CEAC 2018

Newcomers' Fast Track - Welcome to Higher Education!

Welcome to the CASE Europe Annual Conference Newcomers' Fast Track: Welcome to Higher Education!

This track lasts from lunchtime on Monday afternoon through to lunchtime on Tuesday afternoon, when delegates will join the opening of the main conference.

Entitled ‘Welcome to Higher Education', and aimed at exploring the fundamentals of working in Higher Education, the Newcomers Fast Track will take a look at the joys and challenges of working in a Higher Education institution, establishing a campaign in HE, as well as focussing on personal effectiveness and how best to establish yourself in the world of HE.

The Newcomers Fast Track will include plenary sessions from renowned speakers, including a session from world-famous RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) trainers; interactive sessions for participants, and panel discussions.

As befits the home of Harry Potter, join us for a memorable and entertaining evening. Grab a wand, join our robed guide and journey underneath the historic Old town area of Edinburgh. Find out which Hogwarts dinner table you belong in.

Who Should Attend

The Newcomers Fast Track is designed for development professionals from all areas of development, including strategy, fundraising, communications and marketing, and alumni and donor relations, who have fewer than two years' experience of working in education development. If you are a newbie, building your career or long established professional coming to higher education for the first time, this is the conference for you!

Key Themes

• Personal effectiveness and confidence
• Establishing yourself in Higher Education
• Practicalities of working with academic colleagues
• Importance of networking in Higher Education
• Practical hints and tips on starting your campaign in HE

Learning Objectives

This track will:
• Explore networking and establishing professional credibility in Higher Education
• Deliver a frank assessment of working with academics, and how best to engage with academic colleagues
• Include a plenary session on Personal Effectiveness and Confidence, specially designed for this audience by RADA
• Include interactive sessions in which participants can focus on their objectives from attending CASE Europe Annual Conference
• Offer a plenary session on starting up your campaign in Higher Education

You will return to your role energised and enthused with a clearer sense of what you can do to establish yourself professionally, increased confidence in operating in this environment, and in how to be successful in delivering your objectives.

Feedback from participants on the Newcomers Fast Track 2017

‘All speakers were very engaging and answered every question asked by the audience really well and with examples from their own experiences!'

‘Presentations were encouraging and gave good ideas. They made participation in the main conference easier.'

‘Overall the Newcomers Fast Track is a great idea and excellent from a networking perspective.'

‘The Newcomers Fast Track was so valuable and I'd really recommend it to anyone coming for the first time or even if you haven't been for a while.'

‘Networking opportunities were great and the sessions were a great way to ease into the rest of the conference.'

The Programme

Monday 27 August 2018

12:00 - 13:00 

Registration and lunch

13:00 - 13:10

Welcome and introductions from the track chairs


Nuala Boyle, Assistant Principal, Development, Heriot Watt University
Cathy Brown, Director of Strategy & Operations, Office of the Vice Provost (Development), UCL

13:10 - 13:30

An introduction to CASE Europe

Tricia King, Vice President Global Engagement, CASE

13:30 - 14:45

Keynote: Leadership and the power of networking

A new generation of leaders are reshaping business, education and not-for-profits across the world. Learn how to develop your leadership style and make an impact in increasingly dynamic, complex, competitive and global institutions. Find out more about the relationships between social and human capital and the power of networks.


Heather MacGregor, Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University

14:45 - 15:15

Refreshment and networking break

15:15 - 16:15 

Campaigns - the good, the bad and the ugly

Campaigns are transforming philanthropy across our sector creating fantastic opportunities for alumni, fundraising as well as marketing and communications teams to work together. What makes a great campaign? How best to plan and implement? How to work together to achieve greatest impact?


Robert Fleming, Director of Development, University of St Andrews

16:15 - 17:15

Making the CASE conference memorable

Share your ideas of what would make this your best CASE conference ever. Participants will all arrive with a short Pecha Kucha presentation on what they really want this conference to deliver.

Session facilitated by:

Nuala Boyle, Assistant Principal, Development, Heriot Watt University
Cathy Brown, Director of Strategy & Operations, Office of the Vice Provost (Development), UCL

17:15 - 18:15 

Free time


Harry Potter Themed Dinner and Tour of the Hidden Edinburgh - The Real Mary King's Close

Tuesday 28 August 2018

09:00 - 10:15 

Working with academics - what you need to know

Ever met Nobel prize winners and listened to them talk about what inspires them, and what will be the next cancer research breakthrough?

Chaired a meeting with world-leading experts in Artificial Intelligence?

Attended a lecture on understanding how we sleep?

This lively panel discussion will take us on a whistle stop tour of working with academics in top research universities, and you'll get to hear what academics really think of advancement professionals, and what they need from us.

Panel discussion chaired by Nuala Boyle, Assistant Principal, Development, Heriot Watt University

10:15 - 10:30 

Refreshment and networking break

10:30 - 12:00 

The voice of influence session by RADA

12:00 - 13:00 

Lunch with conference delegates


CASE Europe Annual Conference 2018 opens

Pricing for the Newcomers' Fast Track

Ticket type

CASE member pass

Newcomers' Fast Track 

GBP: £270


There are only three spaces left so if you would like to register, please call +44 207 448 9940 or email europe@case.org

Refund Policy:

For CASE Europe Institutes and Conferences (including the CASE Europe Annual Conference, Spring Institute in Educational Fundraising, Strategic Marketing Institute, Alumni Relations Institute and 2-day events) if CASE receives your cancellation:

  • At least two months before the conference start date, you will receive a full refund.

  • Between two months—three weeks before the seminar start date, you will be refunded your registration fee less a 20% processing fee.

  • Less than three weeks before the conference start date, you will not receive a refund.

  • "No-shows" will not receive a refund

  • Full refund up until 25 June 2018

  • From 26 June—06 August 2018 20% processing fee applies

  • From 07 August 2018 onwards NO refund.

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