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Witherby Publishing Group with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Stirling launch a new Publishing Scholarship

7 July 2020

Witherby Publishing Group, the Postgraduate Publishing Programmes at Edinburgh Napier University and the Centre for International Publishing and Communication at the University of Stirling are delighted to announce the launch of two Publishing Scholarships for the academic year 2020-21.

The Witherby Publishing Group Scholarship has been established to support individuals from under-represented or disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake a postgraduate degree in Publishing.

The Scholarship recipients will each receive a £3,000 payment towards their tuition fees for the degree of MSc Publishing (Edinburgh Napier) or MLitt Publishing Studies (Stirling). Each Scholarship also provides a publishing placement with Witherbys.

The Witherby Publishing Group Scholarship has been a year in the planning. Conceived at the 50th Anniversary of Publishing at Edinburgh Napier in June 2019, Witherbys generously stepped forward as funder. Edinburgh Napier and Stirling are the only two universities in Scotland offering Publishing at Postgraduate level and so, in the spirit of diversity, equitability and inclusion, the Scholarships are being offered at both universities.


Iain Macneil, Witherby Publishing Group's CEO, commented: 'Witherbys is dedicated to supporting the future of publishing in Scotland and offering financial support to students aligns with the strong sense of community and social responsibility that is at the heart of Witherbys. We are looking forward to assisting students in achieving their academic qualifications and providing vital experience in the publishing industry.'


Avril Gray, Associate Professor of Publishing & Publishing Programme Director at Edinburgh Napier University said: 'MSc Publishing are thrilled to offer this new Scholarship. The idea was one I've had for a long time and I'm enormously grateful to Witherbys for their generosity in providing placements at both universities offering Publishing in Scotland. Witherbys has been our industry partner for many years, providing placements and guest lectures, and employing many of our alumni, notably Gillian Macrosson, Managing Director, and co-ordinator of the Scholarship at Witherbys. I'm truly delighted that the Witherby Publishing Group Scholarshipwill help individuals who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to undertake a postgraduate degree. At Edinburgh Napier University we are committed to the principle of fairness in access to higher education, and to promoting inclusivity and diversity at all levels of Publishing.' 


Frances Sessford, Programme Director for the MLitt Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling said: 'Stirling Centre for International Publishing & Communication is delighted to work with Witherbys in its aim to increase diversity and inclusivity in the workforce. This initiative further enhances the already strong links between the industry and our publishing programmes.'

Full details of the Scholarships and Publishing programmes can be found at these links:


About the Witherby Publishing Group:

Witherbys is one of Scotland's largest and most successful publishing houses, with a portfolio of over 400 specialist titles that are exported to over 110 countries.

Established in 1740, Witherbys has long been involved in the maritime industry. In 2008, when the company was bought by Seamanship International from the Witherby family, the name was changed to the Witherby Publishing Group and the company was brought, in its entirety, to Scotland. Twelve years later, having grown the company tenfold, Witherbys is now one of the largest providers of regulatory and guidance materials to the marine industry. Witherbys is a privately owned company.


About MSc Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University:

Edinburgh Napier University's MSc Publishing programme leads the field in industry-specific training. It was the first and only publishing course to be accredited by the Professional Publisher's Association and is the only Publishing degree in the UK to be doubly accredited.

Celebrating over 50 years as a Centre of Excellence in Publishing Education, MSc Publishing at Edinburgh Napier provides an academically rigorous understanding of the publishing industry in an international context, including traditional book and magazine publishing, digital publishing, commercial and corporate publishing. Our in-house publishing imprint, Merchiston Publishing, offers students real-life publishing experience, and our work with the Third Sector, with schools, libraries and literary organisations has been commended in the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Centre for the Book, also at Edinburgh Napier University, acts as an international focus for research and knowledge transfer in publishing.


About the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication:

The Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication was established in 1982 and has since developed a global reputation for its postgraduate degrees in publishing, its research activities, and its industry links. The Centre trains the publishers of the future and provides opportunities for those currently working in the industry to reflect on their professional practice.

The MLitt in Publishing Studies offers graduates in any discipline a broad introduction to the publication process, focused on printed books, journals, magazines and digital media, within an international context. The programme covers the whole process of planning, editing, production, marketing and publication management. It is dedicated to teaching the best current publishing practice, so programme content is updated each year as a result of the rapid changes that are transforming the industry worldwide. Students come from all over the world to study publishing at Stirling and our graduates have successfully found employment in a diverse range of publishing companies in the UK and around the world, with many now working at management level.