Our alumni

Alumni from the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are working in a range of jobs in the creative industries all over the world. Do get in touch and let us know what you are doing, and whether you would be willing to advise our present students on their future career.

To get in touch with us, please email: Angus Phillips .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

You can also join our Alumni group on LinkedIn - we have over 700 members - and we post there regular messages about events and activities. For example, we host an alumni party at the London Book Fair each year. 

Analysis of our alumni network in 2015 showed that 32% of our graduates are working in senior management positions around the world; 20% are in management positions; and 14% hold board level positions or own their own company.

Further analysis in 2018 showed the depth of our representation in the industry: at one global publisher in Oxford, over 160 of our alumni are employed.

An industry survey in 2019 revealed that out of the top three universities attended by those in the industry, our representation is second in the industry behind Oxford University.

Discounts for postgraduate study are available to friends of alumni, so do recommend us! For more information, please visit here

Here is what our alumni say:

Hannah Grimmette, MA Publishing Studies

I was part of the first year of students to study the Publishing MA at Oxford Brookes via distance learning. It made a big difference to my career, as I was able to work full-time whilst studying. After eight years in PR working agency-side and in-house for various companies and brands, some related to publishing and some not, I’ve taken the leap and launched my own freelancing copywriting company. Using the skills that I gained from my studies and work experience, I’m growing my business on the side as I continue with my day job in the Media Relations team at The Open University.

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Posted on 15 Oct 2020 around 11am •

Hannah Grimmette, MA Publishing Studies

Eleonora Cavalli, MA Publishing Media

Eleonora Cavalli is Social Media Manager at Peculiar Press.

I am working together with its founder Aleida Gomez de Caso, and Ilaria Doro, both OICP alumni that attended the MA in Publishing Media. We participated in the FUEL Awards during the lockdown in 2020 and were among the winners. FUEL Awards is an 8-week business scale up programme, powered by Santander Universities, designed to help students grow their business and make their ideas happen.

We also reached out to students from the undergraduate course and worked together with Paula van Eenennaam, who recently graduated and was our intern for several months. ...

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Posted on 05 Oct 2020 around 8am •

Eleonora Cavalli, MA Publishing Media

Leah Jespersen - BA Publishing Media 2018

I graduated from the Publishing Media BA in 2018, and began working as Production Assistant for Head of Zeus soon after graduating. The course gave me such a good understanding of the cross-departmental co-operation that goes into making a book, and it really helped me feel confident in what I could contribute to a team. At Head of Zeus, I was given the opportunity to work on the production of many exciting books, including The Colour of Time by Dan Jones, Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver and The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin.

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Posted on 28 Sep 2020 around 5pm •

Leah Jespersen - BA Publishing Media 2018

Gareth Ridley-DeMonick, BA Publishing Media

I completed my BA in Publishing Media in 2018 and now work for Oxford University Press, the large academic and educational publisher. I specialize in regional marketing (the Middle East) for both the International Education and English Language Teaching division, but my background includes academic editing, graphic design, copy-editing, production and bookselling.

I attended Oxford Brookes as a mature student (26), having lived all over Europe, working as a freelancer and picking up languages on the way. I chose Brookes simply because it offered the best Publishing programme out of all the universities I considered. The Oxford International Centre for Publishing is long established and well respected in the industry, and the academics who lead the course are seasoned publishing professionals in their own right, who maintain strong links with business and international colleagues around the world. ...

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Posted on 15 Jul 2020 around 7am •

Gareth Ridley-DeMonick, BA Publishing Media

Gareth Ridley-DeMonick

Madeleine Pearson, MA Publishing (via distance learning)

Doing an MA was never solely about getting a job for me, since I was already working full-time and had already worked for a publisher. My circumstances meant that moving to London for entry-level jobs and internships really wasn’t an option so I felt an MA in Publishing would help prove my commitment to the industry, and perhaps give me an edge in job applications.

