Fatima sitting in front of the lake near Creative EdgeA Chorley student who has graduated from Edge Hill University has been awarded a prestigious accountancy prize to acknowledge being top of the class.

Fatima Desai (22), a former Runshaw College student, was awarded the Edge Hill Liverpool Society of Chartered Accountants (LSCA) prize during her ceremony on Tuesday.

Fatima received a certificate and £100 prize from LSCA for being the most outstanding third year student on the BSc (Hons) Accountancy programme.

“I was completely overjoyed and elated when I found out I had won the LSCA prize,” said Fatima. “There has been a high standard of work produced by my peers and I am overwhelmed that I have won the award. My continuous efforts and determination have all contributed to the privilege of obtaining this prize and it is something I will value for many years to come.”

Fatima realised she wanted to study accountancy during her early years at secondary school, and when she progressed to Runshaw College, her accountancy module became the favourite part of her A-levels and confirmed that it would be the career for her.

She has already gained her first graduate employment as a Semi-Senior Accountant at M J Miller & Co, a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants in Wigan and aims to develop her knowledge and experience and complete her qualification to become a chartered accountant. She said:

“I would like to thank my manager Martin and the team at M J Miller & Co. for their warm welcome and continuously contributing to my learning in the workplace environment.

“I have enjoyed getting to know a variety of people from different backgrounds over my four years at university. I have also enjoyed the variety in modules such as auditing, tax and graduate enterprise. Each have enabled me to learn something new and gain different skills.

“I would like to express my gratitude to Graham Bloor, a lecturer who has been part of my university journey from the beginning. Graham has taught several modules with nothing short of professionalism, enthusiasm and using his personal experiences from his accountancy career to help students understand the theory being taught. He was there to support and reassure me and other students during challenging periods of the university journey. He also mentored me whilst I completed my dissertation about Forensic Accountancy.”

She added:

“My advice to current students would be to try their hardest in all modules and take all the opportunities that university offers. For example, take help from the careers centre and any placement opportunities that become available. These will be beneficial and contribute to your employability once you have finished your degree.”

Find out more about studying Accountancy at Edge Hill University by visiting our subject page.