Thursday, 11 April 2019

Who's Who on our Online MA in Animation?

Bucks New University by Jeton Lakna
Who's Who on our Online Master of Arts in Animation? There are a lot of people involved in delivering our MA - the first (and still the only) online MA in animation in the world.

Below is a brief guide to help our students figure who's who, who does what, and how to get in touch with the key people who's job it is to help our students get excellent results.

Academic Faculty - Russel Stone
Rob Penhaligon - Course Leader
Heading up the School of Design, Media and Management at Bucks is Russel Stone. Russel is our Head of School, and has overall responsibility for all the courses within the School.  He can be contacted by email at Russel does not however deal with day to day management issues on the online MA in Animation (see below).

Rob Penhaligon - Course Leader
Rob is the Course Leader for the MA in 3D Animation. Rob joined the course in December 2018, and has overall responsibility for the course. Rob can be contacted on

Dr Fil Ieropolous – Academic Lead
Fil is the academic lead on the course, and responsible for the delivery and assessment of the academic content. He can be reached on  Any questions about academic content or academic marking should be directed to Fil.

Alex Williams - Animation Lead
Alexander Williams – Animation Lead
Alexander Williams (that's me) developed the course  back in 2014. The course launched in September 2015, and grew out of a partnership between my online course Animation Apprentice, and Bucks New University.

At the time, I reasoned that many animators want to get a proper online training in 3D animation, but also want to receive not just a certificate but an internationally recognised formal qualification, and this remains true today.

Today, I oversee the practical day-to-day delivery of (and grading of) the animation element of the course; that is to say practical (non-academic) content. To see more about Animation Apprentice, follow this link. I can be reached by email at:

Student Finance- Ann Swanborough
Anne Swanborough is the student finance officer. She can help with any finance questions.

Registry Office - RegistrarDebby Holmes
The Registrar for the Online MA is Debby Holmes. Debby can be reached at:  Debby deals with general questions of enrolment, marking, grades and academic deadlines.

Mike Smith - External Examiner
Course Administrator- Liz Neville Webber
Liz Neville is the administrator for the MA 3D Animation course. Liz should be copied on any administrative matters.

Philip McDonnell is Head of Admissionsfor Bucks and he deals with admissions for our course.
Access to Blackboard can be given by Course Leader Rob Penhaligon (see above), or Registry, Debby Holmes, and Liz Webber (see above). You can also copy Tonna Danzine on any Blackboard-related questions.

External Examiner
The External Examiner for the Online MA is Mike Smith, Head of Animation at Leeds Arts University.

For more on the experience of studying at Bucks New University, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, take a virtual tour of one of our animation studios, check out what our students think of our course, and see why we're ranked in the top 12 creative universities in the UK.

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