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Senior Leadership – Development & Alumni Relations University of Bath

Are you looking for an opportunity to help train the leaders of tomorrow and champion research that tackles global challenges?

  • Location: Bath, UK (hybrid office and home working available)

We are recruiting multiple positions for the Development & Alumni Relations team at the University of Bath:

Head of Philanthropy (x4)

We seek four Head of Philanthropy positions, who will each be responsible for their own theme, including Student Support, Sustainability, Health & Wellbeing, and Digital.

Salary: £42,149 – £50,296, depending on experience
Type: 0.8 or 1 FTE / permanent
Closing date: by 9 a.m. Wednesday 25th May 2022

Deputy Director of Philanthropy

Salary: £70,000 – £75,000, depending on experience
Type: Full time / permanent
Closing date: by 9 a.m. Tuesday 26th April 2022

Associate Director of Supporter Engagement

Salary: £51,799 – £60,022, depending on experience
Type: 0.8 or 1 FTE / permanent
Closing date: by 9 a.m. Tuesday 26th April 2022

Associate Director of Development Services

Salary: £42,149 – £54,953, depending on experience
Type: 0.8 or 1 FTE / permanent
Closing date: by 9 a.m. Tuesday 26th April 2022

Associate Director of Philanthropy

Salary: £51,799 – £60,022 (pro rata), depending on experience
Type: 3 days per week / part-time permanent
Closing date: by 9 a.m. Tuesday 26th April 2022

The following pages provide further background into the University and the Department of Development & Alumni Relations. To access the job information packs for these roles, please complete the ‘How to apply’ tab.

If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.

Jules Chaney (E: jules@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07399 749982) or

James Hunt (E: james@peridotpartners.co.uk or M: 07711 405 444)


If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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A message from the Director

The University of Bath is a top 10 university with an international reputation for teaching and research excellence. We’re based in a stunning, historic city, but our work is firmly focused on the future – this is your opportunity to help shape it.

The Department of Development & Alumni Relations is growing its leadership team across philanthropy, engagement and development services. You will set the strategic direction for advancement at Bath and expand our global network of 137,000 alumni by unlocking new supporters.

We’re looking for people who are proactive, energetic and passionate about making a real impact on the work of our researchers and the lives of our students.

We are fortunate at Bath to have a strong alumni community who have demonstrated time and time again how committed and willing they are to offer their support. 2020 was a prime example. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, alumni and friends raised nearly £175,000 in support of the Student Hardship Fund, providing a vital safety net for our students.

It’s an ambitious and exciting time to join our Development & Alumni Relations team, as we drive the University Strategy forward and advance its world-leading research in sustainability, digital, and health and well-being. These Bath Beacons are tackling today’s greatest challenges – renewable energy; early diagnoses of blood cancer and Alzheimer’s; developing safe vaccines for developing countries – the list goes on.

As a member of the Development & Alumni Relations leadership team, you will make a real difference by advancing this vital work for the benefit of current and future generations.

Bath’s excellent reputation for applied research was a major draw for me when I joined as Director earlier this year. We are currently on a significant growth path, and this is just the first stage of recruitment. Once these positions have been filled, we will be launching a second phase to further grow our development team. As a member of the leadership team, you will be a part of the hiring process.

We are a very friendly, creative and collaborative team and this expansion will mean we can go further and achieve more than ever before. This is an opportunity for you to be part of our success.

Gordon Cox

Director of Development & Alumni Relations

University of Bath


Over 50 years of achievement has seen the University of Bath grow into an internationally recognised institution with over 17,000 students from 130 countries. We believe in offering our students a well-rounded education: high-quality teaching from research-led academics, extra-curricular activities such as our award-winning sports facilities; placements as an integral part of all our undergraduate courses; and a substantial and growing range of options for postgraduate study. The result: a very engaged student body with strong values and excellent levels of student satisfaction.

Ours is a learning community, as students and academics work closely together in education and research. While this is frequently a transformative experience for students, the reach is very much wider, contributing to local and global understanding of the world in which we find ourselves. Our academics collaborate across traditional and emerging subject areas so that our research has practical applications with social and economic benefit. We continue to invest in new facilities and people to grow the impact of our research. We make a positive contribution to our community, and we are a hub for business creation through our membership of the world-leading SET-squared business incubation consortium, which has developed over 1,000 high tech start-ups and helped them secure over £1 billion in investment.

We are a vibrant, intellectual, cultural, sporting, and social community who are proud of what we do and who we are, committed to using our skills and expertise to discover and solve real-world problems. From the beginning, the University was designed to be innovative and inclusive. Our campus provides a sense of community that underpins our commitment to collegiality. A lively, international, and impactful alumni community helps us reach out into the world. Linking with partners who are both national and international, industrial, and social, this is a place where social sciences, humanities, the arts, engineering, and the broader sciences, come together to benefit wider global society.

