Excellence Awards

Application for the awards are now open until 31 August 2021. 

All applications are to be supported by at least 3 nominations. Documentary evidence are not required to be submitted. 

Application form    Nomination form

CIMA Excellence Awards 2020

Early last year, the Global CGMA University and Academic Center of Excellence (COE) launched the CIMA Academic Partner Excellence Awards to recognise Academic Partners who have worked tirelessly to equip CIMA-qualified graduates and students for future-ready careers. Mid year, the Relationship Programmes team joined with the Center of Excellence to jointly deliver additonal global awards for Registered Tuition Providers; RTPs work tirelessly to teach and support students through their CertBA and CIMA Professional Qualifications.  

We received an overwhelming response and on 11 December we announced the 2020 winners during our inaugural virtual celebration with over 300 academic partners, Registered Tuition Providers and students around the world. Read the press release here. The awards celebration was also featured in Accounting Today and PQ Magazine

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Winners are listed below.

Award 2020

Teaching Excellence Award

This award recognises a CIMA subject lecturer who has demonstrated excellent engagement with CIMA students and effectively helped them to enhance their understanding of the subject taught. 

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Global Award Winners

Regional and Country Winners - UK and Ireland

Regional and Country Winners - Africa

Regional and Country Winners - Asia Pacific

Regional and Country Winners - Europe

CIMA Campus Culture Excellence Award

This award recognises academicians, faculties and student bodies that have launched successful campaigns to create awareness and promote the CIMA professional qualification within their campuses.

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Employability Excellence Award

This award recognises academic partners who actively promote employer involvement and engagement between CIMA students and industry partners in the profession.

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Research Excellence Award

This award recognises researchers and research teams that have conducted landmark research efforts on a subject or topic related to the CIMA syllabus, such as accounting, digital finance, strategy and more.

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Global Distinguished Contribution

CIMA Prize-Winner Excellence Award

This exclusive award recognises the academic partner institution that trained CIMA’s Top Student of The Year. This category is not open for nomination. A central CIMA committee confers the award and the eligibility is based on pass marks, which can be maximised by ensuring more students take their CIMA exams before graduation.

The following CIMA exams and cohorts were taken into consideration for this award:

  • Operational, Management and Strategic Case Study Exams held in November 2019, February 2020 and May 2020

(NOTE: Distinction means there are a combination of more than 2 winners from the same university, e.g. Gold + Bronze)

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UK & Ireland

  • Newcastle University – Global Distinction
  • University of Greenwich – Global Distinction
  • Birmingham City University – Global Distinction
  • Manchester Metropolitan University – Global Distinction
  • Swansea UniversityGlobal Distinction
  • Northumbria University – Global Distinction
  • University of Edinburgh – Global Champion
  • Heriot-Watt University – Global Champion
  • Dublin City University – Global Champion
  • Waterford Institute of TechnologyGlobal Champion
  • University of the West of ScotlandGlobal Champion
  • Brunel University LondonGlobal Gold
  • University of York – Global Gold
  • University of Aberdeen – Global Silver
  • University of Limerick – Global Silver
  • University of Reading – Global Silver
  • University of Hull – Global Silver
  • University of Surrey – Global Silver
  • Queen Mary, University of LondonGlobal Bronze
  • Coventry University – Global Bronze
  • Oxford Brookes University – Global Bronze


  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam – Regional Distinction
  • University of Economics in Katowice – Regional Gold
  • Russian University of Economics named after G.V. Plekhanov – Regional Gold
  • Copenhagen Business School – Regional Gold
  • Kharkiv National University of Economics – Regional Bronze


  • North-West University – Global and Regional Distinction
  • Nelson Mandela University – Regional Distinction
  • University of Cape Town – Regional Distinction
  • Independent Institute of Education – Regional Gold  
  • University of the Free State – Regional Silver
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – Regional Bronze
  • Copperbelt University – Regional Bronze

Asia Pacific and North Asia

  • University of Wollongong in Dubai – Regional Gold
  • IMS Unison – Regional Gold
  • University of Southern Queensland – Regional Gold
  • National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences – Regional Gold
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman University CollegeRegional Gold
  • University Malaya – Regional Gold
  • St Joseph's College of Commerce – Regional Silver
  • University of Sri Jayewardenepura – Regional Silver
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay – Global Silver
  • Bangalore University – Regional Silver
  • Nanyang Technological University of Singapore – Global Bronze
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul RahmanRegional Bronze

CIMA Global Excellence Award

This award recognises academic partner institutions that achieve CIMA pass rates above the global average in the same calendar year. This category is not open for nomination. A central CIMA committee confers the award and the eligibility is based on pass rates of each campus.

The following CIMA exams were taken into account for this award:
  • Operational level (E1, P1, F1, OCS), Management level (E2, P2, F2, MCS) and Strategic level (E3, P3, F3, SCS) exams held in 2019 and 2020

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  • Nottingham Trent UniversityGlobal Distinction and CGMA Campus of the Year 2020
  • Loughborough University – Global Distinction
  • University of Lancaster – Global Distinction
  • University of Birmingham – Global Distinction
  • Jiangxi University of Finance & Economics – Global Champion
  • University of Witwatersrand (WITS) – Country Gold
  • Cardiff University – Global Silver
  • London School of Economics and Political Science – Global Bronze
  • University of LeedsGlobal Bronze
  • Aston University – Honorary Mention

Multiple Distinctions

Celebrating University Partners with outstanding students, pass rate excellence in CIMA exams and highest number of CIMA students on campus.

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  • University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban Westville Campus) – Global & Country Distinction
  • University of Pretoria – Global Silver & CGMA Campus of the Year 2020
  • Stellenbosch UniversityGlobal Silver & CGMA Campus of the Year 2020
  • University of South Africa – Regional Distinction (Africa) & CGMA Campus of the Year 2020

Asia Pacific and North Asia

RTP Global Pass Rate Excellence Award

The Regsitered Tuition Providers (RTP) Global Pass Rate Excellence Award honour institutions who have made outstanding contributions to the accounting profession and worked tirelessly to enrich their students, providing them with the best possible education and prepare the next generation of accounting professionals.

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Student of the Year Award

This award is open to all RTPs globally to nominate students who are deserving of recognition for their achievements, commitment, advocacy for CIMA and success in challenging circumstances.

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Global Champion


University Academic Partners Excellence Awards

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 Applications and nominations will open again in March 2021.

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If you are interested to find out more, please contact your local CIMA office or the Center of Excellence (COE).

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Registered Tuition Provider Excellence Awards


Application and nominations will open again soon!

To find out more about the RTP Awards or Excellence 2021 or to become a Registered Tuition Provider, please contact:

The RTP Team