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Sacrifice is well worth it

06 December 2012

Victoria Edwards and Rachel Atkinson

Mature student graduates from MA Publishing after giving up full-time job

A book fanatic has proved that making a sacrifice can result in a big success.

Preston’s Dail Maudsley took to the stage in the Guild Hall earlier this week to receive a Master’s degree in Publishing from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The mature student worked in London for seven years but quit her job and moved back in with her parents in order to become a full-time student on the MA.

Dail said: “Going from a full-time working salary and working in London, to moving back home without a wage was daunting but it was well worth it. I wanted to develop my knowledge of the different roles within the sector and I felt working full-time while studying wouldn’t help.”

“I wanted to develop my knowledge of the different roles within the sector”


Throughout the course she spent time researching the shifting publishing landscape and fulfilled her ambition to learn more about digital publishing. Dail also ensured she attended industry events such as the London Book Fair to expand her existing network.

She also became highly involved within her fellow course mates and used her past knowledge of the industry to advise other students. She became a course rep, a Futures mentor and arranged trips to publishing events.

Dail said: “I got a great sense of fulfilment from knowing I could help others and it allowed me to give something back to my time at University.”

“I got a great sense of fulfilment from knowing I could help others”


Academic life wasn’t new to Dail as she had previously completed a full-time Master’s Degree in Creative and Cultural Industries at London Metropolitan University, while working in the capital. 

Since completing her degree, Dail has moved to Cambridge and secured a job as Sales Manager at Ebook Services in London.  Her role involves assisting publishers in the transition to digital products and building publishing brands as readers increasingly discover books online.

The digital publishing landscape is constantly shifting, with ebooks and ereaders becoming more popular every year.

Dail added: “Almost every week, new skills are identified as essential for publishing success. It shows how current the MA has to be in order keep up with the new roles that are being created.”