UMIST, the Manchester-based university for science and technology,
has begun the search for its first director of external relations and
The post has been created as a result of the retirements next September
of the current information director, Tim Yates, and development director
The person appointed to the new role will head a nine-strong division in
the secretary and registrar’s department.
Yate’s remit has included responsibility for all printed and web
material produced by the university in its drive to recruit students, as
well as dealing with media relations. Tomkinson’s role has focused on
fund-raising and alumni relations.
’We are aware that British universities have not fostered alumni
relations as much as they might, not so much as a fund-raising source
but as a network of contacts,’ said Yates.
UMIST is a research oriented university with 6,400 students. It is rated
number six nationally by the Higher Education Funding Council.