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The Usborne Academy 2019

The Usborne Academy Week is an opportunity for eight people from groups currently under-represented in publishing, to spend a week at Usborne and experience daily life in a range of different departments including editorial, design, marketing, production and rights. Following a very successful inaugural year in 2018, we will be holding the Academy Week again this year, from 5–9th August 2019.

To make this opportunity accessible to people from across the UK, Usborne will provide accommodation in nearby university halls for all eight Usborne Academicians, along with a one-week Zone 1-2 travel card so they can make the most of what London has to offer while they're here. They will be paid the London Living Wage for the full 40-hour week. We will pay standard price rail fares from anywhere in the UK, so that they can come to London for this placement.

Applications for the 2019 Academy are now open

To find out more about what the week entails and what we're looking for, download the role specification.

To apply, send the following documents to academy@usborne.co.uk:

  • Your CV
  • Your Personal Statement outlining why you think you are suitable for this placement
  • Your Diversity Monitoring form (download here)

Your documents should be named <your name>CV, <your name>PS and <your name>DM (if not your application may be overlooked). Don't forget to attach your documents to the email!

Applications will close on 5th April 2019 at 5pm.

We will inform successful applicants by 20th May. 

Please note that applicants must be over 18, have the right to work in the UK and be available to come to London on 5–9th August 2019. We’ll also pay for accommodation on Sunday 4th and Friday 9th August to enable you to be at Usborne for the full working week.

I have always believed that children’s books have a powerful role in promoting openness and understanding about diversity amongst young people... I am delighted to be working with Usborne again on their ground-breaking Academy programme. These kinds of opportunities change lives, not just careers. Di Airey, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

The Usborne Academy 8 from 2018 get a personal book signing session with YA superstar Holly Bourne
The Usborne Academy 8 from 2018 get a personal book signing session with author Holly Bourne

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

Twitter feedback from some of the 2018 Academicians

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

Usborne offices

The Usborne Academy Week will take place at the Usborne Publishing head office in London, near Farringdon Station. Our editorial, design, production, foreign rights and foreign language departments are all based in this office, as well as marketing, PR, sales, and accounts.

We have additional editorial and design offices in Wolverhampton and Eynsham, near Oxford, and our direct sales division, Usborne Books at Home, is also based in Eynsham.

Jobs for all locations are advertised on the Jobs at Usborne page.

Keep in touch

You can also sign up for news and updates on our Usborne Academy mailing list.

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