New MA in Publishing recruits strongly
2 October 2007
UCL launched its MA in Publishing last week, welcoming 30 graduate students from ten countries, including Ireland, the Netherlands, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA.
The MA is one of the initiatives of the UCL Centre for Publishing, established in 2006 as a 'one-stop shop' for research, teaching and consultancy on the publishing industry.
Based in the largest information school in Britain - the UCL School of Library, Archive & Information Studies (SLAIS) - the course works closely with the publishing industry, and many prominent publishing leaders visit to present lectures and talks.
An essential part of the course is a five-week mentored placement within a publishing house. Students are also encouraged to take continuing work experience in publishing houses during their studies. The first of these was offered by Yale University Press, which will host a one-day-a-week internship in their publicity department for one the course's students.
Professor Iain Stevenson, the course director, said: "This is an exciting new venture. Our unique location in the heart of Bloomsbury allows students to feel part of the publishing industry from day one, and to appreciate fully London's great publishing history and its dynamic future.
"Publishing is changing very rapidly and needs a highly skilled, flexible and informed workforce which can rise to the challenges of the digital age. Our unique combination of research-informed teaching, critical thinking and close links to the industry is geared to this aim. London is the centre of world publishing and the graduates we produce will lead the industry of the future."
To find out more about the course and the school, use the links at the top of this article.
Image: The Henry Morley Building, home to the SLAIS