This organisation is on track to have 100% Chartered Management

12 July 2018 -

Huddersfield UniversityEighty-one employees at Huddersfield University were named Chartered Managers on 11 July, and all of its managers will follow suit

CMI Insights

CMI chief executive Ann Francke today joined HRH The Duke of York at Huddersfield University, as the organisation’s vice-chancellor and 80 members of its senior team became Chartered Managers.

The organisation has set itself the ambition of becoming the first organisation in the world to be entirely led by Chartered Managers, and 250 staff are now lined up for the CMI Chartered Programme. It expects to have a fully Chartered management team by 2020.

Read more: Find out how to become a Chartered Manager

Chartered Manager is the highest accreditation in the field of management. More than 6,500 professional managers currently hold the status in acknowledgement of their experience and ability. Managers can achieve Chartered status through a number of routes, including taking CMI-backed qualifications, taking a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, or demonstrating professional experience.

At Huddersfield University, managers have completed CMI’s post-graduate-level Strategic Management and Leadership Certificate, as part of a programme of blended study, workshops, tutorials and e-learning that has been designed to tackle ‘real-world’ leadership challenges facing the university.

The organisation wants to create a culture in which excellent leadership is embedded at all levels. It takes an action-oriented approach to providing relevant development for its staff, and wants its approach to inspire the students who study as part of its CMI dual-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan is understandably “very proud” of the university’s ambitions, and explained its motivation: He said: “I decided that we must all ask ourselves: ‘What gives me the right to manage?’ Qualifications are the key.”

The value of skilled management

While Huddersfield University aims to become the first HE organisation in the world to be managed entirely by a Chartered team, many businesses recognise the value of trained leadership. According to CMI research, Chartered Managers add an average of £391,000 of value to their employers.

Read more: The stats about the benefits of Chartered Management

Ann Francke, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute, acknowledged the organisation’s commitment to professional standards, today. She said: “Huddersfield University has shown amazing dedication to professionalism in management, both in terms of boosting the skills of its team as well as those of its students. Having an exceptional leadership team and faculty professionally qualified in management will accelerate Huddersfield’s programme to increase the employability of its students and help them gain the work-ready skills that employers now expect of graduates. I congratulate everyone involved for this fabulous achievement.”

Find out more about how to become a Chartered Manager here.

Image from left: Huddersfield University's vice-chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan CBE, HRH The Duke of York, CMI chief executive Ann Francke

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