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As part of Ulster University’s ‘Future of work’ series, you are invited to this exciting joint Ulster Business School and ACCA event at which we will reflect on how global trends are shaping training and development in finance and accounting – and what this means for local businesses, students and educators.

A recent ACCA report highlighted that the world of accountants is evolving and professionals in the field must take stock of those dynamics, or risk becoming marginalised.

On Wednesday 10 April, Ulster University and ACCA, the largest global accountancy body, will be hosting a workshop on the future of skills in finance and accounting, and what it takes to succeed in a changing profession.

Clive Webb, Senior Insights Manager at ACCA, will unpack ACCA’s latest Professional Insights report Learning for the future, its vision for the future of the profession, and what it means in terms of workplace learning and development.

The report highlights expectations on the profession are increasing. Growing regulation and governance, globalisation, and increased use of digital technologies together mean the world is a more complex place for the professional accountant. As a result careers can look very different from those of the past but skills remain vital to on-going development.

Individuals are also taking control of their own development - actively acquiring the new skills to progress rather than waiting for employer-led development opportunities.

This event will gather students, ACCA members and local employers such as you to discuss the future of the profession. You can have your say when the group will break into separate rooms where students and employers will have an opportunity to discuss the implications from their own point of views, highlight possible barriers and find potential opportunities.

There will be some expectation gaps - but most importantly, this is a platform to exchange ideas and work together to create a clear way forward.

The is your opportunity to be part of a community that changes the face of business and employment.

We’ll provide the drinks and canapés.


17:00 Arrival, light refreshments and networking

17:30 Welcome - Ronnie Patton, Senior Lecturer, Ulster University Business School and Global Council Member, ACCA

17:45 Key findings from ACCA research - Clive Webb, Head of Business Management and Lead Author of ‘Learning for the Future’, ACCA

18:30 Break into groups to discuss the implications

19:30 Close, drinks and canapés

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in ensuring that training and development plans are aligned with the global trends that have emerged from ACCA’s research.

Clive Webb

Clive Webb is the Head of Business Management in ACCA’s Professional Insights team. Clive leads research projects that cover the agenda of the CFO from technology and reporting through to skills and careers. Prior to joining ACCA Clive had an extensive career at KPMG in various roles including financial statement audit, IT Audit and Attestation and latterly as a global Director of Learning and Development for their Advisory function. Clive has a keen interest in the development of the workplace and how we need to adapt to changing careers and skill requirements.

Event info

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Wednesday 10 April

5pm to 7.30pm

Ulster University Business School