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Inclusive Publishers

Many individual publishers already have fantastic initiatives under way to improve diversity and inclusivity, and this is very well embedded now, seeing results in improved inclusivity in the wider publishing ecosystem, from the writers they publish through to the workforce. 

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Cambridge University Press apprenticeship programme employs talented young people across the business in: Academic Books and Journals; Communications; Customer Services; Education; ELT Facilities; Finance; HR; Project Management and Technology. Apprentices earn while they learn and form part of a wider group of people, who all benefit from training opportunities together.

 In 2018 Cambridge University Press partnered with Creative Access to provide four summer internships. Alongside their roles within different publishing teams, the interns were given extensive networking opportunities, allowing them to make vital contacts for the future. As part of their drive to promote widening participation, Cambridge University Press also support students to take part in the Get Into Book Publishing programme. 


BAME Internship

Faber & Faber has created a bursary for a 20-week internship for a person from a BAME background. Faber has partnered with Creative Access to help with the recruitment. The internship will begin in September and the successful candidate will receive training and support from every department in the building. The company intends to make this an annual initiative and to provide mentorship to other shortlisted candidates.


Faber Academy Scholarship

Faber Academy is launching a new scholarship from spring 2018. Two writers per year will be offered tuition-free places on the prestigious six-month Writing A Novel course. The aim of the scholarship is to support "writers, from BAME and other backgrounds whose voices might otherwise go unheard".

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FAB Prize 2017

Faber Children’s has teamed up with the Andlyn Literary Agency to create the Faber Andlyn BAME (FAB) Prize to help discover new writers and illustrators from BAME backgrounds, and to provide a year-long mentoring scheme for one author and one illustrator.



Faber is partnering with a number of organisations so that staff members can engage externally in advocating and promoting careers in the publishing industry to children and young adults from a wide range of backgrounds. Activities will include mentorship and open days at the Faber offices. The launch partners are New Writing North, Arts Emergency and IntoUniversity.

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Fresh Chapters 12-Month Traineeship 

Hachette UK offers final year students and recent graduates the chance to apply for two brand new programmes that offer brilliant students with a passion for books the chance to gain an insight into the highly competitive publishing industry. The Fresh Chapters 8-Week Internship offers graduates the chance to gain an eight-week insight into the publishing industry.  


HarperCollins UK was recently named as one of Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race – the only representative of the publishing industry to make the list. Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director at Business in the Community, said of the company: “They are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to tackling racial inequalities within their organisation and have shown their commitment and leadership on this issue. I hope more employers will follow their example of best practice and take part in the 2018 listing. If employers truly want their workplaces to reflect the clients, communities and customers they serve, the time to act is now.”

Diversity and Inclusivity relevant initiatives at HarperCollins UK include:

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BAME Traineeship

HarperCollins UK’s BAME traineeship was launched in 2016, the first of its kind in the publishing industry, and has now been opened up to non-graduates. The successful candidates are hired to undertake a twelve-month rotational traineeship around the business in London, with a choice to develop in a wide range of teams from publicity, marketing and editorial, to production, strategy and audio. HarperCollins provides a mentor, plenty of training and loads of support. The selection process also adds to HarperCollins UK’s talent pipeline, and has led to several people taking up permanent positions at the publisher.

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HC All In

The HC All In forum covers all forms of diversity and scooped the Employee Network category award at the 2016 Race Equality Awards. The forum was launched with the goal of implementing real and lasting change within HarperCollins and the publishing industry as a whole. The forum intends to help increase diversity and inclusion, with a particular focus on content and workforce, including enlisting a more inclusive pool of authors, illustrators and suppliers and engaging a broader readership. Currently with over 60 members, HC All In has rewritten briefs to freelancers to include diversity in their content, advised on diversity in cover design and image library content.



WING, the Women’s Industry Network Group is a cross-company mentoring programme for senior women HarperCollins UK set up with Oracle that now includes Conde Nast, News UK and Vodafone. Annually, the group comes together to host a panel debate event with an invitee list from all involved companies.


BAME Development Circle

Launching in early 2018, the BAME Development Circle programme is led by a senior BAME executive and has been developed to encourage, support and retain BAME talent, help develop skills, build networks and share BAME role models, including guest speakers from outside the company such as CEOs and entrepreneurs.



Maternity transition can be seen as a career pinch point, so launching in early 2018, iReturn will provide a programme of quarterly facilitated learning to support women and key carers preparing for maternity leave, those on maternity leave, and those recently returned. Sessions will offer practical support and guidance, with opportunities to share experiences, explore challenges and build support networks.

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Penguin Pride

Penguin Pride celebrates the importance of literature in progressing LGBT equality and changing attitudes towards the LGBT community. Building on the success of Penguin Pride in 2016, Penguin Random House UK  partnered with Britain’s leading LGBT charity, Stonewall, on a unique event featuring literature, live music, spoken word and author readings and photography during London Pride fortnight.


PR Job Hack

In 2016, Penguin Random House launched JobHack; 5 days of creative, publishing-oriented workshops aimed to inform young people about careers in publishing. JobHack is part of Penguin Random House's work to help make publishing more inclusive. They aim to reach those who have a passion for storytelling and curiosity for what’s going on in the world, but who aren't on publishing's front doorstep.

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The Scheme

Penguin Random House's The Scheme is a traineeship for public relations. It's about convincing new voices who may not have thought about working in book publishing to consider a career in publishing PR. 



Penguin Random House created WriteNow to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves. This includes writers from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, writers who have a disability or come from a socio-economically marginalised background.


Undergraduate Careers Event, Editorial & Publishing

Springer Nature hires a significant amount of graduates every year into entry-level editorial roles. They have created an Undergraduate Careers Event specifically for those interested in editorial and publishing.