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More scholarships available for September 2010

May 28th, 2010 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on More scholarships available for September 2010
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A number of scholarships and bursaries are available to applicants who will be studying for a postgraduate degree in the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication from September 2010.

The scholarships available include:

  • One £3000 and one £2000 tuition fee award for the MSc in International Publishing Management (available to both Home/EU and International students)
  • Five £1000 Master’s tuition fee awards for the MLitt, MSc and MRes programmes (available to both Home/EU and International students)
  • Two bursaries equivalent to the value of fees for full-time home/EU postgraduate students (available for both taught and research applicants)
  • Four £2000 Research tuition fee awards available for MPhil and PhD applicants (available to both Home/EU and International students)

More details of these scholarships are available on the Department of English Studies postgraduate funding page. Please note the deadline for all these awards is Friday 2 July, and applicants need to be holding a conditional or unconditional offer by that date.

New and Revised Programmes of Study

May 24th, 2010 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on New and Revised Programmes of Study
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From September 2010, the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication will be offering new and revised programmes of study.

Our programmes now include:

MLitt in Publishing Studies: This course has run since 1982, and among our graduates are some of the leading publishers in the UK and abroad. Substantially overhauled for September 2010, the course now includes new optional modules (Skills for Publishing Management; Publishing, Literature and Society; and Publishing in the Workplace) and revised teaching, learning and assessment methods relevant to the digital 21st century publishing environment. More details are available from the programme page.

MSc in International Publishing Management: This innovative course is aimed at those already working within publishing and publishing-related industries and organisations, and works via purpose-writte case studies. From this year, the programme will run from September (rather than February). More details are available from the programme page.

MRes in Publishing Studies: This new course is specifically focused on research in the fields of publishing studies, contemporary or historical, and is aimed at students wishing to pursue a substantial research project at Masters level. It can lead to PhD study. More details are available from the programme page.

PhD: It is possible to study for a PhD in the Stirling Centre for International Publishing Studies, with opportunities for co-supervision with staff from other Departments in the University. More details are available from the programme page.

Please do contact us should you require more information about our courses, or advice about which course might suit you.

Shiqin Zhang, MSc in International Publishing Management, 2009

May 20th, 2010 by prm | Posted in Alumni | Comments Off on Shiqin Zhang, MSc in International Publishing Management, 2009

Studying at the University of Stirling is an eye-opening experience. The core constituent of the International Publishing Management course is to learn how to address the problems common to every publisher, cope with the changes that the publishing industry is undergoing and most important of all, seek new areas of growth. Finally each course member is required to focus their thesis on a publisher: apply what they have learnt in class to resolve the problems the publisher is faced with and give recommendations on how to achieve sustainable growth.

My focus is on Basic Education Publishing (BEP,part of Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press based in Beijing), the publishing company I’m working for. “Write about your own company, and it will be good for you once your recommendations are adopted.” This is great advice from our teachers at the University of Stirling, which my later experience bears out. I knew the problems with our company, applied my knowledge gained in the course and then put all my ideas into the thesis.

Two weeks after I came back, the publishing strategy of BEP was forwarded to me. I revised and even rewrote some parts of it according to my thesis. My boss has been really happy with the fresh perspective I brought back. As a result, a new list has been built and the first batch, which includes twelve books, will be published in the summer of 2010. More of my ideas are now being used and tested. Due of my input, I have been admitted to the publishing committee, the decision-making body of our company.

Looking back, the publishing course has familiarised me with the norms in international publishing and helped to train me to think and work more professionally. I’m always grateful to the course as it has paved the way for my further professional development.

Conference and seminar papers from Publishing Studies staff

May 10th, 2010 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Conference and seminar papers from Publishing Studies staff
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Over the summer, staff from the Stirling Centre for International Publishng and Communciation will be speaking at a variety of conferences and seminars. Claire Squires, Director of the Centre, has been invited to speak at the National Centre for Research in Children’s Literature Conference, Foundations on Futures, on the theme of diversity and career routes in children’s book publishing. She will also be delivering the Chair in Book and Publishing Studies lecture for Boek.be and the University of Antwerp in Belgium, with the title ‘Books without Borders: Readers, Writers and Publishers in the Global Literary Marketplace’, a plenary lecture at the University of Manchester Contemporary Literature and its Contexts conference, and a paper on publisher anniversaries at SHARP 2010 in Helsinki. Padmini Ray Murray will be delivering a paper at Publishing Futures in the Global Marketplace conference at Anglia Ruskin University on the topic of poetry publishing in the 21st century.

These public appearances will disseminate some of the research conducted in the Centre.