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100% Professional Endorsement for Ulster Business School Teaching

1 February 2011

Students who sat the ‘ TOPCIMA T4 ’exam in the Ulster Business School’s Department of Accounting in November have achieved an unprecedented 100 per cent pass rate.

TOPCIMA T4 is a professional course which prepares students for the final exam for admission to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the world’s largest professional body of management accountants.

The part-time course is delivered by Accounting lecturer Stephen McNamee at the Jordanstown campus, but the papers – which are taken by students worldwide – are prepared and marked externally by CIMA examiners.

Since joining the Department of Accounting from PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 2008, Stephen has enjoyed significant success with the TOPCIMA T4 course but the 100 per cent pass rate for the November sitting of the exam has raised the bar to a new level.

Student feedback is excellent, praising the teaching and learning approaches adopted.

Jeanette Richardson was particularly impressed with Stephen McNamee’s careful presentation of classes and meticulous preparation for the exam, saying;

“When we actually took the exam, we were well able to deal with the surprises that TOPCIMA invariably throws at students.”

Another equally delighted student said; “I had failed this exam a number of times previously but the approach Stephen took really helped my confidence and made the vital difference.”

Congratulating the students on their success, Dr Gillian Armstrong, Head of the Department of Accounting commented:

“Professional courses are very important for us in the Department of Accounting. They are our principal links with the various professional bodies and this one hundred per cent pass rate result sends an important message to employers and students - that the University of Ulster provides excellent opportunities to prepare for professional examinations.”

The next TOPCIMA T4 course at the Ulster Business School starts in February 2010. For further information, please contact Course Director, Maurice Smyth email   telephone 028 9036 6658 or go to: