13 December 2012
Academics and students are celebrating the news that a University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) course has become the first of its kind to receive industry accreditation.
The Masters in Publishing is the only higher education programme in the country to be awarded the Skillset approval and tick mark.
Skillset officials rigorously scrutinised the academic provision and course links and gave the course a glowing report.
“To be the first university course to get this industry accreditation is the best early Christmas present we could have”
Highlighted areas included:
- An excellent course with strong industry connections which prepares students well for an immediate foray into publishing
- There is a good record of student entry into industry and swift progression to positions of responsibility
- The course is well respected by publishers
“It’s absolutely fantastic news for the University and especially everybody involved with the course”
Debbie Williams, Head of UCLan Publishing, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic news for the University and especially everybody involved with the course.
“To be the first university course to get this industry accreditation is the best early Christmas present we could have. It’s a great marker to show how we are leading the field in creating Masters level graduates who are fully prepared for the ever changing publishing industry.”
Best-selling children’s author Melvin Burgess joined the party where he talked about his career and upcoming work. Students from MA Publishing, MA Magazine Journalism and MA Writing for Children courses attended alongside Manchester University Press, Raintree Publishers and Lancashire Libraries. Senior Lecturer Dr Helen Day made a special cake toasting the achievement.
Debbie, who has been rewarded for her innovation in teaching and assessment in the recent Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, added: “This is a fabulous boost and can only help to attract more people to the course and encourage more industry experts to work with us.”