Wednesday 3rd April 2013
Macmillan has signed a landmark partnership with De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester.
The partnership will focus on volunteering, well-being and research for staff and students, with a theme of survivorship and life after cancer. It’s the first time Macmillan has entered into a partnership with a university.
Volunteering opportunities will be available to students to support people in the community affected by cancer. There will also be joint research and education projects between the two organisations and honorary contracts for Macmillan professionals. All posts and initiatives will be dual-branded. Next steps in the partnership include:
- recruitment of a volunteer coordinator
- recruitment of staff and student volunteers
- recruitment of an academic researcher to improve our understanding of what motivates people to volunteer
- development of a bespoke Macmillan volunteer module to be delivered at DMU
- the creation of honorary contracts for Macmillan professionals working in Leicestershire
- development of an annual Macmillan lecture.
DMU already has a volunteering presence in the community, while Macmillan’s existing partnerships and links with local organisations have created the ideal opportunity to widen the reach of support for people affected by cancer.
The partnership was officially launched on 19 November 2012 by Ciarán Devane, Macmillan Chief Executive, and Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor at DMU.
Watch this video about the Macmillan DMU partnership. In the video Ciaran Devane, Macmillan Chief Executive, Dr Julian Barwell, Senior Lecturer in Cancer Genetics, and Caroline Frarrar, Senior Lecturer Midwifery, talk about the launch of the partnership between De Monfort University and Macmillan.
Contact Maxine Astley-Pepper, Macmillan Development Manager.