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The Usborne Academy

The Usborne Academy Week is an opportunity for eight people from diverse backgrounds and groups currently under-represented in publishing to spend a week at Usborne and find out about children's publishing.

The first Usborne Academy took place on 13–17th August 2018. The Academy 8 experienced daily life in a range of different departments including design, editorial, foreign rights, foreign editions, production, sales, marketing and digital. There were also lunchtime seminars from senior people and evening social events including a pub quiz to meet other Usborne staff.

To make this opportunity accessible to people from across the UK, Usborne provides travel expenses and accommodation in nearby university halls, along with a one-week Zone 1-2 travel card so the UA8 can make the most of what London has to offer. They are paid the London Living Wage for the full 40-hour week and must be over 18.

An Usborne designer at work
An Usborne designer at work

For me, the Usborne Academy isn't about getting people to apply for jobs at Usborne - or even in children's publishing more generally. It's about sharing with them how important it is to find something that you love, that you can do for the rest of your life and never get bored. Peter Usborne, Founder and Managing Director of Usborne Publishing

If you feel this is something you or someone you know could benefit from, and you'd like to hear about plans for 2019, sign up for news and updates on our Usborne Academy mailing list.

You can also follow the Usborne Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Read more about one of the UA8's experience of the Usborne Academy on the Society of Young Publishers website.

Tweets from three of the Usborne Academy 8:

Find out more about the UA8's experience of the Usborne Academy on our blog.

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