Alumni Advisory Board meeting – July 2015

Alumni Advisory Board meeting – July 2015

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The second Alumni Advisory Board Away Day took place on Friday 24 July 2015 at Murray Edwards College.

The event focused on three questions of strategic importance: how can alumni help the work of University and College admissions, how to best inform and engage alumni throughout the life of the campaign, and how do alumni engage with the University throughout their lifetime?

The Vice-Chancellor highlighted the importance of the next fundraising campaign for the University and Colleges. Cambridge needs to continue to attract the best and brightest minds irrespective of background and provide world-class infrastructure in a challenging financial climate. The campaign will ensure Cambridge continues to have global impact for generations to come.

The three permanent Working Groups reporting into the Alumni Advisory Board: Networks, Volunteers, and Communications, shared some of their recent activities and plans.

Two new members had been welcomed to the Networks Working Group whose meetings focused upon: Welcome to Cambridge events, scholarships run by Alumni Groups, an updated resources pack, Leadership Conferences and strategic planning for Alumni Groups.

The Volunteers Working Group had met twice and recognises the time, talent and experience volunteers give to the University. The Group advised on volunteering policies, reviewed an audit of volunteering opportunities and had taken an in-depth look at the ‘volunteer journey’.

Andrew Hill noted that the Communications Working Group provides a commercial sense check for Alumni Relations drawing on members’ expertise. The Group had strategically updated its remit to incorporate fundraising and philanthropic communication, advising on campaign brand and messaging.

Attendees supported a proposal from the Nominations Committee that the position of Chair on the Alumni Advisory Board is held by an alumnus/a, with the Vice-Chancellor holding the role of Ex Officio Chair. The proposal ensures that the alumni views are represented at the highest level. Members unanimously voted in favour of John Pritchard, currently Deputy Chair – Alumni, who takes on the role of Chair as of January 2016.

The Vice-Chancellor thanked Board members for their unique insight and commented on the positive energy and contributions of all to a very fruitful day.

The next meeting of the Alumni Advisory Board takes place in London on Monday 25 January 2016.