Practical guidance for starting or developing a university press

Practical guidance for starting or developing a university press

Megan Taylor (University of Huddersfield Press Manager)

Kathrine Jensen (Research Assistant REF Impact, School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield)

Why did we want to find out about the processes of university presses?

Megan and Kathrine both work across the research and scholarly communications sectors, and have an interest in how and why university presses have developed. They were keen to expand their own knowledge, and bring together those working in similar areas at other institutions, in order to find out common issues and how to support each other to address them.

Best practice sharing event

With this in mind, in June 2018 the University of Huddersfield Press organized a best practice sharing event to bring together those working in university and library publishing, and initial findings from the event were shared on the Press blog in September 2018. Participants were all at different stages of developing a press; in some cases there was a well-established business model, whereas others had no funding model or definite mission statement in place.

What did we do with the data?

Megan and Kathrine spent the months after the event analysing the data and drawing up lists of common issues, and looking at the suggestions for addressing them. The result is a model for developing a university press based around three guiding principles and six key stages of the publishing process, with associated activities.

What next?

The model has been published as part of an article in UKSG Insights. Although it is published, it is very much a work in progress and the aim is for it to be continually developed and informed through input from the university press and publishing community. If you do have any feedback or comments then please get in touch with Megan or Kathrine.


Megan Taylor

Kathrine Jensen

Read the published article:

World Music Day

Here at the University of Huddersfield Press, we are proud of our wide range of open access music research. In celebration of World Music Day, why not get lost in the world of noise, sound and scores and indulge in our collection of musical research?

Here’s a selection of some of our fantastic publications, which you can either read online or treat yourself to a beautiful print copy that would look great on any music-lover’s bookshelf!

soundingsSoundings: documentary film and the listening experience

Geoffrey Cox

This book draws on the lived experience of sound’s capacity to move and shake us in direct, subtle and profound ways through speech, location sound, and music in documentary film. The associative, connotative and sheer emotive power of sound has the capacity to move and shake us in a myriad of direct, subtle and often profound ways. The writers in this book draw on the lived experience of sound’s resounding capacity as primary motivation for exploring these implications, united by the overarching theme of how listening is connected with acts of making sense both on its own terms and in conjunction with viewing.

Read online here or purchase a copy here


noise2Noise in and as Music

Aaron Cassidy and Aaron Einbond

One hundred years after Luigi Russolo’s “The Art of Noises,” this book exposes a cross-section of the current motivations, activities, thoughts, and reflections of composers, performers, and artists who work with noise in all of its many forms. The book’s focus is the practice of noise and its relationship to music, and in particular the role of noise as musical material—as form, as sound, as notation or interface, as a medium for listening, as provocation, as data. Its contributors are first and foremost practitioners, which inevitably turns attention toward how and why noise is made and its potential role in listening and perceiving.

Read online here or purchase a copy here


explosions2Explosions in November: the first 33 years of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Richard Steinitz

Explosions in November tells the story of one of Europe’s leading cultural institutions, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf), through the eyes of its founder and former artistic director, Professor Richard Steinitz. From its modest beginnings in 1978, when winter fog nearly sabotaged the inaugural programme, to today’s internationally renowned event, hcmf has been a pioneering champion of the best in contemporary music.
Now Richard Steinitz brings his insider view on the people behind the festival and how they made each year a success. Explosions in November reveals the full picture of a festival that continues to surprise, delight and provoke its audiences to this day.

Read online here or purchase a copy here


Or maybe you’re an aspiring musician yourself – or perhaps World Music day has inspired you to pick up an instrument…


grooves2Grooves for Guitar

Paul A Francis

Performance and recital repertoire for the aspiring guitarist. Comprising of original music with fully annotated scores and CD backing tracks with and without click tracks. Ideal for the intermediate or graduate level popular music performer, or for those just wanting a new and exciting musical challenge.

Purchase this book here


drums.jpgDrums and Bass: for tomorrow’s rhythm section

Paul A Francis

Performance and recital repertoire for tomorrow’s rhythm section. Comprising of original music for drummers and bass players, with fully annotated scores and CD backing tracks with and without click tracks. Ideal for the graduate level popular music performer, or for those just wanting a new and exciting musical challenge.

Purchase this book here


Browse our entire selection of academic books and journals on our website

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George Orwell’s 1984 in 2019 – the 70th anniversary

George Orwell’s 1984 in 2019 – the 70th anniversary

George_Orwell_press_photoThe 8th June marks the 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s classic speculative-fiction novel, 1984. Most of us know the story; of the repressed protagonist, Winston, covertly facing off against the totalitarian state and the terrifying Big Brother himself – but in 1949, the novel inspired fear in the hearts of its readers for arguably very different reasons than today. People were apprehensive, scared of a future that seemed evermore existent in the still-looming presence of the end of the Second World War. Orwell’s fictions manifested into more than what could be contained within the novel’s 300 pages, with the story of Winston and Julia proving to be more than just speculation in the years to come.

