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Publishing BA(Hons): Links with business and industry

How we work with industry

Our links with business are key to the course – whether it is the abundant experience our lecturers bring from their own careers, the top calibre guest speakers who pass on tips and know-how every week, or the work experience you get as part of the course.


A diverse team of publishers and content professionals teach on the course, all with current or recent experience of publishing and content development. This means that teaching is informed by the latest industry expertise and you have access to practical help and career advice from people with insider knowledge.

Guest speakers

Our guest speaker programme is a chance for students to listen to and question key figures from every sphere of the publishing and creative industries.

To give you a taste of what our speakers offer, take a look at some of the big names who have visited recently:

  • Dame Gail Rebuck: Chair of the Penguin Random House UK Board
  • David Roche: Director at David Roche Enterprises Ltd; former sales and marketing Director, HarperCollins, chief executive of Borders UK/Ireland, Bookseller Retail Personality of the Year and chairman of The London Book Fair
  • Ziyad Marar: Global Publishing Director at Sage, the world's leading independent academic and professional publisher; author of books on philosophy, psychology and identity
  • Julia Kingsford: Director, Kingsford Campbell, Literary and Marketing Agency; former Chief Executive of World Book Night and Head of Marketing at Foyles book chain
  • Jamie Byng: Publisher and Managing Director, Canongate
  • Lizzy Kremer: Head of Books Department, David Higham and Associates
  • Andrew Lownie: Founder of the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Ltd
  • David Shelley: Chief Executive, Little Brown Book Group and Orion
  • Diane Spivey: Rights and Contracts Director, Little Brown Book Group
  • Stephen Page: CEO, Faber & Faber; former President of the Publisher's Association
  • Tom Chalmers: Founder and MD of Legend Times; MD, IPR License (the trading platform for copyright); former Bookseller Independent Publisher of the Year
  • Sam Missingham: Head of Events at HarperCollins UK and top Tweeter

Work placements

We encourage and support work experience throughout your time at Kingston University. In the third year it is an essential part of the course and a chance for you to show the professionals what you've learned. We have built up an extensive network of placement providers that you can draw from and Kingston Publishing BA(Hons) graduates working in industry also offer opportunities for our students.

You will spend time working for a publisher, content agency, communications department or other relevant organisation. This is designed to add work experience to your CV and help you make a more informed career choice on graduation. It will also add to your portfolio of published work, develop your professional skills and give you valuable contacts.

Kingston University Press

We bring industry into the classroom with a module dedicated to working on real-life projects as part of our own Kingston University Press.

Students work with industry partners to develop and produce a range of publications and products such as Snapshots with publishing community BookMachine, and Upshots with writers agency Spread The Word.

Kingston University Press is linked to industry projects such as Creative Future and writing competitions involving high profile authors such as Bonnie Greer and Hilary Mantel.

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