Ms Miranda Spicer
Profiles

Ms Miranda Spicer

Lecturer in Publishing

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

Role

MA Publishing; BA Publishing          

Programme Lead              

School of Art, Design & Architecture | Faculty of Arts

Qualifications

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

PUBLISHING 
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.

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, 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.

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

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. 


Staff serving as external examiners

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

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.

Links

Association for Publishing Education

www.publishingeducation.org

Independent Publishers Guild
www.ipg.uk.com

The Publishers Association
www.publishers.org.uk