New OUBS Course Offers Winning Ways For Fundraisers

August 28, 2003

The course – the only distance learning route to the award – has been developed by OUBS, Europe’s largest business school, in collaboration with the Institute of Fundraising with backing from Lloyds TSB Foundations. The course offers a uniquely flexible study opportunity to fundraising professionals in search of qualifications.
Terry O’Sullivan, who heads up the OUBS academic team for the course, says: “The result of this collaboration has been to create a course that will provide a positive contribution towards halting the decline of the public’s trust of fundraisers in society by raising standards and ethical aspects of the profession.”

David Parker, Head of Training and Accreditation at the Institute of Fundraising, adds: “Backing from Lloyds TSB Foundations together with the acknowledged quality and expertise of the OUBS ensure that this course meets the needs of the fundraising sector. We are very proud of the result.”

And Jill Mordaunt, a member of the course team at the OUBS, says: “Considerable attention has been paid to ethical issues as well as skills such as identifying, communicating, planning, implementing and evaluation fundraising projects.”

Enrolments close at the end of September for study starting in November. Further information about the course can be found within the Management and Development and Leadership section at

The Open University Business School (OUBS) is Europe’s leading business school and the major provider of management development programmes delivered by supported distance learning. It is one of an elite group of UK and European business schools to hold both the prestigious EQUIS quality kitemark, awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd), and AMBA (the Association of MBAs) accreditation for its MBA. The School is ranked fourth in the world for distance learning MBA programmes, according to rankings published by the Financial Times (March 2003).
Currently the OUBS has 30,000 students based in the UK and more than 40 countries. Since its inception in 1983, more than 150,000 managers have studied an OUBS course at Certificate, Diploma or MBA level. The OUBS has also developed a significant research capability based in eight research units, and boasts one of the three largest Alumni Associations for MBA graduates outside the United States.The School is based at the Open University’s Milton Keynes headquarters in Buckinghamshire. Its website can be found at:

The Institute of Fundraising is a membership organisation committed to the highest standards in fundraising management and practice. Members are supported through training, networking, the dissemination of best practice and representation on issues that affect the fundraising environment. The Institute of Fundraising is the largest individual representative body in the voluntary sector with 3,500 individual members and 150 affiliated organisations. Membership reflects income to the sector of some £5billion per annum and delivers more than £12billion service-output covering all areas of social activity. More information about the Institute of Fundraising can be found at

Neil Coaten
Open University Media Relations
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Jessica Magill
Open University Business School
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