Prof Iain Stevenson, a former lecturer and creator of the award winning Publishing Studies MA, tragically died in an accident near Bishop’s Stortford on March 3 aged 66.
Although recognised for his prestigious contributions to the world of publishing, Stevenson’s early training was in Geography, and he completed two Masters and a PhD in the subject. After graduating from UCL in 1981, Stevenson chose to begin a career in publishing and was a senior publishing executive for over 25 years
He gained extensive experience having worked for Longman, Macmillan, Wiley, and the Stationery Office among others. He also founded the pioneering environmental publisher Belhaven Press in 1986.
While working in the publishing industry Stevenson met David Rhind who has published several books on Geography and Earth Sciences and was, at the time, vice chancellor of City University. After persuading Rhind to launch a Masters in Publishing Studies at City, Stevenson went on to run the course from 1999 to 2006.
He set the course up to be strongly vocational and sought to teach students to become leaders within the world of publishing. Iain returned ‘home’ to UCL in 2006 until his retirement in September 2015.
Mary Ann Kernan, the current programme director of MA Publishing at City, knew Stevenson for 40 years and was a colleague during his time at City, she said: “He very much lived life to the fullest, I’m sure he would say that he has no regrets and will be fondly remembered.
“His great ability as a raconteur and his infectious friendliness meant that he touched a lot of people in the community of publishing which he was truly at the centre of.”