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:
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.
Posted on 15 Sep 2016 around 8am •
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.
Posted on 10 Jun 2016 around 8am •
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.
Posted on 04 May 2016 around 1pm •
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.
Posted on 29 Apr 2016 around 9am •
Working at Pan Macmillan
When I had the epiphany two and a half years ago that publishing would be the ideal job for someone like me who feels slightly uncomfortable without a book within arm’s reach at all times who likes to dabble in some creative writing I was incredibly naïve about how many people felt exactly the same way.
Posted on 19 Feb 2016 around 11am •
Internship in Geneva
It was the digital side of publishing that first persuaded me to come to Oxford Brookes for an MA in Digital Publishing, after years working as a journalist in Brazil. The same reason made me apply for a six-month internship in the Publishing unit of the International Labour Organization (ILO) - an opportunity available to students at Brookes.
Posted on 11 Feb 2016 around 5pm •
After graduating from college in Rome, all I knew was that I wanted to work in publishing. I had no experience, but I did have passion. I knew that if I wanted to succeed in making my dream come true, I had to choose the right place to start. What made me set my heart on this course at Oxford Brookes was that the professors help and encourage students to build connections in the industry, whether through work experience or the many events hosted by the faculty. I had a gut feeling that this was that ‘right place’ I was looking for at which to begin my career. ...
Posted on 25 Jan 2016 around 5pm •
Adrienn Jelinek completed the MA in Publishing by the part-time route over two years.
I now work as a Marketing Assistant at an independent international academic publisher in Oxford. I received an offer before submitting my major project, which meant that immediately after finishing the MA, I had a full-time position waiting for me. I am convinced that my part time office-based job, which I was doing for almost two years, as well as my varied and extensive work experience within the publishing industry were all essential in securing my current position. ...
Posted on 25 Jan 2016 around 5pm •
I wanted to give long overdue thanks to the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS). I was in the Master's course in 2011-2012 and from there I took an internship in the logistics department at Boardworks, which led to an editorial internship and then an editorial assistant role. I’ve been at Boardworks for over three years and am now the senior editor of the science division. ...
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 around 2pm •
Alumni from the MA Publishing class of 2005-6 met up on Saturday 10 October at Oxford Brookes. They were impressed with the building works that had taken place since their time at the University, and had a tour of the new facilities such as in the John Henry Brookes Building.
Posted on 13 Oct 2015 around 4pm •
I graduated from the undergraduate degree in June 2014. I am happy to say that I am now a Marketing Assistant for BioMed Central, an open access academic publisher, working on the journal portfolio in biological sciences. I manage the marketing activity for over 50 journals, in what is a very busy and fast-paced environment. It is extremely rewarding and great fun!
Posted on 12 Jun 2015 around 4pm •
Brianna Corbett (MA Publishing 2010), who is the Production Archivist at Taylor & Francis, was shortlisted for the prestigious Kim Scott Walwyn Prize in 2015. Founded in 2003, the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize honours the life and career of Kim Scott Walwyn - who was Publishing Director at Oxford University Press and who died in 2002 - and celebrates exceptional women in publishing. The 2015 prize was awarded to Rebecca Lewis-Oakes, who is an Editor at Puffin Books...
Posted on 04 Jun 2015 around 1pm •
I initially applied for the MA in Publishing course in 2009 after having spent a year or two working as an English teacher in Japan, and deciding that I needed to find an actual career to pursue. The course gave me an excellent grounding in the multiplicity of different areas of publishing, both within the industry as a whole and within the departments that make up any publishing company. This introduction has stood me in good stead over the five years or so that I have now worked in the industry and has allowed me to develop and take on new roles, about which I would otherwise have had no clue! ...
Posted on 22 May 2015 around 10am •
The undergraduate programme at Oxford Brookes was an excellent start to my career in publishing. During the course I especially enjoyed the Production module and was able to follow this up through work experience at A&C Black. By the time my degree had finished I had made the decision to work in Production, and on my leaver form I wrote that I would like to work in the Production Department at Penguin, which I ultimately did end up doing, but before that …
Posted on 05 May 2015 around 4pm •
(Marketing Assistant, at Pavilion Publishing and Media)
Books Are My Bag: The London Book Fair 2015
April is one of the best months of the year; the evenings are brighter, Creme Eggs are on sale, and the London Book Fair comes to Olympia.
As a Publishing Media graduate, I have the fondest memories of exploring the fair whilst I mastered competitor research, tried to scribble down witty quotes for essays, and assessed which stands my wardrobe would best suit in the future.
