We are pleased to announce the following finalists for The Future CFO of the Year Award. All 10 finalists of each award are invited to attend the final awards ceremony on 22nd April where the winner will be announced.
Molly Ashton | University of Nottingham | Finance, Accounting & Management
Chirag Vadhia | University of York | Philosophy, Politics & Economics
Amrit Bains | University of Birmingham | Business Management
Arshia Hashemi | University College London, University of London | Economics
Daniel Fox | Durham University | Natural Sciences (Physics and Philosophy)
Fraser Turner | Cardiff University | Chemistry
Martin Li | University of Warwick | Economics
Colton Morris | Imperial College London | Materials Science & Engineering
Richard Winter | University of York | Economics and Finance
Myo-Myetchae Thu | University of Birmingham | Accountancy
We're searching UK universities to find the future CFO of the year. You must be ambitious, commercially minded and with a strong interest in the value finance can bring to a business.
To enter you must:
- have the right to work in the UK after graduation.
- be an undergraduate student at a UK University.
- be in your penultimate year.
- be studying a degree related to business, accountancy and finance, maths or economics.
- show evidence of leadership ability, be commercially minded and have a strong interest in the value finance can bring to a business.
- have a minimum of 300 UCAS points.
- be expecting at least a 2.1.
What makes an award winner?
The winner of the Future CFO of the Year award will have the ambition to make their mark and make a difference.
You will be innovative, forward thinking and tenacious about planning your future and making the most out of every opportunity.
If you’re ambitious, commercially minded and with a strong interest in the value finance can bring to a business then ACCA want to hear from you!
Closing date for entries is 9am Monday 1 February 2016.
Awards ceremony takes place on 22 April 2016 at Canary Wharf, London.
How do I win?
It’s not easy to win an Undergraduate of the Year Award and competition will be fierce. The process is demanding and only the truly outstanding and committed will make it to the last ten. There are three stages that you’ll have to get through to reach the final.
Register online to submit your personal data and answer three special questions posed by ACCA. Please ensure you have checked the criteria carefully before taking part.
In the new year you will then be invited to complete four online tests designed exclusively by our partners CEB SHL, the world’s leading assessment provider. The online assessment will take you around two hours to complete (although you don’t have to complete it in one visit) and will include a situational judgement test, OPQ test, numerical test and an inductive reasoning test. Successful candidates will then be invited to the next stage after the closing date on Monday 1 February 2016.
Stage 1 and Stage 2 must be complete by 9am Monday 1 February 2016
The best-matched students (according to the results of the online tests) make it through to the third stage. This will consist of an assessment centre led by ACCA on Wednesday 2nd March. From there ACCA will decide on a shortlist of ten from the undergraduates who pass the online stages.
The final shortlist of ten is invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards in Canary Wharf, London on 22 April, 2016 where the winner will be announced.
ACCA and the Future CFO of the Year
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the qualification and professional network for those seeking a rewarding career in business. Globally recognized and business-relevant, our qualification is in demand by top employers. ACCA prepares members to excel in a complex and rapidly changing business environment across all industries and sectors.
Win a Trip to Europe. ACCA will take you on a whistle-stop tour of Europe, visiting some of their key offices, meeting CFOs of major organisations working with ACCA, getting insight into different business sectors with plenty of networking opportunities. There will of course be time for sightseeing and sunshine. This is a money-can’t-buy, career-making prize for one outstanding undergraduate!
Find out more about us and our graduate opportunities at: www.accaglobal.com/uk/en.html
Hear from our 2015 winner, Aataullah Naser, in his own words: tjbloggers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/we-meet-first-ever-winner-of-the-future.html
Aataullah Naser, Masters of Mathematics, University of Manchester
Aataullah is studying for a Masters of Mathematics degree. After receiving the Hong Kong Foundation Scholarship, he became a scholarship ambassador working with the Alumni Relations office to help secure funding for scholarships at Manchester University.
Working with the University finance team, Aataullah began a project to make highly valuable medical equipment at the University become more accessible to research groups and allow collaboration between other leading universities in the North West. Aataullah belongs to many societies, including the Manchester Model United Nations society where he won an “outstanding delegate” award at a national conference in Leeds.
Before you start your application
Before you begin please make sure you have read the criteria carefully on undergraduateoftheyear.com, checking the ‘Entry criteria’ and ‘How do I win?’ tabs for criteria details and information on the process.
To enable you to take the tests you will need to make sure that:
- flash player needs to be up to date, and the tests can be accessed on the following browsers:
- Internet Explorer – Version 6.0 and higher (Windows PC Only)
- Firefox – Version 2.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
- Safari – Version 4.0 and higher (Mac only)
- Google Chrome – Version 4.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
- iPads, other tablets and smart phones are currently not supported.
Hints and tips
Give yourself enough time:
- As part of the process you will be asked to answer some questions set by the awards partner. Take your time with these as they will be used as part of the longlisting process. Compose them in Microsoft word (or a similar programme), spell check and word count your answer before submitting into your application form.
- You don’t have to complete everything in one go. Just remember to save everything as you go!
- The tests themselves (up to 4 depending on the Awards category) should take no more than two hours to complete.
- ALL stages must be submitted by 9am Monday 1 February 2016.
- If you are not sure about anything then ask! You can contact us via email on Undergraduateoftheyear@groupgti.com