Mon 7 July 2014 to Fri 18 July 2014

International Publishing Summer School 2014

Taking Place: Headington Hill Hall

This prestigious two-week course brings together publishers from around the world to develop new skills as international publishers and to discuss issues of importance to our industry. The course will provide an opportunity for you to:

  • Learn from highly experienced tutors based at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, the market leader in publishing education
  • Focus on new technologies, and recognize which will be the most effective in helping you build an business
  • Hear from top industry speakers about how they have created, developed and sold products and services to a range of markets. 
  • Gain a better appreciation of how publishing works internationally
  • Improve your knowledge across a range of publishing areas – editorial, production, sales and marketing – all with a focus on the latest technology
  • Try out a range of new skills in breakout groups and workshop situations
  • Visit key industry players at the cutting edge of digital developments

Who Is It for?

The programme is designed for those with experience in the industry from trade, academic, educational and professional backgrounds. You are likely to be a go-ahead entrepreneur within a small or large publishing company, keen to develop your strategic and decision-making skills.

What does it cost?

The delegate fee for the two-week programme is £2,950 - 10% discount for early bird bookings received before 31st March 2014. This includes:

  • All teaching, including invited industry experts
  • En suite accommodation in our postgraduate centre
  • A special conference dinner
  • Two days of industry visits

To make a booking and pay a deposit or the full fee please visit the Oxford Brookes online store


First day is Monday 7th July and 13 nights accommodation is included from Sunday 6th July until Saturday 19th July

Comments from the 2013 Summer School:

 ‘Well prepared...provided a clear overview of the industry and possible future directions.  it exceeded my expectations'.  Chris Gray, Freelance ELT author and ELT consultant, Hong Kong

The content of the programme was very appropriate to the needs of the delegates...the OICPS lecturers are seasoned professionals who are always on hand to attend and assist all the delegates.  The team is wonderful!Hilary Enenche, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

 'Very good lecturers, well-prepared and easy-going...It gave me a full picture of publishing, the current issues and future developments'.  Wang Linlin, Higher Education Press, China

I really liked the fact that I got an overview of all aspects of publishing - even the bits that were not directly relevant for my work.  There was a good mixture of lectures, activities and excursions.  I liked the small group size, enabling us to get to know each other very well'.  Georgina Hickey, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

The course was an excellent value. It gave us a very good overview of all the subject areas and provided us with excellent case studies’. Jeff Iezzi, Cornelsen Schulverlage, Germany

'It was obvious that a lot of thinking and planning had gone into the course.  Every day was stimulating and gave me a lot of food for thought'.  Pooja Advani, Ratna Sagar Ltd, India

The course was well tailored to the groups' needs and wants and there was a great selection of speakers...all marvellous and engaging, with a wealth of knowledge'.  Eric Meredith, National Gallery of Australia

'The speakers were excellent and had a good sense of humour - they gave good insight into their areas.  I have gained a lot of insight into the digital aspects of publishing which I intend to apply to our work back home'.  Mary Edwards, Information, Documentation and Publications Department, Bank of Ghana

'The course was fantastic! The knowledge and the professionalism of the lecturers and the speakers was easy to see, making the course a uniquely enriching experience. Having international students also enriched the course, as the exchange of experience gave us a wide perspective on the publishing market around the world. I look forward to attending other courses run by Oxford Brookes University and meeting you again'. Adriane Piscitelli, MA student at Universidade Nova de Lisboa

See a gallery of pictures from the 2013 Summer School

Programme for 2014:

Week 1

Monday 7th July

  • Introduction to summer school – Angus Phillips, Head, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS)
  • Trends and internationalisation in UK publishing, Liz Thomson, Editor, BookBrunch
  • Digital trends in other media industries: music, newspapers, games and magazine publishing – Angus Phillips and Leander Reeves, OICPS

Tuesday 8th July

  • Digital Rights Management, David Attwooll, MD, Attwooll Associates  
  • Rights and International Book Fairs – Beverley Tarquini and Sheila Lambie, OICPS
  • Business Models, Digital products and formats, Publishing standards, digital products and formats – Chris Jennings and Helena Markou, OICPS

Wednesday 9th July

  • Group project on digital publishing – Chris Jennings, Helena Markou and Nicola Timbrell, OICPS
  • Content management, digital workflow and XML
  • Optimising Publishing Workflow, or Why Metadata Matters – Emma Barnes, Managing Director, Snowbooks

Thursday 10th July

  • Finance: costings, pricing, discounts – Philip Shaw, Associate at Bertoli Mitchell
  • Professional publishing – Richard Hart, Managing Director, Hart Publishing
  • Trade publishing – Juliet Mabey, Managing Director, Oneworld Publications    

Friday 11th July

  • Industry visit to Lightning Source and Lion Hudson

Week 2

Monday 14th July

  • Textbook and Monograph Publishing – Beverley Tarquini
  • Journals Publishing –Anthony Watkinson, Principal Consultant CIBER Research and Associate Consultant, OICPS and a team of journals publishers
  • Managing author relationships in an age of self-publishing – Beverley Tarquini and Felicity Bryan, Chair, Felicity Bryan Literary Agency

Tuesday 15th July

  • Vertical publishing and social media - Rebecca Smart, Managing Director, The Osprey Group
  • Principles and practice of marketing – Sheila Lambie
  • Selling across borders - Simon Littlewood, International Director, RandomHouse
  • Green Publishing and the Supply Chain – Adrian Bullock and Meredith Walsh
  • Educational Publishing – Lindsey Charles, Educational Publishing Consultant      

Wednesday 16th July    

  • Born Digital: The Writer as Entrepreneur and the Story as Game – C M Taylor, author, ghostwriter, screenwriter and app maker
  • Mergers and acquisitions, money and culture – Jonathan Glasspool, Managing Director, Bloomsbury Academic and Professional

Thursday 17th July           

  • Tour of the Bodleian Library and literary tour of Oxford
  • Defending copyright and combating piracy – Richard Mollett, CEO, The Publishers Association
  • Conference Dinner, Quod Restaurant – after dinner speaker – John Mitchinson, author, publisher and co-founded of Unbound

Friday 18th July

  • Visit to OUP and OUP Museum
  • Summary and conclusions, hand out certificates, photos

(Timetable is subject to change without notice)