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Northern Chartered Accountant Students' Society

Supporting northern ACA students

NCASS presents ACA Simplified Case Study advance Information Video Review

On Monday 15 July 2019, NCASS invite you to join us at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle from 6.30pm to receive complimentary training provided by ACA Simplified.

The training, delivered via video, will provide a condensed overview of the July 2019 Advance Information and hints & tips to prime you for the Case Study exam.

Following on from the success of similar events hosted in the last year, we have chosen to run a similar free event to support students in the region to give them the best chance of successfully passing their Case Study exam.

Event information

Our July 2019 Advance Information Review session will be an ideal opportunity to become familiar with the Case Study business that forms the focus of your exam through a recorded video created by the ACA Simplified team.

The session will provide a condensed version of their popular Advance Information on-demand video, a four hour+ video provided before every exam sitting.

The video will be recorded by Martin Johnson, the Head of Case Study, who has successfully coached over 1,000 students through the exam (including an ICAEW global prize winner and ICAEW regional prize winner). Martin will take you through some of the key aspects of the July 2019 Advance Information, based on his experience of teaching Case and writing Case Mock exams over the last 14 exam sessions.

We will also review some key examiner advice regarding the first use of the computer-based assessment software for Case Study at the July 2019 sitting.

Rate Cost
Student No Charge


Women in Finance event

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day.

To celebrate International Women’s day NEYCAG will be hosting an event with inspirational speakers to talk about their careers in the profession and how they have used the ACA to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

Event information

We will also hear from the IoD North East Chair on building your confidence in the work place.

Rate Cost
ICAEW Member No Charge
Student No Charge

Please note: This event is open to younger members up to 10 year qualified and students.

Time Session
18:00 Networking and buffet
18:30 Welcome and CABA update
18:40 Dr Yvonne Gale, NEL Fund Managers – How the ACA has helped her career to date
18:55 Dr Joanna Berry, Durham University – confidence building
19:10 Speaker TBC
19:20 Q&A
19:30 Close

Yvonne Gale
NEL Fund Managers are an economic development impact investor committed to growing the North East economy by investing in growing local small businesses.
Yvonne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate Member of the Institute of Economic Development. She holds a DBA, MBA, IOD Diploma in Company Direction and is an FCA approved person. Dr Gale’s area of research is investment decision making. She is also a member of the Advisory and Decision Committee for the UAE Ministry of Finance-backed, Mohammed bin Rashid AED 2 billion Innovation Fund.
Prior to joining NEL, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with BDO Binder Hamlyn and has held senior management positions in several high growth businesses. She brings a wealth of experience of working with growing businesses.

Joanna Berry
Joanna was born and brought up in Hartlepool, NorthEast England. Her academic experience runs from her Oxford University law degree (1985) to her MBA and PhD from Newcastle University. Her MBA focused on the impact of broadband connectivity on the TV industry, and her PhD took this one step further, using her creation and management of a London-based record label as a lens through which to assess the impact of digital technologies on the music industry’s business models and value chains.
Joanna is Regional Chair for the Institute of Directors and Board member of the Social Acumen Community Trust, where she focuses on community businesses and social enterprise. She is Board member for the NorthEast LEP “ScaleUp NorthEast” programme, where she is advising companies across the NorthEast LEP geography and in most industrial sectors, to help them scale and succeed.
Her professional experience encompasses law (mostly company and contract, practiced in South Africa from 1985 to 1987) but also science, creativity and technology. Joanna has undertaken a variety of international business development roles in marketing, advertising and publishing. Roles include Manager of Europe and East Asia for the World Economic Forum and international PR manager for Mobil 1 Motorsport with McLaren.
Joanna has founded, bought and run a variety of digital and creative companies, and continues her personal and practical involvement with new venture start-ups. Her current research and teaching interests encompass innovation, entrepreneurship, big data, ageing and health and the digital/creative industries. She places a particular emphasis on supporting the ‘women in STEM’ agenda in a variety of ways. She works closely with the Assistant Dean of External Relations and undertakes a wide variety of public and media activities, writing regular columns for NorthEast business paper The Journal and presenting a variety of insight activities with regionally-based businesses including Kromek, Ford Aerospace, Aston Martin, Barbour and intu MetroCentre.


November case study event

NCASS is pleased to invite you to a two-hour video presentation where ACA Simplified experts point out important tips to help you get the most from the Advance Information before your Case Study exam in November.

Course information

This event is free and will help you to prepare for the Case Study exam.

