Conferences & Training
Access and Social Mobility: Fundraising and the Role of the University


Nik Miller

Nik Miller
The Bridge Group

Nik Miller is director of the Bridge Group (an educational policy association based in Westminster, London) and a consultant specialising in external relations, including alumni engagement, fundraising, social mobility and corporate engagement.

Nik was previously head of corporate relations and alumni engagement at the University of York, senior programme manager at the University of Warwick, and worked in the USA.
He has advised the Cabinet Office on social mobility, and worked with organisations to promote fairer access to the professions, including JP Morgan, Shell and PWC. Nik has raised millions of pounds from charities, philanthropists and corporate firms (including Goldman Sachs, KPMG and Google), has spoken at international conferences and is regularly commissioned to write articles and reports (most recently, a national policy report on international alumni engagement).

Nik's recent consultancy clients include Cass Business School, Barcelona School of Management, KPMG, Birkbeck University of London, and the Higher Education Academy. He is an associate partner at More Partnership, completed his MBA with distinction in 2009, and continued his studies at the Cranfield School of Management as a full scholarship recipient.

Tricia King

Tricia King
Vice President - Global Engagement

Tricia is Vice President Global Engagement at CASE – a not-for-profit that believes in advancing education to transform lives and society across the globe. She operates between CASE offices in Washington, London, Singapore and Mexico City and works with higher education leadership across 5 continents.  As a result she is rapidly developing a world view on higher education. 

Tricia has worked for 4 very different UK universities over 2 decades, most recently on the leadership team in the University of London where she was Pro-Vice-Master for Strategic Engagement at Birkbeck.  Her job focused on connecting an extended, diverse, passionate and committed Birkbeck community into the support of the institution and its remarkable students and staff.  This included leading on communications with students at every stage of their student journey and taking an integrated approach to government relations, alumni relations, fundraising, media, business engagement, student recruitment and all types of stakeholder communications.



Chris Murphy
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Chris Murphy is director of development and alumni relations at Birkbeck, University of London, where has been responsible for growing Birkbeck's philanthropic ambitions and developing a culture of philanthropy within the College since 2012. Motivated by Birkbeck's unique position as an evening university with social mobility at its core, Chris moved to the higher education sector from the National Theatre, where he was a major gifts fundraiser and head of memberships. Before joining the NT, Chris spent three years at Richmond Associates where he recruited senior-level development staff to leading organisations in the higher education, arts and charity sectors.

Chris attended the Spring Institute in 2008 and since then has spoken frequently at CASE events including the annual conference and chairing the Major Gifts Asking Workshop. He currently chairs the Development Directors' Forum.

Anne-Marie Canning
Director of Social Mobility and Student Success
King's College London

Anne-Marie Canning is the Director of Social Mobility and Student Success at King's College London. In this role, she provides leadership and strategic direction for full lifecycle widening participation across the institution. Canning is also the independent chair of the Department for Education led Bradford Opportunity Area. She is a member of the Universities UK Ministerial Social Mobility Advisory Group and has served as the elected Chair of the Russell Group Widening Participation Association. Canning has previously worked at University College Oxford and holds a University of Oxford Teaching Award. She studied at the University of York and served a sabbatical term as the president of the students' union. Canning is a trustee of the Bridge Group, a policy association researching and promoting socio-economic diversity and equality.

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