Today, 1984 proves to be terrifying mainly in its predictions of the present, with terms1984-Big-Brother and concepts that have now deferred into our vocabulary and the undeniable resemblance the story presents in relation to the twenty-first century.  The obvious stand-alone concept is the figure of ‘Big Brother’ – besides the obvious comments that can be made about pop culture television, the leader of the ‘Party’ represents more than just a harsh political leader. In the wake of current affairs; of Edward Snowden, phone-hacking scandals and present-day dictatorship states, the man on the big telescreen, and more specifically what he represents today, amounts to more than just throwaway science-fiction.

Then there’s Room 101, doublethink, 2 + 2 = 5, all Orwellian phrases that’ve come to mean so much more in contemporary existence. So perhaps we have George Orwell to thank for terrifying us to our very souls and filling our minds with paranoia – or perhaps we have him to thank for making us more aware; aware of our own freedom, aware of who to elect and who not to- you know what, never mind. But in reality we have him to thank for giving us countless works of brilliant science-fiction that’ve inspired us for over 80 years, and have made us at home in this Orwellian future.

Do you fancy yourself a 21st Century Orwell? In celebration of 1984’s 70th birthday, The Orwell Society has launched its 2019 Dystopian Fiction Prize, where they’re looking for short story entries from BA and MA university students. Visit their website to find out more and to read up on how you can enter.

The 25th of June also marks what would’ve been George Orwell’s 116th birthday – so what better excuse to start reading, and dabbling in writing, Orwellian fiction if you haven’t already?


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2019 – The year so far

2019 – The year so far

As we’re about to step into the halfway point of 2019, we thought we’d take a look back on everything that’s happened for us so far this year. We’ve had a very exciting last six months – from launching our brand new academic journal, to the release of the newest addition to the Grist anthologies, there’s plenty to look back on: and plenty more to come!tillpandm

In January we were delighted to welcome new issues to our journals, Performance and Mindfulness and Teaching in Lifelong Learning. Both issues are packed with six fascinating articles written by the very best minds in the fields of Performance and Education, that explore innovative practice and theory from collaborative and often international perspectives. You can access both journals for free on our website, where you can also browse our entire collection of online academic publications.


Moving on to February, when we launched our brand new online publication; The Journal of Play in Adulthood. The journal is currently still open for submissions, and will focus on aiding the positive discussion of playfulness in adults, and the importance of play after childhood which, in turn, encourages positive attitudes towards learning, working and living. You can find out more about the journal by following the link above, and you can read the call for papers on our blog, where you can find information on the submission and peer review process.FIELDS-Web-Graphic-200

March was a very busy month for us – firstly, the Fields Journal of Huddersfield Student Research released its much-anticipated fifth volume of work. As always, the edition includes high quality research from incredibly talented Huddersfield students from across all seven academic schools. You can explore everything from feminist studies, to computing and communication. You can access the fascinating new volume here and you can also read what the journal’s editors had to say about the milestone release on our blog.

9781862181588The 21st March was a memorable day for us, as we celebrated the release of the latest addition to the Grist anthology family, Trouble, at this year’s Huddersfield Literature Festival. This collection of enthralling short fiction written by incredible up-and-coming writers, centres around the theme of protest and how rebellion can be found in all forms throughout everyday human experience. You can access this book on our website, and you can purchase a print copy here.

Thank you to everyone who has made 2019 an amazing year so far – we look forward to what the rest of the year will bring!

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Our Top 2019 Northern Literature Festivals

Our Top 2019 Northern Literature Festivals

Every year, across the country we celebrate our love of literature at literature festivals big and small. So what better way to enjoy the English summer than by relaxing in the sun with an old favourite, or plunging into a world of reading and literature at an event near you.

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Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival

Harrogate – 18 – 21 July

Every year, this award-winning Yorkshire-based festival never fails to amaze with its bounty of fascinating and memorable events – from author talks, workshops, gigs and interactive experiences. If being immersed into the thrilling and bloody world of contemporary crime fiction sounds right up your street, look no further than the Old Peculiar.

Visit their website to book and to find out more…


Ilkley Literature Festivalilkley

4 – 20 October

The programme and tickets for the festival are due to be released in August, so keep an eye out on their website for further information. If last years’ events are anything to go by though, expect talks from amazing contemporary authors, exciting workshops and days packed with amazing activities for kids and adults alike.

Join their mailing list to keep up-to-date with event releases and information about this years’ festival.


manchesterManchester Literature Festival

Ongoing and 4 – 20 October

Manchester Literature Festival is famous for welcoming a host of well-known names and faces, from Graham Norton to Michael Morpurgo, and this year is set to be no different, along with engaging events set to entertain kids, adults and everyone in- between. Check out their website for further details and to download the programme, as well as to see what events are happening right now!


