New HE awards launched to recognise excellence in promoting student employability

  • Shortlist profiles universities across five awards categories

A new awards programme has been launched to recognise the higher education institutions that are making a big impact on the employability and management and leadership skills of their students.

The inaugural CMI HE Awards has been created to celebrate the achievements of the 120 UK and international universities and business schools that work with CMI, as well as their students. More than 26,000 learners are currently enrolled on CMI-backed dual-accredited higher education courses.

The five awards categories and those who've succeeded in making it to the shortlist are:

HE Partner of the Year Nottingham Business School Anglia Ruskin University London College of Fashion
Outstanding Innovation and Delivery University of Derby Coventry University Queens University Belfast
International Award University of Derby Universiti Utara Malaysia  
Student of the Year Alice–Marie Oxer, Lancaster University Bernadette Murphy, University College Birmingham Jack Williamson, Anglia Ruskin University
Apprentice of the Year Harry Pepper, Barclays/Anglia Ruskin University Christian Mussard, Barclays/Anglia Ruskin University Lucy Cheng, United Utilities/Manchester Metropolitan University

To be shortlisted, institutions have all been judged by the impact they have made on student employability, professional development and enrichment of student experience. Students who have made the shortlist have shown a high level of academic achievement as well as professional development in management and leadership.

The first-ever winners will be judged by a panel of senior business leaders and management academics, and will be announced at CMI’s annual HE Conference on 21 February.

Ian Myson, CMI’s director of HE partnerships, says:

Our awards recognise the HE institutions that are improving student employability by setting them up with the professional qualifications and work-ready skills employers are looking for.
CMI currently works with 120 universities and business schools to dual-accredit courses. As higher education’s focus grows on boosting student employability, CMI’s awards celebrate those that are making the most impact on the professional development of the next generation of managers and leaders.

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