LUP 2004 – present

'This is a publisher that relishes a challenge.'


Following a two year moratorium on the future of the Press it was relaunched once again as a limited company wholly-owned by the University.

The staff at that time were Robin Bloxsidge (Publisher/Secretary), Janet Smith (Sales and Marketing Assistant), Andrew Kirk (Production Manager) and Simon Bell (Sales & Marketing Manager) reporting to a Board rather than a Press Committee chaired by the external publishing consultant David Attwooll and including Vivian Bone (former Head of Edinburgh University Press), Professor Alan Irwin (then Dean of Social Sciences) and David McDonnell (a member of Council and at that time worldwide CEO of Grant Thornton International).


Publication of Liverpool 800 edited by Professor John Belchem, a landmark volume to mark the 800th anniversary of the City’s charter and happily to coincident with the build up to Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year in 2008. The book proved to be perhaps the most successful in LUP’s history and a tangible vindication of those who supported the retention of a press in Liverpool.


LUP published a host of books with cultural institutions to mark the city’s year in the spotlight. Robin Bloxsidge retired and Anthony Cond took on the ‘Secretary of the Press’ role rebadged as Managing Director.


LUP published its first open access books under the auspices of the OAPEN/JISC OA monograph project:


LUP launched the Translated Texts for Historians E-Library, making one of the Press’s most important series available as a digital collection for the first time.


LUP became the first publisher worldwide to sign up to Knowledge Unlatched, Beastly Journeys by Tim Youngs and Rhetorics of Belonging by Anna Bernard were the first books committed to the initiative, which has now made more than 1000 monographs available open access.


LUP acquired circa 80% of University of Exeter Press, including the acclaimed Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies series.


Celebrating 10 years since the relaunch of the Press as a limited company, Professor Sir Jonathan Bate observed that ‘Liverpool University Press is one of the great success stories in the difficult climate of modern academic publishing.’

LUP launched Modern Languages Open, an open access journal designed to facilitate interdisciplinarity in the modern languages.

Dubbed by Professor Michael Worton, author of the HEFCE Review of Modern Foreign Languages provision in higher education in England, 'One of the most important initiatives for modern language research in the past decades. It will transform the nature of publishing, explicitly encouraging interdisciplinarity, ensuring that high-quality and original work is published in a timely way, and significantly enlarging and democratising both the creation and the readership of modern language research.'

'MLO is uniquely well positioned to exercise groundbreaking impact in its field.' Anna M. Klobucka, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


Following an ambitious expansion in books and journals publishing over several years, Liverpool University Press was named both The Bookseller’s Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year and the IPG’s Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year, the first university press to win either award

Bookseller judges noted: ‘Oxford and Cambridge are the names most commonly associated with university publishing in the UK but Liverpool shows there is a lot to admire beyond the collegiate titans ... This is a publisher that relishes a challenge.'

LUP began its partnership with Clemson University to facilitate the growth of Clemson University Press.

The Pavilion Poetry series launched under the astute editorial eye of Professor Deryn Rees-Jones, with supporting students mentored by LUP’s Editorial Director, Alison Welsby. The first volume published, Mona Arshi’s Small Hands, won the 2015 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection at the Forward Prizes for Poetry and LUP hired two of the inaugural student interns.


The Press conceived and hosted the first University Press Redux conference with support from the AHRC’s Academic Book of the Future project. Now a major international biennial event, the next Redux is hosted by Cambridge University Press in 2020.

LUP acquired the Aris & Phillips lists from Casemate/Oxbow, comprising highly regarded series in classics and Hispanic studies.


LUP became the publishing partner of the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, which was founded by Louis Littman in 1965 in memory of his father to explore, explain, and perpetuate the Jewish heritage, and which has gone on to become one of the foremost publishers of Jewish Studies.


Liverpool University Press partnered with the Voltaire Foundation at the University of Oxford to publish the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment series, previously known as SVEC (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century). The series has published over 600 peer-reviewed scholarly volumes since 1955.

The new agreement also saw LUP launch Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment ONLINE.


LUP’s latest partnership is with Historic England for the management of 300 backlist books and 20 new titles a year published by LUP under the Historic England imprint.

LUP’s energetic team of 22 staff publishes more than 150 books, 34 journals and 3 digital collections.