Nick Watts – DARE: University of Leeds & Opera North

Nick Watts is an undergraduate at the University of Leeds, currently on a year in industry with DARE, the collaboration between Opera North and the University of Leeds. After doing internships and work experience at theatres, music therapy centres, Leeds RAG and arts charities Nick was successful in applying for a coordinator role for the DARE Fundraising Academy. The academy is a yearlong training programme for graduates and entry level career fundraisers who are given a fulltime paid placement at a leading arts organisation in the North. The £2 million Arts Council England funded pilot programme is “practise based” with the majority of time spent on the job and the remaining time topped up by high quality training from leaders in the field – a new approach for the arts sector.

Nick is also the Endurance Challenge Manager for Leeds RAG, managing 5 challenges and 18 RAG leaders, with an aim of raising over £60,000.00 for charity. He has also been leading collaborations between RAG and other societies, a possible new approach for RAG as a fundraising “facilitator” for student societies.

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