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CASE and More Partnership release joint study of fundraising trends in UK higher education




The 10-year analysis finds giving to UK universities grew sharply, even as advancement staffing saw modest increases 

LONDON and DUNDEE, Scotland, Aug. 29, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and More Partnership have joined forces to reprise an important look at a decade of fundraising trends within the UK higher education sector. The findings and recommendations have wide-ranging implications for the sector, and beyond.

The original review, ‘The Pearce Report on Philanthropy in UK Higher Education’, was published in 2012 and this latest 10-year review, “The CASE-More UK Philanthropy Report,” draws insight from CASE’s annual survey of philanthropy efforts in UK universities, interviews with leading practitioners, influencers and philanthropists, and survey responses from across the advancement profession.

Among the most striking findings: UK universities have almost doubled the annual amount fundraised in the decade, to a record-breaking £1.5 billion in 2022. In the ten highest performing UK institutions, new funds committed philanthropically rose to a record average of 10.4% of overall turnover in 2022.

This remarkable progress is despite a host of challenges, including the disruption of the pandemic, the effects of Brexit – and only modest investments in advancement staffing, with the number of fundraising staff increasing by only 47% in the same 10-year period.

Meanwhile, public funding for UK universities is incredibly fragile, now dropping to its lowest level since the 1990s, the report finds. In 2016, for instance, 5% of universities posted an in-year deficit; in 2020, 32% did so. In addition, student fees have not risen in ten years – indeed home students are taught at a loss.

“Philanthropy is today more important than ever for UK universities,” Professor Dame Sally Mapstone, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of St Andrews and President of Universities UK said. “Our institutions are powerful and effective agents of change. When they amplify and build out that capacity through strategic and sustained fundraising, they also amplify the profound and beneficial differences they can make.”

In 2012, when the Pearce report was published, ethics in fundraising was on every Vice-Chancellor’s mind. Today, especially in the age of social media, governing bodies are given cause to re-examine policies and procedures and to restrengthen due diligence.

“Higher education transforms lives and society – we have experienced this at the most fundamental levels through the challenges of recent years. This report indicates that the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations has been immensely valuable in advancing the societal impact of educational institutions. Furthermore, CASE’s commitment to ensuring that educational institutions have globally-derived professional standards for philanthropic engagement enables them to conduct this important work with integrity,” says Sue Cunningham, CASE President and CEO.

The report also outlines ingredients for successful fundraising that vary by institutional context (shared as playbooks), but also details factors that are common to all. These include the importance of leadership, at all levels, to philanthropy and developing fundraising propositions that capture the ambitions of the institution but also serve as compelling invitations for investment in institutional success.

“After a generation of effort and expertise, philanthropy to UK Higher Education is coming of age,” said Nik Miller, Partner at More Partnership and the study’s co- author. “The impact of philanthropy in UK HE is extraordinary and its practice increasingly sophisticated, but public awareness remains worryingly low. The habit of giving to universities and what donors enable is a well-kept secret that needs to be broadcast.”

Read the full report, including forecasts for the next 10 years and recommendations here:

About CASE

CASE—the Council for Advancement and Support of Education—is a global, not-for-profit membership association with a vision to advance education to transform lives and society. CASE defines the competencies and standards for the profession of advancement, leading, and championing their dissemination and application with more than 97,000 advancement professionals at 3,100 member institutions in 80 countries. 

About More Partnership

More Partnership is a consultancy with roots in Scotland and clients around the world. We believe in the power of philanthropy to advance great ambitions – and in partnering with our clients as a force to make that happen. We have been putting that belief into action since 1989.

If you would like more information about this study or to schedule an interview with UK Universities President and University of St. Andrews Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Sally Mapstone contact Christine Tudhope at [email protected]. To speak with CASE CEO and Executive Director, Sue Cunningham, contact Ellie McGuffog at [email protected]. To speak to Nik Miller, Partner at More Partnership and the study’s co- author contact Derek Paterson at

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67% of larger hospitality operators are unhappy with their current tech stack: insights unveiled in new research report from Vita Mojo




New research from Vita Mojo and KAM reveals the shortcomings of modern restaurant tech, with over half of operators reporting inefficiencies are stopping them achieving business goals.

LONDON, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Vita Mojo, the hospitality tech specialist, has launched a new research report into the impact of technology on the hospitality industry, shining a light on how operators feel about their current tech stack.

Commissioned by Vita Mojo and conducted by specialist hospitality market research agency KAM, the survey asked 81 executives from the leading quick-service restaurant (QSR) and coffee chain brands about their experiences with restaurant technology.

The resulting report – Hospitality Tech 2024: Bridging the efficiency and profitability gapindicates that certain technologies are holding the industry back.

The survey results show that the hospitality sector is facing a number of challenges:

  • A disconnect between efficiency and growth
    56% of operators say that not having enough time is a significant barrier to achieving their business goals, but only 28% report fixing inefficiencies is a focus area for the business.
  • Frustrations with the complexity of technology 
    44% of operators don’t think they have the in-house skills to make the most out of their tech solutions, and 31% believe that too much training is needed to use digital solutions properly.
  • Missing out on data-driven decision-making
    Two in three businesses are frustrated that they are not making the most of the data they collect through their tech solutions. Nearly 40% find it hard to use data because it’s split across siloed platforms.
  • Technical support is failing to deliver 
    Just one in four are very satisfied with the support or advice they receive from their providers.

