Announcing our MA Publishing bursary winners 2014-15

Published: 11 November 2014 at 00:00

Dr Leah Tether (Course Leader, MA Publishing) with bursary winners (front row, left to right) Lucy Roberson, Jessica Aston and Sarah-Jane Wilson

Every year, Cambridge University Press Bursary and The Stationers' Foundation University Bursary Scheme offer financial support for some of our prospective MA Publishing students.

First offered in 2011, The Cambridge University Press Bursary is presented to the student judged to have published the best blog. This year, it was awarded to Jessica Aston, who received £1000 for her blog Prose She Wrote, with Sarah-Jane Wilson's Publishing A Lifestyle receiving the runner-up prize of £200.

The blog competition was judged by the Marketing and Communications team in the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences. Gareth Long, Web and Digital Communications Coordinator, was impressed by the winning blog's "...warm and welcoming tone of voice, clean site design, and clear title and mission statement, but most of all the sheer amount of engaging content, including reviews and cover designs."

The Stationers' Foundation (the charitable arm of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, an ancient Livery company in the City of London) awards an annual postgraduate bursary of £6,000 to the student who best meets a number of criteria following a successful interview at the Stationers' Hall in London. This year's winner Lucy Roberson will also benefit from the opportunity of mentoring from Martin Woodhead, who until recently owned Woodhead Publishing (now owned by Elsevier following Martin Woodhead's retirement).

Leah Tether, Course Leader for the MA Publishing, said "These prizes are such a positive way for us to start the new academic year. They are proof of the potential of our brand new students, and the application tasks which are set require students to develop new and relevant skills for their careers. That means that, even if they don't win, they are still starting the process of building up an enviable publishing skillset."