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The Usborne Academy

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. 

To make this opportunity accessible to people from across the UK, Usborne 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 pay standard price rail fares from anywhere in the UK, so that they can come to London for this placement.

Usborne Academy Week 2020

Usborne is very sorry to announce that The Usborne Academy Week 2020 will not be going ahead due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

For the last two years we have offered a week-long, all-expenses-paid opportunity for 8 people from backgrounds currently underrepresented in the publishing industry to experience what life is like at Usborne Towers. We had hoped to open applications this month to run the same scheme this summer.

Whilst we remain fully committed to helping to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce, we feel it would be irresponsible at this stage to open applications when there are so many unanswerable questions in relation to the coronavirus and what it will mean for our communities.

The summer seems a long way off and, of course, we hope that everything will be back to normal by then. We like to involve as many departments within the company as possible, to provide a rich and rewarding experience for our Academicians, so a lot of preparation goes on behind the scenes, and as that work would need to start now we have, regrettably, had to make this early decision.

Our apologies to anyone who was hoping to apply for The Usborne Academy 2020.

If you haven’t already done so, please sign up to our Academy newsletter so that we can contact you with news of The Usborne Academy 2021.

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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 2019 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.

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