Policy Press

Publishing with a Purpose

Information for Lecturers

Bristol University Press and Policy Press have a reputation for producing high-quality, accessible textbooks appreciated by lecturers and students alike. Consequently our books and series are used on a wide variety of academic and professional courses, at all levels.

View a complete list of our learning resources here.

Student-friendly textbook features

These include:

  • Chapter specific summaries 
  • Explanation of links between policy and practice 
  • Case studies and examples
  • Questions for discussion 
  • Further reading suggestions
  • Illustrative boxes and diagrams 
  • Full bibliographies 

Textbook companion websites and digital resources

Many of our key textbooks are supported by integrated companion websites featuring students and lecturer resources. These are designed to encourage students to take their learning further and to save lecturers time. Look out for the links on the bookpages. These include websites for:

Integrated app

Our new edition of The short guide to social policy is now supplemented by unique and innovative digital content that adds depth and provides a truly integrated way of learning. It is accompanied by a digital app (free to download and use with the book) that includes short videos with commentary, interactive charts and ‘unboxed’ examples that expand key issues raised in the text, enabling students to engage more deeply with statistical information.

Inspection copies

We think that our textbooks have a critical edge over other books currently on the market, and will encourage students to think and question for themselves. But don’t take our word for it! All of our textbooks are available on inspection to lecturers teaching a relevant course.

Simply order using the links on the book pages. Books available on inspection are indicated by the 'request inspection copy' or 'request e-inspection copy' links. Books without a link are NOT available on inspection.

When you have chosen your course texts remember to tell your students to use them in your lectures. And don’t forget to also let your local bookshop and library know about the books on your reading list. That way they can ensure the resources are available for students to buy or borrow at the right time. 
If you get in touch and let us have a copy of the reading list we can also offer your students a website discount on the relevant texts.