suspension bridge


The world of scholarly research dissemination, teaching, and learning has changed since the award-winning Policy Press was founded just over 20 years ago, and our aim is to support the changing needs of our international community.

Bristol University Press was founded in October 2016 to give Policy Press a means to expand into new areas and access a broader stream of research that will allow it to grow and flourish throughout the world.

It also reflects the commitment of the University of Bristol to support the creation and dissemination of the highest quality research throughout the world and to encouraging teaching and learning innovation.

Bristol University Press will publish world-class scholarship that advances knowledge and learning across the social sciences in interdisciplinary and global context.


"For the past 20 years, Policy Press has been enriching academic and broader social debate in the United Kingdom and around the world. We are delighted, therefore, to invest in the future of the press and to expand its remit, under the new Bristol University Press, to encompass a broader range of scholarship of the highest quality. At this exciting time for the University of Bristol, the establishment of BUP is an ideal way to promote the values and mission of the University worldwide." Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol

Policy Press is a great springboard from which to create a new university press that can respond to the immense changes and opportunities in academia and scholarly publishing. University presses are a crucial part of our intellectual, social and cultural landscape, and it is an exciting privilege to play a larger role in it than ever before. I am enormously proud of what we have achieved, and excited about the future.Alison Shaw, Chief Executive, Policy Press/Bristol University Press

hugh brady
AS web 13
There has been a resurgence in support for university presses among scholars and educational institutions around the world. Indeed, the university press is increasingly viewed as the ideal partner for scholars who wish to achieve a close working relationship with their publisher and communicate their work to the broadest possible academic audience. As a not-for-profit press we will be focused on serving our community not share-holders.

The University of Bristol is the youngest British University to be ranked among the top 40 institutions in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings. As the youngest British University Press we will be aiming equally high, striving to embody the University’s motto, Vim Promovet Insitam, to enhance the innate power of each individual through learning.

Policy Press will continue to operate as before, publishing impactful work in the areas for which it is known, now from within the larger Bristol University Press.