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

  • Academic Lead – International Magazine Centre
  • Invited: Advisory Committee Member for Kingston/Napier University Collaboration
  • Judge, National Scottish Magazine Awards
  • Judge, DtS Scottish School Magazine Awards
  • Expert Evidence to Scottish Parliament - Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee delegation
  • Judge, National Scottish Magazine Awards
  • Judge, National Scottish Magazine Awards

 

Conference Activity

  • Bologna Book Fair, 2018
  • Innovations' First Birthday (and Birth of Big Read)
  • Leipzig Book Fair, 2017
  • London Book Fair, 2017
  • Thinking, Doing, Publishing: Pedogical Research on the Go
  • 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference, 6-8 June 2017
  • Nielsen UK Summit and Publishing Seminar
  • Leipzig Book Fair, 2016
  • London Book Fair, 2016
  • Society of Young Publishers Conference (annual)
  • 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 & Creative Writing, York St John's University
  • Validator (invited), MA Publishing & Contemporary Literature, 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

  • 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

  • "Peter and Wendy" featured in Official 2012 Peter Pan Celebrations
  • 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
  • Merchiston Publishing is Scottish 'publisher of the month'
  • Peter Pan brings Christmas Cheer to Sick Kids in Hospital

 

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

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


23 results

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
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
Created and manage public website. Monthly views c.1,400 www.publishingdegree.co.uk

Can't Read or Won't Read? - Children's Reading Habits

Presentation / Conference
Gray, A. (2012, January)
Can't Read or Won't Read? - Children's Reading Habits. Paper presented at International Conference on the Book

Current Post Grad projects