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For Immediate Release
14 September 2012

CASE Europe Recognises Advancement Excellence at Annual Conference

LONDON—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education announced the 2012 winners of its CASE Europe Awards Programme at its annual conference in Birmingham, 27-30 August.

The recipients included an emerging practitioner, a Matched Funding Scheme volunteer, a schools engagement professional, an outstanding leader and an individual whose professional accomplishments have made a lasting impact on the field. All recipients were celebrated for their efforts in promoting and supporting advancement in their institution and community.

The winners of the 2012 CASE Europe Awards are:

  • Iain More Award—Becki McKinlay, annual giving manager, University of Reading
  • Distinguished Service Award—Sue Cunningham, vice-principal (advancement), University of Melbourne
  • Schools Engagement Award—Simon Lerwill, development director, King Edward's School, Birmingham
  • Leadership Award—Major General Xavier Michel, former president, Ecole Polytechnique
  • Matched Funding Volunteer Award—Nicholas Bull, alumnus and volunteer, University of Exeter

CASE also presented Crystal Apple for Excellence in Teaching Awards to three CASE Europe volunteers, who together have more than 20 years of experience speaking at CASE Europe conferences and seminars. They are:

  • TJ Rawlinson, director of campaigns, University of Bristol
  • Colin McCallum, executive director of university advancement, the University of Salford.
  • Richard Taylor, director of planning and corporate affairs, the University of Leicester

The three volunteers received the award for consistent excellence in teaching at 10 educational programmes for CASE Europe.

"TJ, Colin and Richard have been enormously influential in the professionalisation of higher education advancement in Europe, and I know that they have directly benefited audiences with their knowledge, wise words and advice," says Kate Hunter, executive director for CASE Europe. "They have helped raise our collective standards of practice, and speak with integrity, honesty and humour."

Speakers at CASE events worldwide 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 asa CASE "stellar" speaker, a benchmark for excellent teaching. Only about 10 percent of CASE speakers worldwide have achieved this high level of evaluation.

Previous CASE Europe volunteer recipients of this award include Tricia King, pro vice master, Birkbeck University of London, and Moyra Doyle, managing director, Richmond Associates. 

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CASE Europe 2012 Awards Programme

CASE Crystal Apple Awards Information

About CASE Europe

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

CASE is one of the largest nonprofit education associations in terms of institutional membership. Its membership includes more than 3,400 colleges, universities, independent elementary and secondary schools, and educational associates in 74 countries around the world. It serves nearly 65,000 advancement professionals on the staffs of its 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 organizations to respond to public issues of concern while promoting the importance of education worldwide.