Penguin Collectors Society (PCS) Post-Graduate (PG) Bursary Scheme
PCS is an educational charity and wishes to get closer to Universities, Departments and Post-Graduate Students studying disciplines of interest to PCS. In 2013 it identified the subject areas and the Universities best representing them and shared proposals for a PG Bursary scheme with the Course Directors.
The relevant subjects include History of the Book, Publishing, Book Art, Illustration and Design. The following Universities have relevant post-graduate provision and are now affiliated to PCS and participate in the bursary scheme.
Affiliated Universities and Courses
1.1 University of the Arts London
MA Visual Arts: Book Arts
MA Fine Arts: Printmaking. Camberwell College of Arts
Courses contact Dr Johanna Love [email protected]
Dr Johanna Love
Camberwell College of Arts
University of the Arts London
45-65 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UF
MA Publishing. London College of Communication
Course Leader Frania Hall [email protected]
London College of Communication
Elephant and Castle
London SE1 6SB
MA Book Art and Print Making. Central Saint Martins
Central St Martins
1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA
1.2 Oxford Brookes University
MA Book History and Publishing Culture
MA Publishing Media
The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies
Richard Hamilton Building
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford OX3 0BP
Director Prof Angus Phillips [email protected]
1.3 University of Edinburgh
MSc Book History and Material Culture
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh EH1 1HT
Programme Director Dr Tom Mole [email protected]
1.4 University of London
MA/MRes History of the Book
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study
University of London
London WC1E 7HU
Programme Lead Dr Andrew Nash [email protected]
1.5 University of Reading
MA Book Design
Department of Typography and Graphic Communication
University of Reading
Director Prof Ruth Blacksell [email protected]
1.6 Anglia Ruskin University
MA Children’s Book Illustration
Cambridge School of Art
Cambridge CB1 1PT
Course Lead Prof Martin Salisbury [email protected]
1.7 Edinburgh Napier University
Scottish Centre for the Book
Edinburgh EH10 5LG
Director Prof Alistair McCleery [email protected]
1.8 University of Stirling
MLitt/MRes Publishing Studies
Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
Director Prof Claire Squires [email protected]
1.9 University of Plymouth
School of Art, Design and Arhitecture
701b Roland Levinsky Building
Plymouth PL4 8AA
Programme Leader Dr Paul Honeywill [email protected]
1.10 Kingston University
Department of Journalism and Publishing
Kingston upon Thames
Course Director Ms Emma Tait [email protected]
1.11 City University
MA International Publishing
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Department of Journalism
London EC1V 0HB
Course Director Dr Patrick Brindle [email protected]
1.12 University College London
MA Publishing Studies in conjunction with Senate House, University of London
UCL Centre for Publishing
Department of Information Studies
University College London
Foster Court, Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
Course Director Dr Daniel Boswell [email protected]
1.13 Bath Spa University
MA Children's Publishing
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Writing, Film and Digital Creativity
Bath Spa University
Newton St Loe
Bath BA2 9BN
Course Director Dr Laura Little [email protected]
Affiliate University Status
- The above-named University Department/Centre will be the affiliated partner.
- The above-named contact becomes The Official Correspondent of the University and the PCS associate member.
- The associate member will receive new PCS publications and invitations to events including the AGM.
- The associate member will receive a sample of previous PCS publications.
- The associate member will be encouraged to use the PCS website https://www.penguincollectorssociety.org and purchase PCS publications for their Subject Library and add such titles to relevant course reading lists.
- The associate member will receive the 'Terms' of an Annual PCS Post-Graduate Bursary Scheme, currently valued at £500.
Terms of the PCS Bursary (2019-20)
The Bursary is available through open competition to a post-graduate student studying at one of the above-named Affiliated Universities. The University associate member will internally advertise the Bursary to Master’s students studying one of their awards either as a single subject or in a combined study. The Bursary is to support the Dissertation Module or its equivalent where independent study is to be demonstrated. This is normally taken in Semester 2 of a one-year, full-time programme or in year two of a part-time programme. Depending on its credit value the Dissertation will have a word limit of between 12-15,000 words in an MA/MSc and up to 20,000 words in a MRes.
The Bursary is available to support travel and access to archival material, library collections, named people employed by Penguin Books or authors/illustrators involved in Penguin publications. The Bursary will be disbursed by the associate member.
The Affiliated University will require students to submit an Independent Study Proposal to the associate member in January/February. They can then submit up to two suitable proposals to the PCS Trustees by 31 March. A Trustee panel will decide on the award in early April and inform the associate member, and thereafter the successful student, before the end of the month.
Each year PCS will provide some information on Penguin-related anniversaries which could be celebrated through student research. We will also provide examples of areas of study we would be pleased to support but will not be overly prescriptive in this regard (see below).
The Bursary holder will be required to successfully complete the study for the University award and to provide an electronic copy of their dissertation to the editor of the PCS journal, The Penguin Collector, along with either a recommendation of an extract from it or a précis of the whole text, in either case of no more than 2,000 words. This will be considered for publication as adding to the body of work already published on the history, content and design of Penguin Books Ltd.
We would expect the Award Ceremony Proceedings to acknowledge the graduate student as having been awarded a PCS Bursary.
Associate members and their supported students would be invited to contribute to PCS Study Days and AGM proceedings as appropriate.
In the event of a bursary award being made but the conditions of the award not being met, PCS retains the right to withdraw the Affiliate status from the university until such time as the Trustees are reassured.
The Open Competition started in the Academic year 2014-2015 and PCS made its inaugural award to Kelly Neubeiser. Her study was entitled ‘Defining the Classics how Penguin impacted upon the evolution of a timeless genre’. A report of her work was published in Penguin Collector 86 (June 2016). Subsequent award winners have had their research reports published annually in the June edition.
The 2018-19 Bursary was launched on 1 October 2018 and closed on 31 March 2019. The Trustees awarded two Bursaries; Charisa Gunasekera who is an MA Publishing student at University College London for a Dissertation entitled 'The Purveyors of the Modern Classics', and Megan Dennis who is an MA Publishing Media student at Oxford Brookes University for a Dissertation entitled 'A World of Pure Imagination: Kay Webb's ethos surrounding children's publishing and how it has continued into Puffin's legacy and longevity as a publisher'. We wish them both well with their research.
Bursary winners will become (subscription-free) annual members of PCS for five years and will receive copies of all in-year publications and invitations to our Study Days and AGMs. We also hope more students will become members.
The 2019-20 Bursary Scheme will be launched on 1 October 2019. Once again, we will draw attention to significant Penguin-related anniversaries. It is the 80th anniversary of the launch of New Writing, Puffin Picture Books and Hansard. The 75th anniversary of the launch of New Biology, Ptarmigan, Handbooks and Russian Review. It is also the 100th anniversary of the birth of Stephen Russ (illustrator) and Ronald Searle (cartoonist) and the 50th anniversary of the death of Allen Lane, the founder of Penguin Books. I hope some of these landmarks may whet the appetite of students choosing their dissertation topics.
Other examples of potential areas of study
- Penguin Books as a major publisher of the twentieth century
- Penguin Books as a revolutionary paperback publisher
- The social impact of Penguin Books
- The impact of Penguin Books in the Second World War
- A study of the Penguin publications of a single author
- A study of a single series published by Penguin Books
- Any aspect of design associated with Penguin Books
Prof Jeff Lucas [email protected]
PCS Trustee (Post-Graduate Bursary Scheme)