The Publishing Training Centre (PTC), an educational charity dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in publishing, is awarding four bursaries, each worth £5,000, to students from Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds studying for publishing Masters degrees at four UK universities: City University London, Oxford Brookes, Napier and UCL.
John Whitley, Chief Executive of the PTC, says: “BME employees are under-represented in UK publishing.” According to the 2007 Diversity in Publishing report produced by Book Marketing Ltd, just 7.7% of the workforce comes from BME backgrounds. “Unless we address this there is a real danger that our publishing output will fail to represent the richness of our diverse cultural heritage and increasingly broad mixture of races and religious groupings now resident in our islands. Intensive efforts from many quarters, including Arts Council England, London College of Communication and DIPNet, the Diversity in Publishing Network and The PTC have begun to address this issue, but there is more to be achieved.”
The universities are applying their own criteria to the selection process, guided by the PTC. “I have asked the universities to look for candidates who may struggle to pay for themselves, and who are likely to go on to apply their knowledge and skill in a UK context,” says John Whitley. Those who apply must be eligible to work in the UK.
The PTC has been supporting the Arts Council England (ACE) to improve the ethnic diversity of publishing employment by providing free training for all recruits placed through the ACE Scheme into UK publishing houses.
Interested candidates must already have been offered a place on a qualifying course and should then make contact with the appropriate individual, via the email contacts below:
The Publishing Training Centre (www.train4publishing.co.uk) was set up more than 25 years ago to provide courses in all aspects of book and journal publishing. As the training provider for the industry, it aims to promote excellence in publishing. Today, it runs more than 70 courses in everything from writing and editing for the web to PR in publishing.