Dr Haseeb Md Irfanullah was unlike many of the participants in the 2014 International Publishing Summer School. Although he is the editor of an academic journal, publishing has little apparent connection with his main job in Practical Action (an NGO). Yet Haseeb has realised that this is not quite true and he has, in fact, benefitted a great deal from what he learned during his two weeks in Oxford.
Read Haseeb's blog to see how he has been able to apply three key things from the Summer School to his work at Practical Action.
The Oxfordshire Publishing Group (OPG) has recently been awarded a £150,000 grant by Creative Skillset to develop training courses for publishers in the region over the next two years.
The bid was won by the Oxfordshire Publishing Cluster Group, an informal group of senior local publishers who have been meeting over the last two years to discuss areas of common interest and to engage more closely with the local councils and the Local Enterprise Partnership. The group has been coordinated by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS). The grant is being held by OICPS on behalf of the Group and the running and administration of the work will be done by the Centre.
The OPG bid was part of a larger bid made by Creative Skillset on behalf of over 500 creative industry employers and partners in such fields as film, TV, animation, games, VFX, publishing, digital media, and fashion and textile. The total amount of money co-invested by government is £20 million and this is matched by £17 million industry contributions from the largest ever partnership of creative companies in the UK. The launch, on 14th July, took place at Channel 4’s headquarters in London, with speakers including David Abraham, Chief Executive of Channel 4, Ed Vaizey, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, Matthew Hancock MP, and Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership and Chair UKCES.
The 2nd International Publishing Summer School took place from 7-18 July 2014 at Oxford Brookes University. Delegates from a range of publishing backgrounds came from countries around the world, including China, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Italy, Thailand, Estonia and Russia. We were lucky to be able to use two venues for the Summer School - the beautiful and characterful Headington Hill Hall and the brand newly-opened John Henry Brookes Building.
The Summer School covered all the latest issues and developments in the world of publishing focusing, of course, on digital trends. It opened with an overview of trends and internationalisation in UK publishing by Liz Thomson, Publisher at Bookbrunch, before a talk by Angus Phillips, Head of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies on what we can learn from digital trends in other media industries, On the second day, David Attwooll, MD of Attwooll Associates, talked through the issues surrounding digital right management, and there were sessions on rights and international book fairs, and on business models, digital products and formats, and publishing standards. The week continued with Emma Barnes, MD of Snowbooks. covering the importance of metadata, and further digital sessions on content management, digital workflow and XML, and Philip Shaw, Associate at Bertoli Mitchell, giving a session on publishing finance.
The new edition of Inside Book Publishing by Giles Clark and Angus Phillips was launched in July 2014 at a party in Blackwell's bookshop in Broad Street, Oxford. The party took place in the Norrington Room, one of the largest and most famous bookselling rooms in the world.
Now in its fifth edition, Inside Book Publishing (Routledge) remains the classic introduction to the book publishing industry, being both a manual for the profession for over two decades and the bestselling textbook for students of publishing.
MA Publishing students demonstrated their creativity and innovation to win prizes offered by Pearson Education. Proposals for new digital products for the education market, complete with working prototypes, were presented as part of the Digital Publishing Strategy module in the second semester.
The first prize of £400 was awarded to Yara Alkhamis, Ionie Ince, Julie Wellan and Emily Wells for Virtual Lab! School students are able to conduct science experiments in an online virtual laboratory. A global market need was identified for this product and the imaginative approach and enthusiastic presentation were commended.
The second prize of £200 went to Nicole Flewellen, Virginie Garrett, Paul Peet and Marine Vauchere for Total Film. These students were commended for their detailed understanding of the needs of Film Studies GCSE and A Level pupils. They had thought laterally to propose cost-effective solutions to what content is required for this media-rich subject.
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The Publishers Association has filmed a series of videos about innovative and exciting jobs in the publishing industry. Our undergraduate Publishing Media alumna Francesca Farr talks about her job and career path.
Watch the video
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The recently published (June 2014) university league table from the Guardian ranks Publishing at Oxford Brookes at number two out of 58 universities in the category Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.
The 2013 Sunday Times University Guide ranked the Publishing programmes at Oxford Brookes number one across all British universities in the category of Communications and Information Studies.
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A new volume of the student journal, The Journal of Publishing Culture is just out.
The Journal of Publishing Culture examines publishing in terms of its historical development and its contemporary practice. It addresses major transitions in publishing as a result of social, political, economic and technological developments. The journal articles are written and produced by postgraduate students at Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, Oxford Brookes University.
The final line-up of top industry speakers has been confirmed at the Summer School, which runs from 7 to 18 July 2014. These will be:
- David Attwooll, MD, Attwooll Associates on digital rights management
- Emma Barnes, MD, Snowbooks on why metadata matters
- Felicity Bryan, Chair, Felicity Bryan Literary Agency on managing author relationships
- Lindsey Charles, Educational publishing consultant, on educational publishing
- Jonathan Glasspool, MD, Bloomsbury Academic and Professional on mergers and acquisitions
- Richard Hart, Founder and ex-MD, Hart Publishing on professional publishing
- Simon Littlewood, International Director, RandomHouse on doing business internationally
- Juliet Mabey, MD, Oneworld Publishers on trade publishing
- Richard Mollett, CEO, The Publishers Association on copyright and piracy
- Philip Shaw, Associate at Bertoli Mitchell, on finance
- C M Taylor, author, screenwriter and app maker on born digital projects
- Liz Thomson, Editor, BookBrunch, on trends in UK publishing
- Anthony Watkinson, Principal Consultant, CIBER Research, on journals publishing
and we are delighted that our after-dinner speaker at the special Conference dinner at Quod Restaurant, Oxford, will be John Mitchinson, writer, publisher and co-founder of Unbound.
Together with other talks and seminars by senior lecturers from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, the Summer School looks set to be as exciting and vibrant as it was last year. For more information see our events page.
There was success for the second year running for Publishing at the annual Teaching Awards organized by the Students’ Union at Oxford Brookes, held on Wednesday 30 April 2014. Such awards are now run at almost every students’ union in the UK, aimed at rewarding best practice for teaching and dedication to higher education. In the category of Best Taught Module, Jane Potter won the award for Print and Society.
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