Federica Fiorillo – MLitt in Publishing Studies 2018/19

November 7th, 2018 by Federica_Fiorillo | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Federica Fiorillo – MLitt in Publishing Studies 2018/19
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I came out as a bookworm at the age of 8.

The real surprise for anyone who kept feeding books to the avid reader of a child I was, though, came when I declared I loved spotting mistakes on the page and correcting them. A bunch of years later, I found myself editing friends’ dissertations and cocooning a passion for footnotes and technicalities.

Becoming an editor has been my constant objective during my years of college in Italy; getting a MA in Classics helped me develop a keen eye on details and great mental flexibility. Moving to Scotland was a dream I had been nurturing for years, so the MLitt in Publishing at the University of Stirling seemed like the perfect next step.

I find nothing more exciting than the publishing industry, and I do believe that the printed book has not by far run out of allure – even though I appreciate e-books and any digital format that is around. You never know what author or story will change somebody’s life, but you can be sure that ink and paper still have a lot of difference to make in this world, and I definitely want to be part of it. Visionary and possibly rebellious publishers have always been my lifelong inspiration and influence, and I consider irony the most powerful tool humans have.


I drench my days with coffee, I never miss the chance to have a laugh, and I tweet about it. So far so good.

Pan Liu, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2012-2013

January 24th, 2013 by Pan Liu | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Pan Liu, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2012-2013
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I chose publishing studies for my post-graduate study because I really love books! Besides, I’m interested in collecting interesting stories and to find good writers. In China, I majored in Packaging Engineering.  There are a lot of gifted writers, they should be noticed by the public and  their outstanding books should be shared with the people around the whole world, not only in my home country. Also, I think digital publishing is very interesting. In China, students work very hard and they got a lot of books to read. So, their schoolbag is very heavy. But I think they could get relaxed in the future because of e-books.

The field of publishing is constantly changing and many new and advanced things will appear like electronic books. It’s interesting and a motivation for me to keep going on to satisfy the people’s need. In the following days in University of Stirling, I will focus on the main courses through continuous reading and writing. Further, I will explore some relevant areas in publishing studies which could help me and broaden my horizon in the long run.

Lastly, University of Stirling is a leading institute in the field of publishing among the European universities. It provides the students with wide range of readings, advanced facilities and of course, excellent and experienced teachers. I really enjoy studying in Stirling.

Chrysothemis Armefti, MSc in International Publishing Management 2011-2012

April 4th, 2012 by Chrysothemis_Armefti | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Chrysothemis Armefti, MSc in International Publishing Management 2011-2012
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«A book is a window through which we escape», says Julian Green, the famous French-American writer. I feel like I was born among piles of books; in my whole life I have been surrounded by books and literature. I have been an avid reader since the day I learnt to read. Raised in my mother’s bookshop in Cyprus and a house full of my parents’ books, my future was already foreseen. I was gobbling up books like they were candies! And I was growing up with one dream: to become a publisher.

So I followed my love for books and literature from Cyprus to Paris and finally to Stirling! I have a Bachelor in French Literature with a minor in Publishing (Licence Métiers du Livre) and a two-year Master of Research in Lettres, Arts et Pensée Contemporaine with a specialisation in Literature, History, Society where I led a comparative study on the Great War literature and especially the war experience through the writing of authors who participated in the War.

During the last year of my Bachelor I did a three months internship at L’Harmattan Editions as an editorial assistant. At this moment, I am trying to deepen my knowledge on the publishing industry and develop marketing and management skills, pursuing the MSc in International Publishing Management at the University of Stirling. I should underline here that the University of Stirling is the only academic institution proposing a Master of Science in Publishing Management, at least in the UK. That was the main reason that led me to Scotland, among the modern approach in teaching that offers the University of Stirling and its great organization. The course is quite intensive with numerous assignments to accomplish, based on real-life publishers, which are preparing us for a job in the so competitive publishing market.

The Class of 2011-12 is here!

September 17th, 2011 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on The Class of 2011-12 is here!
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Every year, we welcome a new cohort of students to the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication. Our students always come from far and wide to study with us, and this year is no exception. We have students registered across our three different masters programmes, the MLitt in Publishing Studies, the MSc in International Publishing Management, and the MRes in Publishing Studies, which can lead to a PhD in Publishing. They come from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Spain, China, India, Taiwan and the USA. We also welcomed back to Stirling several graduates from a range of undergraduate programmes.

In our first session students brought in publishing products from their home countries. There were digital devices aplenty, but also a great range of very high spec printed materials, including art and fashion magazines. We also had some very Scottish products: an Oor Wullie annual from Dundee publisher D C Thompson. It’s already clear we’ve got a class of students with divergent interests in terms of publishing products, but all united but their fascination for and desire to get on in the world of publishing.

We’re very much looking forward to working with them. If you think you might be interested in joining us next year – please get in touch via our Contact page!

Meet our current students…

December 21st, 2010 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on Meet our current students…
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Back in September, we introduced you to our new cohort of students who joined us from around the world to study at the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication.

Well, everyone is now taking a very well deserved rest after a busy semester gathering publishing skills, knowledge and experience, and hearing from an exciting range of visiting speakers. They’ve also been introducing themselves on our website, and you can find a range of student profiles here. As you’ll see, we’ve managed to attract students from around the world as well as tempting our own undergraduates one of whom, after surveying a number of different publishing courses, decided with great pleasure that she favoured Stirling most, and so decided to stay another year.

If you’re interested in coming to study with us for 2011-12, please do look at our study pages, and don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What’s the Value of a Masters in Publishing?

June 24th, 2010 by Claire_Squires | Posted in Blog | Comments Off on What’s the Value of a Masters in Publishing?
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What’s the value of a publishing degree programme? Well, according to a recent job advert, it’s equivalent to ‘1 or 2 years experience in a publishing environment’. The advert, for a production assistant at Atlantic Books, welcomes applications from graduates of publishing courses as well as those with existing industry experience.

So, very good news for our students who have recently completed their MLitt in Publishing Studies, some of whom have already been offered publishing jobs in companies including Oxford University Press and Palimpsest Book Production. It is clear from this advert – and from the evidence we have from our industry contacts and from the employment successes of our students – that publishing courses are taken very seriously indeed by employers.

If you’ve recently graduated from a first degree in another subject and are looking for a route into publishing, planning a career change, or want to improve your existing publishing career, take a look at our courses. We’d welcome an application from you.

Scholarships available from the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company

November 10th, 2009 by SCIPC | 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 SCIPC | 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 SCIPC | 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 SCIPC | 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.