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Open University Press

High quality professional development and study titles for students, academics and practitioners. 

Publishing since 1970, Open University Press became part of McGraw-Hill in 2002. 

We are a trusted social science publisher specialising in education, health and social work, research and study skills, psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, and coaching. We have original works by many foremost scholars and internationally recognised experts.  

Our wide-ranging and diverse publishing programme includes resources for study and professional development. Open University Press titles focus on current issues and challenges, research findings and their application, ideas for teaching, and many other topics. You’re certain to find a resource that will enrich your professional role! Browse our titles below.

Providing resources for students, teachers and lecturers, we publish essential titles in early years, primary, secondary, special education needs, further education, higher education and education policy.

Supported by our Editorial Advisory Board Members:

Prof. Adam Boddison, University of Wolverhampton

Prof. Carol Evans, Griffith University, Australia

Dr Neil Hall, University of Birmingham

Dr Steven Hutchinson, Open University

Prof. Brian Lamb OBE

Prof. Joe O’Hara, Dublin City University

Dr Richard Race, University of Roehampton

Prof. Mary Wild, Oxford Brookes University

Prof. Erica Joslyn, University of Suffolk

Responsive to current issues and challenges, our broad range of titles offer practicable research and advice for students and experienced practitioners in nursing, social work and allied health.

Supported by our Editorial Advisory Board Members:

Prof. Fiona Irvine, University of Birmingham

Dr Chris Kubiak, Open University

Dr Sarah Vicary, Open University

Mr Tom Walvin, University of Plymouth

Clear and accessible guides on improving your reading, writing and researching skills. From undergraduate level to career researcher, we have a book to help you with your study and academic progression.

Supported by our Editorial Advisory Board Members:

Dr Inger Mewburn, Australian National University

Mrs Christie Pritchard, University of Plymouth

Prof. Gina Wisker, University of Brighton

Celebrating the breadth of the discipline from statistical methods, including Pallant’s definitive SPSS Survival Manual, to consumer and positive psychology, we publish influential texts to aid students and practitioners.

Supported by our Editorial Advisory Board Members:

Prof. Nollaig Frost, University College Cork

Prof. Debbie Rigby, Durham University

Prof. Wendy Stainton Rogers, Open University

Prof. Graham Towl, Durham University

With seminal texts including McLeod’s Introduction to Counselling, we publish accessible texts for students and practitioners that translate research for clinical practice.

Supported by our Editorial Advisory Board Members:

Dr Divine Charura, Leeds Beckett University  

Dr Di Hodgson, Metanoia Institute

Dr Naomi P. Moller, Open University

With many notable authors including Jenny Rogers, Peter Hawkins and David Clutterbuck, we have the books to ensure that coaching and its practice reach new heights of advancement, effectiveness and authority. 

Supported by our Editorial Advisory Board Members:

Prof. David Clutterbuck, EMCC

Ms Sarah Gornall, Coaching Climate and UK ICF

Ms Gina Lodge, AoEC

Reading List Collections for Libraries and Departments

The Reading List Collection from McGraw Hill and Open University Press have been created to help provide easy access to the core textbooks and recommended reading your students need to be successful on their courses.

These titles are available via subscription access to course, departments, schools and libraries. Collections include:

We are proud to be celebrating that Open University Press is 50 years old this year. Find out more and read blogs from some of our bestselling authors here.

View all our titles for Open University Press

Meet the Publishing Team

Laura Pacey

Head of Open University Press Publishing 

With a diverse commissioning background, Laura has enjoyed working with authors all around the world from inception through to publication, with a focus on making connections, developing relationships and supporting the dissemination of research that can impact policy and practice. 

Commissioning areas: Coaching, Higher Education and Education Policy 


Sam Crowe

Commissioning Editor 

With almost a decade’s experience in reference and medical publishing, Sam cares deeply about practicable research and advice for both students and experienced practitioners. 

Commissioning areas: Nursing and Health, Social Work, Research and Study Skills  


Clara Heathcock

Associate Editor 

Having started her publishing career in Sales before moving into Editorial, Clara is passionate about a holistic approach to publishing and ensuring author care remains at the heart of everything she does.  

Commissioning areas: Psychology 


Beth Summers

Editorial Assistant

With a Masters in publishing, Beth is keenly aware of the changing landscape of education publishing and science learning. Through this, she is committed to delivering the best author care in this evolving industry.


Eleanor Christie

Executive Editor 

Following a grounding in academic education publishing, Eleanor is keen to commission works that speak to the needs of practitioners, teachers and students. She has previously appreciated working with an international network of authors
and is dedicated to offering a platform for a range of author voices.  

Commissioning areas: Education, Counselling and Psychotherapy