Megan McNeilly wins annual Ulster University Business School student awards

Megan McNeilly, a former pupil at Ballyclare Secondary School, has swept the board at the annual Ulster University Business School student awards event organised by the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics.

Professor Mark Durkin, Megan McNeilly and Professor Gillian Armstrong.

Megan, who is currently on placement with KPMG as the third year of a BSc Accounting (Pathways) Degree, won an unprecedented seven awards for excellent academic achievement at the Ulster University Business School awards.

Her awards included the Baker Tilly Mooney Moore Award for being the highest performing student in Financial Accounting; the KPMG Award for being the highest performing student in year two; the Abacus Recruitment award for achieving the highest marks in the Career Entrepreneurship module; the CIMA Excellence Award for being the highest performing student in Management Accounting; the BDO Award for being the highest performing student in Mock Interviews; the Deloitte Assurance and Risk Management Award; and the KPMG Internship Award.

Congratulating Megan, Ulster University Business School Professor Gillian Armstrong, said, “Megan’s achievement is simply outstanding.  She has been a prize winner since her first year and continues to build on that success year-on-year.  These annual Awards recognise the top performers across the range of Accounting, Finance and Economics related programmes which provide increasing opportunities for graduates.  There is no doubt that Megan will do very well in her chosen career and is a terrific role model for her peers in the Department.”

“The Ulster University Business School unique approach of academic excellence and experiential learning aims to equip students for their professional career paths and it gives us great pleasure to celebrate their success.  We are also particularly pleased at the significant level of support from such a large number of our leading accountancy, consultancy and financial services firms demonstrating the invaluable partnerships between the Business School and the business sector which greatly benefit our students.”

A total of 25 sponsored awards were presented.  Sponsors included Henry Murray and Co, EY, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, PwC, CIMA, BDO, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, KPMG, ASM, Oxford Economics, HSBC, Marsh Ltd, First Trust Bank, FinTru, Chartered Accountants Ireland and Ulster Society, and Citi Group.

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