Mrs Rachel Mills

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  • Qualifications:PGCE (PCET) UWE, BA Hons Visual Communication, Glasgow School of Art
  • Position:senior lecturer in animation.
  • Department:ACE - Film and Journalism
  • Telephone:+4411732 81451

About me

Rachel is a producer of animation and has project managed Animation for a wide range of audiences including Children's and Adult TV, web series, and e-learning content. She has worked as a freelance animator and producer for over 15 years including work for Aardman, and commercial clients across the southwest.

Rachel set up a content development studio, Buttercup Learning in 2019 to engage children and families in eco/natural world e-learning. She has experience in delivering well-received environmental animated projects as live briefs for animation students. Her start-up was awarded a competitive place on the pre-incubation scheme with Natwest Back her Business programme supported by SETsquared Bristol and is currently being supported and mentored till November 2020.  She is developing the UK first; non-fiction augmented reality children's book/phonics scheme working with UWE alumni across the creative industries, scientists, and early years advisors.

Rachel's interest in animation developed at Glasgow School of Art whilst studying for a BA Hons Visual Communication degree between 1994-98 specialising in Illustration and Animation. Her current research interests are in virtual reality/augmented reality and mixed reality storytelling, rapid prototyping, and developing technologies for moving image. 

Since joining UWE in 2006 she has project managed many live briefs with studios and clients to ensure students gain real-world animation production experience including working with the BBC, regional studios, and national charities and University partnerships. 

Rachel was BA Animation programme leader at UWE Bristol for over 5 years, she is currently a part-time Senior Lecturer teaching across BA and MA Animation.

Rachel previously carried out the role of Associate Head of Department at UWE looking after a variety of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level across Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Fashion and Interior Design. She enjoys working with diverse teams internally and externally at UWE. Originally joining UWE as a short course instructor teaching Flash Animation before joining the animation team as an academic member of staff.

Area of expertise

Adobe animate animation and animated series production management


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