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Higher Education in the UK

The Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation has made a significant contribution to philanthropy in higher education, both in terms of direct giving to the University of Manchester, and in particular providing the funding to set up the Brooks World Poverty Institution (now the Global Development Institute), but also through Rory’s chairing the University’s Global Leadership Board.

The Global Leadership Board was established in 2007. It aimed to bring together a group of individuals who could act as advocates for the recently merged Institution, and in particular help the University to secure high-level philanthropic commitments to assist with its top-level strategic objectives.

Rory has become a thought-leader in encouraging support for philanthropy in higher education and has been involved in, amongst others, as a member of the 2012 Government Task Force on Philanthropy in Higher Education (Pearce report). The review, chaired by Professor Shirley Pearce, was set up in January 2012 by HEFCE to address the next decade’s challenges in increasing voluntary giving to higher education.

In 2012, Rory chaired the Giving Summit’s Action Group on Philanthropy in Education and in 2015, he was awarded the CASE Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition for his contribution to promoting philanthropy into the Higher Education sector.