Publishing with a purpose


At Bristol University Press and its imprint Policy Press, we are committed to ensuring that all our products are made available to as wide an audience as possible. Our research and publication are there to influence and inform, so it is important to our wider mission that this content is accessed by everyone regardless of age, ability or situation.


We are proud to receive Highly Commended in the ASPIRE Accessibility Awards 2019, awarded by JISC.

How do we do this?

We are happy to provide electronic files or grant permission for the creation into the appropriate formats for the visually impaired. Our files are normally provided in PDF or EPUB 2 which functions with most screen reading and text to speech software. If there are any issues, we can always supply in other formats.

If you wish to request a file, please contact Jo Greig on Your request will normally take between 5 to 15 days to reply, although we will try and answer as quickly as possible. We are happy receive requests from individuals or Disability Officers from any institution.

Access can depend on the availability of the title, as some of our older publications may not be available in digital formats and make a little longer to source. If a digital version is not available, we will look at alternative scanning options.

Accessibility services

We are in the process of setting up an automatic feed of newly published titles to services such as Royal National Institute of Blind People Bookshare database, and this will be completed by September 2018. If you are not able to find the title you are looking for, please get in touch directly and we will ensure it is available.

Digital rights protection

All our Bristol University Press and Policy Press content is protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM) software, and the rationale and accessibility implications are outlined in our copyright policy. This does not allow widescale copying or sharing or eBook content by an individual.

We would ask you to respect this policy it is part of our commitment to protect our authors’ intelligent property rights.  If you do have an enquiry about using the content in an alternative way, then they we are open to discussions, so please contact Jo Greig.

Our website

We have recently updated our website to improve navigation and access to all our up-to-date information. These have been informed by all the best industry standards, but we are always keen to hear ways that we can improve, so if something is hampering access, please get in touch at once and we will do our best to sort things out.

Please send any queries to Sales and Marketing Director, Jo Greig or call on +44 (0)117 3945965