The North East of England gets its own CIPFA training centre

CIPFA in the North East is delighted that CIPFA will be hosting a new training course in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, to be held at Newcastle City Library. The course will be available for new students at the start of their training, enabling them to study closer to home and work, and to form connections with other students. Training dates have now been announced by CIPFA, with courses in Financial Accounting and Management Accounting to start in 2016.

Online booking is available now. 

CIPFA in the North East President Clive Johnson said:

"This is a great boost for CIPFA in the North East, and is a great boost for training new CPFAs in our region. I welcome this announcement, and CIPFA in the North East will do everything we can to support these students in their studies, and hopefully encourage more students to take the opportunity of training in Newcastle."

David Clark Award

This award is presented to the Student of the Year within the CIPFA North East region. Consideration is given to recognise achievements other than exam results. Previous winners include students who have been active in areas like supporting the Institute and representing students on behalf of the region.

Nominations for the 2017 David Clark Award will open in the new year.

Students' drinks reception

Qualified CIPFA members and students met in the City Tavern in Newcastle to exchange stories about their experiences of CIPFA training and  how well this had served them in their professional careers.  While the CIPFA professional qualification has continued to evolve to meet the ever-changing need of the finance manager, what continues to be evident is the benefit gained from a network of peers and trusted colleagues.  Those members present represented a broad range of sectors covering local authorities, health, education and IT, emphasising the range of options CIPFA can provide.

A very convivial evening was had by all, and there was much interest in the region's next event, a seminar on the potential implications of Brexit for public services with Gareth Davies of Mazars, to be held at Gateshead Civic Centre on 29 September.

Company financial reporting revision quiz

One of our students, Lucy Gluster-Byers, has produced a revision quiz for fellow students to help them recap on financial accounting in preparation for their Company Financial Reporting course. With her permission, we have made it available here to help other students:

Student revision event

On 15 November 2016, Julie Dick, Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Business School and seasoned examiner, delivered a presentation on memory and revision to 25 delegates, all seeking to improve their recall, with some hoping to gain extra marks in exams by remembering more material.

Julie explained that memory is something we all have in abundance, and for those of us who think we have poor recall, there are tips to help us remember more. The best tip was to actively remember, ie to want to remember, and other tips included using association. For example, to remember a name of somebody you’re meeting for the first time, remember something distinctive about them – good or bad! 

Julie talked through the different learning types – visual and auditory. It will come as no surprise that visual learners need minimal distraction and neat, ordered notes to revise, and auditory learners learn best when speaking or listening. To our students’ dismay, boosting memory performance in exams isn’t just about recall; to gain valuable marks students must link their memory recall to application of the knowledge. There is no cheating when it comes to memory!

A copy of the slides from the presentation is available.