Postgraduate Publishing studies at Edinburgh Napier University. INDUSTRY APPROVED Publishing degrees (accredited by the Professional Publishers Association and Creative Skillset). MSc Publishing was the first Publishing programme in the UK to be accredited by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA). It is now accredited by Creative Skillset (only one of two courses to hold this award). MSc Magazine Publishing is the only course of its kind in Scotland and is the only publishing course in the UK to be accredited by the PPA. The PPA is the lead body for best practice in training, development and people management for the magazine and business media industry.
Category: MSc Publishing News
Information about publishing students and MSc Publishing
Nielsen Book is hosting a Publishing Seminar in Edinburgh at Edinburgh Napier’s Craiglockhart Campus.
Working with Publishing Scotland, MSc Publishing is delighted to host this event and to support our students and publishers by sponsoring free places.
Nielsen is a leading global information & measurement company, providing market research, insights and data about what people watch, listen to & buy. They are an essential part of the publishing industry. www.nielsenbook.co.uk (@nielsenbook)
This is a must attend event for any publisher who wants to learn more about Nielsen’s services and how they can help ensure your books are widely available and easy to discover!
When I applied to do MSc Publishing in June 2016, I had worked in various forms of publishing as a journalist, copywriter and editor, so deciding to study it seemed like the logical next step in my career. However, unlike the average student, I had been out of higher education for seven years and I also had a daughter (the spirited creature here) who had just turned two.
Now that I’m at the end of the second trimester of the course, I have some advice for any parents thinking of making a return to higher education, because I know from when I was researching courses that a lot of the information I read was tailored towards students who didn’t have any dependents.
Applying for a placement is a very important task – for any young person it is vital that they choose something that both strengthens their CV as well as helps them to gain experience in relevant areas; areas which they would like to work in.
I considered all of this as, when investing my time in a placement, it is important that I get experience working with scripts. Therefore I made sure to angle my work in University over the year as well as target my applications to specific placements. For example, my CV is very strong on theatrical experience, from stage management to Dramaturgy, but it is weak on the business side, with most of my experience being administration work. Therefore, when the opportunity to work with Publishing Consultant, Ann Crawford, was offered, I was very excited. I knew this would be a chance to expand my experience in many ways.
Ann has a very well-known and respected reputation in Scotland and when she interviewed me she was not only professional but very kind as well as excited to allow me to gain experience in this area. For someone with Ann’s experience to provide me with such an opportunity is a real confidence booster, and shows other (potential employers) that I am worth taking a risk on. This chance to work with someone with such a wealth of experience is why I felt that working with Ann would be an amazing opportunity for me. While it is early in the process I am very excited to do the work, and get the experience.
For young publishers starting out, it is hard to put into words how much it means when lecturers find us exciting and relevant placements, and the gratitude we feel when experienced professionals put their trust in us.
I am excited to start on my publishing journey – watch this space to see how I get on!
Innovations in Learning and Teaching
Edited by Christine Penman and Dr Monika Foster
A pedagogic research publication showing new teaching approaches in higher education. This collection of chapters gives voice to academics from different disciplines across Edinburgh Napier University who have all embarked on a quest to question, challenge, and rethink existing practices. With a focus on student experience, this book tests alternative methods, the recombination of parameters, and the re-organisation of learning environments and curriculum design.
Now available from Blackwell’s Bookshop, Edinburgh, or via our online shop
We’d like to introduce you to our senior editors: Christine Penman and Monika Foster.
Christine Penman: Senior Lecturer, Languages Subject Group Leader.
To learn more about Christine Penman, see her staff profile at Edinburgh Napier University’s webpage.
Dr Monika Foster: Associate Professor and Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy. To learn more about Dr Monika Foster, see her staff profile at Edinburgh Napier University’s webpage.
Monika Foster, Julia Fotheringham, Avril Gray, Kathryn James, Isla Kapasi, Iain Macdonald, Kirsten MacLeod, Myrna MacLeod, Jennifer Murray, Laurence Patterson, Christine Penman, Stephen Robertson, Sarah Sholl, Mabel Victoria, Keith Walker, Brian Webster-Henderson, Richard Whitecross, Rachel Younger
Arusa Qureshi has won Postgraduate Publisher of the Year at the recent Scottish Magazine Awards.
Run by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA), the Scottish Magazine Awards is the premier celebration of the talent within Scotland’s vibrant magazine media sector.
PPA Scotland Business Manager, Nikki Simpson, said: “This Award recognises the close ties developed with Edinburgh Napier University, the first UK university to achieve PPA accreditation for a Publishing course.”
The judges said they “expect great things from Arusa and can’t wait to see where the magazine world leads her – and where she leads it!”
Arusa received a Carnegie Cameron Bursary in 2015–16 to complete our MSc Magazine Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University.
Arusa graduated in October 2016 and is already working at The List magazine in Edinburgh.
We are also proud of the other three 2016 Publishing graduates who were shortlisted for the Award: Scott Park (working at Shout Magazine, DC Thomson), Fiona Goodbody (working at Sustrans) and Caoilfhionn Maguire (now working at House of Coco Magazine, and freelance travel writer).
On winning the award Arusa said: “I was thrilled and incredibly grateful to have won the Postgraduate of the Year Award. Being shortlisted alongside such talented people in the industry was a real honour and for that, I owe great thanks to PPA Scotland, the judges and my tutors. I hope that I’ll be able to contribute positively to the magazine publishing industry in the future.” – Arusa Qureshi, Postgraduate Publisher of the Year, 2016
Leah McDowell has won the Saltire Emerging Publisher of the Year Award!
The award is organised by the Saltire Society, which supports the arts and cultural heritage of Scotland. The Awards are heralded as Scotland’s foremost literary awards.
Leah is a graduate of MSc Publishing and joined Floris Books immediately after graduating, where she is now Design and Production Manager. Floris Books won the Saltire Publisher of the Year Award! http://www.florisbooks.co.uk/index.php