Clare Johnson

  • Partnerships and Outreach Manager (Digital and STEM)
  • Executive
Clare Johnson

About Me

I am responsible for developing strategic partnerships and educational outreach in the areas of Digital and STEM. A significant part role is to explore innovative strategic approaches which includes inspiring young people to consider careers in Digital and STEM subjects, that align with industry needs. My background is in Cyber Security and as such I have a specific expertise in this area.

Previous role: Head of Cyber Security, responsible for Undergraduate and Postgraduate cyber courses at USW’s Treforest and Newport campuses. Experienced lecturer with experience in both Further and Higher Education level as well as on a freelance basis. 

In 2018 I founded the Women in Cyber Wales group (@womencyberwales) as a sub cluster of the South Wales Cyber Security Cluster, and as part of my commitment to the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst programme, I have development activities which have been approved under this scheme, as well as actively promoting and supporting the CyberFirst girls competition. I have delivered presentations on cyber security, women in cyber and outreach at events such as CyberUK (2019), Jisc (2019), NCSC (2018), Cyber Re:Coded (2018), Newport City Summit (2018) and Digital 2017. I am a member of the Cyber Resilience Board for Welsh Government, the DCMS Cyber Cluster Group and Wales Women in Stem (WIST).

I have delivered a significant amount of training to staff on Teaching, Learning & Assessment, Digital Literacy, Teaching HE in FE, Technology Enhanced Learning and more. In 2016 I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have also completed a Digital Literacy Practitioners Award. I am passionate about teaching, learner engagement and digital literacy, and am currently researching how authenticity and originality of students’ work can be ensured. I am a mentor for the TSL scheme and HEA at USW, and on the Women In Universities Mentoring Scheme (WUMS).

Research Profile:

Twitter @clareontherun / @womencyberwales

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Skills And Qualifications

  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Literacy
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS)
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Chair of USW Academic Integrity Committee
  • MA Education & ICT
  • BMus (Music)
  • Academic Integrity (Part time PhD, ongoing)
  • Interests


  • Developing partnerships in Digital & STEM industries
  • Innovation in STEM outreach
  • Women in Cyber Wales (Founder)
  • NCSC CyberFirst Ambassadors Scheme
  • NDEC - Oversight of the National Digital Exploitation Centre Education Strand
  • Publications And Past Projects

  • UK Cyber Security Council (Community Challenge)
  • BCS SFIA Skills Editor
  • Using Digital Forensics techniques to identify contract cheating (Johnson & Davies, 2020)
  • Using rubrics to improve the assessment lifecycle (Miknis, Davies and Johnson, 2020)
  • University of South Wales National Cyber Security Academy - creating cyber graduates who can 'hit the ground running' (Johnson 2019)
  • The student voice: what we know about students' perspectives of academic integrity (Johnson & Reddy, 2018, book chapter)