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First graduates from CIMA-linked degree

Published: 24th July 2013

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HUNDREDS of professional accountants who have trained with CIMA are enrolling at MMU to enhance their career prospects further.

CIMA – the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - is the world’s largest professional body with around 180,000 members in 165 countries.

Working with MMU, it enables its members to top up their CIMA qualifications to Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level.

Professionals from across the globe are taking advantage of excellent online access to study for either the BA (Hons) Sustainable Performance Management or the MSc Strategic Business Management.

Pull of a degree

The BA programme started in September 2011 and has averaged 100 students over the last three intakes, and our first successful students graduated at from the MMU Business School this week.

Among them was Lee Brown, management accountant at Berwin & Berwin Ltd in Leeds, who was anxious to get his degree after having to drop out of Leeds University in his third year because of medical reasons.

"Financial circumstances dictated that I was never able to find the funds to go back and complete the degree. This was always a real bugbear for me personally," he said.

Lee studied CIMA with various employers, but found that even though qualified, the lack of a degree was holding his career back.

Flexible and supportive

“Many jobs would require "degree educated" or "excellent academic record" both of which would result in my CV not even making the first cut,” said Lee.

About 100 students have so far achieved the CIMA-linked honours degree which prides itself on excellent on line facilities, supervision and offers the flexibility to dip in and out of the material 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“The main essay project was very enjoyable and I found the research element the most interesting. It took quite a bit of time but was very rewarding," added Lee.

“All in all I think the degree has helped bring my CV up to scratch, given me a good solid year of continuing professional development and the price is a bargain compared to the cost of the usual route.

“I am now more marketable has not gone un-noticed and has been reflected in recent salary reviews.”

High quality students

Lee is now planning to go on to study the Masters degree.

Michael Flanagan, an academic in the Accounting & Finance Department, acknowledged the success of the course had been swift: “We have built momentum and students. Supervisors are particularly pleased with the high quality of the students.”

Administration and student support is delivered by the Business Gateway Team located in the Business School.

Picture: Sharon Parker, Head of Business Economics at Bower Engineering, Lee Brown and Jayne Doherty a management accountant at the Ministry of Defence.

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