Alexandra Shakespeare

Programme Lead in Publishing and Subject Coordinator for BA Media, Journalism and Publishing

School of Arts


A Programme Lead in Journalism and Publishing, Alexandra specialises in journalism, teaching across a variety of BA and MA modules on programmes at Brookes’ Oxford International Centre for Publishing (OICP). These include Essential Journalism, Magazine Journalism, Brand Publishing, Lifestyle Journalism, Creative Entrepreneurship, and more.

A recognised fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy, Alexandra is dedicated to supporting diversity in the media and broadening participation in media education as founder and Chair of the university’s Journalism Advisory Board. Within the courses, she ensures students have an accessible publishing platform for their journalism via which she developed and oversees.

Alexandra is also an Associate Editor of The Journal of Magazine Media, an External Examiner for the MA Publishing programme at LCC, University Arts London, and is responsible for delivering the NCTJ accreditation on the MA Journalism and the journalism pathway of MJP. 

Alexandra’s academic career reflects her two decades of industry experience, having held several top-level editorial posts at leading publishers including Hearst UK, BBC Worldwide, TI Media, and ITP Media in the Middle East where she launched Harper’s Bazaar Arabia as Deputy Editor. 

As an editorial consultant, Alexandra has created original publishing concepts and content, as well as provided editorial development strategy for a variety of start-ups and retail brands, as well as organisations such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). 

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Essential Journalism
  • Magazine Journalism
  • Brand Publishing
  • Lifestyle Journalism
  • Creative Entrepreneurship