Triumphant night as University wins two top THELMA awards

Posted by mlrc3 at Jun 21, 2013 01:55 PM |
The University wins THELMA awards for Outstanding Communications Team and Outstanding Fundraising Intitiative - making this the seventh successive year in which Leicester has won a Times Higher Award
Triumphant night as University wins two top THELMA awards

Outstanding Fundraising Initiative: From L-R: Dara Ó Briain, Steve O'Connor, Director of Development, Professor Nilesh Samani, Professor Alison Goodall, Ave Vinick, Deputy Director of Development, Liesl Elder, of the University of Oxford

The University's Search for Richard III and major fundraising campaign for the Cardiovascular Research Centre helped it win two top awards at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards.

Leicester won awards for Outstanding Communications Team and Outstanding Fundraising Initiative at a glittering ceremony in London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Thursday, June 20, hosted by comedian and TV personality Dara Ó Briain.

Comms team
Outstanding Communications Team: Our Marketing and Communications team
Our communication strategy around the Search and Discovery of Richard III, our debating platform Leicester Exchanges and our work around animal research communications helped us secure the award for best communications team.

The judges praised the the reputational impact of these initiatives and the unparalleled success of the Richard III announcement that had made global front page news.

The University’s recent major fundraising campaign for the creation of a state-of-the- art Cardiovascular Research Centre at Glenfield Hospital led to the award for  outstanding fundraising initiative ahead of strong competition from five other entries including Glasgow and Nottingham.

The judges praised Leicester’s ambition and remarkable success in raising three times the original appeal target and securing widespread community support and the biggest ever donation in the University’s history with a gift of £7 million from The John and Lucille van Geest Foundation.

Leicester’s entry was commended for representing best practice in the field and moving their fundraising programme from good to great.

You can read the judges' citations and the Times Higher Education's report of the evening online.