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For Immediate Release
September 14, 2017

CASE Europe Announces 2017 Award Winners

LONDON—CASE Europe recently recognised the contribution of individuals to the advancement of European-based schools, colleges and universities through its CASE Europe Awards Programme. Awards were presented to winners at its annual conference, which took place in Birmingham, 28 August to 1 September 2017.

The award recipients are:

Luisa Staley, development and alumni manager, Birkbeck, University of London. Staley received the CASE Europe merging Alumni and Supporter Relations Professional Award for her work in developing the first mentoring programme at Birkbeck's business school. All five of Birkbeck's schools are now engaged in the program, which is now known as Mentoring Pathways.

Zsuzsanna Matyak, PR officer, University of Westminster. Matyak received the CASE Europe Emerging Marketing and Communications Professional Award for her success in developing an internal network of 174 academics who are actively engaged in media commentary and public relations. Her active engagement with "The Conversation," a news website, has resulted in more than 110 articles being published with 1.7 million reads on that one website.

Jason Briggs, research and prospect manager, the University of Sheffield. Briggs received the CASE Europe Iain More Award for an Emerging Development Professional for his transformative work at the university where its potential donor pool went from 2,000 potential donors valued at 4.6 million pounds to 7,500 potential donors valued at 61.5 million pounds. His contribution directly led to cash raised tripling over three years.

Michaela Seeger Wolf, director of community relations, Zurich International School. Seeger Wolf received the CASE Europe Schools Engagement Award for her role as board member and capital campaign co-chair in helping the school exceed its fundraising goal and setting the foundation for successful philanthropy. In her staff role, she has led a 35 percent increase in funds raised and doubled the number of faculty donors.

Hian Seng Tang, president of the alumni association for Singapore, University of Manchester. Hian Seng Tang received the CASE Europe Volunteer of the Year Award for leading an energetic programme of events every month, including business seminars, professional networking and sport/cultural events aimed at younger alumni. He has helped forge a working relationship with the deputy prime minister of Singapore, which has helped facilitate connections between the university and key organizations.

Cathy Bell, director of development and alumni, University of Glasgow. Bell received the CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award for setting an outstanding example of loyalty and selfless dedication and three decades of successful fundraising. When Bell took up her position at Glasgow in 1987, she was the only person on staff in the development office. Today, with a staff of 53, the university secures between 7 and 10 million pounds per annum.

Professor Michael Arthur, president and provost, University College London. Arthur received the CASE Europe Leadership Award for being a role model and leader in higher education fundraising for more than a decade. Under his leadership at the University of Leeds, the institution launched its first annual giving programme and its first campaign since 1925. At University College London, he is leading the development of what is set to be the largest campaign ever undertaken by a UK university outside of Oxford and Cambridge.

In remarks during the awards ceremony, CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham said: ‘In recognizing these individuals, we shine an important spotlight on the important work that they do every single day to advance education. Please know that we recognize your ardent dedication and that we deeply appreciate your service. It is indeed heroic work—advancing education to transform lives and society—and we salute you.'

The awards are judged by a cross-section of institutional leaders and advancement professionals from across Europe. The judging panel is chaired by Colin McCallum, Consultant and CASE Europe Trustee.

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