Work Placement at Edinburgh University Press

When trying to crack the publishing industry, I think work experience does you a world of good. For me, MSc Publishing’s focus on giving students the opportunity to go out and put into practice what they’ve learnt was one of the main attractions prior to joining Edinburgh Napier way back in September.

As soon as the time came to organise a placement, Edinburgh University Press (EUP) was at the top of my list. EUP is one of the leading university presses in the UK, and specialises in producing academic books and journals across a wide range of Humanities and Social Sciences subjects to the highest standard. As a History undergraduate, I regularly used EUP’s books, so relished the chance of getting to help the team produce its latest titles.

Whilst working at EUP, I was based in the Production department where I was supervised by Ian, the Head of Production, as well as Gavin, Digital Production Controller and MSc Publishing alumnus. Over the course of my ten weeks as a production intern, I worked closely with Ian and Gavin as they taught me the ins and outs of the production process, whilst fuelling me with an abundance of tea, leaving me with what I believe is a more well-rounded understanding of production than simply typesetting and cover design. Consequently, I was able to get well and truly stuck into the production process, and learnt new skills such as converting covers from Hardbacks and PPC (Printed Paper Case) to Paperbacks and how to send books to print. Whilst adding to my new skills every week, I put into practice existing ones like proofreading; a personal highlight for me was being able to work on two sets of proofs for the Scottish Historical Review, where I was completely in my element.

But, as important as production is, editorial and marketing are equally important functions to the publishing process. During my placement, I was able to spend time with both Anna, the Head of Marketing, and Nicola, Head of Editorial where I was able to obtain a better grasp on their roles within the company. It’s invaluable to be able to pick the brains of those who make everything at EUP happen, and by having an almost mastermind-esque conversation where the special subject is EUP, I believe I’ve come away with a more solid understanding of the day-to-day running of a company.  These opportunities gave me the chance to develop a more holistic understanding of the publishing process as a whole which was hugely beneficial, especially when departments work so closely together in modern publishing.

EUP’s nomination for Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year for the 2018 British Book Awards shows there are few better to learn from in Scotland. I’ve had a brilliant time on placement at EUP, a company full of lovely people who’ve been incredibly helpful and supportive from week one, no doubt a great place to have got my first taste of publishing.

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Congratulations! Job Success before Graduating!

Just over two thirds of the way through their Publishing Masters and already our students are securing Publishing employment. The Publishing team are delighted to wish the following students every success in their new roles …

Anastasia Gorgan who has now started her new job with Bloomsbury!

Douglas Sloan who has been appointed Sales and Marketing Assistant at Edinburgh University Press.

Jade Regulski who has recently started at The List.

Harriet Leslie who has been offered full time employment at Palimpsest.

Camille Burns who has taken up the position of Editorial Assistant & Administration Executive in the Hodder Gibson department of Hachette UK.

Sophie Cachard, Jack Evans and Stewart Mciver have each been asked to continue with their placement companies, Handspring Publishing, Alban Books Ltd and Connect Communications respectively.

Congratulations once again! Please do continue to keep in touch and let us know how you are getting on!

Best wishes,
Postgraduate Publishing team
Edinburgh Napier University

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Scholarly Endeavours at Edinburgh University Press

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As Scotland’s premier scholarly publisher of books and journals, and one of the leading university presses in the UK, Edinburgh University Press enjoys high regard in the world of academic publishing. On 13 June 2013, a glorious new chapter in their 50-year history began to be written, as I headed off to begin my placement in their marketing department, eager to implement the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained from the first two trimesters of the MSc Publishing studies course at Edinburgh Napier University.

Under the expert guidance of Catriona Murray, I had the opportunity to get involved with many aspects of the publishing process during the course of my placement. After an initial meeting to discuss the responsibilities I was to assume, the first task I was given was to design an advert to showcase three Gothic Studies textbooks, and it was satisfying to be able to utilise the InDesign skills I have acquired during the course. Over the next ten days I researched press contacts for forthcoming titles, sent out advance copies to potential reviewers, researched new academic contacts for forthcoming textbooks, designed placeholder ads for the EUP website, created press releases for several titles, and also engaged with social media platforms to generate wider interest in new publications. I was also fortunate enough to be allowed to sit in on a number of departmental meetings, which gave me a useful overview of how an academic publishing house works as an overall business, and an insight into the issues each department must take into account when considering new titles.

Everyone in the marketing department was more than willing to offer help and point me in the right direction, and it was heartening to see that two former students from the course had managed to gain employment as marketing assistants at EUP. In addition to the valuable assistance they provided, Andrew and Zuzana were also able to empathise with the onerous task of having to write a dissertation over the summer months, which was much appreciated!

My time at Edinburgh University Press was thoroughly enjoyable and I am grateful to everyone there for making me feel welcome. I learned a lot and it has been an extremely beneficial experience, and I look forward to utilising the knowledge and skills I have gained during my time there.

To find out more about Edinburgh University Press, please visit their website here.