Adrian Tooth

Course Director

Digital, Tech, Innovation & Business

Creating things and bringing them to life has always been a passion of mine. I’ve been an animator and freelance illustrator/cartoonist amongst a whole range of other jobs, which include the manager of a pottery decoration department and a tread technician for Michelin.

In 2001 I won a studentship at Staffordshire university where I studied my MA and helped to set up the Animation department. In 2004 I was taken on full time to teach on the award. The course was then split into 3 different awards and I was put in charge of the 3D Character Animation and Special Effects. Then in 2010 the opportunity came to write the new award Cartoon and Comic Arts. The course since then has gone from strength to strength starting off with 10 students in the first year to almost 100! We were the first university to offer a BA course in Comic Art!

Professional memberships and activities

Work closely with the Cartoon and Comic Museum in London and their lottery funded bid to broaden the knowledge and understanding of the Comics industry within the UK.

Academic qualifications

MA BA(Hons) PGChpE Member of HEA


Animation, Special Effects in Films, Comics, Star Wars

Research interests

Visual storytelling in different demographics and countries.

Enterprise and commercial interests

Help organise and run StokeConTrent
Erlangen – helped to run the twinning events between the two Cities.
Helped to run various events around Stoke for drawing classes and comic creation.


Comic Arts – Fundamentals of comics, Drawing skills, Enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021