Since 2014, we have moved from ad hoc, low-level engagement with Universities to genuine partnerships based on supporting student employability, enriching student experience and providing professional recognition and development pathways. We have achieved this by developing a distinctive dual accreditation offer whereby CMI accredits courses containing management and leadership modules, awarding students a CMI qualification in addition to their degree at the end of their course. For the duration of the course they are entitled to CMI affiliate membership, enabling access to CMI content and tools, online mentoring, networks and events. We support this with additional curriculum engagement activities such as speaker events and are engaging with academics to ensure that they are effective CMI champions for their students. More recently, the new Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and the soon to be launched Senior Leader’s Master Degree Apprenticeship has given us an exciting new pathway to help Universities engage with employers and are fast becoming one of the greatest business opportunities of our time. We are also now working with international partners of UK Universities and providing employability support in subject areas outside Business Schools.
The CMI now engages with over 120 UK-based universities and a growing number overseas. Participating student numbers have increased from 2,000 to 40,000. 60% of students say that a CMI accreditation influenced their choice of university. Eight out of 10 students say that the CMI resources have supported their academic journey and three quarters of HE Partners say there is a significant impact on student employability.