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.
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 (our longest running journal) and Benefits (now Journal of Poverty and Social Justice) on the journals list.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title winner
Inequality and African American Health by Shirley Hill is our first title to be included on the prestigious list.
2019 Launch of Transforming Society blog
A space where research, evidence and critique can create positive social change
2020 Moving into new subject areas
Including New Research Agendas and Science, Technology and Society
2020 Celebrating our 2019 Journal Impact Factors
We receive the first Impact Factor for the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice and Policy & Politics' highest ever Impact Factor of 3.069.
Radical Hope by Michal Krumer-Nevo wins the 2021 Society for Social Work Research Book Award, a leading organisation for social work research in the US and notable achievement for a non-US author and UK press.
2021 Launch of the new Global Social Challenges Journal