Higher Education Partnership

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Apply to be a CIMSPA Higher Education Partner

We are inviting institutions delievering relevant degree programmes to partner with CIMSPA – the sport and physical activity sector's only chartered institute.

When your institution becomes a CIMSPA Higher Education Partner, all degree programmes relating to a career within the sport and physical activity sector will be eligible to be endorsed and quality assured.

CIMSPA-endorsed degree programmes are certified as meeting professional standards set by some of the most highly regarded employers in the sector.

The "employability benchmark" provided by a CIMSPA endorsed degree provides students and employers with the assurance that they have received an education that will enable them to be deployed within the sport and physical activity sector as a qualified and ready member of the workforce.

The benefits of a CIMSPA partnership

A CIMSPA Higher Education Partnership delivers many clear and tangible benefits to your institution, students and staff.

  • Degree endorsement – qualifications endorsed by the chartered institute and recognised by major employers in the sector.

  • Employer engagement – facilitated introductions to local CIMSPA employer partners plus information on work placements, volunteering opportunities and internships.

  • Professional standards engagement – expert input into professional development committees and participation in professional standards consultations.

  • Profile – CIMSPA celebrates its higher education partners in the media and through our own digital channels.

  • Recognition – use of the CIMSPA higher education partner logo to demonstrate your commitment to high standards and graduate employability. Plus, official programme endorsement logos to communicate employability value to parents and students.

  • Membership – CIMSPA memberships for your students at just £5 per student (83% saving), plus discounted CIMSPA affiliate membership for your staff.

  • CIMSPA annual conference – a 50% discount for two delegates.

  • CIMSPA support – a dedicated point of contact to help you get the most out of your partnership.


Employability value delivered

CIMSPA endorsed

Your endorsed degrees will carry an endorsement kitemark from the sector's chartered professional body – backed by government and supported by over 400 employer, training provider, awarding organisation and education partners. Endorsed education products will carry the quality kitemark shown above.

Our kitemark means your graduates will be viewed as "job ready" by sector employers.

Case Study

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff Metropolitan University was one of the first universities to partner with CIMSPA and the first to gain endorsement against sector professional standards for their BSc in Sports Management degree programme.

CIMSPA's celebration of this achievement clearly resonated with potential students. Cardiff Met's web and social analytics saw a significant upswing in click throughs to the course details, which flowed through to an increase in student numbers.

Cardiff Met have continued to innovate. At the end of the second year, Sports Management students hit a genuine employability benchmark with their completed learning fully aligned to the CIMSPA Entry Manager Progfessional Standard. Students are able to apply for work placement/part-time opportunities during their 3d year knowing that employers will recognise this learning.


"The CIMSPA endorsement system gives Cardiff Met an effective way to provide our graduates with high-quality and high-impact, practice-focused and professionally-recognised education."

Prof Leigh Robinson

Pro-Vice Chancellor (Cyncoed Campus) and Dean of the School of Sport and Health Sciences

Become a higher education partner

For more information, please contact Helen Hiley (Education Officer - Higher Education) at helen.hiley@cimspa.co.uk or call 07990042750.
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