Changes to the Industry and the University Press Crossover into Trade

Changes to the Industry and the University Press Crossover into Trade

10 Mar 2020, 10:00 - 11:00

The Faculty

Director of Academic at Virtusales Publishing Solutions, Mark Collins, will be joined by Simon Ross (Chief Executive) and John Normansell (Production Director) of Manchester University Press (MUP) to present and discuss hot topics within the industry.

Together, they will explore the initiatives MUP are taking to adapt to emerging industry and consumer trends, adjust to Open Access legislation changes and take on different delivery methods and pricing models. They will also look to discuss how MUP is reaching beyond their traditional customer base through the publication of Trade Non-Fiction titles and the role that systems and processes play in achieving this.
Manchester University Press was founded in 1903 and has successfully developed a distinctive brand known globally for excellent research in the Humanities and Social Sciences. They currently publish over 170 books each year, as well as seven journals.

They deliver best practices across publishing activities, embrace opportunities to innovate and explore new ways of supporting scholarly communications, while being engaged and responsive to the changing needs of their community.

Discoverability, accessibility and researchability are all features of publishing that they care about, as well as the traditional values of excellent author care, good design and high production values.

Virtusales Publishing Solutions is the creator of the industry-leading Biblio suite of publishing software. Working with some of the world's leading academic, scholarly, professional and trade publishers, Virtusales is streamlining publishers' workflows and bringing efficiencies to their business processes with innovative software, exceptional service, and a collaborative approach.



  • Mark Collins


    Director of Academic

    Virtusales Publishing Solutions

      Currently the Director of Academic at Virtusales Publishing Solutions, Mark Collins has worked in the publishing industry for over 20 years. He has...

  • Simon Ross


    Chief Executive

    Manchester University Press

      Since his arrival at MUP in 2016, Simon has had a clear vision for how to grow and diversify the offerings of MUP to address the changing...

  • John Normansell


    Production & Operations Director

    Manchester University Press

      John Normansell joined Manchester University Press in 2014 to help with the implementation of a range of infrastructure projects including the...


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