24 July 2012 Challenging inequality in publishing Equip to encourage participation in publishing from underrepresented groupsCity University London, with funding from Arts Council England, will lead the second phase of amajor initiative which aims to promote the status and contribution of groups traditionallyunderrepresented within the publishing industry.Equality in Publishing (Equip), will conduct leading-edge research and host a series of nationalevents promoting publishing as a career, and discussing issues surrounding equality in theindustry. The organisation will also oversee the launch of the Publishing Equalities Charter, alandmark four-point plan that commits publishers to complete two actions related to equality anddiversity per year, which will be the first scheme of its kind in the creative sector.Equip has joined City University London’s Department of Creative Practice and Enterprise and beled by Bobby Nayyar, as Research Fellow; and Mary Ann Kernan, Head of City University’s Centrefor Creative Writing, Translation and Publishing, as Principal Investigator.Professor Stephen Cottrell, Head of the Department of Creative Practice and Enterprise at CityUniversity London, observed: “We are delighted to welcome Equip to City University London because of its important contribution to diversifying the workforce in the publishing sector. Equip’s work aligns strongly with the Department’s expertise in the cultural and creative industries, both in researching the cultural workforce and delivering professional development through our taught programmes.”David Cross, London Director, Literature (Acting), Arts Council England, commented: “We are committed to promoting equality within the publishing industry, Equip is perfectly placed to deliver this ambition. Having an arts workforce that is diverse and highly skilled will promote new ideas and perspectives, enabling it to reach its potential. We are confident that the team in place at City University London will ensure Equip becomes a powerful force for change.”Equip will hold its first networking event on the evening of Wednesday 19th September at CityUniversity London. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
www.equalityinpublishing.org.uk. --------------ENDS----------------Notes to Editors:City University LondonCity University London is an international University with a commitment to academic excellence, a focus onbusiness and the professions and a central London location. It is placed in the top 5% of universities aroundthe world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2010-11 and is ranked in the top 30 UKhigher education institutions by the Times Higher Education Table of Tables 2011.The Universitys Student Centre holds the 2011 Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awardfor Outstanding Student Services Team. City is a broadly-based University with world leading strengths inbusiness; law; engineering and mathematical sciences; informatics; health sciences and the arts includingjournalism and music.The University attracts over 21,000 students from more than 160 countries and academic and professionalstaff from over 50 countries. City University Londons predecessor, the Northampton Institute, was foundedin 1894. City will celebrate its first half century as a University in 2016.Arts Council EnglandArts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrichpeople’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre todigital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us,brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across thecountry.Equip backgroundEquip’s 2012–13 funding from ACE will enable it to build on the achievements of Dipnet since 2004. Dipnetwas established in 2004 by two publishing professionals, Alison Morrison and Elise Dillsworth, in response tothe Decibel In Full Colour report, which highlighted the significant under representation of Black and MinorityEthnic (BME) professionals in the publishing industry. Beginning as a membership organisation with supportfrom publishing houses, professionals and artists, the organisation provided mentors to 11 trainees under anACE-managed scheme in 2005–7. From 2006–12, Dipnet was managed by the charity Booktrust. During thistime a new Dipnet website was launched (www.dipnet.org.uk), which was free to join and gained over 1,000members within one year. Support was offered to four additional trainees on shorter, three-monthtraineeships. Events to promote careers in publishing were also organised in partnership with universitiesincluding Kingston University and the University of East London, and at high-profile events in 2011 atStationers’ Hall and the London Book Fair.