Philanthropy, the new professionals and higher education: the advent of Directors of Development and Alumni Relations

Daly, Siobhan (2013) Philanthropy, the new professionals and higher education: the advent of Directors of Development and Alumni Relations. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 35 (1). pp. 21-33. ISSN 1360-080X

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In recent years, in response to pressures to diversify their income, many British universities have established development and alumni relations offices. The creation of development offices illustrates how the internal environment of universities has been affected by the need for universities to meet challenges in the wider higher education context. In this regard, conceptions of professional identity help us to understand how changes to the internal organisation of universities have affected the higher education workforce and the dynamics of relationships between universities and external stakeholders. This paper examines how the professional identities being cultivated by directors of development inform and shape philanthropic fundraising in British universities. In this way, it seeks to enhance our understanding of higher education philanthropic fundraising. The analysis also shows how studies of particular roles provide for more nuanced understandings of professional staff in higher education. Two themes of relevance to the broader study of professionals are discussed: relationships between academics and professional staff and the roles of professional managers, particularly relating to the nature of their power and influence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: alumni, development, new professionals, philanthropy, third space
Subjects: X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2013 16:43
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:03

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