£5,000 Bursary from Publishing Training Centre

University Receives £5,000 Bursary from Publishing Training Centre

Edinburgh’s Napier University has been awarded one of four bursaries by the Publishing Training Centre (PTC).

The PTC is an educational charity dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in publishing. PTC is awarding the four bursaries, each worth £5,000, to students from Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds studying for publishing Masters degrees at four UK universities: Edinburgh’s Napier University, City University London, Oxford Brookes and UCL.

John Whitley, Chief Executive of the PTC, says: “BME employees are under-represented in UK publishing. Unless we address this there is a real danger that our publishing output will fail to represent the richness of our diverse cultural heritage and increasingly broad mixture of races and religious groupings now resident in our islands. Intensive efforts from many quarters, including Arts Council England, London College of Communication and DIPNet, the Diversity in Publishing Network and the PTC have begun to address this issue, but there is more to be achieved.”

According to the 2007 Diversity in Publishing report produced by Book Marketing Ltd, just 7.7% of the workforce comes from BME backgrounds.

Dr Caroline Copeland, Programme Leader of MSc Publishing at Edinburgh’s Napier University, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious bursary and are looking forward to receiving applications from suitable candidates for the bursary.”

The PTC has been supporting the Arts Council England (ACE) to improve the ethnic diversity of publishing employment by providing free training for all recruits placed through the ACE Scheme into UK publishing houses.

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