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:
As my major project, I chose to found a small Indie press and publish an anthology of European creative writing. Contacting Creative Writing MAs and other artistic forums around Europe, I then solicited creative works of nearly any kind, as long as it was somehow connected to Europe. My mission statement, if I can call it that, was - and is still - to give everyone an equal opportunity to be published, given that creative zeal and literary brilliance were evidenced. Both previously undiscovered authors and well-established ones were welcome to submit their work, and before long I had received tons of great short stories and poems.
To cut a long story short, in August of 2009, Lion Lounge Press, as I dubbed my publishing venture, published its very first book, The Lounge Companion: A Collection of European Creative Writing.
Posted on 23 Nov 2009 around 3pm •
I would recommend the course to anyone interested in entering the publishing industry. The BA Publishing at Oxford Brookes definitely opens doors to jobs on graduation as well as work placements in the industry. The department has excellent networks across the industry and worldwide with lecturers who work in the industry alongside teaching. It is a great practical course that gives an overview of the whole business of publishing and helped me decide which areas interested me the most. ...
Posted on 11 Jun 2009 around 1pm •
Arash Hejazi was awarded this OICPS scholarship, open to international students, in 2008. He writes below about his experiences as an MA Publishing student at Oxford Brookes.
Posted on 02 Jun 2009 around 10am •
Aimée Walker was awarded the Cambridge Publishing Scholarship in 2008. She writes about her experience on the Master's in Publishing at Oxford Brookes. To find out how to enter for this year's scholarship, please visit our scholarships page here.
Posted on 26 May 2009 around 8am •
AimÃ©e Walker - a student on the MA Publishing course 2008-09
Studying at Oxford Brookes provided me with a valuable overview of the publishing process. The syllabus was varied and enabled me to explore the different facets of the publishing industry such as design, rights, editorial, production and marketing. Although the course is highly practical in nature, it isn't at the expense of the ‘theoretical'. I graduated in 2004 feeling that I was aware of how the industry had evolved and, at the same time, equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills in order to work in today's industry. ...
Posted on 26 May 2009 around 7am •
Wishing to develop a wider horizon of the publishing industry in a global context, I decided to pursue further study aboard at Oxford Brookes after three years of my local career in publishing.
The Brookes life was all exciting and fun! We had teachers with international insight and friends from so many different countries - the course had students from 28 countries. I was nominated to be one of the student speakers at the annual International Evening of the Oxford Publishing Society. I also had invaluable work placements at not only publishers in Oxford but also the Office of the Publisher at the World Bank in Washington DC. These all made my time at Brookes more precious than ever.
Posted on 14 May 2009 around 10am •
I am working as a Senior Editor with a very new company called Kalyani Navyug Media, based at Ashram, Delhi, India. We do graphic novels for children, under the imprint Campfire. Today, after having spent some years in the industry, I can only say that I remember my time at Oxford Brookes as one of the best periods of my life, and I owe Brookes a lot. ...
Posted on 13 Jan 2009 around 8am •
I had no publishing experience when I began my MA at Oxford Brookes but by the end of our visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair at the beginning of the course, I was sure that publishing was the career for me. I now work for Elsevier in Kidlington, living in Oxford with three friends I met on the course. I had the best year of my life doing my Publishing MA at Oxford Brookes, both in terms of how much I learnt and the people I met. ...
Posted on 05 Jan 2009 around 11am •
As an international student with little experience of the publishing industry, I started my MA study at Oxford Brookes in 2004 with some trepidation. However, the helpful teachers, the friendly classmates and the creative courses gradually allowed me to relax and I came to enjoy enormously my study abroad. Amongst the activities on the programme were visits to the Frankfurt, Warsaw and Bologna book fairs. I also remember brainstorming projects in different pubs around Oxford! I recall the stimulating classes and seminars - and also the sunflower blooming against the wall of the campus building. It is such a warm memory and I will keep it in my mind all my life. ...
Posted on 16 Dec 2008 around 8am •
I graduated from the MA Publishing course in 2002. The different modules on the MA gave me a great overview of the industry and, along with several work placements, allowed me to try out different publishing functions and sectors. During the course, I spent one day a week on work experience at Heinemann Library (now part of Capstone Publishers), and as a result was offered a job as an editorial assistant. I worked on a number of online products for primary and secondary pupils, and realized I loved the interactive potential of electronic products, and really enjoyed working on educational materials. ...
Posted on 15 Dec 2008 around 9am •
If I am completely honest, when I started my BA at Oxford Brookes, I was not aware of the excellent reputation held by the Oxford Brookes Publishing Department. It was merely by chance that I added an introductory publishing module to my first year programme. However, the quality of tuition spoke for itself. I was so impressed by the course content, the vocational nature of assignments, and the refreshing teaching style of the Publishing Faculty that I soon found myself wanting to do more and more modules. ...
Posted on 25 Nov 2008 around 4pm •
As an MA Publishing student at Oxford Brookes from 2007 to 2008 I had the great chance to do work experience for 6 months in the editorial department of medical and life sciences books at Wiley-Blackwell. During the placement I became familiar with the role of editorial assistant and did occasional tasks assigned to me by my supervisor. These helped to train me in other aspects of editorial work.
