CEAC 2018


Developed by leaders at the top of their field the CASE Europe Annual Conference programme is a unique opportunity to come together to learn, connect, celebrate and shape the future of education.

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CEAC Programme

Sessions in 2018 will take place across six tracks (click the buttons to view the programme by track):

Alumni Relations

Marketing, Communications and Recruitment



Schools and Small Shops

All Disciplines


Monday 27 August

12:00 - 13:00

Newcomers' Fast Track registration and lunch

13:00 - 18:00

Newcomers' Fast Track programme

18:30 - 21.00

Newcomers' Fast Track drinks reception

Tuesday 28 August

09:00 - 12:00

Newcomers' Fast Track and Leadership Forum

11:30 - 13:00

Main conference registration and lunch

13:00 - 14:30

Opening plenary- A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

Ruby Wax has been honoured with the title of poster girl for mental illness; once crazy now less so, she gives a tour of the mind - how to use it, not lose it; your passport to saner living.

As a graduate of Oxford with a Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and author of the best-selling book A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled, she really knows her stuff.

With her characteristic wit and honesty, Ruby offers a unique theoretical, practical and personal account of mindfulness and shows how making simple changes every day will help us all de-frazzle.

Ruby Wax OBE, Actress, Author, Mental Health Advocate, Leadership Expert

15:00 - 16:15

Track plenary 

16:15 - 17:00

Refreshment and networking break

17:00 - 18:00

Breakout session 1: 2 sessions per track

18:30 - 21:00

Welcome reception

Wednesday 29 August

07:45 - 08:45

Breakfast roundtables: 3 per track

09:00 - 10:00

Breakout session 2: 2 sessions per track and Leadership Forum

10:00 - 10:45

Refreshment and networking break

10:45 - 11:45

Midweek plenary - The Civic University Commission: what have we learnt so far?

The Civic University Commission - the CUC - has been looking at evidence from a wide range of sources, including public opinion, expert witnesses, written evidence and historical and current research in order to understand how civic universities operate today, how they operated in the past, and how they should operate in the future. The Chair of the CUC, Lord Kerslake, will provide an update on what the Commission has learnt so far.

Lord Bob Kerslake, Chair, Civic University Commission

12:00 - 12:45

Breakout session 3: Exhibitor showcase sessions

12:45 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Breakout session 4: 2 sessions per track

15:00 - 15:30

Refreshment and networking break

15.30 - 16.30

Breakout session 5: 2 sessions per track

Thursday 30 August

08:45 - 09:45

Breakfast roundtables: 3 per track

10:00 - 11:00

Breakout session 6: 2 session per track

11:00 - 11:30

Refreshment and networking break

11:30 - 12:30

Breakout session 7: 2 session per track

12:45 - 13:30

Breakout session 8: Exhibitor showcase sessions 

13:30 - 14:45


14:45 - 15:45

Breakout session 9: 2 session per track

15:45 - 16:15

Refreshment and networking break

16:15 - 18:00

Closing Plenary and Winner's Circle (Awards) 

Out of curiosity...

Curiosity is valued and promoted in the educational landscape from recruitment materials to new headlines to campaign slogans. We work at institutions in which this trait is supposedly held in the highest esteem - but is it? Do we really encourage all levels of our teams to disrupt the norm and shake up the universe - or are we "out" of curiosity and avoid the extra effort?
When it comes to the day-to-day functioning of development teams, curious ideas and mindsets are not always fully embraced due to the stress of work overload, budget constraints, siloed mentalities, office politics, and other mind-crushing reasons.
This session will help conquer the "Why bother" mentality that can creep into our dialogues and be the killjoy at the party. We will explore how high-level curiosity is an underutilized superpower that can create stronger and deeper connection with our stakeholders in unexpected ways.
We will dive into in a whirlwind of insightful case studies in which curiosity was pivotal to their success (The inspiration!). We'll also review how misaligned curiosity can lead to unintended missteps (The drama!). This fast-paced, visually driven presentation will amuse and inspire you to unleash your curiosity superpower - or at least distract you from the drudgery of your job for 45 minutes. Either way, it's a win-win.

Beth Elzer, Creative Director and Design Nomad

19:30 - 20:00

Gala drinks reception

20:00 - 02:00

Gala dinner, awards presentation and entertainment

Key to the Conference
Alumni Relations


Fundraising Track sessions


and Recruitment


Schools and Small

All disciplines

All Disciplines


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