The third year placements start…

A you can see George and Lucas had a good time at BBH

Helen taking charge at Creature!

The third years have started their placements – George & Lucas have just finished theirs at BBH, Helen has been at Creature – and they all had amazing time. Lydia and Katie are still on their placement at WeberShandwick, Natasha and Helena are due to go to Hill Knowlton – this year we have widened the subject introducing PR and experiential companies into the mix – and it’s going down well. More news on these to come…

We’ve had a host of fantastic visitors to Bucks – here they are…

The second years have had lots of exciting workshops from some inspiring tutors here are a some of them. First we have Bobbie Hardwick, digital strategist from Zone – running a 2 week digital workshop – great to see that digital also includes lots of messing about own the chalk boards!

Christian Hartmann from LizH – top London headhunters, came to talk to the 3rd years and give them book-crits. Christian looks after juniors at LizH, it was great to hear exactly what the next steps should be after leaving uni.

He was extremely impressed with the standard of work – the 3rd years are all busy on their D&AD New Blood competition entries – so fingers crossed we will be winning a pencil or two!

Gemskii – writer and actor, ran her 2 day workshop for the 1st years. She worked through her confidence building and presentation skills programme using her many acting skills, the students loved it.









John Cross – Creative director at AKQA (and Bucks alumni)

came to talk to the students about AKQA’s awards scheme, Future Lions – the agency presentation was amazing – this is a great opportunity for all the students – placements to be won – and a big presentation at Cannes – c’mon you students!

The wonderful Milo Williamsbucks alumni and brilliant freelance creative spent 2 days with the 2nd and 3rd years – running a workshop and giving advice and critique on their work – it was great having you with us, Milo – please come again!


Another amazing workshop for the 1st years with stand-up comedian Rick Kiesewetter, an Asian-American comic. Adopted in Japan and then raised in a small town in New Jersey. Served in US Army Intelligence in Germany and has been living in the UK since 1993. Rick has been coming to Bucks to share his skills on presentation and storytelling with the students for the last decade – it’s a brilliant workshop with the students finding themselves with a wealth of new talents.


More storytelling for the 1st years with strategist and author, Anthony Tasgal – Tas to all who know him. Storytelling is a tremendous skill for creatives and the inimitable was Tas introduces it is inspirational to all.

Thank you, Steve Henry, for inspiring us!

Having someone who is such a legend (but also still relevant) in the advertising industry come in and speak to us was so great. It really got us thinking and gave us a an insight into the future of advertising. Also I know that a few of us also got to ask Steve questions to quote him for our dissertation, which gave us great primary research but also a connection for the future.

Hope you continue to bring him back for the other years!

Alex Taylor Masterclass – the Art of Art Direction – comes to the Creative Advertising students at Bucks New Uni

Alex is the most awarded woman in UK advertising, in 2014 she received the D&AD President’s Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Advertising”, the first female recipient in 52 years of D&AD. She has been awarded over 200 entries in the D&AD Annual, 7 yellow pencils, 9 silver pencils plus a handful more as Creative Director for Club 18-30 and Nursing. As well as several Golds and best overall TV ad at Cannes.

Alex gave an inspiring presentation, talking about the great art directors of the past and present, inspiring our 3rd years to be the great art directors of the future – and critiquing them on her rather tricky art direction brief. Everyone appreciated the firm hand and went away feeling motivated and inspired by her success. Congratulations to the winners of the Tomato Awards – Clarissa and Jo!

Tas gets the third years thinking…

The brilliant ‘Tas’ is, as he describes himself, a Man of Many Lanyards.

He runs his own training company and is a Course Director for the Chartered institute of Marketing, the Market Research Society and the Civil Service College, running courses on Storytelling, Behavioural Economics, Insightment and Creative Briefing amongst others in the UK, US, China and UAE.

He is also a top planner/Strategist.

Not quite sure how he finds the time to come to Bucks, as he’s usually found jetting all over the world speaking at international conferences. We’re very glad that he does fit us into his manic schedule.

His first publication was The Storytelling Book, a guide to using storytelling techniques to improve presentations and communication. It was runner-up in 2016’s Marketing Book of The Year award and is already on a fourth re-print.

His second book, The Inspiratorium  –  this little book is a web of connections, of jumps and leaps that will take you to different places and areas that will intrigue and inspire!

Thank you,Tas, for all the time you spend with our students, on all levels of the course, you are indispensable.

NSS 2018: 100% Student satisfaction for Bucks’ Creative Advertising course – hurray!

We had brilliant results in the 2018 NSS (National Students’ Survey) – 100% Student satisfaction – a big thank you to last year’s students for all the praise – and we’re so glad that you enjoyed your time on the Creative Advertising course so much. We also got the Vice Chancellor Award for getting such great results. Here’s Course Leader, Julie, getting the award.

Bucks gets lots of interest at the New Blood Festival

The New Blood festival 2018 was great success with lots of interest from the advertising industry in our fabulous students. Internships and hopefully jobs were offered by some of London’s leading agencies including Mother, Karmarama, Ogilvy and Proximity. Well done to all of them, and a big thank you to Jen & Ellie, who designed the stand.

Lots of lovely people came to see us and look at the work. Here’s Gail and Sabina with Andy and Nicola from Ogilvy and Sam Ball – creative consultant and an ex-bucks student too!

Ex-student, Tommy Lai, comes to see us all the way from RG/A in Singapore

one completed stand – well done, Jen & Ellie, for designing it!