Policy Press

Publishing with Purpose

Timeline

SAUS Publications launches

Spring 1990
SAUS Publications launches

SAUS Publications arose out of a need to disseminate the social policy and practice work of the School of Advanced Urban Studies, University of Bristol, so it could influence policy.

1996
The Policy Press is born

That aim of disseminating research, along with the values of equality, diversity and social justice that formed the basis of SAUS Publications, transfers naturally over to a new entity… The Policy Press.

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First The Policy Press title publishes

November 1995
The Policy Press first title published

Our first title, Beyond the Threshold by Graham Room, is published.

January 2005
Launch of the first PP start-up journal

Evidence & Policy is the first start-up journal published by The Policy Press and joins Policy & Politics and Benefits (now Journal of Poverty and Social Justice) on the journals list.

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Moving into aligned subject areas

June 2005
Moving into aligned subject areas

Expanding our publishing into gerontology, social work and criminology and increasing our society relationships, we launch a key monograph series with the British Society of Gerontology

2010
Our first scholarly trade book

Danny Dorling turns a million words from a British Academy project into our first scholarly trade book, Injustice. It becomes an instant bestseller and is now in its second edition.

The first The Policy Press scholarly trade book
Moving into North and South America

2011
Moving into North and South America

We partner with the biggest US university press, University of Chicago Press, to market and distribute our work in North and South America.

2013
Dropping 'The' to become 'Policy Press'

As further integration with the University happens, we add the University of Bristol name to our logo and drop the 'The'.

Dropping The to become Policy Press
Gaining 'gold' in Green Impact Awards

July 2014
Gaining 'gold' in Green Impact Awards

The Policy Press team gain 'gold' at the University's sustainability awards.

2015
Launching our first app

The successful The Short Guide to Social Policy new edition publishes and features our first app.

Launching our first app
IPG award and shortlisted Bookseller award

2016
IPG award and shortlisted Bookseller award

“So unbelievably proud and really quite stunned!” Winning the Frankfurt Book Fair Independent Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year 2016.

July 2016
Bristol University Press approved

The University of Bristol approves our business plan for Bristol University Press and Vice Chancellor Hugh Brady makes the announcement.

Bristol University Press approved
Hosting the Future of Social Justice debate

December 2016
Hosting the Future of Social Justice debate

In association with the Bristol Festival of Ideas we organise a debate on social justice with Danny Dorling, Melissa Benn, Owen Jones and Kayleigh Garthwaite in a packed Wills Memorial Hall.

2017
Bookseller recognition

Alison Shaw included in the Bookseller's top 100 most influential people in the book trade.

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April 2018
Launch of Bristol University Press brand

The new website unveils the new BUP brand for the first time

May 2018
First Bristol University Press titles published

The first BUP journal (Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice) and book (Squaring the circle on Brexit) publish.

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2018
Choice Outstanding Academic Title winner

Inequality and African American Health by Shirley Hill is included on the prestigious list.

2019
Launch of Transforming Society blog

A space where research, evidence and critique can create positive social change

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2020
Moving into new subject areas

Including New Research Agendas and Science, Technology and Society