University Press Week – Manifesto: Why Do University Presses Matter?

Posted by Rebecca Mortimer - Monday, 8 Nov 2021


“Keep UP!”, the 2021 University Press Week theme, marks the tenth anniversary and celebrates how university presses have evolved over the past decade.

It’s MUP’s turn on the UP Week blog tour today and to celebrate MUP staff are explaining why University Presses (and MUP) matter to them.

‘In Jimmy Carter’s proclamation that launched University Press Week in 1978, he wanted to remind people that university presses have the responsibility of ‘preserving and enlarging the body of human knowledge. In our open society, they have an additional duty – that of making such knowledge available beyond the gates of the campus.’ For me, that’s what MUP, and all university presses, are here to do – support the research and thinking going on at universities, to make it accessible, and to share it with the wider world.’

Jen Mellor, Production Editor


‘University Presses allow important research to be shared and encourage conversations with the wider society.’

Melanie Richards, Marketing Assistant


‘University presses matter because they translate research so that it remains useful for other scholars and crucially also for wider audiences. They do this in a unique and meticulous way, via peer review. This means knowledge is shared within and beyond academia and it can arguably be trusted more from UPs more than other publishers. University press publishing is both traditional in processes, yet at the cutting edge of new knowledge.’

Tom Dark, Senior Commissioning Editor


‘University presses matter because they make it their mission to promote knowledge and ideas.’

David Appleyard, Production Manager


‘The work of university presses means that impressive and insightful research is made available to the public, and without this the ground-breaking work being done by academics in universities across the globe wouldn’t be discovered or discussed on the same scale – their publishing means it’s true potential can be unlocked.’

Becca Parkinson, Marketing Coordinator


‘MUP has always been at the heart of the publishing industry in the North, and has, for many years added to the cultural life of Manchester and surrounding areas.’

Bethan Hirst, Marketing Coordinator


Follow the UP Week blog tour all week by visiting:

Twitter: @aupresses
Facebook: @universitypresses

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