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Policy Press fundraising for St Mungo’s

Part of the mission of Policy Press is to make a difference to social conditions. To that end, we publish a wide variety of books and journals which contribute to debates around poverty, social justice, inequality and exclusion and which support professionals and practitioners in their work, as well as academics, researchers and students.

But we see our mission as wider than that and we try to help those in most need in society directly: Policy Press has not sent Christmas cards for 10 years and instead makes a donation, with additional staff support, to a charity selected by a staff vote; we offer donations to charities as encouragement for completing market research questionnaires and Policy Press staff do many fund-raising activities including taking part in the Race for Life for Cancer Research, baking cakes for Comic Relief, dressing up in 1980s outfits for Comic Relief and wearing Christmas jumpers for Save the Children.

Taking part in the Race for Life

Taking part in the Race for Life

Back to the 80s for Comic Relief

Back to the 80s for Comic Relief

Christmas jumpers for Save the Children

Christmas jumpers for Save the Children

For the first time, we have decided to adopt a charity for a full year. We have chosen St Mungo’s, which works to ensure that the voices of homeless people are heard by national and local Government, policy makers, and the public. It has been helping homeless people since 1969 in London, Oxford, Bath and Bristol and also works with other organisations to lobby for policy change. Examples of the great work they do can be found on their website.

As well as our usual Christmas donation, we have established a Just Giving page to encourage donations and will be getting involved in fund-raising activities throughout the year. To kick off, we plan our own mince pie bake-off this week where staff will submit their own mince pies to be rated on taste, flavour, appearance and festiveness. The winning entry will be posted on our Facebook page.

We are also taking part in St Mungo’s Woolly Hat day on 31 January, in their e-campaigns and Policy Press staff are offering their services as volunteers to the charity during 2014. There will be lots more activities that we will keep you updated on over the coming year to support St Mungo’s.

Please support this great cause and donate whatever you can to, either via the Policy Press Just Giving page, or directly to St Mungo’s.

E-books at The Policy Press

EbookAs we all know, book publishing is changing fast. Though we won’t deny that we’re attached to the comfort and nostalgia of the printed book, Policy Press is keeping up with the times.

While we have been selling our e-content since 2008, the last few years have seen a huge increase in demand for e-books and massive developments in the technology to read them, and we are developing our e-products to match. Getting the information out there is at the heart of the Policy Press philosophy so we want to make it available in the format our customers want it, whether that be print or digital.

It’s not just publishers who have to get used to these new formats… it’s a new area for our customers too. You may be asking: “Why do I have to pay so much for a digital file? Policy Press doesn’t even have to pay for printing/storage/shipping!” The answer is all in the content.

The work that goes in to the quality of the content and the design remains the same, and this represents most of the cost in terms of the publishing process. If you’d like to find out more, Channel View Publications have published an interesting blog piece about this, Why aren’t e-books free.

Given the above, we’re pleased to say that we currently have a special price of £6.99 on the e-book version of some of our key titles, including Democracy under attack, Injustice and Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. Find out more here.

Digital publishing also gives us the opportunity to offer content in ways impossible in print, such as Policy Press Bytes. This new format allows you to purchase excerpts from books at the competitive price of £1.99. Currently we have three Bytes for Danny Dorling’s Unequal health available, each giving a flavour of three major themes: public health, social medicine and inequality.

We have e-books available in a variety of formats. For individuals, titles are available for download to your e-reader via a range of retailers, including Nook, Kobo, and Kindle. Search for a book on their websites to see if it’s available – the list of Policy Press titles from these sellers is growing all the time.

Our monographs are available as EPDFs through the recently launched Policy Press Scholarship Online (in partnership with Oxford University Press), which features over 300 digital titles across sociology, social work and public health and epidemiology. EPDFs are also available for libraries from,,, and

We will soon be offering digital review and inspection copies for lecturers to give instant access to books you might be interested in including on reading lists, and to journals for reviewing. There will be more information on this coming soon.

And so, to the future… Wikipedia’s article on electronic publishing (a useful read) says “electronic publishers are able to provide quick gratification for late-night readers”. We can’t promise that (!), but we will be increasing the number of our titles available as e-books, producing more Policy Press Bytes, and adapting our content to make it as accessible, useful and affordable as we possibly can. We’re really excited about the products we have coming up and the possibilities e-publishing gives us. Keep an eye on our website for developments.

What would you like from us in terms of e-books? Let us know.

The Policy Press Prize in Criminology at Greenwich University

The Policy Press is pleased to sponsor an annual Criminology prize at Greenwich University, awarded to a student chosen by the course leaders. This year’s winner, Elizabeth Reid, here discusses her reaction to winning the prize and her future career plans:

I was incredibly proud to find out that I had been awarded the 2012 Policy Press prize for Criminology at Greenwich University. , I felt rewarded the many hours of reading and revision and it validated my decision to return to study after working for two years after leaving college. Despite the opportunity for self-development in working for a financial services consultancy in the City, I felt that in order to truly feel a sense of fulfilment in my career I would have to follow my interest in both society and crime and ultimately find a job in the public sector.

As I didn’t immediately progress from college to university (through my own choice) there were some within my family and social circles who didn’t believe I would achieve success academically – but winning The Policy Press prize has definitely been something tangible that bolsters my own belief in myself.

I decided to undertake a degree in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies with the aim of working within the probation service. Probation has always been an area of interest to me as I grew up in South East London and have been involved with people who have experience with the police and the probation service. Whilst the police culture has never appealed to me, I have always understood probation in terms of rehabilitation and reform (whether or not this is true in practice). As a teenager I saw my friends attend Youth Offending Services and noticed the difference some of thestaff were able to make in changing the thought processes of these young people.

I am due to start training as a Community Panel Member for Lewisham Youth Offending Service and am very much looking forward to doing so. I hope that this volunteer work will stand me in good stead to pursue a career within the service once I have completed my degree. I am all too aware of how difficult it will be to begin a career within the Probation Service at a time when the Government are cutting public sector services so dramatically.

I have a firm belief that the problem with young people and crime in London stems from a continual lack of support within the family unit, followed by academic failure due to that lack of support resulting in a deficiency of self-belief and opportunity. This situation is reinforced by scathing media reports and contemptuous public views which results in a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is my hope that as a Youth Offending Team worker or probation officer I will be able to help those caught up in crime to believe that that there is a chance for change and that their own dreams for success are achievable, as well as working through the practical issues involved.

Elizabeth Reid

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