UCL statement in response to the Daily Mail article on university fundraising
20 November 2017
UCL was founded by philanthropy and philanthropic giving remains an important and valued source of funding for universities, supporting scientific breakthroughs to happen faster and helping to keep world-class higher education accessible to all students regardless of background.
UCL has strong relationships with a large number of individuals, charities and foundations who are keen to partner with a high-impact university to make a real difference to lives and societies around the world. We set ourselves the highest professional standards in engagement and fundraising. The university is a member of the new Fundraising Regulator and when there are changes in guidance on best practice UCL follows these closely. We continually review our practices to respect the privacy of alumni and supporters. UCL does not currently use wealth-screening companies and has no plans to do so in the future. We also have never shared data with any third parties. UCL has stopped calling alumni for donations.
UCL is committed to protecting the personal data of alumni and our online privacy statement sets out clearly how it is used: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/development/operations/data_protection
Commenting on a story in the Daily Mail on university fundraising, a Russell Group spokesman said:
“The generosity of alumni helps fund everything from bursaries for disadvantaged students to new academic facilities which benefit students directly. From cancer therapies to conflict resolution, alumni donations have helped our universities invest in cutting-edge research that is changing the world for the better.
“Philanthropy is helping widen access to higher education and improve the learning experience universities are able to provide for students.
“All Russell Group universities in England and Wales are registered with the Fundraising Regulator and when there are changes in guidance on best practice they will follow these closely. Our members are hugely grateful for the ongoing commitment to higher education shown by so many Russell Group alumni and take their privacy very seriously.”