Friday, 27 September 2019

Bucks New Uni Online MA Animation: Who's Who

Bucks New University by Jeton Lakna
Who's Who on our Online Master of Arts in Animation?

For our new animation students just starting with us, there is a good deal of information to take on board, including who does what at Bucks.

There are a number 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 new cohort of students figure who's who, who does what, and how to get in touch with the key people whose job it is to help our students get excellent results.

Alex Williams - Animation Lead
Alexander Williams – Animation Lead
Alexander Williams (that's me). I first developed the course back in 2014, and helped to steer it through the validation process. The MA first launched in September 2015, and grew out of a partnership between Bucks New University amd my online course Animation Apprentice, founded in 2012.

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 in the field. To see more about Animation Apprentice, follow this link. You can also reach me at

I oversee the practical day-to-day delivery of and grading of the practical, animation element of the course; that is to say the non-academic content.

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

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

Registry Office - Registrar Debby 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.

Course Administrators
The course administrators are Louise Thomas  and Emma Tomsett Louise and Emma should be copied on any administrative matters.

Mike Smith - External Examiner
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 Louise or Emma (above).

Academic Faculty - Russel Stone
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.

Rob Penhaligon - Course Leader
Rob Penhaligon - Course Leader
Rob is the Course Leader for the MA in 3D Animation. Rob joined the MA course in December 2018, and has overall responsibility for the course. Rob can be contacted at However, for day to day questions, it's best to contact one of the folks above. 

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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