Former Wallace Student Celebrates Success

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Aaron Callaghan from Lisburn and a former pupil of Wallace High School who is currently in his third year of BSc Hons Accounting Degree at the Ulster University Business School, has achieved double success. Aaron won the CIMA Ireland Achievement of Excellence Award for being the highest performing student in management accounting in year 2 and KPMG Award for being one of the highest performing students overall in year 2. The Awards were presented at the annual Ulster University Business School’s Student Awards event organised by the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics.

Speaking at the Awards ceremony Professor Gillian Armstrong, Head of the Department, said, “These Awards recognise the top performers across the range of Accounting, Finance and Economics related programmes, which provide increasing opportunities for students and graduates at this time. It is of no surprise that global financial and professional services firms are choosing Northern Ireland as a key inward investment location. These future graduates have the academic potential and business-ready mindset, through an experiential learning approach, to enter a professional work place anywhere and progress quickly. The fact that so many of our leading accountancy, consultancy and financial services firms are engaged with both the Awards and the learning experience at the Ulster Business School is testament to the importance of employer engagement in preparing students for careers across the business sector.”


Over twenty employer sponsored awards were presented. Sponsors included EY, KPMG, PwC, HSBC, BDO, Citi Group, First Derivatives, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, Henry Murray and Co., Oxford Economics, Marsh Ltd., ASM, Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), ACCA, CIMA Ireland, CPA and CISI.

Wallace Principal, Mrs Deborah O’Hare was understandably delighted to receive the news and commented: “It was with great delight that I learned of Aaron’s recent success. Aaron was an extremely able student whilst at Wallace. He always gave of his time generously in his academic and extra-curricular commitment to our school. As he now enters the world of work, he will add enormous value to any organisation, through his energetic engagement, his loyalty and his immense ability. “

Last modified: November 20, 2014