6 March 2013 Equip launches major surveys on Workforce Equality in Publishing Equality and diversity organisation seeks to explore equality in the publishing workforceEquality in Publishing (Equip), an impact research project hosted by City University London, haslaunched two surveys to understand the conditions of entry into the publishing industry includinginternship cultures, and invite feedback on future initiatives from publishers and Equip’s 2,600members.The surveys have been created and will be analysed in partnership with the Work PsychologyGroup. There is one survey for existing publishing staff:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GKBJQBCAnd a second survey for students and those who are seeking to gain their first role in publishing:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H8X6B3BThe deadline for completion of both surveys is Sunday 31 March 2013. The results of the surveyswill be presented at Equip’s first conference, which will be held at City University London onWednesday 8 May 2013, alongside presentations by publishers and other creative industry expertsand practitioners. Registration is open for the conference is open at: http://equip-conference-2013.eventbrite.co.uk. The results will also form the basis of an academic paper, and articles forthe trade press.Bobby Nayyar, Equip’s Project Manager and Research Fellow, observed: “Over the last ten months we have launched the Publishing Equalities Charter, which is a way for businesses to work with us and promote their workforce equality activity. Our membership has also grown by over 50% to over 2,600 people who receive our monthly newsletter. The surveys are a means to gain viewpoints from both industry and our individual members, so we can plan future initiatives, but also gain a snapshot of how people are reacting to the rapid changes in this industry and how this relates to diversifying the workforce.”For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.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 backgroundEquality in Publishing (Equip) is a membership organisation hosted by City University London and funded byArts Council England. It continues the work of the Diversity in Publishing Network, first established by EliseDillsworth and Allison Morrison in 2004 to address the underrepresentation of Black and Minority Ethnic(BME) people working the publishing industry. Equip’s mission statement is: To promote equality acrossUK publishing, bookselling and agenting, by driving forward change and increasing access toopportunities within the industry. From 2008–2012, Dipnet was managed by Booktrust. Following asuccessful Arts Council England bid, Dipnet’s projects are now managed at City University London under thenew name Equality in Publishing, a change reflecting the wider remit to address the nine protectedcharacteristics of the Equality Act 2010. The organisation has 12 trade members and over 2,600 registeredmembers.