It aims to provide a support network to online and print publications, similar to the work done by NaSTA and the SRA for television and radio respectively.
At the 2015 AGM, it was unanimously voted to extend the association to cover the Republic of Ireland, making the SPA an international association.
It has continued to grow rapidly, and is now home to more than 132 student publications across two countries.
The Student Publication Association has worked with organisations such as the Press Association, NUS, Brighton Journalist Works and many more.
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Committee Members are elected at the annual AGM held at the national conference by the membership body.
David Gilani, University of Southampton, 2012-13
Chris Williams, Cardiff University, 2013 – 2014
Sophie Hannah Davis, Nottingham Trent University, 2014 – 2015
Jem Collins, University of Kent, 2015 – 2016
Dan Seamarks, University of Westminster, 2016 – 2017
Past Development Officers:
Past Membership and Communications Officers:
Steph Powell, Southampton Solent, 2013 – 2014
Kerry Sclater, University of Southampton, 2014 – 2015
Megan Downing, University of Southampton, 2015 – 2016
Fraser Whieldon, University of Kent, 2016 – 2017
Past Marketing and Events Officers:
Hannah Bracegirdle, De Montford University, 2013 – 2014
Philippa Skett, Imperial College London, 2014 – 2015
Brad Johnson, Hertfordshire University, 2015 – 2016
Hannah Mylrea, University of Southampton, 2016 – 2017
In 2014 the SPA officer was expanded to include a regional officer system, giving local representation to it’s members. The officers are selected via an application process set by the committee.
In 2015 the system was also expanded to include an online officer and an alumni officer, as well as an admin assistant.
South West Officers:
Megan Downing, University of Southampton 2014 – 2015
Hannah Mylrea, University of Southampton 2015 – 2016
South East Officers:
Tom Eden, Cardiff, 2014
Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland
Alex Vince, Southampton Solent, 2015 – 2016
David Gilani, University of Southampton (2013)
David Gilani was voted as a life member by members at the AGM in 2013 for his work setting up the organisation.
Jem Collins, University of Kent (2016)
Jem Collins was voted as a life member by her peers in 2016 for her work in expanding the organisation.
Bridie Pearson-Jones, University of Southampton (2016)
Bridie Pearson-Jones was voted as a life member by her peers in 2016 for her work in student media.
Ben Jackson, City University (2016)
Ben Jackson was voted as a life member by his peers in 2016 for his work in student media.