Posted on 22 Apr 2015 around 1pm •
During a fascinating year at Oxford Brookes studying on the MA International Publishing, I met lots of interesting people - many of whom became friends - and worked as an intern at Harcourt Education (today part of Pearson) and a printer based in Oxford. I then moved to Washington DC to work as an intern, later a consultant, at the World Bank in the communication department. Half a year later I returned to Europe to work in Rights at Pearson Education (2006-11)...
Posted on 29 Sep 2014 around 2pm •
I will just start by saying that studying at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies was the best thing that could have happened to me on a professional level. It helped me structure the internal turmoil that was provoked by my love for books and offered me a host of opportunities.
Posted on 04 Sep 2014 around 8am •
Emma was recently interviewed by the University for an alumni profile.
After graduating from Brookes what were the next steps for your career, and where are you working now?
During my final year at Brookes I knew that I wanted to work in marketing so began applying for jobs in this area. A few months after graduating, I began working as a Marketing Coordinator at Routledge, Taylor & Francis, an academic publisher based in Oxfordshire, where I was able to apply a lot of what I had learnt during my course...
Posted on 08 Jul 2014 around 4pm •
Now settled in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, I am currently working as a Digital Copywriter and Editor for a marketing and design company in the city.
Embarrassingly unexperienced before my MA, nonprofit publishing peaked my interest through an internship at New Internationalist in Oxford. The internship in Geneva at the ILO was not only an eye-opening experience but it opened doors that I otherwise wouldn't have even been able to knock on. I had the pleasure of spending the six months with Sophie Hall, a fellow MA student. I was lucky that she had the same sense of humour but different strengths which was the perfect recipe for stressful times.
Posted on 24 Jun 2014 around 1pm •
When I started my undergraduate degree I was enrolled as a Politics major. Going in, I already knew this wouldn’t be the place for me but it took me an entire year to realise that I should major in what I liked – and that’s how I ended up with an English degree. I was lucky that my university didn’t lock the English majors into future teaching careers – they encouraged exploring all aspects of the discipline (I declared an editing concentration), evoked interest in other careers and, most importantly, introduced me to the Brookes MA programme. I did my research and, just like all the statistics said, Brookes was the best publishing MA to get – and as a bonus I would get to head to Oxford. There is truly no better place to study books.
Posted on 24 Jun 2014 around 10am •
Frankie Mace (currently Assistant Editor, Bloomsbury) writes:
I had initially intended to come to Brookes to study on the mainstream Publishing course, but I was concerned that I would not enjoy some of the more vocational or technical elements. I was really excited when I realised that I could take the Book History MA, study the modern history of publishing in a more academic way, and still take all of the elective courses and business elements that had appealed to me in the first place.
Posted on 30 May 2014 around 8am •
I originally applied to the MA at Brookes armed with nothing more than my undergraduate degree and a passion for storytelling. I was devoted to narrative in all of its forms and I was seeking for a way to channel that passion – for me the MA was a route into turning that into a tangible and productive career.
Posted on 27 May 2014 around 1pm •
The MA in Publishing at Brookes equipped me ideally for my career – not only did it provide me with the strong practical knowledge base and skills I needed early on, it helped me to build connections with the industry (I gained my first role before the course had finished after making contact with a guest speaker at a lecture and hearing about the opportunity!). The MA exposed me to the range of different publishing jobs out there and ultimately helped me to determine my own career path. I also made some fantastic friends!
Posted on 04 Apr 2014 around 3pm •
After completing my BA in Creative Writing in Canada, I decided to pursue a Master of Arts in Publishing. Located in a city seemingly built on a foundation of famous literature, Oxford Brookes seemed the perfect place to do it. Attending Brookes was an amazing experience. I learned a great deal and met a vast array of fantastic people. As a big fan of ebooks and the evolving world of digital publishing, when it came time to select a topic for my major project, I decided it would be both a fun, and somewhat scary experiment to self-publish a novel I had written for my undergrad: Starkissed.
Posted on 12 Sep 2013 around 2pm •
Louise Swannell works at HarperCollins as a Publicity Director having spent thirteen years in the industry.
I started my career in Publishing straight out of university. The BA Publishing course provided great insight in to the industry, and I was lucky enough to be offered a job as a sales assistant on the day my degree results came in.
Posted on 05 Sep 2013 around 12pm •
If someone had told me whilst studying for my degree in publishing that I would end up working for a bathroom company, it is fair to say that I wouldn’t have believed them! The fact that I am demonstrates just how well the degree equips you with skills that can be transferred to a job in what might seem an unlikely sector.
Whilst I don’t directly work in publishing, I feel that my experience of following an alternative career path would benefit others considering or undertaking the degree as I know that I would not be where I am today without it.
Posted on 02 Sep 2013 around 1pm •