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MDX wins prestigious global award for accountancy & finance work

The accolade recognises academic partners who actively promoted engagement between CIMA students and employers

Middlesex University Accounting and Finance department

Middlesex University has won a prestigious global award for helping accounting and finance students engage and work with potential employers.

The University’s Accounting & Finance department has been awarded a Global Silver Employability Excellence Award from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

The accolade, which recognises academic partners who actively promoted engagement between CIMA students and employers, was announced at CIMA’s Global University and Academic Excellence Awards virtual ceremony on December 10th.

MDX’s Accounting & Finance department won plaudits for projects such as establishing a relationship with the NHS in collaboration with CIMA to offer work placements to Accounting and Finance undergraduates for the last five years.

In October, the department also held an Employer Forum in collaboration with CIMA with Network Rail and UK Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial which gave an insight into the different finance career paths for students and skills required.

Last year Accounting & Finance began online mentoring sessions in which current students can meet alumni who have forged successful careers in industry, share their CV and discuss career advice.

Commenting on the CIMA award, Alison Broughton, Programme Leader BSc Business Accounting, said: “This has very much been a team effort and is a testament to the work of the whole department and our alumni for giving their time.

“We are delighted to have received this recognition from CIMA of our commitment to improving students’ employability skills and the outcomes for our graduates and it is particularly special considering it is a global award.”

Jo Abdul-Rahim, Director of Programmes Accounting & Finance, said “I would like to pay a special thanks to Jason Nye from CIMA, for leading on initiatives with employers, Sotiris Kyriacou and his team from NHS London and Michaela Hopkins for coordinating events."

Firoozeh Ghaffari, Head of Accounting & Finance, is delighted with the global recognition for efforts by staff.

The CIMA, which was founded in 1919, is the world’s largest professional body of management accountants with around 115,000 members.

Andrew Harding, CIMA Chief Executive, said: “It is an honour to recognise and celebrate those who have demonstrated remarkable commitment to their students and the accounting profession in the past year.”

More than 400 nominations from educational institutions and individuals were submitted this year for the CIMA’s Global University and Academic Excellence Awards.

Visit the CIMA website for a complete list of winners.

Find out more about studying Accounting & Finance at Middlesex University.

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