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.

Here is what our alumni say:

Tracy Banghart

author of What the Sea Wants

I decided to pursue my master’s degree in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University to augment my previous training as a proofreader. As an American, I wasn’t sure how much of the information I’d pick up on the course would be transferable to my country; nor did I know whether the degree would help me get a job when I returned to the States. I chose the course because the professors I met with were nice, Oxford was beautiful, and the school had a good reputation. My expectations were blown out of the water by how much I learned, and how much of an effect doing the course has had on my career opportunities.

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Jill Waddell

My experience as a Publishing postgrad at OBU was one of the best decisions I ever made.  The program was extraordinarily diverse which was great as I was an international student myself.  I worked with students from all over the world - who in some cases had already been in publishing in their respective countries - this brought a tremendous amount of knowledge to lectures and group work.  I am from Trinidad - and I returned to the Caribbean to complete my dissertation in Jamaica to intern for one of the most successful independent publishers in the region - all by the way of contacts through Oxford Brookes.  The international network that the post grad course provides to its students is invaluable and I suggest that all students try their hardest to tap into it!

Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm •

Janet Remmington

The postgraduate course at Brookes provided an excellent launch pad for my career in publishing. As an international student I was well catered for and I greatly enjoyed learning about the industry in the global as well as the local context. Since I completed the course in 1998, I have worked for three companies and have had four different editorial roles, each with more responsibility and reward. I have chosen academic publishing as the sector I wish to work in and am continually challenged and enriched by what it has to offer. I am grateful to Brookes for the many opportunities it has afforded me in the world of work, and also for the many friendships it has made possible.

Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm •

Sarah Barrell

Award nominated journalist and travel writer.

As a journalist I often work closely with the publishing world. My time studying publishing at Brookes prepared me well for the business realities of both the press and publishing industries.

I found the broad editorial lessons learnt in my publishing modules were particularly useful when applied to my former position as Deputy Editor and subsequently Acting Editor of the Independent on Sunday's Travel section.
 

Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm •

Alejandra Obregon

The publishing course at Brookes gave me a thorough understanding of all the different components of the publishing process and the industry as a whole. It also enabled me to get a job as a Multimedia Editor straight out of university. What I learned during the course was enormously helpful, especially due to the breath of topics covered and the mixture of academic and practical modules.

Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm •

Kate Forde

I very much enjoyed my time at Brookes (English Literature & Publishing BA, 1995). The flexibility of the modular course allowed me access to many areas of study which complemented my main degree courses (in my first year I took Law as well) and allowed me to broaden my horizons.  I felt also that being able to choose your own modules encourages 'ownership' of the course, leading to a more focused approach to study.  Whilst English Lit. was my passion when I arrived, I felt that the Publishing course offered far more in the way of practical, vocational guidance, and invaluable tutelage from seasoned industry professionals, which was a real bonus. Another advantage of this course is that many of the people I met on my course have since become useful business contacts!

Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm •

Nick Hunter

I found my time at Oxford Brookes both enjoyable and a great help in starting my career in publishing. As well as giving me the skills I needed when I entered publishing, the course also gave me a valuable context for those skills, with study of different disciplines such as production or marketing and areas of publishing such as trade, academic and educational.
This context has been extremely useful and something that many graduates miss out on when they start their career in a particular company or market sector.

Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm •

Rachel Craven

I found my time on the Oxford Brookes publishing Masters really valuable in two key ways. On a theoretical level, I was able to walk into my first job understanding what was happening in each division of the company and how they all contributed to the publishing process, and on a practical level, I had all the relevant skills in place to do my job and lots of great ideas for developing my role and function besides.

I was given great advice by the lecturers regarding choosing a dissertation topic. It was suggested that I choose a topic that would provide me with a learning platform for the skills needed for the job I wanted to do after the course (in my case, e-marketing).

We were really encouraged and supported in finding work experience. I found this an essential part of the course: I got my first job with the company I had worked with as an intern, which enabled me to enter at Marketing Executive level rather than as a Marketing Assistant.

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