Witherby Publishing Group with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Stirling launch a new Publishing Scholarship

Witherby Publishing Group, the Postgraduate Publishing Programmes at Edinburgh Napier University and the Centre for International Publishing and Communication at the University of Stirling are delighted to announce the launch of two Publishing Scholarships for the academic year 2020–21.

The Witherby Publishing Group Scholarship has been established to support individuals from under-represented or disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake a postgraduate degree in Publishing.

The Scholarship recipients will each receive a £3,000 payment towards their tuition fees for the degree of MSc Publishing (Edinburgh Napier) or MLitt Publishing Studies (Stirling). Each Scholarship also provides a publishing placement with Witherbys.

The Witherby Publishing Group Scholarship has been a year in the planning. Conceived at the 50th Anniversary of Publishing at Edinburgh Napier in June 2019, Witherbys generously stepped forward as funder. Edinburgh Napier and Stirling are the only two universities in Scotland offering Publishing at Postgraduate level and so, in the spirit of diversity, equitability and inclusion, the Scholarships are being offered at both universities.

Iain Macneil, Witherby Publishing Group’s CEO, commented: ‘Witherbys is dedicated to supporting the future of publishing in Scotland and offering financial support to students aligns with the strong sense of community and social responsibility that is at the heart of Witherbys. We are looking forward to assisting students in achieving their academic qualifications and providing vital experience in the publishing industry.’


‘MSc Publishing are thrilled to offer this new Scholarship. The idea was one I’ve had for a long time and I’m enormously grateful to Witherbys for their generosity in providing placements at both universities offering Publishing in Scotland. Witherbys has been our industry partner for many years, providing placements and guest lectures, and employing many of our alumni, notably Gillian Macrosson, Managing Director, and co-ordinator of the Scholarship at Witherbys. I’m truly delighted that the Witherby Publishing Group Scholarship will help individuals who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to undertake a postgraduate degree. At Edinburgh Napier University we are committed to the principle of fairness in access to higher education, and to promoting inclusivity and diversity at all levels of Publishing.’
Avril Gray, Associate Professor of Publishing & MSc Publishing Programme Director at Edinburgh Napier University


‘Stirling Centre for International Publishing & Communication is delighted to work with Witherbys in its aim to increase diversity and inclusivity in the workforce. This initiative further enhances the already strong links between the industry and our publishing programmes.’
Frances Sessford, Programme Director for the MLitt Publishing Studies at Stirling University


About the Witherby Publishing Group

Witherbys is one of Scotland’s largest and most successful publishing houses, with a portfolio of over 400 specialist titles that are exported to over 110 countries.

Established in 1740, Witherbys has long been involved in the maritime industry. In 2008, when the company was bought by Seamanship International from the Witherby family, the name was changed to the Witherby Publishing Group and the company was brought, in its entirety, to Scotland. Twelve years later, having grown the company tenfold, Witherbys is now one of the largest providers of regulatory and guidance materials to the marine industry. Witherbys is a privately owned company.


Full details of the Scholarships and Publishing programmes can be found at these links:

Edinburgh Napier University: https://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/bursaries/witherby-publishing-scholarship

University of Stirling: https://www.stir.ac.uk/scholarships/arts-humanities/witherbys-scholarship-for-the-mlitt-in-publishing-studies/