Statement: Melbourne University Publishing

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Melbourne University Publishing is Australia’s largest and oldest university press and a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Melbourne.

Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) will refocus on being a high quality scholarly press in support of the University’s mission of excellence in teaching and research.

The new focus will ensure the university press is aligned to the strengths of the University of Melbourne and its globally recognised academic and research fields.

The refocus is in response to an extensive review of MUP, which is Australia’s largest and oldest university press and a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Melbourne. In the meantime, it is business as usual for the publishing house.

University of Melbourne Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) Su Baker said the University was committed to strengthening and enhancing MUP, ensuring high quality works are made available to broader and general audiences.

Professor Baker said the University would continue to provide significant annual funding to assist with publishing high quality works and continue to publish the prestigious Miegunyah Press books and literary magazine Meanjin.

Professor Baker paid tribute to MUP Chief Executive Officer Louise Adler following her resignation after 15 years of service.

“Louise brought a rare blend of passion and experience to the role following her time at The Age, the Australian Book Review, and as Deputy Director at the Victorian College of the Arts," Professor Baker said.

“Louise’s presence has been unique and her impact strong and distinctive. She is a fearless public commentator and we fully expect for this to continue in her future ventures. We sincerely thank Louise for her remarkable service to Melbourne University Publishing.”

The University also acknowledged the independent directors that have chosen to resign from the MUP Board and thanked them for their service.

Professor Baker said: “MUP has a long and distinguished history as Australia’s oldest university publisher. It is an outstanding asset which should focus on being a high quality scholarly press in support of the University’s mission.

“This new focus will ensure an exciting future for MUP, as we look towards celebrating the publisher’s 100th anniversary in 2022.”