Ms Miranda Spicer

Ms Miranda Spicer

Lecturer in Publishing

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



MA Publishing
Programme Lead           

BA English with Publishing
Module Lead       

School of Art, Design & Architecture | Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business


A graduate of University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies.
Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Plymouth.

With over 30 years in the publishing industry, Miranda brings commercial business experience and industry contacts to Publishing studies at Plymouth, including Programme Lead for MA Publishing and lecturing for BA English with Publishing. Miranda has worked for a variety of publishers including HarperCollins, Dorling Kindersley, Marshall Cavendish, Jarrold and BBC Magazines. She moved from London to the West Country and was recruited by Element Books in Shaftesbury to reorganise their illustrated Mind. Body & Spirit list. She relocated to Devon and became Editorial Director of David & Charles. Her publishing career spans editing, commissioning, production, training, consultancy and senior management. She ran her own independent, non-fiction company, publishing art, history and nature titles.

Training includes the Advance HE Aurora Women's Leadership Programme, courses at Book House; Women in Publishing; London School of Publishing and Capita.

In 2009, Miranda became a freelance consultant for the University of Plymouth Press. UPP was nominated for The Mountbatten Award for Best Literary Contribution at the Maritime Media Awards.

Miranda attends international trade fairs including London Book Fair, where she has taken part in panel discussions. She collaborates on a breadth of freelance publishing projects, offers one-to-one sessions with authors and advises on careers in publishing.

Supporting students towards positive mental health through the Arts is a key area of interest. 
I'm Fine, Supporting Mental Health through Art | Writing | Poetry | Music takes place 16 March 2021.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Roles on external bodies

Advance HE Aurora Women's Leadership Programme.



Teaching interests

Student employability and challenges in all areas of publishing.
Independent publishing v mainstream conglomerates.
Programme writing and development.

Since 2005, Miranda has taught on University of Plymouth's MA Publishing. She wrote the BA Publishing course, which launched in 2017.
2012–2013 Tutor at Plymouth University International College for Pre-Master's Interactive Learning Skills and Critical Thinking. 
2021 External Advisor to MA Publishing, LCC, University of the Arts London.

Staff serving as external examiners

Miranda was the first External Examiner for the Publishing FdA at Bath Spa University, 2001–2011.



Creative practice & artistic projects

I'm Fine, Supporting Mental Health through Art | Writing | Poetry | Music takes place 16 March 2021.



Conferences organised

I'm Fine, Supporting Mental Health through Art | Writing | Poetry | Music takes place 16 March 2021.

Other academic activities

Member of the ADA School Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Member of the Decolonising the Curriculum Faculty Working Group.

Additional information

With a childhood spent mostly in South East Asia, Miranda has travelled extensively. She lives South Devon, where she is a member of The Allotments Association.


Association for Publishing Education

Independent Publishers Guild

The Publishers Association