Position available: Graduate Publishing Assistant (Kickstart Scheme, 6 month paid internship)

As the largest publisher in the North West, Liverpool University Press is committed to establishing a pipeline of regional talent for the future development of the industry.  This vacancy arises as part of the government’s Kickstart Scheme, which enables those aged 16-24 years who are in receipt of Universal Credit to apply for a 6 month, 25 hours a week paid internship.

The role of Graduate Publishing Assistant will support our journals team with marketing activity and our books team with market research. It will give the intern a breadth of knowledge and experience for a successful publishing career and it will develop a range of skills as part of the wider University of Liverpool programme that will run as part of the Kickstart Scheme.


  • You will be working with Journals Marketing on the following areas: email campaigns to promote LUP journals, social media campaigns to promote LUP journals, LUP’s presence (virtual, in printed marketing materials or in person) at academic conferences to promote LUP journals, and maintaining and reviewing the journals area of the LUP website.
  • You will be working with Books Editorial on: market research for new book ideas, series, authors, business models or competitor activity, emailing royalty statements to authors, and reviewing and where necessary amending book information in a database.

In addition to the above, all University of Liverpool Kickstart staff are required to:

  • Adhere to all University policies and procedures, completing all obligatory training and induction modules, including Equality & Diversity and Health & Safety.
  • Respect confidentiality: all confidential information should be kept in confidence and not released to unauthorised persons.
  • The Kickstart Employee will be required to attend an Employability Induction (Half day) and complete the Employability Programme as a part of their role. This will be an equivalent of 1 hour per week for the duration of their placement.
  • Embody and uphold the University’s Vision and Values.


  • You will need to have experience of using a range of social media platforms (Essential), experience of social media or email marketing campaigns (Desirable), experience of using design software such as Photoshop (Desirable)
  • You will also need to be educated to degree level (Essential), and be computer literate in Microsoft office products (Essential)
    You will need to have excellent attention to detail (Essential), have a strong organisational skills (Essential) and outstanding written English (Essential).

Personal Attributes and Circumstances:

  • An enthusiasm for, and keen interest in, a career in Publishing (Essential)
  • Willingness to learn and develop within the role (Essential)
  • Able to lone work / work from home when required (Essential)
  • This role will require hybrid working and therefore the candidate should be able to attend the University of Liverpool Campus (4 Cambridge St, Liverpool L69 7ZU) either by car or public transport. Access to university bike sheds are also available.
  • All employees are required to adhere to University Covid-19 guidelines and regulations including regular testing.


Mon- Fri (09:30-15:30) with 1 hour unpaid break


National Minimum Wage


The position is part of a wider pool of Kickstart roles that the University of Liverpool is recruiting and therefore comes with an excellent range of opportunities for further growth and development including: Self-Awareness and Personal Development: Understanding my skills, Understanding my values, Developing confidence, Growth Mind-set, Overcoming obstacles to work. Professional Development: setting goals for my placement, reflective-log, Accessing training and develop opportunities, Entrepreneurial thinking. Career Planning: future thinking, self-reflection for career success, exploring your options. Recruitment Ready: CV review, video interview (Shortlist me) practice, Evidencing your skills, Finding jobs.

This additional learning will be delivered through a 4 Hour induction on campus:
6 X 45mins synchronous delivery run in a cycle throughout the project.  All these will be skills sessions that are suitable for all interns.
20 Hours’ worth of portfolio tasks, synchronous learning and TEAMS Discussions.

Both during their Kickstart placement and for the following 3 months’ post Kickstart placement, the Kickstart Employee will form part of a Kickstart Community via a TEAMS space. This will form a community space where employees can discuss their experience with each other, complete group tasks, contact the Kickstart Project Manager regarding any employability related questions or support and access information and links regarding vacancies, development opportunities, and up and coming events. The Employability Portfolio will also ensure the Kickstart intern sets personal and professional goals throughout the placement which they will reflect on and record throughout their experience, including reflective logs, skills audit and evidencing your skills activities where they will create competency-based examples of their developed skills gained throughout their placement.


If you are a graduate, aged 16-24 and in receipt of Universal Credit, please apply here.

It is a common misconception that graduates who move back home to parents that work cannot claim Universal Credit but unlike other government support (such as Student Finance Loans), UC is not based on what your parents earn, so you can still apply for UC regardless of what other people in your household earn.

Closing date: 27th November 2021


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