Beth Breeze wins prestigious prize for study of fundraisers

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has awarded the 2018 AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy to Beth Breeze for her book The New Fundraisers: Who Organises Charitable Giving in Contemporary Society?, published by Policy Press, in 2017.

The New Fundraisers provides a global overview on the purpose and history of fundraising, with in-depth data from an extensive study of UK fundraisers. The book is an empirically-based and theoretically-informed account of the makeup and role of fundraisers, how fundraising works in practice and what kinds of skills and training make for an effective fundraising professional.

“Writing this book was a labour of love because I feel strongly that fundraising is a crucial yet overlooked, and often misunderstood, profession,” said Breeze. “I hope that the book helps to challenge the illogical position whereby charities are widely admired, but the people who bring in the funding that enables charitable activity to take place, are not.”

Commenting on Dr Breeze’s award-winning book, the prize jury commented that “this excellent volume was selected because of its value as a research study that centers itself outside of the United States. Dr Breeze’s book argues that fundraising is about much more than simply ‘raising funds’ by asking donors, as the process must also include the complex work of cultivation by the practitioner. Prior to now, most researchers have focused on individual donors, their characteristics and their motivations.  Dr Breeze flips the script and, through empirical research, helps us understand the fundraiser. We commend Dr Breeze for strong research and an accessible book that can forward our field.”

Beth Breeze is a senior lecturer on social policy and director of the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent in the UK. She worked as a fundraiser and charity manager before co-founding the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, where she now leads a team conducting research and teaching courses on philanthropy and fundraising. She has written the annual Coutts Million Pound Donor Report since 2008, co-authored Richer Lives: Why Rich People Give (2013), The Logic of Charity: Great Expectations in Hard Times (2015) and co-edited The Philanthropy Reader (2016).

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NHS England director of primary care to give university lecture

Dr Arvind Madan, Director of Primary Care and Deputy National Medical Director for NHS England, will give this year’s Centre for Health Services Studies Open Lecture at the University of Kent on 18 April.

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How do multiracial parents identify their own children?

Multiracial Parents: Mixed Families, Generational Change and the Future of Race

Miri Song, Professor of Sociology, was interviewed about her research and book, ‘Multiracial Parents: Mixed Families, Generational Change and the Future of Race’, on the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Thinking Allowed’ yesterday.

Multiracial Parents considers how mixed-race parents identify with and draw from their cultural backgrounds in raising and socialising their children. By drawing on detailed narratives about the parents’ children and family lives, Miri explores what it means to be multiracial.

Thinking Allowed is a radio discussion programme focusing on the latest social science research. It is hosted by Laurie Taylor, who was formerly Professor of Sociology at the University of York.

The programme, Mixed-race families, is available on BBC iPlayer Radio.

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Emotional Politics: The Role of Affect in Social Movements and Organizing

Registration for the Emotional Politics: The Role of Affect in Social Movements and Organizing symposium on 31 May 2018 is now open. This one-day interdisciplinary conference will bring together academic researchers, activists, policy-makers and practitioners to exchange and discuss current concerns and developments in the research and practice surrounding emotion, organizing and social movements. It is co-hosted by the Gender, Sexuality and Culture Cluster in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and sponsored by the Centre for Postcolonial Studies, the School of English and the Centre for Gender Sexuality and Writing.

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This is why you need to try ‘myCourtroom’

With reported anxiety, high stress levels and low confidence regarding courtroom skills, as well as anecdotal accounts of an increase in the variety of child protection professionals being called to provide evidence to the courts (Reeves et al 2017; Brown et al 2015; Holt and Kelly 2012; Family Justice Review 2011; Seymour, C 2006), courtroom training has never been more important to child protection workers. We can help you prepare for this using ‘myCourtroom: Rosie’s family go to court’.

“I think it [myCourtroom] will prompt a lot of discussion including some of the dilemmas, how you should evidence what you are saying, what happens when you are giving evidence and how you should prepare yourself.”
myCourtroom Training Delegate

Check out our interactive courtroom – What does it look like? Who will be there? Who sits where? What might be asked? Allay the fears of the unknown so the focus is on the case instead of worrying about the environment. A virtual walk-through of an interactive courtroom.

Report Writing Skills on Video: Watch the video and learn about report writing: how to get your message across, avoid all the pitfalls, best practice, expert advice and how to plan and write reports effectively. A video resource to allow you to replay and practice until you are confident.

Prepare prepare prepare: What’s involved in being a witness? We can help you plan ahead: Logistics of the day; questionning techniques and how to respond; courtroom etiquette. We will look at legal case studies (adoption, neglect) and consider a neglect case study based on UK Serious Case Review.

The child’s wishes and feelings: Explore how to undertake wishes and feelings work with children involved with family courts. Consider the structure of your session, explore new direct work techniques, reflect on pressures and dilemmas children face from talking with professionals and think through how you would manage a disclosure of abuse or neglect from a child.

Find out about the different hearings: Scene 7 focuses on a Case Management Hearing, including preliminary evidence and cross examination of the Local Authority Social Worker. Scene 8 focuses on the Final Hearing.

Book your place: See our website for details on: Discounted group sessions at your organisation; Trainer packages so you can deliver to your staff; Half day training for individual CPD for £125; Masterclass for your University students. Access the resources for 12 months for your own CPR or upgrade to trainer package. For more details and to book, read more…

Conference: Confident Direct Work with Children and young people. Dr Tracee Green will be running a workshop: ‘Rosie myCourtroom‘; wishes and feelings in practice. The morning will include keynote speakers on direct work with young people. For more details and to book, read more…

Research: We undertook an evaluation of myCourtroom from April 2016 to May 2017, published in Social Work Education: The International Journal. Findings were very positive with delegates rating all elements of myCourtroom learning highly. Please do email us for more information.

