Durham’s former head of alumni relations joins cancer charity

Tim McInnis, the former director of the alumni relations office at Durham University, has left the institution to join a cancer charity.

March 22, 2013

The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton

Durham confirmed that Mr McInnis, who moved to become director of the university’s Office of Principal Gifts in 2011, had departed at the end of February this year.

He was a supporter of a controversial £125,000 donation in 2010 from British American Tobacco, which the university accepted despite opposition from its communications office and ethics committee.

Cancer Research UK condemned the donation when it was made public in 2011, saying that such partnerships created “unwarranted respectability” for tobacco companies in order to “create an environment where there are soft government policies on tobacco”.

It argued that Durham should return the money, although BAT has always said that the donation, which funded scholarships for Afghan women at the university, was done for its own sake and not as a form of self-promotion.

Last month Mr McInnis took up the post of director at The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which raises money for the Royal Marsden, a group of specialist cancer hospitals and centres in London. 

A spokeswoman for the Royal Marsden said that the charity trustees were “delighted to have secured such a high-quality candidate”.

“Trustees were aware of the decision by Durham University to accept a scholarship which benefited five Afghan women. This donation had no bearing on Mr McInnis’s appointment at The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity,” she said.

david.matthews@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

men in office with feet on desk. Vintage

Three-quarters of respondents are dissatisfied with the people running their institutions

A group of flamingos and a Marabou stork

A right-wing philosopher in Texas tells John Gill how a minority of students can shut down debates and intimidate lecturers – and why he backs Trump

A face made of numbers looks over a university campus

From personalising tuition to performance management, the use of data is increasingly driving how institutions operate

students use laptops

Researchers say students who use computers score half a grade lower than those who write notes

Canal houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

All three of England’s for-profit universities owned in Netherlands