Universities & Higher Education

Compton — Universities & Higher Education

The changing funding landscape for UK universities, other higher education institutions and increasingly competitive market for new students has driven the importance of development programmes within this part of the sector.

Widening access and improving the student experience are at the heart of today’s fundraising programmes that not only engage alumni, but the wider community.

University of South Australia, Adelaide

Bob Hawke was the Prime Minister of Australia from 1983 to 1991 and the longest-serving Labor prime minister in Australian history.

Throughout his term, Mr Hawke focused on public health care (establishing Medicare), education, human rights and reforms in economics, environmental policy and international affairs.

The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, based at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, is devoted to generating ideas and solutions to achieve cohesive, sustainable societies. The Centre’s team engage with local and international communities through public learning activities including lectures, seminars, alliances and research projects.

Mr Hawke continued to lend a voice to national issues until his death on 16 May 2019. We were very proud to be have been involved with Bob to support major gifts work in the UK and Australia in the early days of his fundraising campaign for the Centre – and several other campaigns and projects he inspired over his many years of public service.

Other assignments

University of Kent

The University selected Compton to test fundraising projects for two of its Schools, the Kent Business School and the School of English – for a new Centre for Creative Writing to help secure Kent’s growing reputation as a top 20 UK university.

Edinburgh Business School

EBS acquired Panmure House, the home of Adam Smith, and sought fundraising expertise and campaign management support from Compton to raise the £4 million needed for its restoration. A further £6 million is being raised to establish an Endowment Fund to support the ongoing programme of activities and events.

Selected previous clients

  • Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales
  • Jesus College, University of Cambridge
  • Oriel College, Oxford
  • Queensland Institute of Technology (QUT)
  • Ridley Hall, Cambridge
  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851
  • Saltire Foundation, Scotland
  • St John’s College, University of Cambridge
  • University of Buckingham
  • University of Derby
  • University of East London
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Sunderland