Ms Miranda Spicer

Ms Miranda Spicer

Lecturer in Publishing

School of Art, Design and Architecture


BA Publishing              

Programme Lead                         

School of Art, Design & Architecture | Faculty of Arts


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

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 BA (Hons) Publishing and lecturing for MA Publishing and 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. Here she launched a military history list, which continues to be successful. 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.

Publishing training has included courses at Book House; Women in Publishing; London School of Publishing and Capita, with one-to-one senior coaching.

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, 2012, in relation to the military history series Britannia Naval Histories of World War II. This series is published in collaboration with Britannia Royal Naval College.

Miranda attends international trade fairs including London Book Fair, where she has taken part in panel discussions at LBF.

Miranda runs creative copy writing workshops, one-to-one sessions with authors and advises on careers in publishing.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching interests

Employment opportunities and challenges in all areas of publishing.
Independent publishing v mainstream conglomerates.
Programme development and writing/BA (Hons) Publishing.

Since 2005, Miranda has taught on Plymouth University's Publishing MA.
2012–2013 Tutor at Plymouth University International College for both Interactive Learning Skills and Critical Thinking at Pre-Master's level.
Presentations at university careers fairs.

Staff serving as external examiners

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

Additional information

Miranda lives South Devon, is a member of The Allotments Association and grows fruit, flowers, vegetables and herbs on her allotment.