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Halpin welcomes Project Manager Katie Welsh

Halpin welcomes Project Manager Katie Welsh

Halpin is pleased to announce the appointment of Katie Welsh as Project Manager.
Development budget essentials to weather the storms ahead

Development budget essentials to weather the storms ahead

Looking ahead to a tough year in HE and, probably, a tough year for fundraising, here is my budget checklist for Directors of Development.
Mind the Gap – marketing’s role in managing student expectations

Mind the Gap – marketing’s role in managing student expectations

We can’t remove all of the challenges that students will face whilst at university. But the evidence suggests that there’s a significant expectation gap between what they imagine their student life to be, and the reality of life on campus. So what we can do to better prepare our young people for their experience as a student?
Why fundraise for Arts & Culture?

Why fundraise for Arts & Culture?

In these straightened times, why should we fundraise for the Arts at all? Aren’t there more important priorities when people are living off food banks and suffering from poor mental health, to name just two examples? We must never forget the things that make us human. There are enough donations to go around, and there is enough funding from government should they choose to deliver it to the hard-pressed Arts and Culture sector.
Halpin announces Consulting Fellow Bob Rabone

Halpin announces Consulting Fellow Bob Rabone

Halpin Partnership, a management consultancy specialising in higher education, is pleased to welcome Bob Rabone to its growing team of Consulting Fellows.
Why can we ‘plan and do’ but not review?

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

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?

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

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

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

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

Building a University for Life

“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

Disrupting the Case for Support

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

Brexit + Trump = Time for Turbo-Charged Alumni Relations

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

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

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.