Mr Nick Blinco

Nick Blinco joined the University of Melbourne as Vice-Principal (Advancement) in September 2015.

Previously, Nick was at the University of Birmingham, as Director of Engagement. Nick had been with the University since 2004, beginning as Director of Development & Alumni Relations. During his tenure, the University's Circles of Influence campaign exceeded its 160 million pound ($320m) target and had significant impact on its research, students and campus.

Nick also led the change structure of the department, where in 2013, Development & Alumni Relations were joined by Business Engagement to form a new Division of Development, Alumni & Business Engagement (DABE). His role in successfully maximising the new division's partnership building strategies significantly increased business income for the University.

Under his leadership, the team were shortlisted for the 2011 Times Higher Education Fundraising Team of the Year, and won numerous individual and team awards internally and externally. They also recorded the highest level of employer engagement in the University of Birmingham and have Investors In People accreditation.

Nick served on the Pearce Review of Higher Education Fundraising in 2012, which made a series of high level recommendations to change the face of philanthropy in the UK's higher education sector. He was a member of the CASE International Philanthropy Commission from 2008-10, has a CASE Crystal Apple, and has taught on the Spring Institute for Educational Fundraising. He was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Medal in 2011.

Nick began his development career in 1997 at Mansfield College, Oxford, where he established the £10m "Access to Excellence" campaign, championing access to the University for those from unconventional academic backgrounds.

He holds a BA from the University of Hull and a Masters from University of Oxford.

Contact information

Level 2, Raymond Priestley Building
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9305 4408

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Mr Nick Blinco