Siobhan Fenton

Siobhan Fenton


Personal profile

Academic Biography

Siobhan is the Associate Dean (Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange) in the School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies at Teesside University responsible for the commercial enterprise activities, student employability, student placement and graduate opportunities in the School.

Siobhan came to work as a Senior Lecturer at Teesside in 1999. For much of this time she blended lecturing at Teesside University with developing and managing animation projects as a producer working on 14 animated film projects including multi-award winning project for the Wellcome Trust. She co-founded Animex, our renowned animation and games festival and co-directed the first two years. In 2013 and 2014, she was also responsible for taking Animex across the globe to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. In 2017 Siobhan setup TUCAN Studio, the University of Teesside's in-house creative production studio providing award winning and innovative digital solutions and collaborations with our external parrtners including the NHS, ITV Signpost, Cleveland Fire brigade and many more. 

Siobhan is a Teesside University graduate herself studying the MSc Computer Aided and Graphical Technology Applications (CAGTA) at Teesside in 1994. After graduating, Siobhan became an artist in residence at Cumbria College of Art and Design (now part of the University of Cumbria). She went on to become a digital artist in residence and course leader on Cumbria’s first computer animation course.

Summary of Research Interests

Prior to her Associate Dean role, Siobhan was passionate about using animation to engage audiences in new ways particularly around the areas of health and well being.

In 2012 she was the producer of Centrefold, a multi-award winning animated documentary about female body image directed by Ellie Land. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, Centrefold has been screened at 12 international festivals and was featured heavily in the press including The Guardian, The Huffington Post and Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Siobhan’s short form animation work has been prolific and varied working as a producer on 14 animated shorts and documentaries including the animation in a BFI funded feature documentary, a Wellcome Trust funded animated documentary, commission from Stockton Borough Council, collaborations with the School of Health at Newcastle University and Teesside University, and commission from internationally renowned artist MacKenzie Thorpe.