Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy)


Holistic was approached by the Higher Education Academy (renamed Advance HE), the body charged with raising and maintaining the quality of teaching in the university sector.  The HEA wished to expand its offering to the wider global community in response to growing demand, but without burdening its UK members with additional costs.

Holistic interviewed the relevant members of the organisation and based on their input crafted an ambitious Case for Support that would help to achieve this ambition.  We also conducted extensive research to prepare lists of corporates, grant making trusts, and individuals around the world who would be likely to offer financial support.

“Holistic introduced us to the world of professional fundraising (resources, methodologies, approaches and skills) of which we had little prior knowledge.”  Simon Jones, Director of Engagement, Higher Education Academy

Blaydes House, University of Hull


The University of Hull wished to own and restore a dilapidated grade 2* listed building in the heart of the old city. We engaged with the owners at the time and convinced them to sell the building (worth approximately £2,000,000) to the University for £1.00 only. We then needed to raise a further £1million to fully restore and convert to a Centre for Maritime Historical Studies.

Research established that Benjamin Blaydes, builder of the house and a leading shipwright and merchant in the late 19th century, had built and sold The Bethia to the admiralty. It was refurbished, re-equipped and renamed The Bounty. The fundraising drive to 'Save the Home of the Bounty' was hugely successful, raising more than sufficient funds to complete the project. In the process, the site was visited by direct descendants of Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian, and featured in the national press. The Centre was opened by the Duke of York, and subsequently entrepreneurs approached the City to propose rebuilding The Bounty as an ambassador for Hull in repurposed derelict land adjoining the Centre.