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For Immediate Release
June 9, 2015

Case Europe Announces 2015 Awards Winners

LONDON—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education announced today the 2015 award winners of the CASE Europe Awards Programme. The programme recognises the contribution of individuals to the advancement of European-based schools, colleges and universities. CASE Europe will recognize the award winners at its annual conference, which takes place in Manchester from 31 August to 4 September 2015.

The award recipients are:

  • Volunteer of the Year Award—Rory Brooks, Chairman, University of Manchester's Global Leadership Board. The judges praised Brooks' key role in fundraising and chairing the Global Leadership Board at The University of Manchester as well as his support of the sector in his involvement with the 2012 Review of Philanthropy in UK Higher Education.

    The CASE Europe Volunteer of the Year Award recognises the outstanding achievements of a volunteer, or team of volunteers, who have substantially contributed to enhancing and sustaining an institution's fundraising performance.
  • Iain More Award—Robert Wayman, Development Manager, University of Southampton. Wayman's fundraising success, his establishment of the UK's first Special Gifts Network and his willingness to share knowledge and support his colleagues in the wider sector contributed to his selection as this year's recipient of the Iain More Award.

    The CASE Europe Iain More Award recognises outstanding achievements of an emerging development professional. The award is in recognition of Iain More, one of Europe's leading fundraisers.
  • Leadership Award—Professor Paul Webley, CBE, Director and Principal, SOAS. The judges commended Professor Paul Webley's dedicated contribution to educational advancement at SOAS and also the sector as a whole. They noted that his commitment and true passion for advancement were evident and his success in uniting and leading a diverse institution was incomparable. Professor Webley was presented with the Leadership Award by Professor Sir David Greenaway, Chair of the CASE Europe Board, on Tuesday 2 June 2015 at SOAS, University of London.

    The CASE Europe Leadership Award recognises member institution heads, presidents, vice-chancellors and leaders for their outstanding efforts in promoting and supporting education.
  • Distinguished Service Award—Adrian Beney, Partner, More Partnership Ltd. The judges commended Beney's service to CASE, the advancement profession and the sector. The award recognises his commitment to his organisation, his passion for fundraising and alumni relations and his willingness to share knowledge, inspire and encourage others.

    The CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award honours individuals whose professional accomplishments have made a significant and lasting impact on the field of institutional advancement and whose life and character have earned the respect and admiration of their professional colleagues.
  • Schools Engagement Award—Sean Davey, Development Director, Reigate Grammar School. Davey has been recognised for his fundraising success, his innovation in working internationally and his work as an inspirational leader and engager with Reigate Grammar School's alumni community.

    Helen Clapham, Director of External Relations, The Grammar School at Leeds has also been recognised with a commendation in the Schools Engagement category.

    The CASE Europe Schools Engagement Award recognises nominees who have led an innovative programme of external engagement with stakeholders, such as staff, parents, former pupils and/or a teacher, who have successfully and measurably enhanced relationships for a school and its community.

Says John Middleton, Executive Director, CASE Europe: "CASE Europe is delighted to recognise the work and expertise of these individuals and to celebrate the contributions they have made to the education sector. Through CASE Europe, they have shared their knowledge with the community of advancement colleagues, and we look forward to them continuing to do so."

The awards are judged by a cross-section of institutional leaders and advancement professionals from across Europe. The judging panel is chaired by Karen Napier, CASE Europe trustee.

CEAC 2015 will take place at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. Recipients of the Crystal Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, which recognises CASE faculty members for their outstanding performance at 10 or more CASE international educational programmes, and the European winners of the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards, which acknowledges accomplishments that have lasting impact and demonstrate the highest level of professionalism within the sector, will also receive their awards at CEAC 2015.

For more details on CEAC 2015, please visit www.case.org/CEAC15. Press passes are available for the conference but numbers are limited—please contact Gareth Jenkins (details at the top of the release) if you are interested.

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