Links to the Publishing Industry

The creative industries are a vital part of the modern UK economy, contributing £111.7bn in 2018. Journalism and book publishing are key parts of the media in a world where users are searching for authoritative and entertaining content.

We have excellent relationships with publishers and trade organizations, and our alumni are working throughout the industry.

Much of our success derives from our extensive links with the media industry in the UK and internationally. All members of staff have worked in industry and continue their connections through their research and consultancy work. We are involved with industry awards: for example we help to organize the British Book Design and Production Awards each year along with the British Print Industries Federation and the Publishers Association; our Director, Angus Phillips, was a judge for the Bookseller national industry awards for four years in a row.

OICP is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists for its MA in Journalism and the pathway in journalism within the undergraduate degree, Media, Journalism and Publishing.


There are a variety of scholarships available through the department, the university, and from industry. In 2020 there are industry scholarships from organizations including the London Book Fair, Princeton University Press, and the Stationers' Foundation.

Students have also won prestigious external awards from a range of organizations such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the World Bank.

Prizes for student work

A range of prizes are offered by the publishing industry for the best student work, ranging in value up to £500. These include:

Nielsen - two prizes for research modules in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes

Palgrave Macmillan - prize for best editorial project

Pearson -  digital publishing prizes

There are also dissertation prizes run by the Association for Publishing Education: in both 2017 and 2018, students from OICP won three out of the four awards.

Work experience

All students have the opportunity to do work experience alongside their studies, and we have a member of staff with specific responsibility for work experience and internships. We run our own web board with advertisements for work placements.

Gaining employment

Our graduates have established an enviable reputation in the publishing industry and they are extremely successful in obtaining good jobs fast. Evidence from our alumni suggests that they are able to enter the industry at a higher level than would otherwise have been possible. The Centre has its own vacancy list of jobs in publishing and runs an annual Working in Publishing Day, attended by many employers.

An industry survey in 2019 revealed that out of the top three universities attended by those in the publishing industry, our representation is second in the industry behind Oxford University and ahead of Cambridge University.


Publishing networking

The Centre is a natural focus for Publishing in Oxford. It hosts meetings of the Oxford branch of the SYP, the Society of Young Publishers and OPuS, the Oxford Publishing Society. These are excellent places for students to meet people working in the industry.

Field trips and trade fairs

We are the only publishing programmes in the world to run regular trips to the London, Frankfurt, and Bologna book fairs. The Centre arranges free entry for students to the London Book Fair, and our students are asked each year to help with the running of the Fair and its seminar programme. The Centre has a stand each year and has hosted seminars on topics including children's publishing, ebook pricing, social media, the gamification of publishing, publishing in the Arab world, publishing in India, censorship, and sustainability. The Centre again had a stand at the Fair in 2019 and hosted a reception for industry professionals and alumni.

There are annual trips to the Frankfurt Book Fair, the biggest and most important rights fair in the world, held each October; and to the Bologna International Children's Book Fair. In the last few years, students have also visited the Warsaw and Leipzig Book Fairs, and visited Amsterdam for Dutch Book Week. In 2018 and 2019 there were field trips to the Beijing International Book Fair.

There are industry visits to publishers and industry suppliers such as printers. In recent years there have been trips to Bloomsbury Publishers, the British Library, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Getty Images.

Training and consultancy

The Centre's links with industry are a two-way street. University courses are supported by visiting lecturers from industry. At the same time the Centre provides professional development programmes and consultancy for the international industry. All these activities enhance the quality and currency of the mainstream courses offered at Oxford Brookes.

International Links

There is a separate page here describing our extensive international links.

Visiting speakers

Many visiting speakers contribute to the degree programmes and also to the Publishing Seminar series. Recent speakers include:

  • Michael Bhaskar (Canelo)
  • Felicity Bryan (Literary Agent)
  • Richard Charkin (Bloomsbury)
  • Mark Cooper (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Jude Crozier (New Internationalist)
  • Julia Eccleshare (Guardian)
  • David Fickling (David Fickling Books)
  • Ophelia Field (English PEN)
  • Corinne Gotch (Freelance PR specialist)
  • Robin Harvie (HarperCollins)
  • Euan Hirst (Blackwell Retail)
  • Antonia Hodgson (Publishing Director, Little Brown)
  • Cathy Hurren (Unbound)
  • Nicolette Jones (Sunday Times)
  • Simon Littlewood (Random House)
  • Sylvia May (formerly HarperCollins)
  • Lynette Owen (formerly Pearson Education)
  • Joanna Prior (Penguin General)
  • Julian Russ (Tula)
  • Robert Seath (Lion Hudson)
  • Diane Spivey (Little Brown)
  • Craig Taylor (Author)
  • Kate Wilson (Nosy Crow)
  • Simon Winder (Penguin)