DMU's Accounting and Finance lecturers nominated for national award

De Montfort University’s Department of Accounting and Finance, part of the Leicester Castle Business School, were shortlisted for ‘Accountancy Team of the Year’ in this year’s prestigious PQ Awards.

The national awards recognise the best institutions, teachers, students and teaching materials for accounting students. PQ Magazine is published for part-qualified accountants and is read by more than 40,000 graduates and accounting students.

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The DMU Accounting and Finance team was nominated for their work on the student experience including teaching and learning, social inclusion and employability. Although they narrowly missed out on the top prize, they beat scores of other accounting teams across the UK to make the finals.

Bev Vickerstaff, Associate Dean (Academic), said, “The team fully deserve this national recognition. They have successfully developed teaching and assessment methods that allow equal learning opportunity for all students no matter what their social and educational background is.

"This includes the use of simulations and technology, for example, the use of the DMU Bloomberg trading room where students manage their own portfolio of shares and, in response to employer feedback, classes in computer labs to develop ‘business intelligence’ skills using Excel.”

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DMU is one of the UK’s leading providers of accounting and finance education with more than 1,000 students studying accountancy and finance every year, including 250 part-time UK students. Staff bring a wealth of experience from professional practice and the department has close links with internationally recognised professional bodies such as ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW and CIPFA including maximum exam exemption status for its BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance programme.

The Department also achieved the best possible results from the Government’s Quality Assurance Agency for its teaching and student support.

Posted on Tuesday 19th February 2019

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