Conferences & Training

University Leadership UK Study Tour

Oct. 23 - 26, 2018
St. Hilda’s College, The University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, SOAS University of London, University of Warwick
United Kingdom


University Leadership UK Study Tour - helping you develop your strategic approach to fundraising, alumni engagement and advancement

23 - 26th October 2018

The CASE Europe University Leadership UK Study Tour has been specially developed to provide senior leaders an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of philanthropic fundraising and alumni engagement. This high level, intensive study tour, across four days, will explore a range of institutional settings in the UK and will enable the small group of participants to interact with UK university leaders and senior practitioners. Reflecting on the UK experience as it has developed in recent years in a range of types of institutions will give you an opportunity to consider your own strategy for institutional advancement. Visit the Oxford (St. Hilda's College) and SOAS University of London (formerly The School of Oriental and African Studies), where you will also be joined by colleagues from St Hilda's College; the University of Oxford; New College, Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, among others.

Raising philanthropic income has never been more important for senior leaders. If you are thinking of making philanthropic giving and engaging more deeply with your alumni an important part of your institutional strategy and funding, this is a unique opportunity to visit and learn from the leaders and development operations of leading British universities with a variety of traditions, structures and mission.
What's included?

Benefits of the tour include:

• Support from one of the UK's most experienced and senior advancement professionals as your guide and chair throughout
• Access to key players and decision-makers including: university vice-chancellors, deans, key volunteers, heads of advancement and their staff. 
• Previous participants were particularly encouraged by the transferability of the UK model, the access to key figures within the institutions visited and the openness of the discussions.
• Enjoy a post-tour debrief in London for review, analysis and evaluation, available for tour participants plus an appropriate colleague.
• All travel, luxury accommodation in some of the UK's most desirable country residences, and meals, including dinner at New College Oxford.
• Enjoy opportunities for informal discussion with institutional leaders and colleagues.
• Return home ready to strengthen institutional advancement in your own university, and the practical knowledge to achieve your goals.

Why you should attend:

'You should not miss out on the opportunity to see how colleagues at UK institutions carry out their advancement work. In addition to seeing what they do, the experience will reaffirm for you the value of our profession in advancing our institutions regardless of where they are located in the world.'
Bob Skillen, Vice President, (Advancement), University of New Brunswick, Canada 

If you would like to attend the University Leadership UK Study Tour please contact Seren Bradshaw at CASE Europe by emailing: sbradshaw@case.org


Study Tour Alumni 

From Vice-Chancellors to senior Presidents, here are a selection of previous attendees of the CASE study tours:

  • Alasdair Macdonald, University of Oxford, Head of Vice-Chancellor's office
  • Dr Russell Ally, University of Cape Town, Executive Director
  • Dr Gang Hao, City University of Hong Kong, Associate Vice-President (Mainland China Development)
  • Ann Paul, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Director of Development
  • Prof April McMahon, Aberystwyth University, Vice-Chancellor
  • Dianne Stewart, ANU College of Law, The Australian National University College, General Manager
  • Sarah Thomson, De Montfort University, Director of Strategic Partnerships
  • Per Erik Johannessen, BI Norwegian Business School, Director of External Relations
  • Prof Andrea Nolan, Edinburgh Napier University, Vice Chancellor
  • Alistair Fitt, Oxford Brookes University, Vice-Chancellor
  • Mr David Maguire, University of Greenwich, Vice-Chancellor
  • Prof Idowu Olayinka, University of Ibadan, Vice-Chancellor
  • Ann Verbeeck, Sr Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Director of Fundraising

Plus many more.