In September 2023 Margaret Busby was awarded an honorary degree by Oxford Brookes University. A much respected cultural figure internationally, she is a pioneer in the world of book publishing. Born in Ghana, she graduated from Bedford College, London University, before becoming Britain’s then youngest and first black woman publisher when she co-founded Allison & Busby in the late 1960s. She published many notable authors including Rosa Guy, C. L. R. James, Michael Moorcock and Jill Murphy.
A long-time campaigner for diversity in publishing, Margaret is the current president of English Pen and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her honours include the Royal Society of Literature’s Benson Medal, the Royal African Society’s inaugural Africa Writes Lifetime Achievement Award, and the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award. She has been awarded the CBE for services to publishing.
The publication of the 2024 Guardian University Guide reveals the high standing of the programmes from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing. Oxford Brookes is ranked at number one out of 42 universities in the league table for Journalism.
Each year the Printing Charity announces a set of grants to help young people shine in their careers. Amongst the winners in the 2023 Rising Star Awards are two alumni of the Publishing Master’s at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing, Giulia Maggiori and Rachael Wass. They both work at Oxford University Press, where Giulia is a Senior Journal Manager and Rachael is an Editorial Assistant. The award winners each receive grants of up to £1,500 for training and development. You can read more about the awards here
This is exciting opportunity to come and work at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing, delivering courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to a highly international class of students. Ranked second in the 2023 Guardian league table for Journalism, and NCTJ-accredited, the Centre has an excellent reputation. We are looking for a full-time lecturer in journalism to co-ordinate the team delivering our Master’s in Journalism, as well as a part-time journalism lecturer. These posts would suit academics working in the field of journalism or a professional who would like to move into teaching and research.
Or go to www.brookes.ac.uk/working-for-brookes/job-vacancies and search 'journalism'.
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It was a busy time at the London Book Fair (18 to 20 April 2023), where OICP had a stand. Visitors included industry contacts, our alumni working in the industry, and the many friends of the Centre. Our students helped with the running of the Fair, working at the various events and seminars. We had our usual stand party, and the cake this year celebrated the publication of A History of World War One Poetry, edited by Dr Jane Potter.
OICP participated in two events at the Festival in March 2023. Firstly the writer Rebecca Kuang, author of the Poppy War trilogy, was interviewed by Angus Phillips. She talked about the themes behind her recent book Babel, a dark academia novel set in Victorian Oxford. She also gave a taste of what readers will find in her new crime thriller, Yellowface, set in the world of New York publishing. Rebecca is now pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale.
In a second event Angus Phillips chaired the session Literary Cats, highlighting the recently published book of that name. A must for all cat-lovers, the volume celebrates the inspirational connections between our favourite feline friends and the literary imagination. The authors, Judith Robinson and Scott Pack, gave the audience an entertaining tour around the world in 10 cats. Judith is a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University’s Business School and a PhD candidate at Humboldt University, Berlin. Scott is a writer, editor and publisher; and an Associate Lecturer in Publishing at OICP.
Students from OICP visited the Bologna Children's Book Fair in the week of the 6 March 2023. La fiera del libro per ragazzi is the leading international fair for children's books. The students attended events and seminars and had a series of meetings with professionals, including OICP alumni, at their stands at the Fair. The companies represented included Abrams, Bloomsbury, Giunti, Hachette, HarperCollins, Nosy Crow, Oxford University Press, Sweet Cherry, and Usborne.
Philip Shaw, Angus Phillips, and Maria Bajo Gutiérrez from OICP have published a new article in Publishing Research Quarterly on open access in monograph publishing. The article uses evidence from an OICP survey in 2021 to investigate the state of the transition of monographs to Open Access publication. The paper highlights publishers’ opinions on the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic upon monograph publishing and on the future of the monograph, and the pressures and challenges faced by monograph publishers. The survey demonstrated clearly that most publishers see monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences as being in transition, with Open Access expected to play a key part in the future.
You can read the article here
and the article was available open access on publication.
Postgraduate Bursary Scheme 2023
The Stationers' Foundation offers a Bursary each year to a postgraduate applicant who is holding an offer (conditional or unconditional) for the MA Publishing or MA Digital Publishing at OICP. The successful student will receive a bursary of up to £9,000 and every effort will be made to offer the opportunity to receive mentoring during their studies from an appropriate member of the Stationers’ Company, taking into account the specific interests of the student.
For applicants who have accepted a place to study on one of the Publishing Master’s programmes at OICP, the following scholarships are available:
- London Book Fair Scholarship 2023
- Princeton University Press Scholarship 2023
- FLTRP Scholarship 2023
The deadline for applications is Monday 5 June 2023. See below in the full news item for how to apply.
- Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF)
This awards bursaries to people from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their NCTJ journalism training. The deadline for applications for this cohort is on Wednesday 3 May 2023 at 5 pm. Further information about the JDF can be viewed here and any queries can be sent to Nikki Akinola at firstname.lastname@example.org If you are planning on studying on our MA Journalism, you can apply to the JDF for assistance with living expenses and/or travel costs (or other needs) while studying.