Durham Book Festivaldurham

5 – 13 October

Durham Book Festival aims to inspire, with events held in some of the city’s most iconic venues. Each year the festival welcomes back literary legends and also an assortment of new, exciting faces in contemporary literature.

Visit their website to get a taste of what the festival has to offer, and watch out for the release of this years’ programme.


Or perhaps something a little bit different…



Lancashire – 2 May – 24 June

From their work with food banks, to their innovative ticket scheme – which helps you donate tickets to those who can’t afford to purchase one themselves, WoWFest is all about shaking things up. This one-of-a-kind Northern arts festival sets out to answer the question ‘Where are we now?’ and reflect upon today’s society through literature and art. There are events happening now, right up to the end of June, so don’t miss out on this amazing experience!


Call for Papers – Journal of Performance Magic – Volume Six

Call for Papers – Journal of Performance Magic – Volume Six

The Journal of Performance Magic is now open for submissions – read the call for papers below to find out information on how to submit and the peer-review process.

The Journal of Performance Magic is an annual, peer-reviewed online publication from The University of Huddersfield Press. (ISSN 2051-6037)

The Journal focuses on a multidisciplinary and contemporary approach to the field of Performance Magic, covering its influence, legacy, and future on wider performing arts practice and other diverse academic disciplines. In recent years, the academic study of performance magic has made exciting and creative links within emerging disciplines such as; cognitive sciences, architectural design, and emerging technologies. The journal seeks to strengthen these relationships as well as encourage consideration into areas of performance magic that have not yet been explored within academic research, and to develop new perspectives on previously researched areas.

The Journal of Performance Magic serves a wide and international academic and non-traditional academic community and invites contributions from researchers and practitioners throughout the world and from a wide range of disciplines. Research will be welcomed from areas including, but not limited to; performance training, psychology, scripting, scenography, cultural studies, philosophy, neuroscience invention/application, magic technology, ethics, narrative/story-telling, and theme parks.

Volume Six sees the journal’s re-launch on a new platform: and we are therefore announcing an open call for papers for this brand new issue, that attempts to uncover some of the crucial themes and key issues facing contemporary performance magic.

Articles between 5000 – 9000 might address, but are no means limited to, the following areas:

  • Frameworks: What are the most suitable academic tools and frameworks for interrogating performance magic?
  • Directions: Where is the study of performance magic heading?
  • Challenges: How is magic responding to the challenges?
  • Innovations: What is changing within our perception of performance magic? What is new? What is driving change?
  • Technologies used within, and responses to, performance magic – both as creative motivators and problems.

All contributions will be peer-reviewed subject to their acceptance.

We also accept book, performance and exhibition reviews.

If you have any queries, please email the editors at

Submit your article

The Fields journal – the student experience

The Fields journal – the student experience

The Fields journal recently published its fifth volume of Huddersfield undergraduate student research in March. One student included in the issue, Theresa Lingg, wrote to us to tell us about her experience of writing and being published in an academic journal. Read what she had to say below:

When I was approached and asked whether I wanted to convert my final year dissertation into a published article for the Fields journal, I felt excited and honoured but I was also aware that I had never done anything similar before. While my university course ‘Costume with Textiles’ included lessons on undertaking research, analysing literature and academic writing, it has more of a practical focus.

The academic support available at the university introduced me to the various processes that go into publishing a journal article; including possible structural approaches and writing techniques. Due to the support of the Fields team and the fantastic help I received from them, I managed to reshape my dissertation to the now-published article, ‘Perfume’.

The inspiration for the article was my final year costume project, ‘Perfume’, which the design and creation process for it, were elaborated on in my dissertation. Inspired by the novel, ‘Perfume – Story of a Murderer’ by Patrick Süskind, I created a garment that would disintegrate on stage by breathing.

Within the novel, a person’s existence is irrevocably linked with the sensual phenomenon of scent. Every person carries their identity in their inherent aroma – and this odour becomes the motive for murder in Süskind’s novel. I was motivated by this fascinating connection – that breath is clearly essential in order to survive but at the same time, the unavoidable olfactory reception, leads to the loss of life. Therefore, I decided to develop a costume that evoked the loss of identity through breathing.

The construction of such a garment required a long research process, including talking to many experts and gathering document research – but especially required a lot of trial and error. All of this research was documented in detail in my dissertation, as well as the project’s textile and construction journey. Working on this article encouraged me to re-examine the research and writing that was incorporated into my dissertation, to create a more concise version that was more accessible to a wider audience.

At the outset, it felt almost painful cutting, rewriting and editing so much of my original text. But in reality, it was a valuable process of clarifying and condensing my work. The whole process encouraged me to consider my final year project from a new perspective and re-examine what the project had really been about. As a result, writing the article for Fields enabled me understand my own project on a deeper level, which was an unexpected and beautiful experience.

You can access the latest edition of the Fields journal here