Emma Hawes 2009

Course studied:
BA Publishing with Communication, Media, and Culture

Currently working as a Senior Production Editor within the Law Content Operations team, Oxford University Press.

Emma Hawes

Did your course or the lecturers at Brookes inspire you or help you progress into a particular career?

I enjoyed the production module very much, which led me to seek work experience. I got a three week placement with another department within OUP. After three weeks, I knew this was the career for me. What is fantastic about the publishing course is that you can really tailor it to suit the publishing role you want to work in.

What are you doing back with Brookes currently?

I have guest lectured on a first year module, presenting on the production process.

What success stories/achievements have you had in your role?

In the job I’m doing, achievements tend to be on a smaller scale, I think the biggest achievement we get is when a book that has had problems for some reason or another finally publishes. I would also consider my career progression to be a personal achievement from me, I’ve progressed in my time here from Assistant Production Editor, to Production Editor, and then onto my current role.

What’s the benefit personally or commercially to working with Brookes?

It’s nice to give something back, particularly to the Publishing Department who were so supportive throughout my course. I’m very lucky in that I still maintain contact with my personal tutor. They play such an important part of three years of your life.

How would you like the partnership between Oxford Brookes and yourself to develop?

I would be keen to continue guest lecturing.

What do you recommend to others who would like to help the university?

Get in touch with your tutors, as I discovered, their help doesn’t end the day you graduate