Ms Miranda Spicer

Ms Miranda Spicer

Associate Head of School - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

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



ADA Associate Head of School, Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity MA Publishing 
Programme Lead Lecturer in Publishing: MA Communication Design, BA English with Publishing
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. Miranda has worked for a variety of publishers of both fiction and non-fiction, books and magazines. She relocated to Devon and became Editorial Director of David & Charles. Her publishing career spans editing, commissioning, production, training, consultancy and senior management. Training includes the Advance HE Aurora Women's Leadership Programme, courses at Book House; Women in Publishing; London School of Publishing and Capita. She offers one-to-one sessions with authors and advises on careers in publishing. She runs workshops and one-to-one session at the NCB Festival. Supporting students towards positive mental health through the Arts is a key area of interest. 

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Roles on external bodies

External Examiner, MA Publishing, University College London.
Advance HE Aurora Women's Leadership Programme Mentor. 
UoP Representative for the APE.


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.
2023 External Examiner, MA Publishing, University College London.

Staff serving as external examiners

2022 External Examiner to MA Publishing, UCLExternal 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 March 2021.

Other academic activities

Lead: ADA School Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Additional information

With a childhood spent mostly in South East Asia, Miranda has travelled extensively. She lives South Devon.


Association for Publishing
Independent Publishers Guild
The Publishers Association