The University of Bath is known as an innovative leader in all areas of student experience, teaching and learning, research, and international profile:

  • Ranked 8th best university in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2022
  • Ranked 9th by the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • Ranked 6th for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2022
  • Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework
  • 87% of research graded as world-leading and internationally excellent
  • 1st in England for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021 when comparing Guardian University Guide institutions
  • Top 100 for employability in the QS World Graduate Employability Rankings 2022

A snapshot of areas of innovation across the University includes:

Based at the Bristol Bath Science Park, the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) will be industry focused and compete on a global scale to support the UK in delivering transformational research in the years to come. Combining the world’s best engineers with industry, underpinned by a track record in expertise and delivery from the University of Bath, IAAPS can help deliver the vehicles of the future, securing jobs and investment.

The University’s Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA) opened a new studio in The Bottle Yard, the largest dedicated film and TV studio in the West of England. The ground-breaking facility opened in 2021 to provide world-leading research expertise in visual computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, sports, rehabilitation, biomechanics, creative production, and technical skills to SME’s in the West of England’s thriving digital creative and digital healthcare clusters.

The Innovation Centre for Applied Sustainable Technologies (iCAST) is a unique £17m facility that brings together industry with expertise at the Universities of Bath and Oxford; the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s Sustainability Partnership (National Composites Centre and Centre for Process Innovation); innovation experts at SETsquared; the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP); and investors. The Centre provides agile and flexible support for businesses seeking to scale up new sustainable technologies and bring them to market. It delivers proof-of-principle, scale-up and feasibility studies to accelerate how soon cutting-edge sustainable concepts will mature so that focus can be placed on those with the largest potential impacts.


The University of Bath began its alumni and development programme in 1991, initially known as the Graduate Liaison Office, now known as the Department of Development & Alumni Relations (DDAR). DDAR is primarily focused on internal, and external, relationship management of a philanthropic and non-philanthropic nature, in support of the wider University strategy.

In January 2022, Gordon Cox joined as the Director of Development & Alumni Relations. Gordon joined Bath from University College, Oxford, where he was Director of Development and a Fellow. Gordon comes with considerable experience of the Higher Education sector, having previously held development roles at the University of Oxford, University of Edinburgh and Durham University.

Following considerable investment and increasing professionalism, the current function is now undergoing significant transformational change, with an evolution, shifting the focus to align with impactful research themes identified in the University Strategy and expansion of its senior team and development and alumni engagement expertise.

Reflections on recent years

During the 2008-2018 Look Further campaign, the University raised £68m in support of scholarships, research, and the wider student experience. There are also a number of active and successful ongoing initiatives, including the Bath Connection e-mentoring platform, the Get Connected series of networking events and the sector-leading Gold Scholarship Programme, which has supported some 200 scholars to date.

Recent successes include:

Student support and Enterprise

The Gold Scholarship Programme, developed by DDAR in conjunction with colleagues in Recruitment & Admissions, was launched in 2017. Since the launch, approximately £1 million has been raised in support of the Programme, which offers 50 students each year a £5,000 scholarship, along with a comprehensive package of support. Find out more about the difference the Programme makes to our students and the wider community.


Ben Metcalfe came from a background where university wasn’t encouraged. A scholarship supported by alumni Roger Whorrod OBE, and a doctoral scholarship from Eur Ing Dr Brian Nicholson QC, set Ben on the road to becoming Dr Metcalfe. Their support meant that he could thrive at Bath: he’s now ensuring that others can too. On top of teaching engineering undergraduates and pushing the boundaries of his research into treating people with spinal cord injuries, Ben volunteers as a mentor to our Gold Scholars. He’s also part of Team Bath Racing Electric, which has been supported by alumni.

Health and Wellbeing

Millions of children miss out on life-saving inoculations because vaccines spoil when not refrigerated. However, Dr Asel Sartbaeva and her team have developed a pioneering technology to keep vaccines stable up to 100°C. This research has been supported by The Annett Trust, and alumni Tim Ford and Roger Whorrod OBE and his wife Sue, whose generosity created PhD and post-doctoral positions that propelled the project forward. 


In 2015, the University received its largest ever gift of £5m from Dr Jonathan Milner, an alumnus who graduated from Bath in 1988 in Biology & Biochemistry. Dr Milner’s gift was the catalyst for the creation of the Milner Centre for Evolution on campus, which is a pioneering, cross-faculty research centre that bridges biology, health and education. Find out more about the Centre’s research.


In 2020/21 our alumni and friends gave their time to our community by volunteering at our online networking and careers events. We welcomed more than 1,600 attendees from 60 countries to 45 events throughout the year, featuring 88 speakers. Our community of Bath Connection volunteers has also grown to include 1,638 mentors and 428 alumni ambassadors, sharing their expertise and university experience with students, fellow graduates and offer-holders.


At Bath, we have a proud history of supporting student-athletes to achieve their full potential, like Tom Dean – mechanical engineering student and double Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer. He’s been supported by a Bill Whiteley Sports Scholarship since 2018. The triumphs at the Tokyo Olympics didn’t stop there for our sports scholars. Swimmers Anna Hopkin (Thompson Educational Trust Scholar) and Calum Jarvis (ITC Scholar) also won Olympic gold, as did modern pentathlete Joe Choong (Ivor Powell Scholar).

