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From: CIPFA <cipfa@email.cipfa.org.uk>
Sent: 19 August 2020 11:17
To: Mayner, Rochelle <
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Subject: Students' News

 

 

 

CIPFA Students’ News

 

Introduction from the CIPFA Student President

 

Welcome to the first issue of the CIPFA students’ quarterly newsletter. This newsletter is here to provide you with a whole range of content relevant to CIPFA students, including regional updates and career stories from CIPFA members.

 

I’d like to introduce myself as Will Goodchild, the newly appointed President of the CIPFA Student Network. I look forward to supporting students as we pursue our strategic goals of: 

  • increasing engagement with students
  • setting up regional networks across the country and reorganising the CIPFA Student Network
  • growing our digital footprint and use of technology.

 

I’d also like to take this opportunity to point you towards the health and wellbeing resources available for students on our virtual learning environment (VLE), which are beneficial during this period of uncertainty and stress. These are a series of videos produced by one of our tutors, Alex Wakeham, and are accessible for UK-based and international students.

 

If there are any student-related issues that you would like to bring to the Network’s attention or have any content suggestions for this newsletter, please let us know at csn@cipfa.org.

 


Spotlight on… CSN

 

The CIPFA Student Network (CSN) is a committee of student volunteers with member representation from across the regions. Our aims are to support students as they undertake their professional qualifications, raise any concerns or issues, and promote qualifications and relevant events.

 

CSN meets throughout the year and also represents students on other CIPFA committees. We will include any important notes for students from these meetings in the newsletter.

 

Your CSN executive team for 2020/21 is:

  • President: Will Goodchild
  • Vice President: Sophie Darlington
  • Past President: James Charlton
  • Communications: Lauren Gough
  • Treasurer: Sukhie Moore
  • Secretary: Kyle Walker

 

If you would like to get in contact with the team, please email csn@cipfa.org and keep an eye out for us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

 


Introduction to student support

 

The student support team should be your first port of call for any questions or issues in relation to exams and courses. They can also help with practical issues such as being locked out of your online accounts. The team provides customer services in addition to working on specific projects.  

 

You can contact student support via email at studentsupport@cipfa.org or by calling 020 7543 5600.

 


Introduction to apprenticeships team

 

The apprenticeship team works hard to look after the administration of records for all apprentices, from application all the way through to end point assessment. The team supports apprentices, employers and the work-based learning coaches who guide apprentices through the completion of their work experience records. The Smart Assessor platform logs work experience, progress review forms, important dates and exam results all in one accessible place for apprentices and their managers, and we book apprentices onto all their tuition courses.

 

If you are an apprentice, apprenticeships@cipfa.org should be your first point of contact if you have any questions or concerns about your apprenticeship; particularly if something changes. Make sure you also access the apprenticeship page in your VLE, which has been updated for Autumn 2020 with all the key documents you need, including the apprenticeship handbook, guides and webinars on how to use Smart Assessor and all the key information for your end point assessment. Your work-based learning coach is also available for support if needed.

 


Introduction to training delivery manager

 

CIPFA’s training delivery manager oversees all aspects of professional qualification tuition and is available for students to contact for advice. The training delivery manager can support you with tuition issues where you do not feel able to talk with your tutor, your plans and options for completing your qualification, any issues that student support have not resolved and general advice.

 

The training delivery manager can be contacted at trainingdeliverymanager@cipfa.org.

 


Exam results

 

Congratulations to those of you who took exams in June and passed. For those of you who chose to defer your exams due to COVID-19, we wish you the best of luck for when you take these exams in the future.

 

CIPFA is the only accountancy body in the UK to offer exams in June. Around 30% of CIPFA students who took exams in June experienced wait times longer than 45 minutes and some students also encountered proctors who were inadequately trained.

 

Many of you logged individual special consideration forms in relation to this and as your student representatives we raised these issues with CIPFA at every level possible. These issues are being taken seriously by CIPFA and we have received assurance that the student experience will be improved for September exams.

 

Pass rates for the June exams have now been published online. There were no exceptionally different pass rates for these sittings. Those of you who received the top mark for each module will be awarded at a future date.

 

If you have a September exam, whether a resit or not, revision resit package courses are available to book. These are a useful resource that focus largely on exam technique. Course dates can be found here. To book a place, contact student support at studentsupport@cipfa.org or 020 7543 5600.

