One of the major draws of the MSc Publishing course at Napier is the exciting prospect of a work placement: the opportunity to gain a personal impression of the industry through working productively in support of a publisher’s business.

Complementing my academic studies this trimester has been a two-week placement at Teaching Fellows Journal — a biannual publication and part of the Teaching Fellows Scheme. The Fellowship exists to recognise and support good learning, teaching and assessment throughout the University and this ethos is reflected in the journal’s content. It reports on the activities of the teaching community and includes regular columns such as conference reports, diary dates and updates from various departments.

During my time there I was afforded the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the March 2013 edition and was involved in many of the processes required for its publication. Áine — another MSc Publishing student — and I were keen to develop both editorial and production skills and TFJ facilitated their development in a professional setting. Our main activities encompassed copy-editing, collating proofs and arranging text and images within InDesign. We also corresponded with printers and co-wrote an article for the Student Focus section.

I thoroughly enjoyed working as part of a small team and would recommend this placement to anyone interested in developing industry-specific skills in a friendly setting. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and would like to extend my thanks to Anastasia Dragona, Angela Benzies and Kirsteen Wright for being so welcoming and helpful.

The March 2013 edition is available here or alternatively on the Edinburgh Napier Education Exchange website