In memory of Mike Skipper

Mike Skipper, for many years the Photography Technical Specialist for the Department of Arts, lost his brave fight against illness, and died on Saturday 8 May.

Mike studied photography at Parsons School of Design in New York City, and recently received a MA in Contemporary Art from Oxford Brookes.

He began teaching in 1982 when he moved to England, exhibiting his work continually since then. He joined the Fine Art Department in 1992.

Mike’s friends and colleagues in the Department of Art paid tribute:

‘Although Mike started as a technician, his role naturally evolved into that of a lecturer and module leader. Mike had an innate ability to understand and nurture students and, judging by the numerous tributes received from past and present students, had a positive and lasting effect on many people's lives.

‘Mike was not only a truly inspiring colleague and teacher but a dear friend and his loss will be felt by both present and past colleagues and students across the Department of Arts, the School of Arts and Humanities and the university.’

To recognise Mike’s nurturing and supportive work as an educator and mentor of so many Brookes’ students over the years, and to recognise his work in the field of fine arts at Brookes, we have set up The Mike Skipper Memorial Fund. In the first instance, the fund will support an annual prize to recognise student work and commitment.

If you would like to support the Mike Skipper Memorial Fund, so that we can create a growing legacy to assist students in the future and continue to remember the great work of Mike Skipper, you can donate online in our Donate section.