ブルネル大学Urban Scholars Programmeを支えるためのファンドレイジング活動が、the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2013の'Outstanding University Fundraising Initiative(大学による優れたファンドレイジングイニシアチブ)'の最終選考にノミネートされました。

ブルネル大学Urban Scholars Programmeは、潜在的に大きな能力を秘めながら、大学に進学する前に落ちこぼれてしまう可能性があると教諭から指摘されたインナー・ロンドンの学齢期の児童に対し、追加的なアカデミック・サポートを提供するもので、1999年に始まりました。プログラムの運営と、様々な異なる介入のモデルの効果を研究するために、プログラムの対象となった児童を直接サポートするための資金が必要でした。

The short-listing for this award recognises the diversity of the support secured by Brunel’s fundraising teams. Activities go beyond the standard routes for securing funds and include a mix of corporate and professional support, charitable trusts, foundations, research funding, individual donors and fundraising events.

A significant amount of funding was provided at the start of the Programme by The Moody's Foundation. As well as this vital injection to get the Programme off the ground, The Moody's Foundation has continued to fund the Urban Scholars throughout its life, providing support without which it could not have been sustained.

Over time, the Programme has been able to add funding to support students progressing on to university. For instance, Tata Global Beverages has provided support for scholars beyond the intervention programme and into university. In 2012-13 the company provided eight scholarships to students who had progressed from the Urban Scholars Programme into higher education.

Brunel’s teams also engaged with donor organisations on levels beyond the purely financial. Their employees are offered opportunities as mentors and speakers on the Programme, enriching the experience of the scholars and allowing the mentors to see at first hand the difference that their companies’ donations have made.

The sustained fundraising Programme has been so successful that it is now being used as a model for other university fundraising teams wanting to replicate its impact.

Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor at Brunel University, said: "The work of the Urban Scholars Programme really does transform lives and this couldn't happen without continued financial support. Our fundraising teams have worked incredibly hard to ensure that students are supported both during their time on the programme and on into their university career. They should be extremely proud of their achievement; this is well deserved recognition."

The winners of the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2013 will be announced on Thursday 20th June at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.


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