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Ian White

Ian White

Short Course Programme Leader

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Ian White joined the faculty staff team in 2001, having previously been a full-time Cliff student back in the 1980’s and a part-time postgraduate student at the college in the 1990’s. He has had links with the college since the late 1970’s having come to faith under the ministry of a Cliff evangelist.

Ian is the Programme Leader for the Short Course programme. He co-ordinates the non validated training provision on site, through day and mid week events, as well as a series of Cliff Retreat weekends, week long Cliff College Certificates and longer Cliff College Diplomas. He also heads up the Cliff Summer School programme, and co-ordinates the Methodist Worship: Leading and Preaching (WLP) training here at Cliff. During the pandemic he has been learning the delights of online delivery, and has developed Cliff College Online - an expanding programme of accessible courses.

With a long personal involvement in the Middle East, Ian is unit tutor for the college teaching trip focussed in Israel/Palestine. The ‘Luke in the Holy Land’ teaching week is an optional course offered to undergraduate students and Methodist guests.

He has special interests in social justice and peacemaking, Christian leadership and ministry, spirituality and discipleship, arts and community engagement. In another part of his life, and supported by Cliff College, Ian is the Executive Director of Micah68, a Christian organisation offering support to the people of the Middle East. This ministry focuses on advocacy, friendship and practical support for a variety of projects across Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt. Through Micah68 Trading he also supports and promotes a fair trade organisation in Bethlehem, Palestine.

Ian is a Methodist Local Preacher, drummer and occasional guitarist, and worships at a local Methodist church in Sheffield.


1995-1998Cliff College, University of Sheffield; MA in Evangelism Studies (Distinction)
2002-2006University of Sheffield; PG Diploma in Teaching and Learning for University Lecturers