About Us

The Association for Publishing Education supports and represents Higher Education institutions that offer Publishing studies. Membership is also open to those who work with those institutions, in whatever capacity. We welcome new members. Please email the Secretary:

APE’s individual and institutional members undertake a great variety of research in publishing and publishing studies, from scholarly articles and outputs to professional and practice-led projects.

APE Aims, Applications for Membership, Honorary Officers and Executive Committee 
The Association was founded in 1999 at the inspiration of Professor Alistair McCleery of Napier University and Dr Joan Burks of London College of Communication.

Objects of the Association
The Association’s objects (‘the objects’) are…
(1) to provide a common voice for the teaching of publishing in higher education
(2) to provide a forum for academic and professional concerns and for lobbying
(3) to monitor accreditation schemes
(4) to discuss education and curriculum development
(5) to represent publishing education issues to employers and the higher education sector
(6) to collect and share information on the teaching of publishing in higher education
(7) to promote and support academic research in publishing education.

The original Constitution of the Association is published here. Any changes to the original constitution are to be found in the Minutes of the Association.

Applications for Membership 
HE Institutional Members: The Association welcomes new full Institutional Members from any United Kingdom Higher Education Institution, University College, or Faculty or School thereof, who share its aims and objects. Institutional members can send representatives to any of the meetings, or activities, or conferences of the Association and can elect and can take part as Honorary Officers or as members of the Executive Committee.

Associate Institutional Members: Over the years the Association has reached out to related bodies and organisations to join the Association as Associate Institutional Members. Such group associate membership entitles such organisations full participation in all of the activities of the Association, excepting any participation at the AGM in the election of the officers of the Association. Associate Institutional Members can be overseas’ universities, or faculties, or other organisations related to the fields of publishing and media education outside of the Higher Education sector, within or outside of the United Kingdom. Such bodies are welcome to join the Association at a reduced group rate.

Associate Individual Professional Members: The Association is keen to hear from individuals or academics, from within or outside of the United Kingdom, who may wish to join the Association as a new class of Associate Individual Professional Member. Such individual applications will be considered by the Executive Committee.

Contact: All enquiries for membership should be addressed to the Secretary of the Association: . The membership year runs alongside the academic year.

Honorary Officers
Chair: Professor Claire Squires
Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication
Division of Literature & Languages, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Room B9, Pathfoot Building
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
Tel: +44 (0)1786 467505
Fax: +44 (0)1786 466210


Secretary: Laura Dietz
Senior Lecturer, Writing
Department of English and Media, Anglia Ruskin University,
East Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 1PT

Treasurer: Frania Hall
Senior Lecturer, Course Leader MA Publishing
London College of Communication, University of the Arts London,
Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SB, Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 6729
Email: www.arts.ac.uk/lcc

Executive Committee
Honorary Officers, as above, plus:

Marketing & Social Media: Judith Watts
Visiting Lecturer
City, University of London, School of Arts and Social Sciences

Prizes and Bursaries: Nick Canty
Programme Director for the MA in Publishing
Department of Information Studies, University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Research: Melanie Ramdarshan Bold
Senior Lecturer
Department of Information Studies, University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Diversity and Inclusion: Heather O’Connell
Bluebird Works | Affiliate University College London

Website: Adam Blades
Lecturer, Oxford International Centre for Publishing
School of Arts, Oxford Brookes University
Headington Hill Hall, Oxford OX3 0BP
Email: publishing.brookes.ac.uk