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Top students’ Awards for Excellence in Accounting, Commercial Law and Taxation

21 March 2014

Top students in the School of Accounting and Commercial Law were recently honoured at the School’s annual Awards for Excellence ceremony in the Memorial Theatre, Student Union Building.

The Awards for Excellence were presented by Stephen Walker, Executive Director of Audit New Zealand and an alumnus of the School.

Mr Walker addressed the variety of interesting career positions that a qualification in Accounting, Commercial Law or Taxation provides. He also emphasised the responsibility, to both employers and society, that goes with these positions.

Professor Bob Buckle, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Victoria Business School, told the award winners that the university as a whole was voted number 1 in New Zealand for research and the Victoria Business School was the highest rated business school. The students were thus fortunate to have studied in a high quality, research oriented environment.

The winning students were also encouraged to enrol for Honours upon graduation.

The Award winners were the best academic performers in their second and third years of study in Accounting, Commercial Law and Taxation courses. The full list of Award winners are:

Certificates in Accounting
Leonor Agustin, Liam Beattie, Peter Childs, Karla Clegg, Evelyn Elisara, Rebecca Gan, Chloe Glennon, Robert Holland, Simon Lang, William Leith, George Love, Michelle Lu, Caitlin Olsen, Samantha Richardson, Rebecca Tonkin, Rochelle Wilson and Nicholas Young. Receiving their certificate in absentia were: Johanna Clayton, Bradley Goodyear, Yi Hui Lee, Nicole Sullivan and Celia Whincop.

Certificates in Commercial Law
Tamara Crowe, Benjamin Eggers, Harry Graham, Arushi Sharma, Joel Walden and Caroline Young. In absentia, Jack Robinson.

Certificates in Taxation
Benjamin Cooksley, Grace Liang, Christopher Stempa, and Charlotte Velvin. In absentia, Carli Ebbett.
There were also three students who achieved Excellence in two disciplines:

Richard Stringer who received Certificates of Excellence in Accounting and Commercial Law; and Tamara Shields and Benjamin Allan (in absentia) who received Certificates of Excellence in Commercial Law and Taxation.

SACL Excellence awards

The award winners with, at the centre (left to right): Christopher Cripps, Deputy Head of School, School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Stephen Walker, Executive Director, Audit New Zealand and Professor Bob Buckle, Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Victoria Business School

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SACL meets high accreditation standards

10 February 2014

The School of Accounting and Commercial Law (SACL) is delighted to announce the renewal of its accreditation by the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA).

To obtain this five-year accreditation, certain accounting and business topics must be covered in the accounting programme and eight accreditation standards must be met to ensure students are receiving a high quality education.

“Applying for this accreditation is a huge undertaking, and we were especially pleased to receive a commendation for the quality of the documentation we provided,” says Dr Carolyn Fowler, a senior lecturer in SACL, who was a member of the School’s accreditation team.

“Maintaining this accreditation ensures our programmes meet the academic requirements for entry into NZICA, which sets our students on the path towards becoming fully qualified chartered accountants.”

In the last 18 months, the School has also had its accreditation renewed by CPA Australia, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), United Kingdom, and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA).

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Congratulations to Victoria Plus Award recipients

14 January 2014

Congratulations to the School of Accounting and Commercial Law Victoria Plus Award recipients 2013 Sangeetha Gopal, Frances Schnackenberg, Sasha Unsworth, Charlotte Velvin, Matthew Woolley and Sarah Fisher!

The Victoria Plus Award recognises a student’s significant contribution to volunteering and student support work within the University and local community. It is a three-part programme which helps develop leadership, social responsibility and employability skills. To successfully complete the Award and gain recognition on the academic transcript, students must fulfil a set criteria based on involvement in activities, attendance at personal development workshops and completion of a reflective ePortfolio.

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Public administration programme delivered in Kazakhstan

13 January 2014

In December 2013, Dr Rodney Dormer was invited to present a five day programme at the Kazakhstan Academy of Public Administration in Astana.

With the support of the United Nations Development Programme, the Academy has established a 'Regional Hub' to provide educational programmes ranging from short courses through to doctoral study, and to promote and support related research.

Dr. Dormer's programme was presented to senior civil servants from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

All of these countries are seeking to establish more effective models of public management but are still in the process of redesigning structures, and emerging from a culture, created by their long emersion in the soviet system.

The programme was not designed to teach participants about the New Zealand model of public management (although they were interested in that), but aimed to provide a framework of questions to help attendees from each country explore models that reflect the challenges of their own unique challenges.

Dr Rodney Dormer with participants of five day Programme in Kazakhstan

Dr Rodney Dormer and senior civil servants from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan gathered at the Kazakhstan Academy of Public Administration

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