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Posted on 11 Jun 2020 around 7pm •

Madeleine Pearson, MA Publishing (via distance learning)

Kat Bourne, BA Publishing Media

I have been a designer on the Ladybird licensing team at Penguin Random House for the past two years, working predominantly on Peppa. We have been able to get some really good messages out there, like the last environmental title Peppa Loves Our Planet with recycled paper and vegetable ink.

My pride and joy currently is Peppa Loves Doctors and Nurses, a book we created to contribute to charities dealing with COVID 19. I designed this during the  four-day Easter weekend, and we have managed to turn it around asap. The team within Ladybird at PRH are sensational and we have worked hard to get this out so quick, and contribute in our way. I am incredibly proud to have designed this book, and for it to be number one this week on Amazon (9 June) is a career highlight!

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Posted on 10 Jun 2020 around 11am •

Kat Bourne, BA Publishing Media

Marrisa Joseph, MA International Publishing

I am currently a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Henley Business School, and a member of the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship. I have recently published Victorian Literary Businesses, which is based on my PhD thesis and is published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book explores the business practices of the British publishing industry from 1843 to 1900, discussing the role of creative businesses in society and the close relationship between culture and business. Developments in copyright law, gender and literary culture are analysed from a management perspective, drawing on the histories of some of publishing’s most influential businesses: including Macmillan, Routledge and Longman. Through an analysis of archival sources, the book provides an insight into the decision-making processes and strategies that shaped an industry, many of which can still be seen today.

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Posted on 09 Jan 2020 around 9am •

Marrisa Joseph, MA International Publishing

Meggie Dennis, MA Publishing Media

The MA in Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes gave me so many incredible opportunities, and I will forever be grateful for the way this course opened up the world of publishing to me.

Whilst studying for a BA in English at the University of Exeter, I knew I wanted to work in publishing. The Publishing MA at Oxford Brookes was recommended to me by everyone I spoke to who had knowledge of the industry; the reputation Brookes has for its Publishing courses is fantastic. 

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Posted on 10 Dec 2019 around 11am •

Meggie Dennis, MA Publishing Media

Meggie Dennis

Sabrina Gutiérrez, BA Publishing Media

Since graduating, publishing has taken me around the world. I have worked at a children’s book publisher in Spain and my current role as Executive Communications Liaison for Ecovis is based in Mexico. In this role I manage, edit and design our bimonthly magazine.

As the five-year anniversary of my graduation approaches, I have been reflecting on my time spent at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. The most important piece of advice I would extend to anyone thinking about studying Publishing at Oxford Brookes is to go for it and take full advantage of every opportunity.

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Posted on 16 Sep 2019 around 3pm •

Sabrina Gutiérrez, BA Publishing Media

Amy Ellis, MA Digital Publishing

Amy Ellis was listed by The Bookseller trade magazine as one of their Rising Stars of 2019.

@amesplaza

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Posted on 19 Jul 2019 around 12pm •

Amy Ellis, MA Digital Publishing

Alice Mercanti, MA Publishing Media

I have always considered publishing to be a unique tool to promote culture and knowledge, and what appeals to me the most is its adaptability to different subjects and formats. Many are the reasons why I chose to study Publishing Media at Oxford Brookes University, among which are the well-rounded theoretical and practical preparation offered by the course, in addition to its excellent ranking and relationships with the industry.

Since before starting the Master’s, I knew about the chance to apply for an internship at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. As my undergraduate studies focused on modern civilizations and international relations, this opportunity represented the essence of my background and expertise, combined with the relevance to my career aspirations.

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Posted on 29 Apr 2019 around 2pm •

Alice Mercanti, MA Publishing Media

Alice Mercanti

Eleanor Hatch-Robertson, BA Publishing

I really threw myself into my programme at Oxford Brookes. Despite leaving with a fantastic degree, we were enjoying a double dip recession in the UK - jobs were few and the publishing industry was a tough place to find employment. Luckily I had been introduced by Oxford Brookes to both the Pluto Press, where I interned in the summer of my second year, and IPC media. IPC's grad scheme took only four people and I made it to the final round only to fall at the final hurdle. But the important thing was, Brookes had got me into the building to see what it was about. ...