Notable supporters

A long-standing donor of the University is Eur Ing Dr Brian Nicholson QC. A triple alum, Dr Nicholson studied for his BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and PhD at the University of Bath, and was awarded an Honorary Degree in 2018. Dr Nicholson is regarded as a leading and extremely successful barrister at the IP Bar with a practice that covers all areas of Intellectual Property law. His engineering background means that he is frequently instructed in complex electronic patent disputes that demand knowledge of intricate technology. In May 2014, following an open competition, Dr Nicholson was appointed by the Attorney General as Standing Counsel for the Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks. He was subsequently appointed as one of Her Majesty’s Counsel learned in the law in March 2019. Dr Nicholson began supporting the Annual Fund in 2008 and in 2011 gave £33,000 to fund a PhD studentship in his name in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. In 2015, Dr Nicholson established a fund to enable students from his former department to pursue a PhD. His continued financial support has so far enabled six PhD students to go on and achieve their academic ambitions.

A key and long-standing corporate supporter of the University of Bath is Banco Santander. The partnership was created in 2007 and, through Santander Universities Global Division, the bank has since gone on to provide scholarships for Bath’s exceptional athletes, entrepreneurship funding for students and recent graduates, funds to support the Students’ Union activities in promoting diversity and inclusion, and many other causes at the University of Bath.

Information on notable alumni can be found via the website.

Departmental structure

In terms of structure, the new structure of DDAR is split into three teams, led by an Associate Director of Development Services, and Associate Director of Supporter Engagement, and a Philanthropy Team led by the Deputy Director of Philanthropy and the Associate Director of Philanthropy. The Major Giving team includes Individual Philanthropy, Trusts & Foundations and Corporate. The Engagement team includes Communications, Stewardship, Events, and Integrated Fundraising. There is also a central support team comprising Prospect Research, Database, Finance and an Executive Officer, who offer support across the Department.

The Department has a strong culture of collaboration and works closely with colleagues across the University, including Professional Services and the academic community to support the strategic priorities of the University. The online alumni events during the pandemic have been highly successful and created a very positive platform from which to drive forward alumni relations and reset activity in the Department.

For more information, please visit our Development & Alumni Relations page.

Working for us



Looking forward, the Department seeks to support the new five-year University Strategy, ‘Our University, Our Future: Connected’. This has four pillars: fostering an outstanding and inclusive community; driving excellence in education; driving high-impact research; and enhancing strategic partnerships. The Department strategically supports each of these four pillars in the following ways:

• Our outstanding and inclusive community includes not only our current students and staff but also the entirely of our alumni. The Department is committed to strengthening and supporting that community in every way. This includes building an engaged proactive community of philanthropic stakeholders, internally and externally, locally and internationally.

• Excellence in education is grown and supported through the generation of a sustainable and broad portfolio of income streams.

• High impact research is supported at every level from large-scale funding across institutions and departments to personal studentships and grants.

• The Department works with alumni and friends to enhance strategic partnerships, raising the profile and awareness of the University, the Bath brand and our impactful work.

For more information, please visit The University of Bath Strategy 2021 to 2026


We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Click here for the link to our Disability Confident page.

Information from Health and Safety Team

Following any job offer, successful candidates will routinely be asked to complete a Pre-Employment Questionnaire and where necessary this will identify any underlying health conditions or disabilities where support, including reasonable adjustments, may be required. This could be through providing assistive technology, or adjusting the job role or by providing other supports. In complex cases, the University will work with prospective employees to access further assessments, through Access to Work, to identify bespoke supports. Examples of supports include:

  • Adaptive technology or workplace changes– including screen filters, voice recognition software, specialist chairs, sit-stand desks, ergonomic peripherals, noise cancelling headphones, changes to lighting provision, relocation, allocation of specific workstations, provision of acoustic barriers, inductive loops, alternative resources (large print, etc), changes to work location
  • Amended duties – changes to working times or work patterns, adjustments to work duties, additional administrative support or personal assistants (usually through Access to Work), reduced workload
  • Other – priority parking permits (for people who are not blue badge holders), assistance with commute, additional “disability leave” (up to 20 days per annum) to support treatment or rehabilitation, Individual Wellbeing Action plans (these can drive further supports that may arise during employment), Ongoing Occupational Health Support, Provision of a free and confidential staff counselling service.

Further Information

Recruitment Code of Practice

University’s Statement of Equality Objectives

We have the Athena SWAN Silver Award at an institution level and have gained Disability Confident Leader status for our recruitment and employment practices.

We are a “Living Wage” employer and HR Excellence in Research accreditation.

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    If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can email our advising consultants at Peridot Partners to arrange a call.

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    • Deputy Director and Associate Director positions close by 9 a.m., Tuesday 26th April 2022.
    • Head of Philanthropy positions close by 9 a.m., Wednesday 25th May 2022.

    Interviews: Interviews will take place in May and June 2022

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