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Master's in Publishing at the University of the Arts London

Our staff on the MA Publishing course have a very broad range of experience and first-hand knowledge of the publishing industry in everything from editorial and production to marketing, sales and distribution. They lecture internationally, edit and write books and magazine articles, and are at the forefront of current and developing publishing technologies.


Des O'Rourke - Course Director, MA Magazine Publishing Des O

Desmond O’Rourke is a Chartered Marketer and teaches marketing and management and research methods within the MA Publishing course. His career started at Letraset International where he was responsible for commissioning market research studies and for managing rights, product launches and design publications. He was the marketing director for a £22m company and has extensive experience of sales and communications. Over ten years ago he undertook a teaching qualification and a marketing masters.

Des is interested in the development of new talent and in cultivating emerging creative enterprises. Since becoming the Course Director he has launched initiatives from introducing the course’s placements scheme, industry conference and magazine to revising the course’s curriculum, teaching and assessment strategies. Another initiative has partnered the MA Publishing course with the Arts Council England and independent book publishers to extend diversity and equal opportunities in UK publishing.

Des has spoken at several conferences on publishing education, including being an invited keynote speaker at the International Taipei Book Fair Conference. He also was a member of the validation panel that developed the MA Editorial Design at the Utrecht College of Arts.


Work phone: 020 7514 6729

Office location: W206


Professor Gill Davies - Course Director, MA Book and Journal Publishing Gill Davies

Gill Davies is the Course Director for the MA in Book Publishing. She is arguably the most experienced publisher now working in publishing education, both in the UK and internationally, and brings an unrivalled depth to teaching students to prepare for publishing. Over a period of 26 years, her career ranged from starting out as an editorial secretary to becoming the managing director of three publishing houses. It included working in New York publishing, and being elected by the UK publishing industry to represent academic publishing at the highest levels, including governmental. Her book Book Commissioning and Acquisition is acknowledged to be the leading text on the work of the commissioning editor. The eight published translations have led to invitations to speak to publishing audiences around the world, including China, Russia and Mexico. Professor Davies is also frequently invited to give training presentations to publishers.



Work phone: 020 7514 8042

Office location: W206



Dr David Penfold - Deputy Course Director David Penfold

David Penfold teaches digital media within the course and strategic electronic publishing technology change and project management within the Publishing Management unit. Originally a physicist, David was a technical editor on academic journals until the mid 1980s. He then ran a small typesetting company carrying out early setting from disk and databases (including the Revised English Bible).

Since 1989 he has been a consultant, editor and writer. He was the project manager in 1993 for Electronic Journals on SuperJANET and has advised and carried out projects for many leading publishers and other organisations. He is the author of a large number of articles and several books. He was Chair of the British Computer Society Electronic Publishing Specialist Group until 2006 and was also a member of the Publishing Training Centre Steering Group on the recently published Electronic Publishing Occupational Standards.

David also leads the School of Printing and Publishing's Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects with publishing and media companies.


Work phone: 020 7514 6745

Office location: W206


Simon Das Simon Das

Simon Das is the course's most hip lecturer, having extensive experience in magazine editorial, journalism and management in the music and automotive publishing sectors.


Work phone: 020 7514 8040

Office location: W206


Keith Martin Keith Martin

Keith Martin teaches students how a critical understanding of design can contribute to outstanding publishing products across books, magazines and digital platforms. He also contributes to the BA Magazine Publishing course and others at LCC. As an experienced print and digital graphic designer, writer and programmer, his areas of expertise benefits students enormously.

He has worked in the print media production sector since the mid-1980s, developed multimedia and online projects since the beginning of the 1990s, and has worked in the magazine editorial sector since 1994. Concurrent with his role within the course, Keith is MacUser magazine's Technical Editor.

He works at the edge of design and production for cross-platform and new media content and is a regular guest and invited speaker at new media conferences around the world. Keith has written a wide range of magazine articles and books covering design and production for print and digital media, including The Digital Designer's Bible (co-authored), Web Colour: Start Here, Creative Suite 3 Integration, and others. He is currently co-authoring a book on typography.


Work phone: 020 7514 8038

Office location: W206

Mobile phone: 07909 541 365


Visiting Professors

The MA in Book Publishing is delighted to have three of the most prominent people in UK publishing as visiting professors.

Michael Barnard is Deputy Chairman of the Macmillan Group where he has had a long and successful career in book and magazine publishing, including learned journals, new media, new fiction, production, distribution and logistics, IT services and human resources. He has also been chairman or director of a number of Macmillan's overseas companies and has held elected high office in several professional associations within the printing and publishing industries.

Richard Charkin is Executive Director of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Previously he was CEO of Macmillan for ten years and before that, CEO of Reed International Books. Earlier his career has also encompassed academic and scientific publishing at Pergamon Press and at Oxford University Press. He has been President of the Publishers Association and Chairman of the Society of Bookmen.

Lynette Owen is Director of Copyright of Pearson Education and one of the most respected people in UK publishing. She is the acknowledged leading international expert on Rights.

All of our Visiting Professors provide their experience and connections for the benefit of the MA in Book Publishing.



Other Key Staff

The MA Publishing course also benefits from the expertise and experience of other key members of staff, including Lorraine Mallon, course director of BA Magazine Publishing at LCC.