Higher education partnership


We are inviting institutions delivering relevant degree programmes in the UK to join as partners with the sport and physical activity sector’s chartered institute, CIMSPA.

Institutions will be recognised as official CIMSPA higher education partners once the application is approved.

All degree programmes* relating to an occupation within the sport and physical activity sector will be able to apply to be endorsed and quality assured by our organisation.

CIMSPA-endorsed programmes are certified as meeting employer-set professional standards as facilitated by CIMSPA. This employability benchmark means that the student has received an education that will enable them to be deployed in one or multiple roles within the sport and physical activity sector as a qualified and ready member of the workforce.

*Universities and FE colleges delivering HE degree programmes.

Partnership benefits

  • Employer engagement - Facilitated introductions and relationship management with local CIMSPA employer partners – information on graduate work placements, volunteering and internships.
  • Degree programme endorsement - HE partners can access our sector-related degree endorsement programme. Endorsed degrees can display our "CIMSPA Endorsed: Professional Standards" logo.
  • Discounted student membership - Students enrolled on your degree programme will be eligible for an 83% discount on student membership at just £5 + VAT per student.**
  • Use of CIMSPA higher education partner logo - Recognition of your institution’s partnership with the sport and physical activity sector’s chartered professional body and of our shared ambitions of building employability benchmarks for graduates.
  • Professional standards engagement - Expert input into professional development committees developing individual standards. Participation in professional standards consultations.
  • CIMSPA support - A dedicated CIMSPA representative for remote support and bi-annual contact.
  • Magazine and email bulletins - Print subscription of S&PA Professional magazine to key partnership contacts and access to S&PA Extra, the digital counterpart to our magazine.
  • Media profile and recognition - CIMSPA will celebrate HE partners and the contribution they are making towards raising employability potential for their students. HE partners and their endorsed degree programmes will be listed in a directory on www.cimspa.co.uk
  • CIMSPA annual conference - 50% discount for 2 delegates.
  • HE staff membership discounts - 20% discount on first-year CIMSPA affiliate membership for your staff.

*Student membership can be paid by the institution or directly by the student.
*Normal student member cost £30 + VAT.


CIMSPA higher education partnership – terms


CIMSPA will limit partnerships to a maximum of 16 institutions per year.

  • Annual partnership fee - £3500 +VAT per year.
  • Degree endorsement fee* - £780 +VAT per sport and physical activity related HE course in the first year of endorsement. £650 +VAT per sport and physical activity related HE course for re-endorsement of programmes per year thereafter.
  • Student member requirements - HE partners will be required to register students on endorsed courses as CIMSPA student members to enable the best possible transition into the workplace at £5 + VAT per student.

*A minimum of one degree programme is required to be registered per year.


Become a CIMSPA higher education partner


For further information on how to sign-up please see the user guide below.
Document Partnership sign-up user guide
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