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Sarah Ann Kennedy-Parr

Course Leader MA Animation, MA Co-ordinator Art, Design, Fashion, Animation and Games
School of Arts and Media
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Sarah runs MA Animation and co-ordinates the MA courses including Art, Design, Fashion, Games and Animation. Sarah delivers Research Methodologies and Research in Context for the MA courses and also supervises a number of postgraduate animation projects. Sarah's research is mainly concerned with the role of women in the animation industry and she has worked closely with a number of organisations in relation to this subject including Animated Women UK, Childrens Media Conference and Zagreb Animafest Conference. Sarah's teaching experience has been recognised and she is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Sarah has also been external examiner for various other institutions including Coventry University, Sunderland University and Gloucester University.

Sarah created a documentary for a Sky Channel exploring diversity within the British Animation Industry that has been screened across the world at numerous festivals including Orlando International Festival, Ambitus Festival, World of International Film Glasgow, Manchester Animation Festival Conference and Accolade Global Film Festival. Please view the documentary.

Sarah has published and presented widely on representation and education in animation. 'Does the Current British Higher Education system really prepare graduate animation students for a developing and changing industry' (European Scientific Journal, 2016) 'Is the straight role in comedy essential and why is it usually played by a women in animation?' (Popular Culture Conference, 2014) Sarah is currently taking a PhD to continue and develop her research exploring diversity and the animation industry.

Sarah is a voting member of BAFTA and is a regular on the panel for the Royal Television Awards. Sarah has extensive links with industry and continues to work.

Sarah has worked in the animation industry for thirty years in a variety of roles including producer, director, writer and voice artist. She was the first women to create, direct and write an adult animation series for Channel 4 in 1991 called Crapston Villas which won various awards. Sarah is currently the voice of Miss Rabbit in Peppa Pig and Nanny Plum in Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom. 

  • PCGE Art and Design, Institute of Education London University
  • MA Animation, Royal College of Art, 1989
  • BA (hons) Fine Art, Northumbria University
  • (Crapson Villas) Best Newcomer, Broadcast Awards, 1996
  • (Crapston Villas) Best in Animation, San Francisco Animation Festival, 1996
  • (Crapston Villas) Best Animation Series, Independent TV Awards, 1996
  • Diversity
  • Representation of women
  • Education
  • BAFTA - Voting membership
  • Academic advisor and course leader for MA Animation. Strong links with industry which inform and develop the course.
  • Responsible for pedagogic development of students through seminars, lectures, visiting tutors and tutorials.
  • Developed assessment strategies to support and guide students through the course in preparation for industry or PhD research.