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05 July 2019

Work experience programme at Cambridge University Press

From 1 to 12 July, two groups of students from local schools across Cambridgeshire will be spending a week at Cambridge University Press as part of the work experience programme.

The students will be working in various different departments across the organisation including communications, design, marketing, project management, procurement and sales. Below, the first cohort of students share their views and experience they have gained whilst at the Press.

ELT design-

Student- Biagio Santoro

Gaining experience in the ELT Design department was Biagio Santoro from Long Road Sixth Form College. His role entailed looking at and helping fulfil design briefs. Whilst at Cambridge University Press he said he really ‘enjoyed the team and the environment’ where he was working. He also said he found it ‘shocking how many people not only work in the Cambridge unit but also all over the world.’

Manager- Sophie Bowd

Biagio’s manager, Sophie, thinks that work experience helps to 'open up the student’s eyes to all the potential career options that are out there.'

ELT design student


Student- Holly Spencer

Holly Spencer from Long Road Sixth Form College spent the week in the Communications department. She said: 'During my time at the Press I found it interesting to see how the communications team works in conjunction with the rest of the business. Although it was quite challenging getting used to the everyday work life, I enjoyed working with all the friendly people in the team.'

Manager- Kaya Spencer/Katie Phoenix

Holly’s manager Kaya said: ‘As I organised the work experience programme it’s really exciting to see all the students getting to know each other and getting introduced to all the different roles in publishing.'

Communications student

Education Marketing

Student- Louis Temblett

In the Education Marketing department was Louis Temblett from The Saffron Walden County High School. His role entailed ‘analysing the brand in a digital format on social media’. He found the experience really useful as it helped him ‘get to grips with daily work life.’

Education marketing student


Student- Matthew Chang

Matthew Chang from Hills Road Sixth Form College spent the week working in Procurement. For him the most challenging part of his work experience was 'trying to understand the various ways certain things can be interpreted in contracts.'

Rights Sales, Academic

Student- Arundhati Saraswatula

Arundhati from Hills Road Sixth Form College worked in the Academic Rights Sales department. She said: 'It took me a little bit of time to familiarise myself with the rights database but once I did, I realised how integral it is to the department.' As part of her position she found it 'especially interesting talking to colleagues in the team, especially the Head of Rights Sales.'

Manager- Katie Scarff

Arundhati’s manager, Katie Scarff, said: ‘Having a student in the team has really made me look at the way we work in a different way.'

Rights Sales student

Programme and Project Management

Student- Amelia Price

Working in the Programme and Project Management department was Amelia Price from Hills Road Sixth Form College. She said: 'I’ve found learning about all the various roles involved in printing really interesting.' Although some things have been challenging she has found ways around it: 'At first all the technical abbreviations were quite difficult to understand but I soon got used to them. It’s really amazing to see all the departments involved in creating and coordinating a finished product.'

Manager- Anna Linthe

Amelia’s manager thinks work experience is a good opportunity for students 'to experience being in a workplace, with all the things you don’t learn in a classroom.' It also helps to give students confidence so that they can 'perform well in the workplace.'

Programme and Project Management student

Social Sciences Marketing

Student- Sophie Wilks

Sophie Wilks from The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College spent the week in the Social Sciences Academic Marketing department. She found her time at the Press 'very interesting thanks to meeting all the new people.' She believes her time at the Press will benefit her future as she has now 'experienced the world of work.' 

Academic Marketing student


Student- Jessica Eve

Jessica Eve from Hills Road Sixth Form College also spent a week in the Academic Marketing department. She said: ‘I really enjoyed the culture of the company and the general atmosphere which made it a really nice place to work.' She found it surprising 'how many different aspects there are to the company that you wouldn’t expect to be at a publisher.'

Manager- Ellena Moriarty

Jessica’s manager Ellena said: ‘I hope that the placement has been a valuable experience for Jessica, in learning more about how our department functions, and deciding whether to study marketing at university.’

Academic marketing student


Student- Kiera Sibbons

Manager- Cathy Ashbee

Cathy said: ‘I always hope our students leave with a sense that work isn’t a drudgery and that from her time in the Bookshop Kiera's learnt that it is a happy place to work.'

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