Anne Caesar, professor of Italian Studies, is Warwick's first Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for alumni relations. Here she introduces herself and sets outs some of her priorities.
How long have you been at Warwick? What's your background?
I am a Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Italian Studies. I studied at the Universities of Kent, Sussex and London and began my professional career as an extra-mural lecturer before taking up a University Lectureship in Italian at Cambridge where I was Fellow of Corpus Christi College.
I moved to Warwick in 1999. I had eighteen very happy years at Cambridge but welcomed the challenge to come to Warwick to relaunch the Department of Italian. I publish widely on nineteenth and twentieth century literature and I am currently engaged in research for a book on the rise and fall of the novel in 18th century Venice,
As PVC with responsibility for alumni, what do your responsibilities cover?
It’s a new post and I’ve only been officially in it for three days so I shall be shaping it over the coming weeks. I shall be working with DARO, academic departments and with alumni to develop and deliver our alumni engagement strategy both in the UK and internationally.
What are your priorities for alumni relations?
To meet with alumni, to hear their thoughts on Warwick, to learn what they would like from us and in turn what they feel they can contribute. A priority is to work to ensure that they do feel that they are valued members of the Warwick community.
Have you met many alumni yet? What have been your impressions?
Not many but I hope that will soon be remedied. I look forward to meeting with alumni formally and informally and to start up some fruitful conversations. From previous meetings I’ve been struck by their commitment to Warwick, the range of activities that they are engaged in, their thoughtfulness.
How do you see the balance between fundraising and alumni engagement?
My role is alumni engagement; fundraising is part of a colleague’s portfolio. I think that shows the importance that the university gives to alumni engagement