Join us to watch a pre-recorded seminar produced by ACA Simplified, providing an overview of the Case Study Advance Information and some hints and tips to take into the exam room with you.

ACA Simplified are providing this particular showing for free and CABA is kindly sponsoring the room hire.

All we ask is that you bring along any notes you already have, as well as a printed copy of the Advance Information to make notes during the video presentation.

Event enquiries

Contact: [email protected]

Rate Cost
Price Free


Case Study Event 12.07.18 – ACA Simplified



CABA: Introduction to Mindfulness

Mindfulness is everywhere at the minute! Would you like to know more about the concept of Mindfulness and what it can do for you?

During this free session you will explore the concept of mindfulness and how using it can enable you to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, you’re better able to manage them.
This session will benefit all those want to learn more about how to train yourself to manage everyday situations which can sometimes get you down.

This session will examine the foundations of mindfulness, the empirical evidence behind it and its many applications in everyday life. You’ll also have the opportunity to try out a number of mindfulness strategies and with regular practice you will be able to Improve your mental and physical health, manage stress (at home and work), Reduce anxiety and Increase emotional intelligence.

The session will also be a brilliant opportunity to meet and socialise with other trainee and recently qualified accountants in the area. The event is free to all ACA students and NEYCAG/NCASS members.

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CABA: Mindful Resilience

CCASS are pleased to work with CABA in Cumbria; this is the first of a series of courses to be held. The way you react to challenges and setbacks is a reflection of how resilient you are. Resilient people don’t dwell on the fact that things don’t always go quite as planned. They simply learn from their experiences and move forward.

Resilience sessions explore ways of boosting your self-confidence and coping more effectively with setbacks, both in and out of the workplace.

You’ll explore the tools you need to develop a resilient attitude and examine the differences between pressure (which can be positive and motivating) and stress (a natural reaction to too much pressure).

After completing this session you’ll be able to:

  • Recognise the difference between pressure and stress
  • Identify what causes you stress
  • Understand the foundations of resilience
  • Assess your personal level of resilience
  • Use a range of tools and techniques, including mindfulness strategies to increase your resilience
  • Design a plan to continue to build your resilience

The session will also be a brilliant opportunity to meet and socialise with other trainee accountants in the area. There will be teas and coffees prior to the session start and a hot buffet dinner provided for all those wishing to stay after the event. The event is free to all ACA students.

About CABA

The Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (CABA) provides advice and practical support to current and former ICAEW chartered accountants and their families.

For further information about CABA, visit caba.org.uk
For more information about courses, visit caba.org.uk/courses

For advice and information call 01788 556 366 or chat to an advisor online 24 hours a day.
CABA provides a 24 hour UK helpline for counselling and legal advice. Should you require this, please call 0800 107 6163.


BusinessFutures breakfast seminar

BusinessfuturesIt is estimated that half the FTSE 250 in 2025 will be made up of firms that were not even born in 2014. So what will the business world look like in 25 years’ time?

We can’t predict the future but we can look at the most likely scenarios. The ICAEW is developing its BusinessFutures project to consider the issues which will affect the future of business.

Last year ICAEW launched the BusinessFutures project in Liverpool, at the International Festival for Business, which explored the issues that will affect businesses over the next 20 years. Four key issues including changing education needs, demand for water, ageing population and changes in tax regimes were discussed.

This year we have establishes three new groups which we will look at the impact in how we access energy, new developments in urbanisation and changes in public spending.  More information on the BusinessFutures project can be found here.


07:45 for 08:00                     Arrive and breakfast is served

08:05                                    Welcome and introductions to the project

08:15                                     Presentation on what the energy market will look like in 25-30 years’ time

08:25                                     Presentation on what Urbanisation will look like in 25-30 years’ time

08:35                                     Group discussions and recommendations

09:15                                     Groups recommendations/feedback

09:30                                     Close

For more information please contact Joanne Lucking [email protected]


Northern Society Graduation and Prize-Giving Event 2015

We look forward to recognising the success of all Northern Society ACA students who became exam qualified during 2014 in our annual Graduation and Prize-giving Event on Saturday 18 April 2015.

Toasting success of top exam stu8dents with Northern Society of Chartered AccountantsMore details will appear nearer the time on this page. Students who have won exam prizes and those students who became exam-qualified during 2014 will be invited to attend the event with up to 3 guests – students will be contacted by letter through the post.

In the meantime please make a note of the date in your diary now.



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