University takes on new campaign head

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A new campaign director has been appointed at the University of Sheffield - only the second person to hold the role.

Robert Dufton, praised by the university for his ‘fundraising and philanthropy’, will start the job on November 1, working alongside Peter Agard until March 2015, when he retires.

A spokesman for the university said: “Mr Dufton was director of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for nine years, where he led its transformation to become one of the UK’s largest independent foundations and a leading, strategic philanthropic organisation, supporting education, the arts, disadvantaged young people and international development.

“In addition to his voluntary work for the University of Bristol, Robert was a governor of the Museum of London and a founder member of its development board.

“He is a patron and founder trustee of the National Funding Scheme which promotes digital philanthropy.”

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield Prof Sir Keith Burnett said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome Robert to the University of Sheffield. His superb experience in philanthropy and fundraising, in particular within Higher Education, will be invaluable to us as we continue to build vital support for our work as a university deeply committed to making a difference in the world through our research and the support of talented students.

“I would also like to thank Peter Agar for his wonderful contribution as our first director of campaigns.

“He has laid the groundwork for very real developments in this area, and recent major gifts in areas such as ground-breaking medical research and environmental sustainability are in no small part due to his contribution.”