 

To those of you who are newly qualified: congratulations! We wish you the best of luck as you gain full membership and continue with your career as an active member of CIPFA.

 


Looking ahead to a new term

 

The new term starts this month, with some of you already returning to studies. As you will be aware, all tuition will be online this term whilst it remains unsafe to request students and tutors to travel and attend face-to-face classes.

 

These online courses will be supplemented with smaller tutorial groups for some courses. The tutorials are not compulsory to attend. However, these will not be recorded so it won’t be possible to catch up on their content. 

 

This new formatting for the Autumn term presents opportunities for students to share experiences and examples with others from different regions and sectors, which will be particularly beneficial for discursive modules. Please share any feedback you have on this new course formatting with student support at studentsupport@cipfa.org or 020 7543 5600.

 

As you prepare for your exams, particularly the more technical modules, we recommend using the syllabus tests on Calibrand and making use of your tutors and the forums to raise any issues or problems you face. 

 


In the regions

 

International – we hope our international colleagues are keeping well during this pandemic. Whether you’re studying now or taking a break, your courses will be available when you’re ready to continue and we wish you the best of luck. 

 

North East – to keep up to date with events in the North East follow us on Twitter and if you want to get involved contact us at northeast@cipfa.org.

 

North West – the North West CIPFA Student Network held it’s AGM on 2 May and welcomed Victoria Horrocks as the new Student President. We are looking at running a strategic revision session, facilitated by volunteers, in August; so watch this space. If you have anything that you would like to discuss with us or are interested in joining our group of volunteers please contact northweststudent@cipfa.org.

 

Republic of Ireland – the regional committee has continued to keep in touch and meet virtually. If you have any queries or would like to be involved, please email Andree.roche@dublincity.ie.

 

Scotland – the regional AGM was held in June via video conference. The class of 2020 who graduated were named and the usual awarding of certificates and prizes for high scorers in exams will be held at a later date. The next Scottish branch meeting is due to take place on 2 September. To keep up to date with the region follow us on Twitter or get in touch with us at csnscotland@cipfa.org.

 

South East – to keep up to date with events in the South East connect with us on LinkedIn and if you want to get involved contact us at southeaststudent@cipfa.org.

 

Yorkshire and Humber – the regional AGM was held virtually in July and we are in the process of establishing a Student Network committee for the region. If you are interested in helping form this group, contact csn@cipfa.org.

 

If your region isn’t mentioned or you’d like to know more, contact csn@cipfa.org.

 


In conversation with… John Bloomer

 

John Bloomer is the Chief Finance Officer (Section 151 Officer) at Staffordshire Police, responsible for finance and commercial services with a net revenue budget of more than £200m. John has been a CIPFA member for 10 years.

 

How has being a CIPFA member supported you in your career?

 

In a number of ways. Firstly, it provides you with a network of like-minded people and support, so that if you’re facing problems or difficulties you can find someone who’s already experienced something similar who can offer advice or guidance. That’s a real positive.

 

Throughout the various stages of my career, CIPFA membership has benefited me in different ways. When you’re a trainee accountant there’s a lot of support around you – and getting access to people who are in more senior roles, in terms of experiencing how they think, act and behave, is really important for your development.

 

What have been the greatest challenges you’ve faced, both during your career and within the public finance sector?

 

The greatest challenge I’ve faced is within my current role here at Staffordshire Police. I was responsible for implementing financial recovery plans at the same time as restructuring the finance team – and this was while I was finding my way in a new job in a new sector. However, precisely because it was very challenging, I really enjoyed the experience. I’ve discovered throughout my career that I’m a person who enjoys meeting challenges and actively seeks them out.

 

We successfully turned around our financial situation; the organisation is in a strong financial position now, and we have forged a cracking team that was nominated for the national Public Finance Awards 2020.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given or would give?

 

The best piece of advice I’ve been given is: “Jump in when you’ve got the opportunity – don’t be afraid.” I’ve carried that through school, university and my career.

 

I would also give that advice to someone beginning their career. The beginning of your career is actually a great time to make mistakes, and mistakes are really important as they provide fantastic learning opportunities.

 

Everybody’s expecting you to make mistakes as part of your learning journey when you’re a trainee, so it’s a good time to be brave. It may heighten the risk of getting it wrong, but the time to do it is at the start of your career when others expect you to make mistakes and are there to support your learning.

 

Read more about John’s story here.  


 

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