Publishing with a purpose


Bristol University Press, and its imprint Policy Press, is a department in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol, one of the most ambitious and forward-thinking universities within the UK Russell Group. The University regularly features in the top performing UK institutions:

  • A top 10 UK university (QS Rankings 2019)
  • A top 4 UK university with leading employers (High Fliers 2018)
  • A top 5 UK university for research (THE analysis of REF 2014)

The investment in developing Bristol University Press reflects the University of Bristol’s commitment to create and disseminate the highest quality academic research, whilst driving its international reputation. Bristol University Press will act as an ambassador for the University’s brand by publishing world class, challenging and informative scholarship to that global audience.

Editorial Board

With the creation of Bristol University Press, a new Editorial Board was formed with the responsibility to ensure that all publications in the Bristol University Press lists represent that overarching vision. Each month Editorial Board members consider, review and approve all publishing proposals presented by the Press for contract. This ensures that all publishing conforms to strict quality guidelines.

The Board comprises highly respected academics based at the University of Bristol, who bring both their subject expertise and broad interest in scholarly communications. Currently the Editorial Board meet as a group on a quarterly basis and members are:

Joanne Conaghan, Professor and Head of School, Law
Esther Dermott, Professor and Head of School, Sociology
Kelvyn Jones, Professor of Human Quantitative Geography
Judith Squires, Professor of Political Theory and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students
Andrew Sturdy, Professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Management
Jon Temple, Professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Management
Deborah Wilson, Professor of Public Policy and Management and Faculty Research Director (Chair)

Business Advisory Board

Bristol University Press, and its imprint Policy Press, has a dynamic and ambitious growth strategy over the next five years. To advise on stategic developments, a Business Advisory Board was established in 2002 taking over from the previous Management Advisory Board. This expert team meet on a six-monthly basis to review the financial position of the business, provide input on policy decisions and advise on progress according to the annual business commitments made to the University.  Current the Business Advisory Board members are:

Ivon Asquith, Non-Executive Chair Edinburgh University Press, formerly Managing Director, Oxford University Press (Chair)
Malcolm Evans, Professor of Public International Law, University of Bristol
Jaime Marshall, Marshall Publishing Consultancy, formerly Managing Director, Palgrave Macmillan
Paddy Ireland, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol
Tim Rose, Finance Director for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, University of Bristol

Day to day management of Bristol University Press and Policy Press

Alison Shaw is the Chief Executive, responsible for the strategic development and day-to-day management with the support of the Management Team. You can review all the staff members here.