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.
Students and staff from the Centre (OICPS) were busy throughout the London Book Fair, held at Olympia from the 14th to 16th April 2015.
We had our own stand from which we marketed our degree programmes, staff publications, research and consultancy, the June conference of the Oxfordshire Publishing Group, and our July summer school. Over 40 students helped out with the running of the Fair, including manning the seminar rooms and the Author’s Hub; and two students helped on the Frankfurt Book Fair stand.
On the Thursday afternoon Angus Phillips participated in a seminar, ‘Fusion Skills for a Future in Publishing’, on how the fusion of creative, technical and entrepreneurial skills is key to the continued success of UK publishing and the wider creative industries.
Sarah Wild from Oxford Brookes University has been awarded the prize for the Best Undergraduate Dissertation by the Association of Publishing Education. She was presented with the prize at a prestigious awards ceremony at London Book Fair on Tuesday 14th April.
Her dissertation is entitled 'A Life Beyond the Garden Gate: Beatrix Potter’s Road to Success'. This interdisciplinary dissertation in History of Art and Publishing analyses Beatrix Potter’s career and achievements as an artist and as a published author, questioning the reasons why she has been relegated to a subordinate position in the cultural field. The study examines Potter’s publishing experience and business acumen, and considers her achievements in the context of the literary and art establishments and the publishing industry at the turn of the century.
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In April 2015 eighteen students from the Master’s in Publishing programmes visited the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. They had appointments with publishers at the Fair and were able to enjoy the atmosphere of the pre-eminent rights fair in children’s publishing.
Kelsi Farrington writes about her experience of presenting her project proposal at the Digital Café:
‘On Wednesday the 1st of April, at this year's Bologna Children's Book Fair, I presented my Major Project proposal in front of a larger-than-anticipated crowd at the Digital Café - an experience I won't forget any time soon. My idea, to create a collection of fact-based, illustrated ebooks for children in developing countries, was inspired by my 5-month internship at Oxfam International, publishing Open Access research papers from global affiliates, and the combination of my chosen modules at Brookes: Children's Publishing, International Publishing Management and Digital Publishing Strategy. …
This year's Working in Publishing day (Monday 9 March 2015) was another exciting event - our annual day of advice and networking with industry professionals, available to our final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students. The speed-dating session in the afternoon featured over 30 companies and organizations, including Bloomsbury, Dazed and Confused, Dorling Kindersley, Ebury, Guardian Books, HarperCollins, Hearst Magazines, Little, Brown, Orion, Oxfam, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Penguin, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley.
The keynote speaker was David Shelley, the forthcoming CEO of Little, Brown. He has worked with many big name authors, including Mitch Albom, Mark Billingham, JK Rowling and Val McDermid.
The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies will be exhibiting again at the London Book Fair, 14 to 16 April. Do come and see us at stand 3D85 to talk to us about our consultancy and training work, including our international summer school in July, or about our renowned degree programmes in publishing. Staff and students from the Centre will be around over the three days of the Fair.
Now published, the first edition of this new guide to Oxford was written, designed and edited as part of the undergraduate Publishing programme at Oxford Brookes. Aimed at students at both universities, the guide contains information on the key tourist attractions, practical advice on shopping and accommodation, and an international perspective on living and studying in the city.
However you wish to discover Oxford, this guidebook will show the best of the 'city of dreaming spires'.
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The Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Angus Phillips, was interviewed for an article in The Bookseller on the merger between Macmillan and Springer.
‘The merger makes sense,’ said Angus Phillips, director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University. ‘It creates a diverse portfolio: Macmillan has the international schools business and Palgrave, which broadens Springer more generally. Springer has a big range of journals, and adding a heavy-hitting brand like Nature in there will be good for an IPO. If the future is about not just content but solutions, a larger company can invest in that and make a stronger offer to professionals.’
The Bookseller, 23 January 2015
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The award-winning crowdfunding publisher Unbound has launched its first foray beyond the world of books by launching a programme to fund the development of an iOS and Android app.
The project was launched on the site by C. M. Taylor - the pen-name of OICPS associate staff member Craig Taylor - and by John Crump. It uses written text, game play and video to tell its satirical tale. Neither book, computer game, nor film, but something between all three, Reptile Resistance is, according to its author/developers: ‘an experiment in narrative art.’
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The British Book Design and Production Awards were held on 20 November 2014 at a glittering event in central London at The Grange St Paul's Hotel. The guest speaker for the evening was John Lloyd, the man behind some of the most successful and well-loved TV and radio shows of the last three decades.
Lloyd is the television producer responsible for, among other shows, To the Manor Born, The News Quiz, Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI. He has also written or co-authored over 30 books, and is the driving force behind developing a new concept of education based on QI.
The evening celebrated everything that is great in British book design and with a record number of books entered, the judging process was harder than ever.
The awards are organized by the British Printing Industries Federation in association with Oxford Brookes University and the Publishers Association.