Avril Gray
Avril Gray

Avril Gray

Associate Professor

Biography

M.Phil
M.A. Hons
Former Publishing MD
Senior Fellow HEA
Programme Leader, Postgraduate Publishing
(www.publishingdegree.co.uk)
University Project Manager #NapierBigRead (www.NapierBigRead.com)

News

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Invited: Industry Steering Committee, International Magazine Festival
  • Judge, UNESCO Edinburgh City of Literature Anthology
  • Judge, National Scottish Magazine Awards
  • Academic Lead – International Magazine Centre
  • Invited: Advisory Committee Member for Kingston/Napier University Collaboration
  • Judge, DtS Scottish School Magazine Awards
  • Judge, National Scottish Magazine Awards
  • Expert Evidence to Scottish Parliament - Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee delegation
  • Judge, National Scottish Magazine Awards
  • Judge, National Scottish Magazine Awards

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Bologna Book Fair, 2018
  • Innovations' First Birthday (and Birth of Big Read)
  • Nielsen UK Summit and Publishing Seminar
  • 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference, 6-8 June 2017
  • Leipzig Book Fair, 2017
  • Thinking, Doing, Publishing: Pedogical Research on the Go
  • London Book Fair, 2017
  • Society of Young Publishers Conference (annual)
  • Leipzig Book Fair, 2016
  • London Book Fair, 2016
  • London Book Fair, 2015
  • Magfest International (annual)
  • Publishing Scotland Conference (annual)

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Validator (invited), MA Publishing, York St John's University
  • Validator (invited), MA Publishing & Contemporary Literature, York St John's University
  • Validator (invited), MA Publishing & Creative Writing, York St John's University
  • External Examiner, BA (Hons) Publishing, NUI Galway
  • External Examiner, BA Hons Publishing, Kingston University
  • Validator, BA Publishing programmes, Kingston University, 2015
  • Mentor to External Examiner, University of the Arts, London
  • External Examiner, MA Publishing (Magazines), University of the Arts London, 2013-2015
  • External Examiner, MA Publishing programmes, University of the Arts London, 2011-2014

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Recipient of University Award for Advance HE Conference, 2021
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Invited Speaker

  • 'Postgraduate Publishing in an International Context', Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense delegates, 15 March 2018
  • 'Postgraduate Publishing in an International Context', Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig) delegates, 21 February 2018
  • 'How to Get a Job in Publishing', Queen's University Belfast, April 2014
  • 'How to Get a Job in Publishing', Univeristy of Aberdeen, March 2013
  • 'Postgraduate Publishing in Edinburgh, Scotland', British Council Panel, Kolkata Book Fair (India)
  • CCCF 2017 World of Books and Publishing, Edinburgh University (ANNUAL talk)

 

Media Activity

  • Yarrrr be Treasure in them Pages - CHAS get a Personal Preview of New Book
  • Ask the Expert - Avril Gray provides publishing advice to Guardian readers
  • "Peter and Wendy" featured in Official 2012 Peter Pan Celebrations
  • Peter Pan brings Christmas Cheer to Sick Kids in Hospital
  • Merchiston Publishing is Scottish 'publisher of the month'

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Committee Member, Steering Group, PPA Scotland
  • Member, Equality in Publishing (EQUIP)
  • Secretary, Association for Publishing Education
  • Associate Member, PPA Scotland
  • Network Member, Publishing Scotland

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Academic Book Week
  • A Book is More Important than Food - Books to Homeless Campaign
  • Innovations in Learning & Teaching - Opening the Book on the Process
  • Monday Master Talks – 2016-2017, speakers included CEOs of Publishing Companies across the UK
  • Martin Rattler Schools Cover Competition
  • Pushkin Prizes - Celebrating 2014, the UK-Russia Year of Culture
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood for Books (Promoting RLS Vampire Novel)
  • Ah Dinnae Ken: What does it mean to be Scottish? (Photo Competition)
  • Olalla - An Experiment in the Emerging Business Model of Crowdfunding
  • Burns ByBite, 2013
  • Books to Schools - Initiative & Initiation (into Publishing)
  • Travel Light - Books as a Passport
  • Ah Dinnae Ken - Young Readers & New Voters
  • Imagined Corners - A Life Without Bars
  • Real Sherlock Resurrected at Inaugural Crime Fiction Festival
  • Publishing Showcase - Celebrating Unique UK Accreditation
  • A Clan Gathering - New Road, New Book, New eBook
  • Sunset Song (Scotland's Favourite Book) - 75th Anniversary
  • Thirty-Nine Steps - A First-Class Escape into Scotland
  • 500 Years of Printing in Scotland

