International Publishing Summer School, 4 - 15 July 2016, Oxford Brookes University, UK

Publish Date: Oct 01, 2015

Event Dates: from Jul 04, 2016 12:00 to Jul 15, 2016 12:00

This prestigious two-week course, now in its fourth year, brings together publishers from around the world to develop new skills as international publishers and to discuss issues of importance to our industry.

Key benefits of the Summer School:

  • Learn from highly experienced tutors based at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, the market leader in publishing education
  • Focus on new technologies, and recognize which will be the most effective in helping you build a business
  • Hear from top industry speakers about how they have created, developed and sold products and services to a range of markets
  • Get stimulating ideas to help develop your strategic thinking
  • Gain a better appreciation of how publishing works internationally
  • Improve your knowledge across a range of publishing areas – editorial, production, sales and marketing – all with a focus on the latest technology
  • Try out a range of new skills in breakout groups and workshop situations
  • Visit key industry players at the cutting edge of digital developments

Who should come to the Summer School?

The International Publishing Summer School is designed for mid- to senior-level publishers from around the world, who want to come to Oxford to find out about the latest developments and trends in the industry. Delegates have a variety of backgrounds in publishing – trade, academic, educational, professional, digital, journal and magazine – and they come from a wide range of organisations:

  • publishing companies, large and small
  • societies and associations
  • charities and not-for-profit organisations
  • museums and galleries
  • businesses producing newsletters
  • publishing start-ups

Most people attending have at least 5 years’ experience, but others with less experience may sometimes be admitted. The course is taught in English.

About the Programme

The programme is designed for those with experience in the publishing industry. You are likely to be a go-ahead entrepreneur within a small or large publishing organisation, keen to develop your strategic and decision-making skills.

Included in the Summer School:

  • A full programme of lectures and seminars
  • 13 nights accommodation in our modern postgraduate centre
  • Single rooms with en-suite facilities
  • All meals and refreshments from breakfast on Monday 4 July to breakfast on Saturday 16 July*
  • External visit to a publishing company and printing house, and a private literary tour of Oxford and Oxford University’s world-famous Bodleian Library
  • A special conference dinner at a local restaurant, with an after-dinner speaker
  • The opportunity to have one-to-one meetings with Senior Lecturers from OICPS to seek advice on specific issues
  • The use of Oxford Brookes University’s library, including the extensive publishing session 

*Breakfast only is provided during the middle weekend 9-10 July so that delegates are free to make their own arrangements for this period


The all-inclusive cost is £2,950. To reserve a place, delegates must pay a non- refundable deposit of £500; the balance of the cost is due in full six weeks before the start of the course.

Unfortunately, there are no bursaries or scholarships available from Oxford Brookes University.


The first day of the Summer School is Monday 4 July and 13 nights accommodation is included from Sunday 3 July until Saturday 16 July 2016.

Provisional  Programme

(subject to change without notice)

Week 1

Monday 4 July 2016

  • Introduction to Summer School
  • Trends and Internationalisation in UK Publishing
  • Digital trends in other media industries: music, newspapers, games and magazine publishing

Tuesday 5 July 2016

  • Buying and Selling International Rights
  • Digital Rights Management
  • Tour of the Bodleian Library and literary tour of Oxford

Wednesday 6 July 2016

  • Business Models and Monetising Workflow
  • Consumer Trends and Futureproofing
  • Group Project on Digital Publishing

Thursday 7 July 2016

  • Why Metadata Matters
  • Content Management, Digital Workflow and XML
  • eBook Production 

Friday 8 July 2016

  • Green Publishing and the Supply Chain
  • Educational Publishing
  • Magazine Publishing
  • One-to-One Sessions with OICPS lecturers

Week 2

Monday 11 July 2016

  • Journals Publishing – visit to Wiley Publishers
  • 21st Century Authorship
  • The Value of a Literary Agent

Tuesday 12 July 2016

  • Visit to Lightning Source, Milton Keynes
  • Marketing: Publishing’s Secret Weapon
  • Trade Publishing

Wednesday 13 July 2016

  • Finance
  • Textbook and Monograph Publishing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions, Money and Culture

Thursday 14 July 2016

  • Selling Across Borders
  • Professional Publishing
  • Digital Innovation and Creativity
  • Defending Copyright and Combating Piracy
  • Special Conference Dinner 

Friday 15 July 2016

  • Building Communities
  • Panel Discussion: Publishing – The Next Five Years 

Guest speakers  

  • David Attwooll, MD, Attwooll Associates
  • Emma Barnes, MD, Snowbooks
  • Michael Bhaskar, Co-Founder and Publishing Director, Canelo
  • Felicity Bryan, Chair, Felicity Bryan Literary Agency
  • Alexa Dugan, Associate Marketing Director, Wiley Publishers
  • Jonathan Glasspool, MD, Bloomsbury Academic and Professional 
  • Clare Hodder and Ruth Tellis, Rights2 Consultants
  • Mary James, Head of BTEC, Pearson
  • Philip Jones, Publisher, The Bookseller
  • Simon Littlewood, Formerly International Director, Random House
  • Ashley Lodge, Senior Publisher, Pearson
  • Juliet Mabey, MD, Oneworld Publications
  • Richard Mollett, CEO, The Publishers Association
  • Sinead Moloney, Publisher, Hart Publishing
  • David Nicholson, Vice President and Publishing Director, Wiley Publishers
  • Rebecca Smart, CEO, Ebury Publishing
  • C M Taylor, author and app maker
  • Henry Volans, Head of Faber Digital

Further Official Information

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