Clare Somerville


I am a Senior Lecturer in the Journalism, Publishing and Media team, teaching the careers and employability modules on the MA Publishing and BA Media and Communication courses.  I am also Under Graduate Admissions Tutor for the department.  Prior to joining the teaching staff, I was a member of the Kingston Publishing 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,  operations and supply chain. Alongside my teaching at Kingston, I work as a freelance consultant within the publishing and not-for-profit sectors, most recently managing the GDPR data privacy implementation project for the Hachette Group and working as the COO of a charity promoting fitness and wellbeing for older people. 

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
  • FHEA

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


Research student supervision