Donations to UK universities rise above £1bn for first time

first_img Melanie May | 4 May 2017 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: higher education Research / statistics “Philanthropic giving is now at the heart of UK university culture. University fundraising is dependent upon building long-term relationships with donors, and their investment over time demonstrates a powerful belief in the capacity of universities to tackle world problems. It’s particularly pleasing to see that our alumni make such a major contribution. It’s clear that they, more than anyone, have experienced the benefits of university study and it’s gratifying that they want to give back.”  214 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 Philanthropic income to UK universities rose a record-breaking 23%, reaching over £1bn for the first time last year.The annual Ross-CASE Survey of Charitable Giving to Universities reported the increase across 110 participating UK universities.While the value of donations rose, a slight decrease of 0.5 percent was seen in the overall number of donors year on year, with a significant proportion of the new funds secured from large gifts and pledges. The total amount gifted from legacies was £104.7 million from 1,179 legacy donors.Alumni donors (177,798) accounted for 80 percent of individual donors (223,256). As in previous years of the 15-year research project, new funds secured from alumni (£322m) account for significantly more than non-alumni individuals (£149m) while new funds secured from trusts and foundations (£442m) far outweigh companies (£82m).Comparing the survey data for 2015-16 to the previous year, findings show that investment in fundraising and alumni relations reported an increase of 16 percent and 10 percent, respectively. The report also shows a 27 percent increase in the number of donors pledging gifts worth £500,000 or more, up from 189 to 240.The report was compiled by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and also reveals where funds were spent. This included supporting the development and recent rollout of a genetic test to improve childhood cancer treatment at The Institute of Cancer Research, supporting dementia research at the University of Edinburgh and restoring the McEwan Hall in Edinburgh.Other projects include funding new scholarships to enable Londoners from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at the University of London and supporting talented students from Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to study for a master’s degree at the University of Manchester in subjects that aren’t available in their home country.Sue Cunningham, CASE president and CEO said:“Surpassing 1 billion pounds is a testament to the hard work of more than 2,100 fundraising and alumni relations professionals, the academic institutions they support and the philanthropic donors who believe in investing in the important work of universities. These dedicated professionals are advancing education in profound ways and transforming lives and society in the process.”Tricia King, vice president, global engagement at CASE, said: Advertisement  213 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 Donations to UK universities rise above £1bn for first timelast_img read more

Hear The Marcus King Band’s New Album, ‘Carolina Confessions’, Before It’s Released Officially This Friday

first_imgThe release of the new album on Friday will coincide with the band’s second-annual The Marcus King Band Family Reunion festival, set to take place on Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC. For a full list of The Marcus King Band’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website here. Back in August, The Marcus King Band—which features the beloved young guitarist and vocalist Marcus King alongside drummer Jack Ryan, bassist Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, saxophonist Dean Mitchell, and keyboardist DeShawn “D’Vibes” Alexander—announced that hey have new album on the way, Carolina Confessions, which is due out this Friday, October 5th via Fantasy Records.Produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), the new album from The Marcus King Band showcases the 22-year-old frontman’s maturation as a songwriter, as King takes writing credit on all ten tracks, in addition to on one co-written with The Black Keys‘ Dan Auerbach. About the new album, Carolina Confessions, King told Billboard:I wanted this record to focus a little bit more on songwriting and the structure of the tune itself.” King describes the ten-song catalog as “the confessional side of things. Music, for me, is a way to say what’s on my mind and kind of a way to explain that — just like true confession, if you feel guilty and want to get some things off your chest. That’s how writing is and making music is for me.Today, Noisey has premiered an advance full-stream of The Marcus King Band’s new album, Carolina Confessions, ahead of its official release on October 5th. In the Noisey article, King speaks frankly about his life, including the difficulties of combining music and business as well as how “Goodbye Carolina” was written about a friend of King’s who committed suicide. You can listen to the full stream of Marcus King Band’s new album, Carolina Confessions, below or over on Noisey.The Marcus King Band – Carolina Confessions – Full Album Streamlast_img read more

Lost Local Woman FOUND

first_imgSaturday morning, Batesville Police sent out a Nixle alert regarding a missing woman.  26-year-old Michele Luhring of Batesville was reported missing at just before 7:00 am. Saturday, by her family.  Police posted on social media that Luhring had a history of sleepwalking and seizures, which added to their concern.  The young woman had been located by about 10 a.m.last_img

