Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies – the number one

Congratulations are in order for Oxford Brookes with their number one status across all British universities in the category of Communications and Information Studies:


The recently published 2013 Sunday Times University Guide has ranked the Publishing programmes at Oxford Brookes number one across all British universities in the category of Communications and Information Studies.


Since 1982, when the first undergraduate degree course in publishing began at what was then Oxford Polytechnic, the teaching programme at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) at Oxford Brookes has expanded dramatically, with a range of highly regarded Master’s courses in Publishing supporting the undergraduate course, and a number of students attached to the Centre working on publishing PhDs.


The recent publication of the 2012 National Student Survey further highlights the excellent standards the Centre achieves. The overall satisfaction figure for ‘Publishing’ was 95 per cent, as compared to the national average for all courses of 85 per cent. The figure for the quality of the teaching was 96 per cent satisfaction: 100 per cent of students said that the staff are good at explaining things to their students; 98 per cent thought that the staff make the subject interesting; and 95 per cent said the course is intellectually stimulating.


With 12 members of permanent staff, 150 undergraduate and 80 postgraduate students from all around the globe, and as the location of the Man Booker Prize archive, the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is internationally recognised as the leading centre for publishing studies.


On learning of the Sunday Times ranking Angus Phillips, Head of the OICPS, said, ‘It is wonderful to receive recognition like this.  We have a very talented and dedicated team of staff in the Centre who work very hard to create an exciting and stimulating experience for our publishing students.  As well as teaching, they also engage in a thriving training and consultancy programme, lecture around the world, and find time to write books too.  This year alone, for example, we are celebrating the publication of several books by members of the Centre.  With so much going on here, it’s really lovely to be recognized by such a prestigious university guide – we are all delighted’.



A great time to do an MA in Publishing with a highly regarded university and a fantastic publishing programme…


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