UK gender gap continues to widen, says World Economic Forum report

The UK has slipped out of the top 20 countries for gender equality and the gap between men and women in the workplace has widened, according to a report that places Britain behind the Scandinavian countries and the Philippines.

Have a read of the article on the guardian and let us knows your thoughts in the comments.

The gender gap


n00b to 1337 – Power up your career!

Careers, Employment and Enterprise Service

Man chased by InvaderI heard a great bit of advice last week – from the hip hop artist Joey Bada$$ – which lent itself really well to when you think about your career search. In an interview with Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Joey mentioned that he takes every opportunity to gain ‘experience points’ in order to help him advance in his life and career. I think you can take it further and look at the whole career journey this way…

Level 1 BeginHeartWhen you first set out to job hunt or look at your career you will be a beginner. Just like on the first level of a game, you’re not sure what’s going to come next. But you don’t head into a game expecting to win it first time, do you? Cautiously you head into the game world expecting to be surprised and probably having to re-start at some point. So what can you…

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Visit to Westpac Bank

On April 4th the society held a visit to the London offices of one of Australia’s ‘Big Four’ Banks: Westpac.

A small group was able to gain an insight into the various aspects of a career in Finance. Perhaps the most notable speaker during the visit was the bank’s senior economist, James Shugg, who provided an economic update and career briefing.

The group was then provided with presentations and Q&A sessions from management of the following departments: Treasury, FX, Capital Markets, Compliance and Corporate/Financial Institutions.

Students in attendance found the visit to provide a wealth of information; being able find connections in what they heard with what has been learned at university meant that all attendees left with a greater understanding of a future in this industry and the operations of a bank.

We would like to thank the society’s sponsor, CPA, in particular Paul Taylor for organising this event. 

We would also like to thank all at Westpac who made this visit possible and took the time to talk with us: Rod Jackson, James Shugg, John Toro, Emma Norman, Paul Gover, Anton Aziz & Angelika Noll.

Reed talk

In March we invited UH Alumni: Mike Jones from Reed to discuss careers after graduation with final year Accounting & Finance students.

The presentation provided a great amount of information both on the current job market within the accounting/finance industry as well as giving students an understanding of agencies and the role they play throughout your career. The Q&A session also went well with many students taking advantage of the opportunity to gain answers to factors perhaps directly affecting their job searches (such as the impact of UCAS points).

With over 70 attendees this was our most successful event to date! Hopefully an indicator of what can be achieved by the society in the next academic year.


– For any attendees of the event who did not gain any of Mike’s contact information, here is his LinkedIn.


Accounting & Finance Society Elections

The year is coming to an end so it’s time for the society to hold elections and find some new committee members! As a newly formed society we have had a great year and made real progress, with some very successful events in  Semester B. We can only go up from here!

The roles to be filled for 2014/15 are:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Head of Events
  • Head of Traditional Marketing
  • Head of Digital Marketing
  • Treasurer

For more information on the roles please see the following files:

We hope you take advantage of this opportunity, you will develop some really useful skills and definitely enhance your CV.

To apply for any of these positions please email by Monday 14th April advising us which position you are applying for and providing a short summary of why you are right for the role.


We wish you the best of luck!

CPA Presentation Skills Workshop

On March 5th the Society held 2 workshops aimed at improving presentation skills that were prepared and delivered by Hayley Angell from CPA Australia.

The event was definitely a success and a few of the students who attended provided a summary of the event, as can be seen below.



One of the sessions:

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We’d like to thank Hayley again for running the event; all who attended both enjoyed and benefitted from it.