It is with great sadness that Whitecliffe farewells one of its longest serving staff members this month.
Fionna Scott-Milligan, Dean of College, has been involved with Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design since 1986, when she was an itinerant lecturer in ergonomics in the Design Department. In the late 90s, she was asked to take over the Programme Administrator role for the newly established Arts Administration programme, and was responsible for shifting the delivery of this programme to a low residency model. She was appointed to Associate Dean in 1998, and brought into fruition two new postgraduate programmes, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Arts Therapy. Fionna was appointed the Dean of Research and Postgraduate studies in 1999, and in 2009 Dean of College.
Fionna set the very highest ethical, academic and professional standards for Whitecliffe. In the days that follow, her support and wise and considered council will be sorely missed by faculty and staff. The only consolation Whitecliffe can take from Fionna’s departure is that it creates an opportunity to open a new chapter in the life of Whitecliffe. This will be achieved through the knowledge that we are building on the solid foundation that Fionna had a huge hand in creating.