Anglia Ruskin's MA Publishing makes its mark in Cambridge

Published: 8 December 2010 at 15:27

Anglia Ruskin welcomes new scholars, staff and freemen

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Anglia Ruskin University’s MA Publishing degree programme is continuing to make an impression in Cambridge.

Two new scholarships for students for 2010/11 have been awarded at the same time as Course Convenor Dr Samantha Rayner has been appointed as Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.

The 2010 Hart McLeod Scholarship was awarded to Sarah Channing-Wright, a graduate in BA (Hons) Graphic Design from Cambridge School of Art.  The Scholarship is offered annually by local company Hart McLeod Publishing Services in recognition of the skills the MA Publishing teaches and as an investment in the future of the industry.

Graham Hart explains why Sarah stood out for this year’s scholarship:

"We had a number of very good applicants but eventually settled on Sarah as she seemed to fulfil our criteria: she wanted to learn more about publishing in the very broadest terms, she possessed a sense of vocation as demonstrated by her work to date and it appeared that she would benefit most from the extra support that the scholarship offered."

The scholarship includes a £1000 discount on tuition fees and a 3-4 week work placement.

This year’s Stationers’ Foundation Bursary was awarded to Sophie Bridges following a successful interview at the company in London. Sophie receives a bursary of £6,000 and the opportunity to receive mentoring during her studies from an appropriate Stationer in accordance with her specific interests of the student. Sophie described the bursary as 'an honour and a privilege amazing opportunity.’

The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers is a venerable institution dating back to 1403 when the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London approved the formation of a fraternity or Guild of Stationers. The modern Stationers has over 800 members from the complete range of trades within the visual and graphic communications industries, from paper, print, publishing, packaging, office products, newspapers, broadcasting and online media. Whilst embracing the digital age, the Stationers retains many of its traditions including a process of membership through nomination and interview culminating in a formal Freedom ceremony where a nominee officially becomes a Freeman. Dr Sam Rayner joins many other senior publishing industry executives to benefit from an association with the company along with Rupert Murdoch, who is Liveryman of The Stationers’ Company.

The MA Publishing team has just appointed Dr Leah Tether as a new lecturer. She joins Anglia Ruskin University from Durham University. Also on the MA Publishing team is Will Hill who has been involved with the Stationers for many years and  is currently proposed for appointment as a Freeman. He has spoken on graphic design at the Stationers' careers events and is to curate an exhibition of contemporary typography to open at the Stationers' Hall in April 2011 before touring a number of venues across the country.

For more information about the MA Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University please contact Sarah Jones,, 0845 196 2981. The Hart McLeod and Stationers Bursary are available to holders of an offer a place on the MA Publishing to start in September 2011. Anglia Ruskin University are holding a Postgraduate Information Event on 22 March 2011. Contact Sarah Jones for more information.