“When tech works well, your restaurant works well,” says Vita Mojo’s co-founder and CEO, Nick Popovici. “But when it goes wrong – which is often – running a restaurant becomes an uphill struggle. By combining multiple point solutions from a range of different suppliers, the modern Point of Sale (POS) restaurant tech stack used by so many restaurants and chains has become a serious barrier to growth and success.”

“The results of this survey prove that the POS-centric model isn’t working for restaurants. From wasting time updating menus across multiple systems to spending countless hours updating pricing and site information, there are just too many ways in which restaurant tech isn’t making the grade.”

Along with insights from the survey results, Vita Mojo’s report includes real-life examples of exactly how restaurant brands are managing to overcome these tech challenges and fix inefficiencies, which has allowed them to operate and grow with new confidence.

About Vita Mojo
Vita Mojo transforms chaos into confidence for hospitality operators worldwide. Founded in 2016, Vita Mojo started life as the UK’s first cashless, digital-only restaurant, but it soon became clear the entire hospitality industry could benefit from its end-to-end, flexible Order Management System.

Today, Vita Mojo empowers over 130 brands across five countries (including LEON, YO!, tossed and GAIL’s Bakery) to streamline order management, improve guest relationships, seamlessly expand across channels, and grow their business.

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Ghana launches USD 550 billion Energy Transition and Investment Plan for achieving net-zero emissions, creating 400,000 jobs by 2060




President Nana Akufo-Addo unveils country’s roadmap for green growth and decarbonizing key economic sectors developed by Government of Ghana and SEforALL

NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, launched the country’s new Energy Transition and Investment Plan yesterday during a Global Africa Business Initiative event in New York.


The plan marks Ghana’s commitment to fighting climate change and fostering economic development in tandem. It details a credible pathway for how Ghana can achieve net-zero energy-related carbon emissions by 2060 through the deployment of low-carbon solutions across key sectors of its economy, including oil and gas, industry, transport, cooking, and power.

Ghana’s government intends to use the plan as its main tool to engage the international community and investors for support with its energy transition. All measures suggested in the plan represent a USD 550 billion opportunity for the international community to invest in sustainable development in Ghana. If the plan is achieved in full, it would generate 400,000 net jobs within Ghana’s economy.

The country’s existing Energy Transition Framework previously set a target of net zero by 2070, but this new plan shows Ghana has increased its ambition and is targeting net zero by 2060.

Various sectoral changes and technologies are proposed in the plan. Four main decarbonization technologies – renewables, low-carbon hydrogen, battery electric vehicles and clean cookstoves – would cover over 90 percent of the targeted abatement by 2060.

Without pursuing the plan, under a business-as-usual scenario, Ghana’s emissions are expected to rise from 28 Mt CO2e in 2021 to over 140 Mt in 2050, with the bulk of emissions growth coming from transport, driven by population growth, GDP per capita growth, and vehicle ownership.

By implementing this plan, Ghana and its partners can instead bring the country’s energy-sector-related carbon emissions to net zero, while demonstrating that action against climate change does not need to come at the expense of economic development.

The Energy Transition and Investment Plan was developed by the Government of Ghana with technical support from Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).

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“This pioneering Energy Transition and Investment Plan maps out Ghana’s journey to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 based on the latest data and evidence, ensuring that as our economy thrives, it does so in harmony with the environment. This plan is a testament to our dedication to fostering green industries, nurturing the evolution of cutting-edge low-carbon technologies, and propelling our nation towards a sustainable industrial revolution while giving equal growth opportunities to men and women.”
-His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana

Ghana’s commitment to a just and equitable energy transition has translated to an ambitious plan that builds a case for low-carbon and energy-efficient solutions across Ghana’s entire energy system. These solutions present a tremendous opportunity for partners and investors from around the world to contribute to climate action and sustainable development in Ghana.”
Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Co-Chair of UN-Energy

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World Investment Forum to incentivize global investment in sustainable development




ABU DHABI, UAE, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Recognizing sustainability as the defining challenge of our time, the upcoming UNCTAD World Investment Forum (WIF), to be held from 16 to 20 October 2023 in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, will serve as the perfect opportunity to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable economy, particularly for developing countries.



The 8th edition of the Forum, to be anchored on the overall theme of “Investing in Sustainable Development,” will bring together heads of state and ministers, CEOs of largest global companies, and other investment stakeholders from various countries to formulate policies and strategies that will address key and emerging investment-development challenges through a series of local and international forums and conferences.

Over 7,000 investment stakeholders from 160 countries will be participating in the 8th edition of WIF at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The UAE hosting WIF this year coincides with the country’s declaration of the year 2023 as the “Year of Sustainability,” which will encourage nationwide commitment to sustainable practices and innovative solutions to help address environmental issues on a global scale.

His Excellency Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, reaffirmed the country’s dedication to sustainability, saying that “the UAE is committed to playing a leading role in the global transition to a more sustainable future. We believe that WIF 2023 will provide a unique platform for international leaders to come together  to mobilize the necessary investments to make this transition a reality.”

His Excellency Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) said: “Hosting WIF 2023 reflects Abu Dhabi’s approach and commitment to sustainable socio-economic development, which is based on strong beliefs and a long history of the wise use of resources. We will be working closely with all partners to ensure that the Forum’s conversations generate innovative ideas and solutions to create a more sustainable future for all.”

Some of the sustainability sessions include “Delivering Public Sector Investment for Sustainable Development” in partnership with ACCA; “Alignment of Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure with the Paris Agreement” with Middlesex University Dubai; and “Accelerating Green Investments in Tourism for Sustainable Development” with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

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Journalists wishing to cover the forum should apply online.
Media accreditation requirements are here.

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