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For Immediate Release
Aug. 29, 2014

CASE Europe Announces Recipients of Prestigious Awards at Annual Conference

LONDON—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education announced the 2014 winners of its CASE Europe Awards Programme at its annual conference, held 25-29 August in Edinburgh.

CASE honoured two recipients for their support of fundraising and volunteering in the higher education sector as well as two advancement practitioners for the impact of their service to the field of advancement and to CASE. All recipients were celebrated for their efforts in promoting and supporting advancement in their institutions and the wider community.

The winners of the 2014 CASE Europe Awards are:

  • Iain More Award: Edward Button, development officer, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Steve Gregory, secretary and vice president (membership), Grey College Association, Durham University
  • Leadership Award: Professor Dame Shirley Pearce CBE, former vice-chancellor and president, Loughborough University and member of the HEFCE board
  • Distinguished Service Award: Tricia King, pro-vice-master for strategic engagement and recruitment and director of external relations, Birkbeck, University of London

CASE Europe also awarded three commendations at the conference. Mimi Harris, Deanne Haller and Sona Havlik, chairs of the 2013 Gala Committee, International School of Paris, received the Schools Engagement Award commendation for their dedicated support and organisation of the school's fundraising gala. The City Leadership Group, Queen's University Belfast, received the Volunteer of the Year Award commendation, and Laura Yaffe, leadership giving manager, King's College London, received the Iain More Award commendation.

"CASE Europe is delighted that these awards honour a series of individuals—four senior volunteers, one volunteer group and four advancement practitioners—who have all demonstrated clear leadership in advancing the cause of giving to higher education," says Kate Hunter, executive director for CASE Europe.

Also recognized at the conference were the latest CASE Europe recipients of the Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence:

  • Gemma Peters, executive director of fundraising and supporter engagement at King's College London and King's Health Partners
  • Tracy Playle, founder of Pickle Jar Communications
  • Nathalie Walker, director of external affairs at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge

Speakers at CASE events around the world are scored by seminar delegates and rated on all aspects of their presentation. Those who earn average combined scores of 4.5 and above (on a 5-point scale) on their evaluations are recognised as being a CASE "stellar" speaker, a benchmark for excellent teaching. Only around 10 percent of CASE speakers worldwide achieve this high level of evaluation. The Crystal Apple recognises 10 stellar speaker scores.

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