooks - OpenMinds

The Publishers Association’s (PA) Textbook Action Group has agreed to provide funding for the establishment of a research network by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (Adrian Bullock and Dr Jane Potter) into what motivates students today and, in particular, how they use textbooks and other learning resources, such as the internet, on-line journals, and VLEs, when they study.

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