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Employer Engagement

Employer and Professional Bodies Liaison: 2010/11

On the accounting programme at Queen’s University, together with Careers, Employability and Skills, we work hard at developing and maintaining links with employers and with the accounting professional bodies or Institutes. We do this because we see the benefit for our students of being exposed to the thinking and approaches of the organisations that they hope to work and train in, and we believe that this exposure makes them a more rounded and attractive graduate. We are indebted to the employers and professional bodies who give so freely of their time and knowledge to take part in events such as those described below.

In addition to these events, staff from PwC, KPMG, ASM Horwath and BDO Stoy Hayward deliver tutorials in financial accounting to our first year students. Members of Queen’s accounting staff also have strong links with employers and professional bodies, many having gained extensive experience in the sector prior to entering academia. A number of staff are instructors and examiners with various institutes, including Chartered Accountants Ireland, CIMA, CPA Ireland and the Chartered Management Institute, and have published a number of books which are used in teaching on professional courses and in other universities, including International Financial Accounting and Reporting (Dr Ciaran Connolly) and Cases in Management Accounting and Business Finance (Prof. Noel Hyndman and Prof. Donal McKillop, eds.).


SUMMARY OF EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT – ACCOUNTING GROUP

 

Purpose

Activity

Employer Level and Frequency

1. QUMS – Accounting





2. QUMS – Accounting (in association with the Student Guidance Centre)



3. QUMS – Accounting





4. QUMS - Accounting

 

 

 

To engage with employers to inform them of developments within the Accounting group/programme and provide a forum for their input into future changes.

To inform Accounting students of the opportunities available after graduation and enable employers to engage with our students.



In addition to the academic content of the lectures, this provides major employers with the opportunity to meet/engage with our students.


In addition to providing our Accounting students with the valuable experience of those delivering the workshops, this introduces important local employers to our first year Accounting students and allows our Accounting students to meet/engage with potential future employers.

Employer Liaison meeting





Accounting employers and professional bodies event





Lectures delivered by representatives from major employers to Year 1-3 Accounting students each year.

Four accounting firms involved in delivery of first year Accounting workshops in semester one.

Senior representatives from accountancy forms and other employers. Held annually in December.


Representatives from main accountancy firms and professional bodies. Held annually in March/April.


Senior representatives from employers such as BDO, E&Y and PWC.



Representatives from four accountancy firms in semester one.

 

Events in 2012/13:

  • Representatives from the following firms spoke to Year 1-3 Accounting students in lectures in semester 1 and/or semester 2, 2012/13: Baker Tilly Mooney Moore; BDO; Ernst and Young; KPMG; and PwC.
  • Representatives from the following professional accountancy bodies spoke to Year 1-3 Accounting students in lectures in semester 1 and/or semester 2, 2012/13: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI); and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
  • Accountancy Careers Awareness Event on Tuesday 5th March 2013 in the Great Hall. Employer representatives included: ASM; Baker Tilly Mooney Moore; BDO; Deloitte; Ernst and Young; Grant Thornton; Harbinson Mulholland; KPMG; and PwC. The professional accountancy bodies were represented by: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI); Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
  • BDO delivered three lectures/workshops to Year 1-3 Accounting students in semester 2, 2013 on ‘assertiveness’, ‘networking’ and ‘interview skills’.
  • Business game event held for Year 2 Accounting students in semester 2, 2012/13; this was delivered by PwC, Deloitte, E&Y and CIMA.
  • KPMG Insight Days – arranged with the Peer Mentors for Year 1 and Year 2 Accounting students in Semester 2.

  • Various informal advice and networking events organised by the Accounting Society and the Peer Mentors. These events are designed to offer accounting students the opportunity to meet and talk with Queen’s alumni and potential employers.