Alumni Advisory Board Meeting - January 2014

Alumni Advisory Board Meeting - January 2014

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Freedom of choice and the autonomy to focus on the University’s future were presented by the Vice-Chancellor as themes at the eleventh biannual Alumni Advisory Board meeting on Monday 27 January 2014. The Vice-Chancellor welcomed Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards College, to her role as Deputy Chair, and Professor Adrian Dixon, Master of Peterhouse, as a representative as Head of House.

Alison Traub, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, reported that the office is moving forward with planning for the next Campaign and is working closely with the Heads of Schools to understand their fundraising priorities.

The members discussed the Alumni Advisory Board’s mission, roles and structure. It was agreed that the Board should continue to act to provide a strategic framework to support the work of Development and Alumni Relations in engaging with the global alumni network of the University of Cambridge.

The two Working Groups reporting into the Alumni Advisory Board, Networks and Volunteers, and Communications, shared some of their recent activities and plans, including  the launch of a Student Travel Award, and a communications workshop to support those involved in print and e-communications across the Colleges.

Board members endorsed plans to extend alumni benefits to postdoctoral researchers.  

The Vice-Chancellor presented an update over dinner when retiring members Sarah Squire, Emma Fletcher and David Clouter were thanked for their hard work and support of the Board. The Vice-Chancellor recounted themes from his 1 October address, highlighting that when we ask ourselves what we want the University to look like in 10 or 20 years’ time, we do so not as an intellectual exercise but because we have the power to choose our future. Long-term plans should include considerations on: how big the University should grow and in what ways; how undergraduate and graduate students should be educated; how the University develops its research capacity; and how it engages with its supporters.

The next meeting of the Alumni Advisory Board takes place in Cambridge on Friday 11th July 2014.