Karen Paine
The Centre for Child Protection
School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Cornwallis North East
University of Kent

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Fashion and Physique Symposium in New York

Professor Julia Twigg was a keynote speaker at the recent Symposium on Fashion and Physique at the New York Museum at FIT.

Held in the old Garment District of New York, the symposium, which was broadcast live, attracted an audience of nearly 300 from the design, commercial and academic communities. The event addressed the complex history of the ideal body in fashion, exploring the intersections between fashion and physique. Professor Twigg analysed the significance of age as a cultural and a physiological phenomenon, drawing on her extensive empirical work. The symposium accompanied an exhibition at the museum, The Body: Fashion and Physique. The Museum at FIT is linked to the Fashion Institute of Technology, part of New York University (NYU).

Julia Twigg is a Professor of Social Policy and Sociology. Over the last decade Julia has been engaged in a series of research projects exploring the role of dress in the constitution of age.

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Urban Ethnography in Paris

Our SSPSSR UG Summer School in Urban Ethnography provides undergraduates with experience of urban ethnography and exposes them to the principles and methods of ethnography in the study of people, place, practices and things in the urban setting of Paris. It involves doing ethnography in the city and of the city and gives participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in ‘natural’ social environments and learn to tune into what is going on around them, making the strange familiar and the familiar strange.

This year’s Summer School, taking place 8-15 July, will be highly interactive and combines lecture time and in class discussion, formal visits and walks, and informal exploration. Dawn Lyon, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, convenor of the Summer School and part of the teaching team, says “This is a great opportunity to get a first-hand experience of doing ethnography. Students will explore concepts and theories through observations of social, cultural, economic, affective and material life in a diverse and vibrant urban context”.

The Summer School is open to SSPSSR UG students (for whom it is subsidised when taken as a 15 credit module) and to external participants from Kent and beyond.

International study enables students to gain a deeper understanding of another culture, make potentially lifelong friends from a wide variety of backgrounds and benefit from globally renowned academic excellence.

See full details on the Summer Schools web pages.

For further information email Dr Dawn Lyon:


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Rutherford Grass Roots Lecture: Professor Jane Reeves

From Kung Fu Panda, Second Life and Lara Croft to Rosie 1, 2 and 3; the development of serious games in child protection by the Centre for Child Protection

Rutherford Grass Roots Lecture
Professor Jane Reeves

14 March 2018 6pm-7pm followed by wine reception, Rutherford College,
Lecture Theatre One 

Thinking differently about topics, particularly those as complex as child protection can be very difficult.  There are currently 50,000 children and young people on child protection registers in the UK (NSPCC 2016) and probably many hundreds of thousands more who are groomed and abused online or via online contacts. In order to tackle this level of abuse we have to change the way we think about child abuse, how we train professionals and how we encourage children to protect themselves and their friends.  This lecture will take you on a journey of innovation, gaming and educational theory; from the germ of an idea on how to change child protection training, to the development of a suite of child protection serious game simulations which are used across the UK and all over the world.

Jane Reeves is a Professor in Child Protection and Simulation Development at the University of Kent.  She is Co-Director of the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) and Director of Studies for the distance learning MA in Advanced Child Protection.  A qualified social worker, since becoming Co-Director of CCP she has worked in partnership with many stakeholders and has led and co-written several immersive simulations which tackle complex inter-professional issues including sexual abuse (‘Rosie 1’ 2011); neglect (‘Rosie 2’ 2012); radicalization and extremism (‘Zak’ 2013; ‘Maryam and Joe; Behind Closed Doors’ 2017); paedophilia (‘Elliot’ 2013); child sexual exploitation (‘Looking out for Lottie’ 2014; and ‘Rosie goes to court’ (2015) co-written with the court advisory service Cafcass on court experience for professionals, parents and young people. The simulations are widely used across the UK and internationally by professionals and directly with young people. ‘Lottie’ won the Guardian award for Digital Innovation in 2016 and Jane and her team have just won the Higher Education Academy Award for collaboration (2017). Jane’s research and publications include using eye tracker and emotion reader software to evaluate professional responses to the simulations as well as evaluating the effectiveness of the simulations for developing critical analysis skills in young people. She has led innovative projects funded by the DfE and Innovate UK, looking at the use of technology with vulnerable groups, and is currently working on an Erasmus project with the University of Stirling, protecting children across Europe through modernising the social work curriculum. Future projects include securing funding for a simulation on FGM and on modern day slavery.

Booking not required


Rutherford College,
Lecture Theatre One
United Kingdom
Canterbury map [75]


Open to all,free

Contact: Sue Casement
E: [76]
T: 01227 823175
Rutherford College Master’s Office

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Nearly 2 in 5 children will be in poverty by 2021

Commenting on a report from a leading thinktank that poorer Britons face three years of income stagnation, Peter Taylor-Gooby, Professor of Social Policy, says the impact of this will affect children the most.

See the University’s News Centre for the full story.

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Prize winners for outstanding research

Professor Sarah Vickerstaff, Professor Stephen Peckham and Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby from the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research have been selected by a panel led by Professor Philippe De Wilde, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, to receive Advanced Research Prizes.

The Advanced Research Prize is awarded to exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions over the past decade and one of the recipients within the category is also designated as the University winner for that category. Congratulations to Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby for winning the University Prize and to Professor Sarah Vickerstaff and Professor Stephen Peckham for each winning a Faculty Prize for Social Sciences. This is a very well-deserved recognition of their excellent research and a great result for the School.

An evening awards ceremony will be held on 27 April to celebrate all the winners and the excellent and innovative research taking place at Kent.

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