Beth Collins has been awarded a top prize from the Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants, for being the most outstanding third year accountancy student at Edge Hill University.

After undertaking work experience at her Dad’s local Chartered Accountancy practice, Beth, from Kirkby, has graduated from Edge Hill today with a First Class degree, and during the ceremony she was presented with a certificate and a cheque for £100 from the LSCA.

“I chose Edge Hill based on the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ (ICAEW) professional exam exemptions of which the University offered seven,” said Beth. “It seemed like a good fit as I could continue to work part time at Collins & Co in Ormskirk and implement my theoretical learning, which then helped when writing assignments and sitting exams. I also knew the University well as two of my older sisters have graduated from Edge Hill.

“Edge Hill have been really supportive during my time here, awarding me two academic scholarships and an excellence scholarship. The lecturers on the Accountancy course have been amazing and I couldn’t have done it without them.

“I was first told about this award at the beginning of my third year and the requirements to achieve it. Since that point I’ve always had it in the back of my mind and always hoped that I would receive it, but never once expected it. When I got the email saying I’d received the award I was over the moon! At this point I hadn’t even received my marks so it was a complete shock.”

Beth will be starting her ICAEW three year training contract in September at Collins & Co Chartered Accountants. Until then, she plans to spend her summer focusing on the charity work she undertakes, which will include a youth pilgrimage to America where Beth will be a leader with a financial role.

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