Clare Somerville


I am course leader for BA Publishing with English, and module leader for PU4002 Publishing in Context, PU5003 Contemporary Critical Issues in Publishing and PU6001 Publishing in Practice. I also teach on the MA Publishing and Media Studies courses. Prior to joining the Publishing team, I was a member of the Kingston MA industry advisory panel and the external examiner for the MA Publishing programme.

As a practising industry professional, I have held board level positions within major UK publishing houses, including Hachette UK, Harlequin Mills & Boon, Egmont and Reed Elsevier, specialising in international sales and marketing, PR and communications, and operations and supply chain. Alongside my teaching at Kingston, I work as a publishing consultant, most recently managing the GDPR data privacy implementation project for the Hachette Group.

Through my work in the juvenile/educational publishing sectors, I have a particular engagement with improving literacy, and sat on the publisher committee of the Reading Agency for 10 years from its launch in 2006.  

Academic responsibilities

Course Leader BA Publishing with English, Lecturer in Publishing


  • PGDip Commerce with French City of London Polytechnic (now City University)
  • BA (Hons) French with English University of Bristol

Teaching and learning

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Postgraduate courses taught


Research student supervision