Writing and Publishing: essential tools for effective communication

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Writing and Publishing ImageWriting and publishing are essential for effective communication across organisations, industries and sectors. The College of Arts at the University of Glasgow is a centre of expertise for the interpretation of existing text and authorship, and for the use of language, writing and publishing to communicate important information to communities within and beyond academia.

Academics working in the College of Arts engage with partners in a diverse range of writing and publishing activities. Certainly, Arts researchers at the University of Glasgow produce vast numbers of research monographs: some for an academic audience, and others crossover volumes produced for a wider audience. Arts researchers are also responsible for editing the works of literary figures, authoring biographies of cultural and historical figures, and writing accounts of key cultural and historical moments. Our contribution to the writing and publishing industry in this respect is quite obvious, but for us it has always been about much more than simply writing up our research for reproduction in print volumes.

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Dr Pauline MacKay, College of Arts Writing and Publishing Industry Sector lead.

Arts researchers frequently work alongside industry partners to produce quality works of creative and critical writing, as authors, peer reviewers and committee members. Also based in the College are series editors who are committed to selecting new and exciting research in their area of expertise, and seeing it through to publication in collaboration with major publishing houses. Academics often collaborate with the Press to disseminate their research, and to contribute informed commentary on current affairs, while staff in the Modern Languages discipline engage in literary and translation activities, helping to increase the audience for texts, publications and media, and to promote international cultural awareness.

In collaboration with authors and publishers, several Arts researchers at the University of Glasgow are exploring the very process of writing and publishing, contributing to an enhanced understanding of the publishing industry: how it has developed historically, and how it functions in the present day.

Furthermore, it is important to recognise that writing and publishing in the 21st Century extends far beyond the printed text. The College of Arts is also, therefore, committed to the digital humanities, and is working with industry partners to publish research online, via Apps and digital resources.

Examples of these wide-ranging activities and their mutual benefits for the University and industry partners are available on our Writing and Publishing Case Study pages. It is important to recognise that the College of Arts engages in these activities with four things in mind:  research possibilities; potential benefits for our students (via knowledge exchange and placement opportunities); potential benefits for writing and publishing industry partners; and the potential benefits for society in general.

Writing and Publishing month is all about reinvigorating existing partnerships and establishing new partnerships between the College of Arts and writing and publishing professionals. And so, I’d like to close by posing the following question: How can we work together to better understand and enhance the writing and publishing industry?


Text by Dr Pauline MacKay, Writing and Publishing Industry Sector lead. To view Dr MacKay’s introductory video on Writing and Publishing visit our YouTube channel

To find out more about Writing & Publishing visit http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/arts/knowledge-exchange/themes/writingandpublishing/ or email fraser.rowan@glasgow.ac.uk

Post Author: Fraser Rowan

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