After the triumph of our Publishing Showcase last Thursday, we were reviewing all the activities we have organised and participated in this year.

It truly has been a bumper edition of Publishing studies this year!

The year kicked off in grand style with Magfest on 18 Sept 2015 ( The list below works backwards from today to that fantastic event.

We had a JAM-PACKED series of guest lectures, masterclasses, seminars and events in 2015/16. And our degrees do not even finish until the end of August!

25 Feb. 2016 – Nick Creed, The Drum
4 Feb 2016 – Kenny Kemp, Kemp Communications (
2 Dec – Adrian Searle, Freight Publishing
18 Nov – Helenor Gilmour, Director, Gilmour Graham Consulting, former Head of Consumer Insight and Brand Development at DC Thomson
4 Nov – Fraser Allen, Whitelight Media (,,
28 Oct – Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland
21 Oct – John Innes, Group Account Director & Head of Scottish Office, Think Publishing (
14 Oct 2015 – Nikki Simpson, Business Manager, PPA Scotland

As a new initiative this year as part of our Placement module (trimester 2), we also heard from the following companies:

4 April – Four Letter Word magazine founders (
23 March – Show Me the Money: Forecasting, revenues, costs, tax (Bright Red industry seminar)
16 March – Social Media & Networking with Sarah Stenhouse ()
3 March – Intellectual Property (IP) forum with 4 legal firms: Harper MacLeod, Michael Ellis, Murgitroyd & Shepherd & Wedderburn
22 Feb – Sara Sheridan (best-selling author),
22 Feb – Events Masterclass with Nikki Simpson, Business Manager, PPA Scotland
8 Feb 2016 –Dianne Newman & Andrew Macbeth, RAM (Research and Analysis of Media AB)

Jaki Hawker, Academic Manager, Blackwell’s Bookshop
Vicki Rutherford, Managing Editor, Canongate
Katy Lockwood-Holmes, Publisher & Chief Executive, Floris Books

19 May – launch of Publishers Inc (Publishers Inc 2016) and our Publishing Showcase at the SACI Degree Show
10–14 May – visit to Mainz, Germany
5 May – launch of our magazine, Buzz,
22 April – Creating Amazing Events, training session organised by PPA Scotland, delivered by William Thomson of Gallus Events, and hosted by Postgraduate Publishing at ENU
11–14 April – London Book Fair
4 April – Networking Workshop, Confident Futures
24 Mar – PPA Scotland Audience Segmentation Workshop (discounted tickets negotiated for our students)
18 March – SYP Scotland Conference
14 March – visit to Bell & Bain (printers) and Booksource (book distributor)
25 Feb – Publishing Scotland conference (discounted tickets negotiated for our students)
17 Feb – PPA Scotland Events Seminar (negotiated discounted student tickets for this industry event)
16 Dec – PPA Scotland Annual Magazine Awards
29–1 Oct – visit to The Burn
18 Sept – Magfest,
11 Sept 2015 – Representatives from SYP Scotland (Society of Young Publishers, Scotland branch)

Whew! I think that’s everything.

Sincere thanks to everyone who has contributed to this year, and given of your valuable time and experience.