2016 NCAA Tournament: Dayton beat writer breaks down what Syracuse fans should watch for

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about No. 7 seed DaytonSyracuse basketball roundtable: Dayton rematch, what SU needs to do to win and Trevor Cooney’s legacyFormer SU Provost Eric Spina: ‘I have a new love and that’s Dayton’Dougherty: 1 of Syracuse’s defining characteristics will no longer be enough Published on March 16, 2016 at 10:54 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds The D.O.: Is there a player on Dayton capable of getting into the high post and beating the 2-3 zone from there?D.J.: “They would probably look to Dyshawn Pierre for that role to play inside. He can shoot the 3, he’s got some really good post moves. They have a 6-foot-11 redshirt freshman center Steve McElvene but he’s more of a shot-blocking threat and play defense, if he can stay out of foul trouble, which has been a huge issue for him all season. But as far as offense, he’s only good if he’s right under the basket dropping it in or slamming it in, rarely can make a move to set up a hook shot, certainly not going to shoot a jumper. He’s very raw talent. He could be really good by the time he’s a senior and I think he’s been better than a lot of people hoped but the foul troubles are a big threat. … But Pierre can do a lot and to break it down, he could be the guy.”The D.O.: What makes Charles Cooke so effective?D.J.: “He can go inside and out. He’s great at driving to the basket. He can shoot the 3, he’s around 40 percent, although has had trouble recently. For most of the season 3-point shooting was his biggest improvement because he wasn’t a great 3-point shooter in his two years at James Madison. He really had a lot of pressure on his shoulders at the beginning of the year because he was kind of looked to as a replacement for Jordan Sibert, UD’s best player and a senior a year ago. Cooke is another transfer like Sibert and for most of the season, Cooke was even better than Sibert was. Sibert hit a lot of big shots in his career so it’s hard to replace that and then Sibert hit a rainbow 3 against Syracuse in the final minute of that second-round game a couple years ago. I’m sure Syracuse fans remember that.”The D.O.: What else should Syracuse fans know about Dayton?D.J.: “I think the general consensus among UD fans is they’re happy to play close to home. St. Louis was the closest location to the Flyers and the fans really travel well. They had a great crowd in Buffalo a few years ago. Obviously at UD Arena, they played in the First Four last year at home, and then down the street in Columbus the next two games. Really they’ve lucked out the last three years playing close to home. That’s great for a fan base that really travels well so that could be an advantage for UD on Friday. It’s sort of a home game and we’ll see how many fans Syracuse brings.” Comments No. 10 seed Syracuse (19-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) will face No. 7 seed Dayton (25-7, 14-4 Atlantic 10) in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 12:15 p.m. in St. Louis. The last time these teams played was in the 2014 NCAA Tournament when the Flyers upset the Orange.To learn more about Dayton, The Daily Orange spoke with Dayton Daily News beat writer David Jablonski.The Daily Orange: What’s the quick scouting report on the Flyers for Syracuse fans to know?David Jablonski: “They had a very good performance on their nonconference schedule. Beat Iowa down at the AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando, beat Monmouth the next day and then got creamed by Xavier, their old rival in the championship game of that tournament. That’s always something for all the players, they always want to see how they do in that holiday tournament because it’s such a good opportunity to play good RPI teams. Beat Vanderbilt on the road, which looked like a better win than it turned out to be. … Down the stretch lost three out of four at one point, got it back together a little bit at the end of the season — beat VCU in their home finale to clinch a share of the A-10 regular season title and then lost in the semis to St. Joseph’s. So they’re going in on a little bit of a downer but all in all, this was one of the best regular seasons they’ve had in a long time.”MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOpponent preview: What to know about DaytonFormer SU provost Eric Spina: ‘I have a new love and that’s Dayton’Roundtable: Syracuse-Dayton and Trevor Cooney’s legacy Daily Orange File Photo The D.O.: Who are some of the players to watch out for?D.J.: “Two seniors, one who plays a key role, Dyshawn Pierre, he didn’t play in the first 11 games. He was suspended for last semester because of a sexual assault allegation. There were no charges filed, but the university suspended him anyway. He sued the university. It was a whole messy situation where they wondered whether he was going to come back. He’s the only guy they’re going to lose off this team. They’re going to return everybody else next year. He’s their top senior but their best player is Charles Cooke, a transfer from James Madison, who made all-A-10 first team. Consistent scorer for most of the season, slumped a little bit at the end of the season but he can take it inside, can shoot the 3. He’s their top offensive threat. Then they have three juniors who have won five Tournament games in the last two years: Scoochie Smith, Kendall Pollard and Kyle Davis. Really the heart of the team those three guys on pace to be the winningest class in UD history.”last_img read more

Puerto Rico admits higher death toll from Hurricane Maria

first_imgHurricane Maria affects Puerto Rico The government of Puerto Rico has admitted over 1,400 people lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria last year.In its report to the US Congress on Wednesday, it was revealed that 1,427 more deaths occurred in the four months after the storm. This number also appeared in a draft of the report “Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation”, which was published and opened for public comment July 9. “Cascading failures” in local infrastructureThe territory’s government in detailing a US$139 billion reconstruction plan, said that the additional deaths resulted from the effects of a storm that led to a “cascading failures” in infrastructure across the island of 3.3 million people.In the weeks after the storm, Puerto Rican officials said the storm directly caused 64 deaths, many in landslides or flooding. The report to Congress also said that most of the deaths occurred not in the initial storm on September 20, but in the ensuing days and weeks when the island-wide electricity outage and roads blocked by downed power lines and other debris made it difficult to move around and emergency services were stretched beyond their capabilities.Second deadliest hurricaneThis new report makes Maria the second-deadliest hurricane to strike Puerto Rico since records began in the mid-19th century. According to data from NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, only the San Ciriaco hurricane of August 1899 was deadlier, with an official estimate of 3,369 killed.last_img read more