CMI President announces management education partnership with UWE Bristol

MBA and undergraduate business students studying at UWE Bristol are set to bolster their qualifications with professional accreditations, thanks to a new partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).   

The first phase of the partnership will see 400 undergraduates studying for BAs in business earn CMI qualifications in addition to their degrees. Fifty MBA students will works towards achieving Chartered Manager, the highest accreditation in the management profession. It is expected that CMI qualifications and accreditations will be made available to more students as the partnership develops over the next three years.  

CMI’s president Mike Clasper CBE announced the new partnership while delivering the Annual Bolland Lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series held at UWE Bristol. Clasper spoke before an audience of over 200, including 100 leaders from the business community, as well as local government leaders, UWE Bristol academics and alumni.  

Clasper used his speech, titled 'From accidental to professional: a mission for management', to highlight the need for business leaders to focus on professionalising their management to increase productivity and long-term success.  

Commenting on the agreement, Mike Clasper said:

CMI's qualifications and accreditations are aimed at professionalising management and preventing the problem of so-called ‘accidental managers’. Our partnership with UWE Bristol will help prepare hundreds of management students gain the professional qualifications and accreditations they need to make a positive contribution to their chosen field of employment.  

“The dual qualification will give UWE Bristol graduates a competitive advantage when looking for graduate jobs and sets them on the path to ongoing professional development.” 

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West, said:

The University has a record in responding to skill shortages in the region and we are delighted to be investing £55m in facilities for our Faculty of Business and Law. Working with partners like the CMI will help us improve the quality of management training and support the region.” 

The partnership is the latest development in the close ties between CMI and UWE Bristol. In July, UWE Bristol presented CMI’s chief executive Ann Francke with the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration. The university awarded Francke in recognition of her outstanding achievement in business management and leadership.

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About the Annual Bolland Lecture

The Bolland Lecture 2015 is delivered as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAs) and Bristol European Green Capital events in 2015. 

The Bolland Lecture was established in 1976 to commemorate Dr Robert Bolland, who held the post of Director of Bristol Polytechnic from its foundation in 1969 to his death in 1974. The lecture will be followed by a buffet supper. The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CMI,FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England LEP. 

About CMI President Mike Clasper CBE

Mike Clasper took over as President of CMI in October 2014. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Coats Group plc, as well as a Senior Independent Director at Serco PLC and Chairman of Which? Ltd. Mike has outstanding experience across a wide range of organisations, including private, public, third sector, FTSE 350 and SMEs.