Accounting and Finance student Simeon Smith was awarded the CICM Prize for Excellence in Credit Risk: Analysis and Management and the ICAEW prize for the Best Accounting in Context Project at his graduation ceremony.

The award was presented to Simeon by Debbie Tuckwood, CICM Head of Education and Professional Development.

“I am delighted to have received the CICM prize as it has reinforced my self-belief and left me with a great sense of achievement,” Simeon said after the ceremony. “While studying BA Accounting and Finance at UWE Bristol, I enrolled on to both Credit Risk and Credit Management modules.

“The analytical nature of the subjects appealed to me, particularly the use of statistics to inform decision-making. Having recently secured my place on the Finance Graduate Programme at Airbus, I am confident that the skills I have acquired on these modules will mean I am better equipped to make key strategic decisions.”

Anthony Bray, UWE Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance, emphasised the value of academic prizes for inspiring and rewarding their top students:

 “The BA Accounting and Finance degree that Simeon completed is highly respected by local and national employers, as well as achieving student satisfaction of 90 percent.”

 Anthony adds. “Simeon chose to study credit management alongside a hundred of his peers from a range of degree programmes offered by the Bristol Business School.

“The credit management programmes continues to flourish at the Bristol Business School, with many opting for a placement year to gain valuable work experience.”

During their second year, students have the opportunity to study trade and consumer credit assessment and management, with a selected final year module covering aspects of sovereign and banking risk.’’

“Following completion of their second year, students have the opportunity to complete a year-long industrial placement with local, national and international employers. These placements give students an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of daily life in their chosen career. Businesses benefit from a valuable employee for the year, with many being offered graduate positions when they have completed their degrees,” Anthony concludes.

Currently 200 Bristol Business School students complete a placement each year and the university is keen to recruit more credit management departments that could offer work experience. If your organisation would be interested in recruiting students for an industrial placement or as a graduate, please contact careers@uwe.ac.uk.