Welcome to our new MSc Publishing students!

We were very pleased to welcome our new Postgraduate Publishing students last week! Many exciting Induction Week events took place to introduce them to Edinburgh Napier University, the programme and the staff – including a session in the pub!

At Thursday’s ‘Welcome to the Industry’ event we were privileged to hear from Marion Sinclair, CE of Publishing Scotland and Kathy Crawford, Business Manager of PPA Scotland.

We were also delighted to have Dayspring MacLeod and Leila Cruickshank from the SYP (Society of Young Publishers, Scotland branch) come and speak. After the insights into the book and magazine publishing industry provided by Marion and Kathy, the SYP representatives inspired our postgrads with ways in which they could actually become involved in the publishing industry from week 1! Edinburgh is the centre of publishing in Scotland and, as it is also the first UNESCO City of Literature, there are lots of events and networking opportunities which are open to our Publishing students.

We wish them all the very best as they embark on this important stage of their publishing career!

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Prof advises Guardian Careers Blog

Photo of Prof McCleery smilingYesterday, Professor McCleery was invited to contribute to the Guardian Careers Blog on Publishing studies.

The live Blog offered anyone the chance to put questions about a career in publishing to a small panel of experts drawn from companies such as Penguin and agencies such as Skillset. Professor McCleery, from Edinburgh Napier University, was the only representative from Higher Education.

Publishing is the UK’s largest creative industry. It is a popular career choice for many graduates, and is incredibly hard to get into without appropriate work experience, or a relevant undergraduate or Postgraduate qualification.

The blog can be viewed on the Guardian website: http://careers.guardian.co.uk/forums

Publishing Graduate Scoops Industry Award

A dedicated publishing student who travelled 120 miles each day to attend classes has won a major national award for her research work.

Recent Edinburgh Napier graduate Laura Kincaid has scooped the UK APE Dissertation first prize for her in-depth research into the relationship between Amazon and UK consumer trade publishers.

Laura, who beat off students from across the UK to land the award, excelled in her undergraduate studies despite having to commute to university from her home in Dundee each day.

The 25 year old has now landed a job with Edinburgh-based publishing house Canongate after graduating with a 1st Class Honours degree. This prestigious annual award, run by the UK Association for Publishing Education (UK APE) and the Sue Thomson Foundation, selects the best Publishing dissertation in the whole of the UK.

Laura said “Receiving this award was both a surprise and a delight.  I’m thrilled to have my work recognised in this way.”

Professor Alistair McCleery, Subject Group Leader of Publishing at Edinburgh Napier, and Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book, said:  “This award, in competition against all the other UK universities, reflects the strength and depth with which Edinburgh Napier equips its publishing students.”

Congratulations to new graduates 2010

Fond farewells

Drinks Reception

After 4 years of being together as a cohort and lot of very hard work covering all aspects of publishing education, BA (Hons) Publishing graduates met for the last time as students to pick up their degrees.

A big congratulations to you all on behalf of the whole Publishing team – we wish you all the best in your future careers and professions.

Scottish novelist Christopher Brookmyre Honorary Graduate

Edinburgh Napier welcomes Christopher Brookmyre to the family as Honorary Graduate.

Scottish novelist Christopher Brookmyre is among figures from the arts, academia and business worlds who were awarded an honorary degree from Edinburgh Napier today.

The Barrhead-bred author, whose award-winning books include All Fun and Games until Somebody Loses an Eye, Quite Ugly One Morning and Boiling a Frog, received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters at our graduation ceremony this morning. He joined around 1,700 Edinburgh Napier students who will graduate at ceremonies held at the Usher Hall on 17-18 June.

“I am surprised, flattered and humbled by this honour,” said the the author, whose recent book, Pandaemonium, marks his thirteenth published novel to date. “As someone who always sought to write the kind of literature students might save as a less demanding treat for when their exams were over, rather than works that might appear on anyone’s curriculum, it gives me quite a glow to receive this kind of academic recognition.”

Long-distance commute pays off for Edinburgh Napier student

A dedicated Publishing student who travelled 120 miles each day to attend classes has won a major national award. Competing against students from across the UK, Laura Kincaid of Edinburgh Napier was awarded first prize for her indepth research into the publishing industry.

This prestigious annual award, run by the UK Association for Publishing Education (UK APE, http://www.ukape.org) and the Sue Thomson Foundation, selects the best Publishing dissertation in the whole of the UK. The distinguished dissertation award is judged by publishing industry experts, with representatives from well known publishers such as Penguin, Pearson and Hachette UK.

Submissions were received from UK APE universities teaching publishing, and the dissertations covered a range of research topics. Following a rigorous selection process, the judging panel nominated Laura Kincaid of Edinburgh Napier as the overall Undergraduate winner. Her exemplary dissertation is entitled: ‘Are publishers in control? An examination of the power dynamics of UK consumer trade publishers’ relationships with Amazon’.

Laura joined BA (Hons) Publishing in 2nd year and not only excelled in this piece of independent research, but also in the practical group work. Of notable success was the live project module which saw her class publish a brand new Aromatherapy textbook, regarded as the prominent book in its field, as well as a new edition of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles‘, the latter being distributed to schools and libraries across Scotland. Laura is currently employed at the Edinburgh-based publishing house Canongate, where she has been working since graduating with a First Class Honours degree. ‘Receiving this award was both a surprise and a delight. I’m thrilled to have my work recognized in this way,’ she said.

The judges – John Whitley (Chair) of the Publishing Training Centre, Hachette UK consultant Martin Neild, Pearson’s Lynette Owen and Simon Winder of Penguin – commented on the high standard of submission. ‘Laura’s work was a brave piece on a highly relevant and contentious area… to be commended for its comprehensive overview of a relevant and difficult subject,’ said Whitley.

Speaking on behalf of UK APE, Alison Baverstock congratulated Laura and emphasized the role now played by universities such as Edinburgh Napier in developing and maintaining research into the publishing industry. ‘Publishing today is a fast-moving industry… Universities teaching publishing studies now offer the opportunity to place the industry within a wider framework of thinking: bringing together best practice, a broad awareness of trends within the business environment, and a vital historical and international perspective.’

Professor Alistair McCleery, Subject Group Leader of Publishing studies at Edinburgh Napier, and Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book, highlighted Edinburgh Napier’s leading role in Publishing education: ‘This award, in competition against all the other UK universities, reflects the strength and depth with which Edinburgh Napier equips its publishing students.’

In praising Laura’s tremendous achievement he added: ‘The competition and the high standard of entries is a testament to the excellence of publishing research in the UK. Laura’s dissertation reflects the diversity and quality of the teaching at Edinburgh Napier and further supports our standing as an International Centre of Excellence in Publishing Education, supporting world-class research across a broad spectrum of publishing activities. Laura’s achievement, like those of our other young publishing professionals, confirms our commitment to practice-based, industry-recognised learning.’

NEW postgraduate magazine launched!

One of the most exciting aspects of the undergraduate and postgraduate Publishing degrees here at Edinburgh Napier University are the live projects.

For the past 3 years, Edinburgh Napier University has been responsible for several student-run projects, specifically book production and book launches. This year we are proud to launch our first Postgraduate Publishing magazine…

buzz… Everything else is just noise.

Independent magazine with a fresh offering of up-close and intimate interviews, capital conversations, style, travel and cultural musings – buzz talks to the city’s twenty-somethings. Say hello to your new seasonal pick-me-up.

buzz magazine is brand new and is produced by MSc Publishing and MA journalism students. Pick up a copy from all Edinburgh Napier University campuses and a number of other locations throughout the city this summer, or browse the latest issue here.