Charity Management Diploma launches with Cass

London, 28 February 2014 
ICSA Charity Management Diploma launches with Cass
The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) has launched a new diploma in Charity Management which recognises achievement by successful students from Sir John Cass Business School (Cass)’s Charity Masters Programme.

Under the terms of the new agreement, students registered on Cass’s Charity Masters courses who successfully complete selected modules will be eligible for the ICSA Diploma. The diploma means that successful students will have earned a postgraduate qualification from a well-established business school, and also gain recognition of their professional competence from ICSA, the only chartered membership body for governance and compliance professionals.

Students will be required to complete the following modules:

  • Strategy, Diversity and Governance;
  • Voluntary Sector Policy;
  • Resource Management, and
  • Marketing and Fundraising.

Those who successfully apply for the ICSA Diploma become affiliate members of ICSA which gives access to all of ICSA’s member-only resources and support, plus discounts on ICSA books, conferences and training courses. Additionally, candidates join ICSA’s wide-ranging professional community that includes many professionals working in the not-for-profit sector. The cost of the diploma is £350.

The ICSA Diploma can also be awarded to candidates who have already received a Postgraduate award from their charity course at Cass.

A signing ceremony took place at Cass Business School on Thursday, 27 February at which Simon Osborne, Chief Executive of ICSA, Professor Steven Haberman, Dean of Cass Business School, and Paul Palmer, Cass Professor of Voluntary Sector Management, formally launched the diploma. Speaking at the event, Simon Osborne commented that: “We are delighted to be signing this recognition agreement with such a distinguished academic institution as Cass. We are fully committed to supporting our members working in the not-for-profit sector and this new diploma, recognising professional competence in charity governance and management, reinforces our offer. We continue to strengthen our third sector offer with a new book ‘The ICSA Charity Checklists’ and a new edition of ‘The ICSA Charities Handbook’, both due to be published shortly, and our charity governance summit scheduled for this April.”

Professor Palmer remarked that: “This further endorses our reputation as a university for business and the professions. We look forward to working closely with one of the oldest chartered membership bodies to continue improving the quality of management in the charity sector.”

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Notes to Editors:

  1. The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) is the membership and qualifying body for professionals working in governance, risk and compliance, including company secretaries.  Our members work in all sectors and at every level of seniority. With over 120 years of experience, we champion high governance standards by providing qualifications, training, high-quality guidance and support (including technical resources, publications and software), and through our work with regulators and policy makers. Website:
  2. ‘Charity Checklists’ and the third edition of ‘Charities Handbook’ are available from ICSA Publishing at:
  3. The ICSA Charity Governance Summit takes place in London on 2 April 2014. Details can be viewed here:
  4. Cass Business School, which is part of City University London, delivers innovative, relevant and forward-looking education, consultancy and research.


Cass is located in the heart of one of the world’s leading financial centres.  It has strong links to both the City of London and its corporate, financial and professional service firms, as well as to the thriving entrepreneurial hub of Tech City – located close to the School.

Cass’s MBA, specialist Masters and undergraduate degrees have a global reputation for excellence, and the School supports nearly 100 PhD students.

Cass offers one of the widest portfolios of specialist Masters programmes in Europe.  It also has the largest faculties of Finance and Actuarial Science and Insurance in the region.

According to recent independent rankings, Cass is ranked third in Europe for its finance research, second in Europe and eleventh in the world for banking research, and first in Europe and second in the world for actuarial science research. 

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