Policy Press


Aug 12, 2020

2020 Independent Publishing Guild Awards

We’re very pleased to have been shortlisted for two categories in the 2020 Independent Publishing Guild Awards: the PLS Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year and the IPG Marketing Award for our campaign for The Class Ceiling.

The full shortlist is here: this year saw the highest ever number of entries resulting in 47 shortlisted nominations from 32 companies just showing the vibrancy of the independent publishing sector in the UK. We are one of only eight publishers to be nominated in more than one category  

The judges say about us: Bristol University Press flies the flag for the UK’s university press sector on the shortlist. In a year that saw it achieve record sales and output, judges especially liked BUP’s clear strategies, OA engagement and brand promotion, including via a podcast. “There’s a lot of oomph to the publishing, sales and marketing… they’re not afraid to take a punt on things and they’re reaching trade channels too, which isn’t easy for an academic publisher to do.”

And in relation to the Marketing Award: Bristol University Press makes the shortlist for its work on The Class Ceiling by Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison, published by its Policy Press imprint. Promotion, including a big launch event, achieved widespread media and review coverage while contributing to big conversations about social mobility. “This campaign pushed all the right buttons for the book… it had a measurable impact on sales and got an important message out,”.