Lucy O'Brien

Course Leader BA Music Journalism and BA Music Marketing & Promotion, UCA Epsom

Academic, School of Film Media and Performing Arts

Lucy O'Brien leads our BA (Hons) Music Journalism and BA (Hons) Music Marketing & Promotion courses, and is the author of She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Popular Music. Lucy has taught across a number of different music and media courses.

Lucy became course leader of UCA’s BA (Hons) Music Journalism in 2013, and in 2015 also course leader of BA (Hons) Music Marketing & Promotion. Prior to this she worked as a lecturer in Media & Communications at London University Goldsmith’s College, and taught on the Commercial Music BA at University of Westminster, and Popular Music Journalism at Southampton Solent.

Lucy graduated with a BA (Hons) English from Leeds University before working as a writer/broadcaster for 25 years. She has published three editions of She Bop, the history of women in popular music, and in-depth music biographies. She has also written for a variety of titles including NME, Mojo, Q, The Guardian, the Sunday Times and Marie Claire, and been a guest contributor and consultant for C4, and BBC TV and radio.

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy

Professional Membership, Affiliation and Consultancy:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013).
  • Member of the International Society for the Study of Popular Music.
  • Editorial reviewer for a number of journals, including Popular Music, and NECSUS, European Journal for Media Studies.

Awards, Grants and Commisions:

  • 1996 She Bop nominated for Cosmopolitan Young Woman of the Year award
  • 1996 She Bop in the International Feminist Book Fair ‘Dirty Dozen’ award


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