 

Date


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Introducing 'Detective McLevy’s Casebook' and the Napier Big Read Campaign

Presentation / Conference
Gray, A. (2018, April)
Introducing 'Detective McLevy’s Casebook' and the Napier Big Read Campaign. Presented at Crime Fiction(s): Victorian and Neo-Victorian Narratives of Crime and Punishment, Edinburgh
NO abstract available.

Using pre-arrival shared reading to promote a sense of community: A case study across two institutions

Journal Article
Baverstock, A., Steinitz, J., Webster-Henderson, B., Bryars, L., Cairncross, S., Ennis, L., …McLuckie, C. (2018)
Using pre-arrival shared reading to promote a sense of community: A case study across two institutions. Logos, 29(4), https://doi.org/10.1163/18784712-02904005
Seeking to improve student enrolment, engagement, and retention, Kingston University began a pre-arrival shared reading scheme in 2014–2015, sending a free book to every stude...

#NapierBigRead

Digital Artefact
Gray, A. (2017)
#NapierBigRead. [website, facebook, instagram, twitter]
Created and manage website. c.2,000 views since creation (Dec 2017) 360º social media portfolio: website, facebook, instagram, twitter www.NapierBigRead.com

A New Model for a University Press

Presentation / Conference
Gray, A. (2017, June)
A New Model for a University Press. Paper presented at International Publishing By the Book 4, Florence, Italy
Publication of pedagogical research via staff/student collaboration.

Thinking, Doing, Publishing - Pedogical Research on the Go

Presentation / Conference
Gray, A., Penman, C., & Foster, M. (2017, February)
Thinking, Doing, Publishing - Pedogical Research on the Go. Paper presented at Innovations in Teaching and Supporting Learning, Edinburgh Napier University
Joint Presentation with Christine Penman and Monika Foster Available at - http://blogs.napier.ac.uk/teachingfellows/teaching-fellows-conference-2017-2/

Publish and be damned: exploring problem-based learning through the establishment of a University press

Book Chapter
Gray, A. (2016)
Publish and be damned: exploring problem-based learning through the establishment of a University press. In C. Penman, & M. Foster (Eds.), Innovations in Learning and TeachingEdinburgh: Merchiston Publishing
A pedagogic research publication showing new teaching approaches in higher education. This collection of chapters gives voice to academics from different disciplines across Ed...

Herding Cats without Taming Tigers.

Presentation / Conference
Gray, A. (2015, September)
Herding Cats without Taming Tigers. Paper presented at CRLL 2015 Conference - Student Engagement: From Research to Practice, Glasgow Caledonian University
No abstract available.

Live Projects, Risk versus Reward

Presentation / Conference
Gray, A. (2015, July)
Live Projects, Risk versus Reward. Paper presented at The Generation and Regeneration of Books, Montreal
The 23rd annual SHARP conference was be held in Longueuil/Montreal (Canada), Tuesday, 7 July, to Friday, 10 July 2015. Hosted by the Groupe de recherches et d'études sur le li...

100 Years of Magazine Publishing in Scotland

Exhibition / Performance
Gray, A. 100 Years of Magazine Publishing in Scotland. Exhibited at Scotland. 24 June 2013 - 19 July 2013. (Unpublished)

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Gray, A. 100 Years of Magazine Publishing in Scotland. Exhibited at Scotland. 24 June 2013 - 19 July 2013. (Unpublished
Scotland wide, 24 June until 19 July 2013

Publishing by Degrees.

Digital Artefact
Gray, A. (2012)
Publishing by Degrees. [website]
Created and manage public website. Monthly views c.1,400 www.publishingdegree.co.uk

Current Post Grad projects