Bursaries are set to help new students make a big splash in publishing

Published: 25 May 2010 at 13:03

Prestigious bursary is further recognition for MA Publishing

Two lucky publishing students from Anglia Ruskin University’s September 2010 intake at Cambridge campus stand to pick up £7000 to help fund their studies, and a chance to work with two top companies from the sector as a result of over £7,000 of bursary support.

Anglia Ruskin University’s newly launched MA Publishing is attracting considerable interest within the industry which means increased opportunities for its students. The most recent is the chance to acquire a bursary of £6,000 from The Stationers’ Foundation and receive, in addition, mentoring from an appropriate Stationer taking into account the recipients specific interests. The Stationers’ Foundation is the charitable arm of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers which supports a wide range of educational initiatives from primary through to postgraduate education. Only six Universities were selected for the bursary scheme.

Anglia Ruskin University also offers a suitable candidate a Hart McLeod Bursary to support their studies. In addition to the £1000 discount from fees and the prestige of being the Hart McLeod scholar, Hart McLeod offer a 3-4 week work placement opportunity to the successful candidate.

Both bursaries are only available to holders of an offer to study on the MA Publishing starting in September 2010.

This year has also seen Cambridge’s first publishing society established by the MA Publishing team and students. CAMPUS holds a variety of events to debate, network, research and market ideas for anyone involved in publishing in Cambridge. The organisation is a counter to the Oxford Publishing Society, OPUS, and has been given initial sponsorship money by Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press, Lightning Source, Salt and Running Head Limited are just a few of the companies who have joined Cambridge Publishing Society (CAMPUS).

These industry links provide students with links to a network which otherwise can be hard to access and highly sought-after opportunities for work experience.

Publishing student Beth Jones recently got the chance to put theory into practice with a four week placement with Cambridge University Press. In a post-placement report she said:

"I am lucky enough to be studying on the MA Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University, and with the help of Andrew Winnard (Publisher for Language and Linguistics) I recently enjoyed four weeks of work experience at the Press in Cambridge. I undertook a variety of tasks that gave me a fantastic practical grounding to my master's degree."

If you would like to join CAMPUS or enroll on the MA Publishing for September 2010 (qualifying for the chance to become the recipient of either The Stationers’ Foundation or Hart McLeod bursaries) please contact: Sarah Jones, sarah.jones@anglia.ac.uk, 0845 196 2981

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