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Posted on 10 Apr 2019 around 4pm •

Eleanor Hatch-Robertson, BA Publishing

Eleanor Hatch-Robertson

Giulia Carla Rossi, MA Publishing and Language

In 2013 I decided to move from Italy to the UK to take a postgraduate degree at Oxford Brookes University. I had no previous knowledge of publishing, but I knew I wanted a practical, hands-on course, that would give me a solid grounding in various areas as well as the technical skills necessary to work in a competitive environment. After researching and comparing different publishing programmes across Europe, it was clear that Brookes was the perfect fit for me.

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Posted on 05 Apr 2019 around 4pm •

Giulia Carla Rossi, MA Publishing and Language

Line Tøresby, MA Digital Publishing

Having finished my second BA in Norway, I decided to look abroad for options and ended up applying for the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes. This turned out to be one of the greatest decisions that I have ever made. The course is specific to the industry, making it an ideal entry point for anyone wanting to get into publishing. The university has a great reputation, is known for its publishing courses, and is located in beautiful Oxford. For me, one of the highlights of the course has been the realization that there are so many interesting areas of the publishing industry to get involved with, some of which I had never even considered in the past. I have also really enjoyed being part of an international class, allowing for more interesting discussions and broader insights into the global market.

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Posted on 06 Aug 2018 around 3pm •

Line Tøresby, MA Digital Publishing

Cleo Favaretto, MA Publishing Media

When I started on the MA programme in Publishing Media, my life suddenly turned into a rollercoaster of emotions and events. Every day has been different from the previous one, with so many opportunities to meet new people and live new experiences that now that I think about it, almost ten months later, I still find it hard to believe how much has happened.

The programme is intense in a positive way and gives a 360° insight into all the different aspects of publishing, from its various departments such as editorial, marketing and production, to different sectors of the industry, from trade to academic and educational, involving the latest developments in digital and audio publishing. Another amazing aspect is that the course is held in high regard by the UK industry, and this makes it an incredible springboard for your career.

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Posted on 30 Jul 2018 around 11am •

Cleo Favaretto, MA Publishing Media

Taylor Okeson, MA Publishing Media

Attending the MA in Publishing Media programme ended up being the greatest decision that I ever made for my career. I had the opportunity to create a network of publishing connections through my course, attend the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs, obtain invaluable skills, and do an editorial internship with Osprey Publishing and a marketing internship with Oxford University Press. These internships were opportunities that I would have never dreamed would have been available to me, and they never would have been without the help of the amazing staff at Oxford Brookes.

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Posted on 28 Nov 2017 around 5pm •

Taylor Okeson, MA Publishing Media

Taylor Okeson

Vasundhara Puri, MA Publishing

Internship at the International Labour Office in Geneva

About halfway through the MA publishing course, in January 2016, we were informed of an opportunity to intern at the International Labour Office in Geneva for a period of six months. I jumped at the chance, having heard about the internship previously and having been waiting for a chance to apply since before I had even arrived in Oxford. What followed was an interview at the fabulous 2016 London Book Fair, and voilà, six months later, I was in Geneva.

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Posted on 01 Jun 2017 around 9am •

Vasundhara Puri, MA Publishing

Vasundhara Puri in Geneva

Nina O’Reilly - MA Publishing

In autumn 2015 I made the move from Dublin to Oxford for the MA in Publishing at Brookes. I decided that, rather than my original plan of pursuing a career in academia, I would like to work in academic publishing instead. A year and a half on, after first working as an intern, I am now an Editorial Assistant for Bloomsbury Academic’s Digital Division, a an exciting position that I really enjoy.

