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.
We aim to inform successful applicants by 20th May. Unfortunately due to the large number of applications we will only be contacting successful applicants and cannot offer any feedback.
Applications for next year’s Academy will open in 2020.
You can sign up for news and updates on our Usborne Academy mailing list.
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.
So I’m on the train home after an absolutely incredible week at Usborne! I can’t quite articulate just how insightful and informative the whole week was but what I do know for sure is that it has given me the children’s publishing bug ... (1/3)— Niki Torch (@NIKIT101) August 18, 2018
Wow what a week it’s been with @Usborne I’ve had the most amazing time being a part of #UA8 and getting some fountain of knowledge from some great people @beret_girl @AnnaHoworth @Walker_Becky @Be_Lucky_Lauren and the rest of the wonderful staff— Angharad Mair (@AngharadMair1) August 17, 2018
I’d love to thank @AnnaHoworth for organising such a wonderful week and ensuring that we were all accommodated and fed during our breakfast and lunches! Plus, it was just awesome to get to know her and learn about the marketing side of the publishing business!— Joel🤴🏽~ Semi-Hiatus (@JoelRochesterr) August 18, 2018
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
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