The Development and Alumni service provides three main functions to the University and its staff: the Alumni Register, Alumni Services and fundraising for the University of Edinburgh Campaign.
The Campaign aims to raise £350 million for more than thirty major projects including undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, improving the University's estate, and supporting teaching and research initiatives.
Mary Bownes has strategic responsibility in development and alumni relations, postgraduate affairs, widening participation, recruitment, admission, scholarships, sustainability and community relations.
She is a Professor of Developmental Biology and Director of the Scottish Institute for Biotechnology Education. Science communication is of particular interest to Mary, especially the development of materials for use in schools and at science festivals to encourage people to take an active interest in biotechnology and how it affects everyday life. She is also very active in encouraging and enabling researchers in all disciplines to engage with the public about their research. She ran the Researchers in Residence scheme on behalf of RCUK and the Wellcome Trust and is the director of the Edinburgh Beltane Beacon for Public Engagement Project.
This article was published on Feb 9, 2012