Edinburgh Napier University makes groundbreaking Publisher in Residence appointment
6 May 2021
Rosie Howie, Publisher at Hodder Gibson, has
been appointed as Edinburgh Napier University's first ever
Publisher in Residence.
Hodder Gibson is part of the Hachette Group.
Hachette UK is the second-largest British publishing group, and the
market leader in ebooks. A global publishing group, Hachette is
made up of ten autonomous publishing divisions and over fifty
imprints with a rich and diverse history.
The appointment and resulting collaboration will facilitate
industry-specific learning opportunities for MSc Publishing
students, allowing them to develop concepts and research into
business critical opportunities which will have commercial impact
and long-term success.
The newly-appointed Publisher in Residence will be intricately
involved in the MSc Publishing programme, delivering bespoke
masterclasses, assisting with placement and research opportunities,
sharing their experiences and, critically, helping to mentor,
inspire and support students and academics.
Rosie Howie is an alumna of MSc Publishing. Since graduating in
2012, she has carved a stellar career in the industry,
predominantly in Educational Publishing, where she has particular
expertise. During her remarkable trajectory, Rosie worked at
Edinburgh University Press, Waterstones, and Bright Red Publishing
before moving to Hodder Gibson. In addition, Rosie was instrumental
in the rejuvenation of the Society of Young Publishers, Scotland
branch - an organisation which exists to support, motivate and
mentor young people interested in a career in Publishing.
Rosie said: "A decade after graduating from the MSc Publishing
course at Edinburgh Napier University, it is a privilege and
delight to take up this exciting opportunity to be their Publisher
in Residence. It feels like I have come full circle. It is an
honour to give back to the course; and to work with such a
dedicated team of staff and inspiring group of students. I hope to
provide useful insight into the industry and offer training in a
range of publishing skills.
"I am also looking forward to learning from the staff and
students at the university, especially through research
collaboration opportunities. Speaking with the students over the
course of the last few months has given me real hope for the future
leadership of the publishing industry in Scotland and
This is an imaginative initiative - no other university in the
UK has a Publisher in Residence. MSc Publishing has an unparalleled
reputation for innovation and vision, and this appointment speaks
to the progressive nature of Publishing education at Edinburgh
Edinburgh Napier's Avril Gray, Associate
Professor in Publishing, Programme Leader of MSc Publishing and
Director of Merchiston Publishing, said: "We are thrilled by
Rosie's appointment. Rosie will bring invaluable insight and
experience, to the benefit of our staff and students.
"We are excited to work alongside such a respected publishing
professional, someone who has demonstrated a care for the
opportunities of young people entering the industry. I personally
look forward to a collaboration which will forge even closer
connections with industry to the benefit of our very vocational -
and successful - Publishing Masters programme.
"Rosie's knowledge and experience will not only energise and
inspire activity across the programme but also help enhance the
critical commercial practices that underpin our teaching. We have
very strong links to industry and an incredible network of alumni,
so to be able to work with Rosie will be inspirational for our
students and hugely enriching on so many levels."
Dr Diane Maclean, Dean of the School of Arts
& Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier, said: "I'm delighted
that this new position, the first of its kind in the UK, has been
announced. Our Publishing team continually spearheads new
developments to ensure that Edinburgh Napier remains the place to
come and study Publishing. I have no doubt that our new Publisher
in Residence will be an exciting addition to the team."