Matthew O’Donoghue is a Marketing Executive within Epigeum’s Marketing team. He predominantly looks after the Research strand of our programmes, working closely with our Publishing team and our course contributors to raise awareness of our programmes and support our Academic Partnerships team. Matthew has a BA (hons) degree in Cultural Studies from Liverpool John Moores University and has previously worked as a product manager in music publishing, and publisher liaison manager at Waterstones.
What brought you to Epigeum?
I was attracted to Epigeum’s educational focus, and their approach to their end users. Digital publishing is an area that was of clear importance when I joined, although it has become radically more important because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it presented an exciting opportunity to expand my knowledge in that area.
Which parts of your role do you enjoy the most?
The best parts of my job at Epigeum are in connecting with people, whether it’s our partners, our contributors, or our colleagues. Seeing the way these separate parts come together through our programme development groups is especially satisfying.
What does your workspace say about you?
Probably that I’m still a bit too reliant on paper! There are usually books, notepads, and print outs of design work that I’m making notes on. Like many of us, I’m currently working in a makeshift office environment, with a reduced desk space, so I hope that some of my enforced minimalist habits continue when I’m back in the office.
What do you do in your free time?
Again, a question that would be very different had I answered it 12 months ago, due to the Covid-19 pandemic! Structured exercise has become much more important now that I’m not walking back from Epigeum’s office in Kensington, London, so running and kettlebells have started to take up more of my time. It’s a bit of a cliché, but they have helped my mental health a lot during the lockdown restrictions during 2020, and saved me from moving between a desk, a sofa, and a bed every day. In normal times, I enjoy making music with friends, the cinema, books, and book events.
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
Patti Smith once told me I reminded her of Jim Morrison. She did not specify at what point in his career, but I haven’t taken a bath in Paris since.
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