Claire Smith


School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I’m a Lecturer in Cartoon and Comic Arts BA (hons), with a background in small press comics.

I had a stint in 2014 where I worked in the digital marketing department of the Antiques Trade Gazette, which is where I gained knowledge in Google Adwords, and also all the other responsibilities involved when running an online advertising campaign.

I have been a trader at various comic conventions across the UK since 2013, and often use my networking skills to find industry professional guest speakers for my students.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Adwords Certified

Academic qualifications

Postgraduate Certification in Higher and Professional Education
BA (hons) Cartoon and Comic Arts
Btec National Diploma in Art and Design


Digital Marketing

Adobe Creative Cloud

Technical Drawing


Research interests

The development of working with VARK learning styles
Women Comic Artists
The UK comic convention scene.

Enterprise and commercial interests

Self-published comic artist, creator of I Work With Cats (2012) and Bajo Mano (2013-16)

Also a portrait artist who draws on the day commissions at comic conventions.


Marketing, Self Promotion, E-commerce, Webcomics, Creative Writing and Comics History


I Work With Cats
Bajo Mano

UK University

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Job Prospects

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

for Student Satisfaction

Complete University Guide 2022

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

for Course Content

StudentCrowd University Awards 2022

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

Research Excellence Framework 2021