Accountancy lecturer receives recognition


The Tom Sowerby award, recognising outstanding service to student education, has been won by Ian Bowler for his commitment to CIPFA students spanning 20 years at Nottingham Business School.  The award was presented to Mr Bowler by Sir Tony Redmond, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) newly appointed president, during CIPFA’s National Student Conference 2012.

Ian is a popular and integral part of the course at Nottingham Business School. He joined the school directly after qualifying himself and has now been a Principal Lecturer and the course leader there for over twenty years.

Speaking at the CIPFA National Student Conference, Sir Tony Redmond said:

“There is no doubt that Ian is dedicated to his students, both past and present. He is a calm, encouraging and inspirational presence in the classroom, understanding the needs of individual students and he regularly goes above and beyond what is required of him, by staying late, offering out-of-hours tuition and keeping in touch with his former students.”

The Tom Sowerby Award is given every year by CIPFA for outstanding service to students.  Last year’s winner was Bob Smith, a long-serving CIPFA Education and Training Centre tutor.



Contact: Tim Windle

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Notes to Editors:

  • The Tom Sowerby Award is presented each year for outstanding service to CIPFA students. It was established by Tom Sowerby, president of CIPFA from 1973 to 1974.



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