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Posted on 03 Apr 2017 around 11am •

Nina O’Reilly - MA Publishing

Nina O'Reilly - Bloomsbury

Sophia Podini, MA Publishing

After taking both a bachelor degree in publishing and a two-year publishing master’s in Italy, I still felt I was not ready to put myself forward as a valuable addition to any publishing company. I felt I needed a very practical, business oriented course that would help me understand the industry and prepare me for a ‘real job’.

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Posted on 17 Jan 2017 around 2pm •

Sophia Podini, MA Publishing

Sophia Podini

Kirsten Cozens, BA Publishing Media

As soon as I visited the Oxford Brookes campus and met some of the Publishing Media lecturers, I knew this was the degree for me.  I still was not too sure what publishing exactly entailed, but I loved reading, writing, and creativity, and that is what I got on this course. 

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Posted on 19 Sep 2016 around 12pm •

Kirsten Cozens, BA Publishing Media

Kirsten Cozens

Tik Dalton, BA Publishing

I had an unusual entry on to the course –  half way through an English Literature degree at Bolton I had an epiphany of sorts, that I wanted to go into book publishing.  After researching what was the best course around I came across Brookes.

What excited me most was the broad range of modules on offer, everything from industry technology, to the history of print culture. My three years on the course have been amazing, I think what really makes it is the friendly and open atmosphere created by lecturers and students.

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Posted on 15 Sep 2016 around 2pm •

Tik Dalton, BA Publishing

Tik Dalton

Hannah Todd, BA Publishing Media and English Language

I had known that I wanted to go into the book industry, but I was never sure which area. When I came across the Oxford Brookes undergraduate publishing course, it excited me much more than any other journalism/English literature degree that I had seen before. It was specific to an industry I wanted to enter, and the interview sealed the deal: the lecturers were all so welcoming and friendly.

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Posted on 15 Sep 2016 around 8am •

Hannah Todd, BA Publishing Media and English Language

Hannah Todd

Ana Prior Martin

I was re-evaluating my career path when I came across the publishing MAs at Oxford Brookes University.

I was working as a Technical Writer in Germany, and although I had a background in publishing, when I decided to apply to publishing jobs in the UK, I did not succeed in getting one. With the Master’s in Digital Publishing I found the way to open the doors of the UK publishing world. 

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Posted on 10 Jun 2016 around 8am •

Ana Prior Martin

Ana Prior Martin

Elena Bianco, MA in Digital Publishing

I am really happy to inform you that I have got a job at Bloomsbury as an International sales assistant. I can't stop smiling since yesterday when I had the interview; it's my dream job in a publishing company that I really like and respect for its current strategy and I think it's one of the most interesting and challenging publishers at the moment. It is a maternity leave cover of 12 month and I will start next month. I know that I have to work on my major project in weekends over the summer and it is going to be hard, but I really couldn't say no to this amazing job and I am really, really happy.

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Posted on 31 May 2016 around 11am •

Elena Bianco, MA in Digital Publishing

Elena Bianco

Jennifer Pierce, MA Publishing

Jennifer Pierce, a graduate of the MA in Publishing, has recently signed with Unbound to crowdfund and publish her debut novel, titled Slow Motion.  Written for a Young Adult audience, the novel tells the story of two teenagers navigating their final year of high school as they deal with the class issues, secrets, and politics that influence their image-obsessed New England hometown.

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Posted on 04 May 2016 around 1pm •

Jennifer Pierce, MA Publishing

Ellie Reedy, MA Publishing

I had been encouraged to apply for the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes by a family friend who was working in the industry. I’d always been interested in the idea of working in publishing, but given I had studied in Nottingham and was from North Yorkshire, I wasn’t sure how to pursue this and it was difficult to see how I would get experience in my home town. Applying for the MA was absolutely the best decision I could have made for my career. 

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Posted on 29 Apr 2016 around 9am •

Ellie Reedy, MA Publishing

Ellie Reedy

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