We are delighted to announce that the Publishing UG and PG programmes at Oxford Brookes have been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick by experts working in the creative industries. The Creative Skillset Tick is an invaluable signpost for potential students and employers to indicate those programmes that provide the most up-to-date and relevant education. Creative Skillset is recognized in the Unistats Key Information Sets, which demonstrates the value of the accreditation to potential students comparing courses online. For employers, the Tick signposts them to graduates from creative courses that have proven links with industry and teach professional skills.
We are delighted to announce a new scholarship for MA students studying publishing at Oxford Brookes University. The London Book Fair is offering a fee waiver bursary of £1,000 to a full-time or part-time student at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies on the MA in Publishing or MA in Digital Publishing. The student will also receive the guarantee of a work placement for a minimum of three weeks at the London Book Fair. The scholarship is for entry in September 2016.
The British Book Design and Production Awards took place on 26 November 2015 at a lavish new location – the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge in central London. The guest host for the evening was comedian, Mark Watson, one of the leading live performers in the UK, known for his appearances on Have I Got News for You and Mock the Week. Watson himself is no stranger to publishing written material, including a semi-autobiographical book and several novels.
As one of the most prestigious and popular literary events of the year, the British Book Design and Production Awards recognize the excellence of the British book design and production industry by celebrating the year’s best books. The awards are designed to represent everything that is best in British book design and are seen as the flagship event in the industry’s year. The event is supported by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University, and the Publishers Association.
This piece on the talk given at Oxford Brookes on 6 October 2015 by James Daunt, the MD of Waterstones, is written by Andri Nel, a MA Digital Publishing student originally from South Africa. She loves blogging on her blog The Loud Library, has an extreme case of wanderlust and is passionate about cultivating a better reading culture for children through a venture called KliekClick.
'When we heard that James Daunt would be coming to speak to the department on Tuesday 6 October a wave of excitement swept through our MA Publishing class. We all knew that Daunt had been somewhat of a saving grace for Waterstones, but as many of us were international students, having the opportunity to hear from Daunt in person was even more of a treat. ...
In 2012 Costa launched the Costa Short Story Award, given to a single story. The public votes for the winner from six shortlisted stories selected by the five judges. For the 2015 competition one of the judges is Sarah Franklin.
Sarah (@sarahefranklin) read Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge. She is the founder and host of popular Oxford literary night Short Stories Aloud and a Senior Lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.
Sarah's features, book reviews and columns have appeared in The Guardian, the Seattle Times, Psychologies magazine and the Sunday Express amongst others and she was a 2014/15 Jerwood/Arvon Foundation novel mentee. Her creative non-fiction has been published in anthologies in the USA and appeared on NPR affiliates there.
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The brochure is now available and bookings are being taken for the fourth Publishing Summer School in July 2016. This popular course attracts publishers from around the world who want to both learn and engage in discussions about the latest developments in our industry.
The all-inclusive price is being held at under £3,000 for a final year, but spaces are limited, so please reserve your place as soon as possible.
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The recent publication of the 2015 National Student Survey highlights the excellent standard of the publishing programmes at Oxford Brookes. The overall satisfaction figure for Publishing was 95 per cent. The figure for the quality of the teaching was 94 per cent satisfaction: 100 per cent of students said that the staff are enthusiastic; 95 per cent said that staff make the subject interesting.
The 2016 university league table from the Guardian ranks Publishing at Oxford Brookes at number two out of 57 universities in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.
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Publishers Association Market Report China, 2015 is the most comprehensive and current review, in English, of book and journal publishing, physical and digital, in the world's second largest publishing market. It sets book publishing in its political, economic, social and technological contexts, recording the surge in consumerism and market-led structures, alongside a possible faltering of the economy and a tightening of ideological controls. Based on the latest available commercial and official data backed by critical analysis, it is written by Professor Paul Richardson, formerly Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and Chu Xiaoying, who holds an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University and is now a senior manager at Charlesworth Group, Beijing, a leading company in the origination and dissemination of international and Chinese scholarly journals.
The report is available from the Publishers Association.
The 2015 International Publishing Summer School finished in the glorious grounds of Headington Hill Hall on a sunny July day. Delegates came from around the world - China, India, Nigeria, Korea, France, Australia, and the USA - for two packed weeks that included lectures and seminars from staff at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and invited speakers from industry. Speakers included:
- Richard Mollett, CEO of the Publishers Association
- Philip Jones, Editor of The Bookseller
- Emma Barnes, Managing Director of Snowbooks and Bibliocloud
- Felicity Bryan, Chair of the Felicity Bryan Literary Agency
- and the managing directors of various publishing companies including Jonathan Glasspool from Bloomsbury Academic and Professional, Sinead Moloney of Hart Publishing, and Juliet Mabey of Oneworld Publications.
The recently published (May 2015) university league table from the Guardian ranks Publishing at Oxford Brookes at number two out of 57 universities in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations. This repeats the success from 2014, when Publishing was ranked at number two out of 58 universities in the same category.