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Liverpool University Press, publishers of Modern Church's quarterly journal Modern Believing, has been named IPG Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year 2015.

Following in the footsteps of much larger publishers, such as Sage and Bloomsbury, Liverpool University Press (LUP) is the first university press to win the award.

Anthony Cond, Director of LUP, said in an email to Modern Church:

'A good publisher sinks or swims based on the quality of its publishing, and so it is without exaggeration that I say that this award is yours too. The expertise and intellectual rigour of our journal editors and editorial boards have played no small part in LUP's success. Thank you.'

In the award citation, the IPG judges said: 

'There's a lot of dynamism and innovation around Liverpool University Press.'

Professor Jonathan Bate CBE FBA, Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, and Vice-President of the British Academy, said:

'The revival of Liverpool University Press is one of the great success stories in the difficult climate of modern academic publishing.'

LUP is the UK’s third oldest university press, with a distinguished history of publishing exceptional research since 1899, including the work of Nobel prize winners. LUP has rapidly expanded in recent years and now publishes approximately 70 books a year and 25 journals, specialising in literature, modern languages, history and visual culture.

LUP’s mission is to disseminate high quality scholarly research and to promote learning and culture through the publication of books and journals.  The Press is a global ambassador for the University of Liverpool, despatching tens of thousands of copies of its publications worldwide each year, all bearing the imprimatur of an internationally-focused, research-led, Russell Group university.

Modern Believing is the journal of Modern Church. It publishes articles in theology and related disciplines to promote theological liberalism. First published in 1911 as The Modern Churchman, it became Modern Believing in 1996under the editorship of George Pattison. It is delivered quarterly to members of Modern Church.

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