Accounting graduate awarded for world ranking success in ACCA exams

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BAcc (Hons) Accounting graduate Dominic Gibson, currently an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) student, has achieved the top score for the APM (Advanced Performance Management) exam, making him a global prize-winner in the latest ACCA exam session.

Dominic, a 2018 graduate who is a fund accountant at Morgan Stanley, commented: “I’m over the moon to have become an ACCA prizewinner in this exam session. I received tremendous support from my employer Morgan Stanley Fund Services, who paid for face-to-face tuition and allocated me with study leave.

“When studying, set specific times for study – this involves planning your week and may mean a few weekends looking at books rather than with friends. Not every study session has to be three hours long. Even shorter times just reading over areas you’re less confident in is better than nothing. All kinds of reading will help for exams. Even fiction. The more you read, the easier you will absorb the information provided and develop answers that expand on the issues given in scenarios.

“For anyone on the ACCA journey, in general it is best to realise that accounting and business don’t exist in a bubble. Research the area you want to work in and find out how you can improve yourself in pursuit of your goals.”

ACCA celebrates outstanding exam achievement by candidates who achieve the highest marks on their first attempt worldwide. Students who achieve 85% or above in AB, MA, FA and LW will be issued with a Certificate of Achievement in recognition of their success.

Craig Vickery, head of ACCA Scotland, said: “Dominic’s fantastic accomplishment in achieving the highest score worldwide for the APM – Advanced Performance Management exam showcases the outstanding ability of ACCA students here in Scotland. Huge congratulations Dominic.”

Geoff Cordwell, Kaplan Tutor, added: “It was clear from the start that Dominic was different, he grasped the nuances of the APM exam and my insights on the APM examiners thinking from the off and whilst I expected him to do well this result is quite extraordinary. Dominic is well-deserving of this great success.”

If you know of any former students making the news please contact Ewan O’Brien Alumni Engagement Manager email ewan.obrien@uws.ac.uk

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