OPuS was founded in 1997 to bring together the publishing community of Oxford and its surroundings, to mix, mingle and debate the current issues in the industry.
Now, OPuS has over 2000 members and represents over 20 publishing and related companies. OPuS hosts a diverse range of publishing events every year with expert speakers from both inside and outside the industry. It sets out to present all aspects of the publishing industry, so those attending events can look at activity outside their own area of work – to understand the complex ecology of contemporary publishing.
What does being a member of OPuS mean?
OPuS is a membership organisation. Membership is either by company/organisation, or for individuals. When a company or organisation joins, all its employees become members of OPuS.
Can I join OPuS as an individual?
Yes, you can. The current individual rate is £30. But, if you work in a company or organisation, it’s better value for you and your employer for the company/organisation to join. Contact the OPuS secretary, Penny Perrins for information about company/organisation membership
Who can come to OPuS events?
Anyone who works for a company or organisation that is a member of OPuS, or individual members of the Society can attend events free of charge.
Non-members are welcome to attend to get a feel for the quality of OPuS events, before (we hope) joining. The standard entry fee for non-members is £10.
What about companies in the ‘publishing services’ sector: can they join OPuS?
I work in the publishing department of an organisation. My department has 15 staff: the main organisation has over 1,000 employees. Do we join at the 15 or 1000-person rate?
I am in the editorial department of an educational publisher for the UK market. What can OPuS do for my career development?
I don’t work in Oxford. Can I still join OPuS?
Yes, we’re quite flexible over “the publishing community of Oxford”. We have members based in Cambridge, Thame, Wallingford and Swindon.
How is OPuS run?
I would like to be the OPuS Rep in my company. What should I do?
Contact the OPuS Committee, we will be delighted to tell you what is involved. The key function is to help promote OPuS events within your company, encourage attendance, and suggest topics of interest for future events.
What does ‘being a member’ entitle me to?
You can come to all general OPuS events at no charge (see events for a listing of current and past events). You can come to any special events where there may be a cover charge (like the International party held in the winter). And, you can join the OPuS Committee and help shape the future of the Society and the events programme.
What sort of topics do you cover in OPuS events?
Does that mean you don’t deal with traditional print publishing?
How are OPuS events organised?
How formal are the events? They sound like formal lectures, a bit like being back at college or Uni.
How often do you hold these events?
Roughly every two months, usually between 6.30 and 9.00 on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Check our forthcoming events calendar for details for individual events.
Where do you hold events?
Mostly in Oxford Brookes University, either in the Main Lecture Theatre or in a meeting room in the Buckley Building on the main Gipsy Lane campus. Some events are on the Headington Hall campus, either in the Willow lecture room, or in Headington Hill Hall. Check out our forthcoming events page for details for individual events.
I’ve got an idea for an OPuS event. What should I do?
Email the secretary with your ideas, or contact any of the Committee. We are always looking for suggestions from members for topics they would like covered, so you don’t need to put forward a detailed plan.
What is the role of Oxford Brookes University in OPuS?
The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) at Oxford Brookes University is a member of OPuS, and there are currently three staff members on the Committee. Brookes also provides venues for OPuS meetings, and all students (undergraduate and postgrad) are members of OPuS so can attend all events. The students provide an endlessly refreshed source of enthusiastic curiosity about the industry.