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26 May 2009 | PR 09/56

Loughborough to host graduate trainee as part of programme to boost HE sector fundraising

Loughborough University is to host a graduate trainee placement as part of a new initiative aimed at boosting the fundraising drive within the Higher Education sector.

Twelve UK universities have joined forces for the new three-year graduate trainee programme, which has been launched by CASE – the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) matched-funding scheme, the initiative aims to increase the number of fundraising professionals working in HE.

From August 24, Loughborough will ‘host’ a trainee in a bid to support the next generation of fundraising professionals. Along with the other five hosts – the universities of Bristol, Oxford, Manchester, Newcastle and University College London – Loughborough will guide its graduate trainee through at least three areas of fundraising development activity during the one-year programme, including donor relations, prospect research, and implementation of strategies to secure financial support.

Each host university will also be paired with a co-host institution where fundraising activities are newer and the interns will undertake a one-month secondment at that institution.

“We’re very pleased that Loughborough is among the first cohort of universities to participate in this programme,” said Ron Gray, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Loughborough.  “Hosting a graduate trainee will not only help to address the shortage of fundraising professionals in higher education, but we also anticipate it will be a valuable learning experience for our existing staff and will help us to further develop our fundraising programmes in the future.”

CASE is the professional organisation for those working in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas. It has launched this graduate trainee programme to increase the culture of giving to universities, and in response to the growth of fundraising activity in the sector.

“The aim of this programme is to develop high-calibre fundraising professionals in the HE sector, in a sense to grow our own fundraisers specific to the sector,” said CASE Vice-President for International Operations Joanna Motion. “We want to raise the profile of fundraising so it becomes an attractive career option for talented people, and this is particularly important in the current economic climate where graduates need to be aware of all the opportunities available to them. The long-term benefits to the HE sector are likely to be widely felt, with a further 24 universities becoming involved in years two and three of the scheme.”

The basic salary for trainees is £18,000 and CASE Europe will part-fund these trainee places by 50% in the first year. CASE will also provide their own ongoing training programmes and a learning support group for trainees. At least 20 graduates are expected to go through the one-year scheme

CASE Europe will be rolling out a number of other programmes in the next few months as part of the matched funding scheme for voluntary giving 2008-2011.

To apply visit case.org Career Centre.

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For media enquiries regarding Loughborough University’s involvement in the programme contact:

Hannah Baldwin
Head of PR
Loughborough University
T: 01509 222239
E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk

For media enquiries about the graduate trainee programme contact:

Tom Hazell
CASE Europe Marketing and Communications Manager
T: 020 7448 9940 or

Owen Morris
Communications Management
T: 01727 733887
E: owen@communicationsmanagement.co.uk

For application enquires contact:

Notes for editors:

  1. About the matched funding scheme for voluntary giving 2008 to 2011

    HEFCE is administering a government-led matched funding scheme that aims to increase voluntary giving to higher education (HE) providers. All higher education institutions (HEIs) and directly funded further education colleges (FECs) in England have been invited to participate in the scheme.

    Eligible gifts to participating institutions will be matched through a fund of £200 million. Such institutions will receive matched funding according to their place in one of three tiers, each with a different funding ratio and cap suitable for institutions with differing degrees of fund-raising experience.

    The scheme – the first in the UK – started on 1 August 2008 and runs for three years. It is open to all English HEIs and directly funded FECs.

  2. CASE Europe’s Involvement

    CASE Europe has been awarded a grant by HEFCE to provide an extensive and enhanced training and support programme for the institutions participating in the UK government’s matched funding scheme for voluntary giving.

    The training will draw on support from experienced practitioners in the UK and worldwide. It will include:

    • Series of regional and national workshops
    • Conferences
    • Expert forums
    • Study visits
    • Scholarships
    • Networking opportunities
    • Online and in-person seminars

  3. About CASE

    Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in London and Singapore, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the professional organisation for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas.

    Today CASE’s membership includes more than 3,400 colleges, universities, independent elementary and secondary schools, and educational associates in 61 countries around the world. This makes CASE one of the largest non-profit education associations in terms of institutional membership. We serve more than 60,000 advancement professionals on the staffs of our member institutions.

    CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.

    CASE also offers a variety of advancement products and services, provides standards and an ethical framework for the profession, and works with other organisations to respond to public issues of concern while promoting the importance of education worldwide.

  4. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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