The Teaching Fellows Journal is a bi-annually printed publication, documenting the work of Teaching Fellows in providing excellence in student mentoring and teaching throughout the year. Based in Sighthill campus, it is organised by the Office of the Vice Principal (Academic) and the current and back copies of the Journal are also available online.
I completed a placement at the journal for two weeks during March and it provided an enjoyable and practical experience of a working publishing environment. Initial fears of being a tea-runner/ photocopier were immediately quashed as I was made to feel an integral part of the team immediately. On our first day, we congregated for a team meeting which outlined the roles we would assume while there and the tasks that needed to be completed for the impending publication date. Although slightly overwhelming at first, I quickly became accustomed to the workflow and was extremely grateful to have an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution.
During my time there, I was given the chance to participate in all aspects of the production process including the layout and design of the journal, corresponding with printers, copy-editing and proofreading. Myself and Tom, an MSc Publishing student also completing a placement there, even had a chance to write an article and create a Student Focus page to be included in the journal!
Receiving a copy of the printed journal and seeing my name in print was an exciting and rewarding experience. My placement at the journal has not only provided me with invaluable working experience within a fun and friendly environment, but also validated my choice to enter the Publishing industry. The Teaching Fellows Journal has provided a fantastic placement opportunity and I am grateful to Angela Benzies, Kirsteen Wright and Anastasia Dragona for making my time there so worthwhile and enjoyable. Plus we were often treated to cake and fudge which was great!
To find out more about the Teaching Fellows Journal, please visit their website