Lecturer and Course Leader, User Experience Design and Indie Game Development

Liz Coulter-Smith, holds a MFA, BFA, PGCHE, PGCertResMeth, and FHEA credentials, is a researcher, designer, creative coder, and educator. She has dedicated over 20 years to academia, teaching computing, visual arts, digital media, and communications. Since 2003, Liz's work has focussed on user experience design specifically as applied to web design and development.

Currently, she is a Lecturer and Module Leader for the UX Design MA (Online) at the Games Academy, Falmouth University, and a PhD candidate at the University of Plymouth. Her PhD research investigates *Creative Deep Learning: A Multimodal Exploratory Computational Art Practice* within the faculty of Digital Art & Technology.

Liz's professional contributions include work on large commercial projects involving user experience design, web, and mobile application development. Between 2012 and 2016, she coordinated and set up a digital incubator at RGU and a student-founded a student-led web agency at the University of Worcester. These initiatives led to projects including a mobile training app for Scania Trucks and a public service site for Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service.

In addition to her academic and commercial work, Liz is an arts practitioner who has given conference papers, exhibited her work internationally, and secured artist residencies and project grants in France, Australia, and the USA.

Her published works cover a broad range of topics from Art-based Games, AI in Higher Education, and Locative Media to Animation History. Her most recent publication, 'The AI Economy and Higher Education,' will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2022 in an edited book by Andreas Kaplan, 'Digital Transformation and Disruption of Higher Education'.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
2015 PGCHE University of Worcester
2001 PGCertResMeth Southampton Solent University
1984 Master of Fine Art (MFA) University of Georgia
1982 Bachelor of Fine Art Miami University

Honors and awards

Year Description

Innovative & Tech Savvy Lecturer of the Year Award. STaR Awards Initiative. University of Northampton.


Google Cloud Program (2017-2019). Education Grant 18k. Awarded by Google Education, Mountain View, California, USA.


Analytics Data Labs Project (2018). KEF team member. JISC/HESA/HEFCE funded, KEF Data Visualisation and Business Intelligence project.


Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

Interdisciplinary research, computational creativity, GANs, augmented intelligence, UX, artificial intelligence and machine learning in higher education, attention multitasking in the classroom, and digital pedagogy.


Areas of teaching

  • Business Intelligence
  • Digital Media Technologies
  • HCI
  • User Centred Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Web Development and Design

Courses taught

  • User Experience Design MA (Online)

Professional Engagement

Engagement with professional associations and societies

  • British Computer Society (BCS), 2020 – present.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) , 2020 – present.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK, 2014 – present.
  • Association for Learning Technology (ALT), UK, 2013 – present.
  • Higher Education Entrepreneurship Group (HEEG), UK, 2014 – present.
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2001 – present.