More scholarships available for September 2010

May 28th, 2010 by | 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.

Scholarships available from the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company

November 10th, 2009 by | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Scholarships available from the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company
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The Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company is currently advertising a range of scholarships which can support the study of publishing at University level.

The range of awards offered include the Quarterly, Annual and the Francis Mathew Stationers’ Company Awards. Please see the Scholarships page of the Company’s website for more details.

For more details on study opportunities at the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication, see our Study page.

Ye Xin (Robert), MSc in International Publishing Management 2009

November 10th, 2009 by | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Ye Xin (Robert), MSc in International Publishing Management 2009
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Associate Professor, Master Tutor of Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, China.

Robert(Xin Ye)‘As one of the earliest departments of publishing in the world, the Centre for International Publishing and Communication at the University of Stirling, has an advanced concept of teaching and a perfect curriculum structure. It benefits from teaching staff and visiting speakers of high-level scholarship and wide professional vision, uses case studies of strong applicability and currency, and flexible and varied teaching methods. As a Chinese colleague of higher education of Publishing, I benefited a lot from it and will apply it in my Chinese teaching practice.’

Class trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair (2)

November 9th, 2009 by | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Class trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair (2)
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Members of the MSc in International Publishing Management recently attended the Frankfurt Book Fair. Shaofang Tian reports on her visit:

Before, when I mentioned the name Romy Schneider, I would think of the movie Princess Sissi. But now, I will also think of the related novel. This change has happened since I started my studies in Stirling. It is very good that I had the chance to go to the movie’s home country to attend a book fair.

On 14 October, I arrived in Frankfurt to attend the 60th Frankfurt Book Fair with my classmates. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a meeting place for the publishing industry’s experts, like publishers, booksellers, agents, film producers or authors. Each year in October, they all come together and create something new. This time, China is the Guest of Honour, so I am very proud of it.China Guest of Honour

Because the Guest of Honour delegation involved more than 800 people, including 500 representatives from the publishing industry, I met many compatriots at the Fair. I spoke with them and receive some useful information. I attended two seminars about digital development in China. The High-Level Education Press contracted with Cambridge University Press to establish a digital database. It’s completely a good piece of news.

I also visited other countries’ stands. In London Book Fair in May, I met the publishing companies Random House, HarperCollins, and Hachette which were mentioned at class, and this time I met them again. I took a photo of “Penguin” – it’s not an animal! I talked with a publisher from America about tie-in books. When they heard that I have worked for five years in the movie industry, they were very happy because they want to exploit their business in China. We exchanged the contacts and hope to communicate further.

Besides books, there were performances of Chinese culture, like the Beijing Opera. I also watched a Germanic movie with my classmates.

This trip is an unforgettable experience to me. I hope I will attend Frankfurt Book Fair again in the future.

Class trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair

November 9th, 2009 by | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Class trip to the Frankfurt Book Fair
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Members of the MSc in International Publishing Management recently attended the Frankfurt Book Fair. Shiqin Zhang reports on his experiences:

Working for a Beijing-based education publisher for years, I have been to the Beijing International Book Fair several times. The fair offers me a good opportunity to learn about the trends and gaps in the market. At the London Book Fair in 2009, again I not only researched my field and attended a number of lectures, but met some friends with Pearson Education and HarperCollins. Pearson Education even invited me to work with them over the summer. I accepted the offer and learnt about what “international publishing” is really like. What could the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair offer to me? I was very much looking forward to it.

This year the Frankfurt Book Fair was of special significance to us: China was the Guest of Honour country. After its successful show at the 2008 Olympics, China was under the spotlight of world media again in Frankfurt. Under the auspices of the department, we decided to go to the fair to support, witness and learn about this event.

The Frankfurt Book Fair is about literature, art, and culture. Among the 1000-strong Chinese delegates, quite a few of them are modern Chinese authors. Some of these authors delivered lectures at Frankfurt University, and shared with the audience what effects the transformations within Chinese society are having on their creative process. They even invited us to reflect on what it means to write in the context of Chinese modernity. At the fair, a show featuring the best of Chinese art and culture was preformed twice a day. Traditional Chinese music, lion dance and Peking opera could be enjoyed. It was such a great delight to see leading Peking opera artists Yu Kuizhi, Li Shengsu and others there. Language can be a big problem, as these artists speak no German, but the meaning got across to the audience through their fantastic performance. There were lots of cheers! The western audience seemed very interested in Chinese culture.

However, these were just some of the snapshots. I came to Frankfurt not to enjoy our Chinese culture, but to look at how the western people view Chinese culture and if the Chinese side presents it in a proper way. China has long been weak in soft-power influence of the sort that the U.S. and Europe achieve through their prominent roles in media and arts. I believe China saw the fair as a good way to promote its clout overseas. My impression is that it would be better if these events were presented in a way that is more relevant to the western people. In other words, it’s better to involve them than to tell them.

My colleague in Beijing told me about the launch ceremony of three new books by our company, so I invited two of my classmates to join. It was the first of the three books and the author is formerly the Vice Premier of China. Also participating were several senior officials from China, the OUP president, as well as the executives of our company. The ceremony lasted about 40 minutes. No beer or any other drinks were offered to us, and it was quite a disappointment.

In addition to these events featuring China, I also visited some stands collecting information regarding law publishing in Central and Eastern Europe in preparation for our group presentation. When I told them my purpose, the staff in those stands were very helpful. Also I went to research the reading device to see if there is a digital future in China for the foreseeable future, which I shall cover in my final report writing.

What I was particularly impressed with was the exhibition hall for TV and Film. Actually, in addition to the book and film industries, representatives of the creative industries of photography, games and design also found their way at the book fair. Some of the issues facing the publishing world require people to think beyond the boundaries of the industry and into the neighbouring sectors for solutions. Now is the time for us to rethink and reposition in the midst of changes.

Possibly because of prohibitive prices of luxurious hotels and the ongoing credit crunch, a cross-section of the publishing industry stayed in the hostel I chose. I met publishers from the States, journalists from the UK and rights people from China, and it is always nice to talk with people from the industry. But the bigger surprise is to hear western people speak Chinese. Outside the book fair, we were stopped by a friendly German. “Do you speak Mandarin Chinese?” When we said yes, he seemed very eager to practise his Chinese with us.

What lovely people they are! What a wonderful city! See you again.

Stirling welcomes new students

October 27th, 2009 by | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Stirling welcomes new students
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The sun was out, the weather was warm, and the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication was delighted to welcome its new cohort of MLitt in Publishing Studies students to the University.

This year, our students are a truly international bunch! They have travelled from countries including China, France, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkmenistan and the United States to join the course, and some of our students already have experience of working in publishing in their own countries. The international students are joined by UK students from Scotland, England and Wales – including alumni from our undergraduate courses.

The students are very warmly welcomed, and we wish them well with their studies this year!

Interested in what they’ll be doing at Stirling? Then find out more about about studying in the Centre.017

Study Publishing at Stirling

October 19th, 2009 by | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Study Publishing at Stirling
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012 The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication is now accepting applications for the MLitt in Publishing Studies and the MSc in International Publishing Management, as well as for research degrees.

Go to our Study page for more information.