news & articles

Why can we ‘plan and do’ but not review?

Mar 20, 2019
It intrigues me that most organisations have formal systematic processes in place for planning and building budgets, but fewer have similarly systematic processes which enable them to review their plans, assess the impact of their work and re-shape budgets accordingly.

25 years in international Higher Education. What’s changed?

Mar 19, 2019
This article highlights three key changes – one at individual/operational unit level, one at organisational level and one at national/international level – and speculate briefly on what the future looks like. Observations are based mainly on the UK context, but some elements may resonate in other parts of the world.

For #IWD2019, let’s start with watching our words

Mar 07, 2019
The headline that “More FTSE 100 CEOs are called John than are women’ is certainly a striking one. A quick tally of UK university VCs tells us that it is not quite as bad in the higher education sector. (You’d need to include the Davids, Stephens, Stuarts, Nigels, Pauls, Peters AND Johns to beat the 25% of female leaders, which is still quite shocking but doesn’t quite have the same impact as the first headline).

Building a University for Life

Feb 25, 2019
“The idea that you will be able at 18 to study something and three years later you’ll have everything you need to take you through until you’re 75 is fanciful. If it ever were true it’s certainly not true now.”

Disrupting the Case for Support

Feb 04, 2019
A great fundraising campaign deserves a fabulous Case for Support. This is your chance to sell your story and inspire potential donors. It requires a careful blend of emotive, persuasive language with key facts and figures. Whether you're starting from scratch or partway through, Halpin's management consultants can help you develop a resonant Case.

Brexit + Trump = Time for Turbo-Charged Alumni Relations

Feb 01, 2019
Investment in alumni relations is timelier and more important than ever before. It really can no longer be ‘just about fundraising’. Alumni can play a vital role in uniting divided communities and helping institutions flourish in these challenging times.

Case Study - Cancer Research UK, Case for Support Development

Jan 18, 2019
Case study for Cancer Research UK, Case for Support development

Winning the dash to the UCAS deadline (and the race to the summer)

Jan 14, 2019
The UCAS deadline provides an intense pressure point for marketing and admissions teams – and this year the stakes are high. Fewer 18-year-olds, intense competition, the Augar review, political uncertainty… The good news is that whilst there has to be a final dash towards the UCAS deadline, the race isn’t necessarily won or lost on that date.