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Appointment: Chris Cox

Chris Cox has been appointed as Vice-Principal Philanthropy and Advancement and Executive Director of Development and Alumni.

He joins the University having spent the past 10 years as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Manchester.

He will take up his position in the University Secretary’s Group on 1 February 2016.

Ever since my regular childhood visits I have held a deep admiration for Edinburgh.  I am excited to be joining another world-leading University that is so engrained in the heart of one of the world's great cosmopolitan capital cities. 

I look forward to learning from the University's key supporters in Scotland, across the UK and the world in the coming months and years and to working with colleagues across campus to build on the many excellent programmes which are already in place.  Edinburgh has benefited from a powerful centuries-long tradition of philanthropic support, which can now be pivotal in delivering the University's global research, educational and cultural agenda to make a difference in the world.

Chris Cox

Global ambitions

Chris Cox

Chris will lead an ambitious programme of philanthropy to support the University’s global ambitions.

This will include capitalising on the University’s international reach and ensuring the success of development activity within the University’s overall strategy.


Chris Cox has worked in UK University fundraising and alumni relations for 24 years, at University College London, Newcastle University and The University of Manchester.

He was Chair and Vice-Chair of the Ross Group of UK Development Directors 2010-13 and will Chair the European Conference for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Brussels in 2016. 

He is a member of the Board of Governors at the Royal Northern College of Music. 

He holds a BA in History from University College London and an MA in International Political Economy from Newcastle University.

Related links

Development and Alumni

University Secretary’s Group