As part of the learning process I decided to do for my major project a research report for the company relevant to their business needs. My supervisor was very responsive and assigned me an important project which involved carrying out market research and drafting a strategic plan for the editorial department. It was an excellent idea for various reasons: firstly I learnt an enormous amount and became familiar with the academic publishing field. After finishing the course, I applied for the position of Journal Publishing Manager at Wiley-Blackwell - here I am and enjoying it a lot! It requires a lot of enthusiasm, hard work and determination.
Posted on 14 Nov 2008 around 9am •
After finishing the MA Publishing course in May 2008, I began working at Oxford Children’s Books (OUP) as a Marketing Assistant in July 2008. Two months in and I love my job. I’ve helped to design bookmarks, extract booklets and bound proofs, liaise with freelance designers, printing companies, and in-house staff from editorial to sales. I work on e-newsletters for fans of some of our fantastic series, update the Oxford Children’s website and am currently hard at work on the catalogue for 2009. My days are quite varied, with responsibilities also including looking after the travels of the ever popular Winnie the Witch and Pippi Longstocking costumes!
Posted on 01 Sep 2008 around 1pm •
Posted on 27 Aug 2008 around 11am •
After graduating in 1996 from the BA in Publishing I went straight to London for my first job. The degree had shown me all the different aspects of the industry and I quickly knew that marketing books was exactly where I wanted to be. After a few years in general publishing I realised that the world of Children’s books was the one for me and moved to Barefoot Books to work on their marketing and sales. Working with beautiful books in a small, independent publisher gave me the opportunity to be involved in the whole process and ensured that by the time I left four years later I was ready to take on the next challenge.
Posted on 11 Apr 2008 around 7am •
In September 2004 I moved to Oxford to spend a year learning how to publish books. Before then I hadn't worked in publishing and had only a vague idea of how a manuscript is turned into a book. Now, 3½ years later, I feel prepared to start my own publishing company.
The MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes was an exciting mix of practical advice and inspirational discussion. Courses such as Editorial, Marketing management and Design and production gave me a range of tools to handle the various processes of publishing. Almost all courses focused on the tasks we would meet, when working in the industry. Particularly New Product Development where we were divided into divisions of a fictitious publisher. The division was to make a proposal for a new title, including book design drafts, economic overview, description of rights potential, a proposal for a marketing plan etc. This gave a good overview of the entire publishing process and prepared us for the work flow of an actual publishing company.
Posted on 20 Mar 2008 around 2pm •
I was fortunate enough to secure two marketing work placements during my time at Brookes. The first was unpaid, at Berg, a small local publishing firm in Oxford. They publish specialised journals and books in the social sciences and humanities, with exciting lists in Fashion Theory, Design and Anthropology. This was a varied role for about three months, producing flyers, dealing with review requests and basic data management.
Posted on 13 Feb 2008 around 2pm •
Alex completed work experience with both Mixmag and Maxim magazines and continues to freelance for Mixmag.
The skills and information that I have learnt from Brookes proved to be very helpful when starting my first work experience placement. Not only did it allow me keep up with everything that was being done, it also allowed me to ask the right questions and see how the processes we learn about are implimented in real life.
Posted on 03 Jan 2008 around 9am •
Now working at Dorling Kindersley
After a year in Manchester, I spent a year working as a typesetter in West London, and am now a production editor for Dorling Kindersley here on the Strand. I'm working with some other ex-Brookes students from the MA course ... I can't say I've yet had to calculate print costs after a good meal and a few glasses of wine, but I'm finding the BA in Publishing has left me more than well equipped to survive in the wild.
Posted on 21 Nov 2007 around 1pm •
Studying for the BA Publishing at Oxford Brookes was an enlightening, enjoyable and wholly worthwhile experience. The diversity of fellow students – older, younger, international and so on – made for a dynamic and exciting atmosphere. The course was at once relevant, practical and academic and has proved extremely useful in my career.
Posted on 27 Sep 2007 around 10am •
Posted on 23 Jul 2007 around 2pm •
Oxford Brookes was an inspirational "break" in my publishing career. When one is working full-time, there is not much time to go back and analyse the big picture, keep yourself up-to-date in all areas of the publishing industry.
The unique atmosphere of the school and the city, fantastic teachers, experienced external speakers and students from different backgrounds and countries all contribute to the excellence of the course and help you maintain the broad understanding of the industry while studying specific areas of the complicated book business.
Posted on 17 May 2007 around 10am •
BA Publishing 2006
Now working at Blackwell Publishing.
I’d recommend the BA Publishing course to anyone who wants real variety in their studies. The programme closely mirrors industry practice in terms of content and assessment, and what I liked most was the choice to combine more creative modules with real-world business elements, such as book design and publishing resource management. I was made aware of the various functions and complexities in the trade and saw just how many different opportunities there are - it isn’t just about staring at pages with a red pen! The department is really friendly and the strong networks being built with universities across Europe make this a very exciting time to be a part of it.
Posted on 11 May 2007 around 8pm •
Posted on 08 Dec 2006 around 3pm •