Understanding Global Issues

Briefings and books about the big issues of our time

Frequently Asked Questions ...

When was this site last updated?

The site is updated every time a new title is published, or any significant new information concerning the UGI programme becomes available.

Who writes UGI?

Until late 2006 the series editor and principal writer was Richard Buckley, who brought to the job a wide range of interests and international experience and a firmly independent approach, backed by solid research and analysis. Richard has since retired because of ill health, sobriefings are now commissioned from freelance journalists and specialists. UGI is always glad to hear from suitably qualified writers.

The principal sources are recently published literature, government bodies, non-government organisations, interviews with experts and, of course, the internet. Every issue is reviewed by an independent specialist consultant.

UGI lays great emphasis on keeping the texts clear, short and to the-point, and supporting them with high-quality graphics. Graphic design is by Jonathan Chapman of the Chapman Partnership.

Who publishes UGI?

Understanding Global Issues Ltd, a standalone subsidiary of European Schoolbooks Ltd, an independent, privately owned, educational publisher and distributor based in Cheltenham, England.

Who is UGI aimed at?

Top of high school and undergraduate students, and all non-specialist business and professional people looking for clear, factual, non-partisan briefings on the big events of our times.

UGI is especially well suited to modular courses in global and regional studies, international relations and organisations, political science, economics and commerce, the environment, and physical and human geography.

UGI is first class background reading for business and professional people with international links and interests.

How do I get an evaluation copy?

Just ask! E-mail us right now via the 'Contacting UGI' button.

How much does UGI cost?

Single copies are: GB£ 3.50, €4.95, US$ 6.95, Can$ 6.95

Can I purchase class sets?

Yes, depending on your purchasing arrangements. If you use a campus bookstore, please ask them to contact us.

You can also purchase directly, using the Shopping Basket procedure via the Titles button.

Discounts on direct purchases are: 2-10 copies per title 10%, 11-30 copies 20%, 31-100 copies 25%, 101+ copies 35%. Shipping charges are extra.

Is there a minimum order?

No, but there is a minimum service & shipping charge of Sterling 1.50 or currency equivalent.

Is the UGI site secure?

Yes, when placing orders and quoting credit card or other personal details, you are automatically passed to our secure site. Responses wll take a little longer, but all information is encrypted.

Can I subscribe to UGI?

Sorry, no. We have ceased offering subscriptions. Any future issues will be published individually.

Can I get back issues?

Most briefings are still available in print versions. Briefings published since January 2002 are also available as read-only Portable Document Format files for downloading at the modest price of £1 each. These titles are flagged with the standard PDF icon.