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Newcastle University Business School Graduates off to a 'flying start'

42 students from one of the UK’s first employer and industry partnership degree courses are celebrating graduating from the prestigious programme on its 15th anniversary.

The 2017 cohort of Newcastle University Business School’s BA (Honours) Business Accounting and Finance programme - delivered in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) – graduated this week.

Delivered by a team of professionals from Newcastle University Business School and PwC, the programme is designed to equip students with a range of business skills which will help them to develop more quickly in their future careers.

Bill MacLeod, PwC North East Office senior partner, said: “The degree, which has been developed alongside ICAEW, ensures that students can work towards becoming an ICAEW Chartered Accountant whilst on placement – having only one more year to fully qualify when they graduate.

This benefits the firm as we gain access to talented and career focused students and they in turn receive intensive technical training which ensures that when they come to do their placements and finally join the firm they are business-ready.”

Newcastle Flying Start alumni and current senior manager at PwC in Leeds, Jane Parry, added: “The course gave me an invaluable insight into the working world and provided me with the training and experience needed to succeed at PwC.

“It’s a degree course like no other and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to achieve in the business world. The experience and professional qualifications you obtain can open doors to endless opportunities – both within PwC and externally.”

The four-year course, which recently celebrate its 15th anniversary last year, was first offered at Newcastle University Business School in 2002 and is designed to offer a fast-track route into Chartered Accountancy.

Shaun Robertson, director of qualifications at ICAEW, said: “Fifteen years has seen a lot of consistent effort from PwC, Newcastle University Business School and the ICAEW, yet it is the students who continue to excel on this programme.

“Blending academic study, professional work and professional exams is a challenge and we are proud of the students who seamlessly combine all of these elements. They truly are the Future Professionals.

“We are really looking forward to working collaboratively for the next 15 years.”

published on: 25 January 2018