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Two Aston University students awarded prizes in honour of world's first female chartered accountant

Aston University undergraduate accountancy students Navdeep Gill and Danyaal Adeem were each awarded the Mary Harris Smith Prize during a virtual ceremony held on 10 November 2020.

The students were recognised for their achievements in scoring the highest marks within the first year Fundamentals in Financial Accounting and Management Accounting module. Both Navdeep and Danyaal are studying for a BSc Accounting and Finance degree at Aston Business School.

The Mary Harris Smith prizes were sponsored by ICAEW Birmingham and West Midlands, a local member society of chartered accountancy body ICAEW. The prizes recognised the achievement of Mary Harris Smith in becoming a member of ICAEW, and the world’s first female chartered accountant, in 1920.

The prizes were awarded by ICAEW Birmingham and West Midlands’ President and Founder and Client Finance Director at Dolfinblue Chartered Accountants, Andrew Coulson FCA BFP MBA.

Andrew Coulson noted: ‘Congratulations to Danyaal and Navdeep on their recent success in their exams. They have performed tremendously well and are very fitting winners of the Mary Harris Smith Prize. I hope to welcome them as members of ICAEW in the future.’

Professor Pawan Budhwar, Head of Aston Business School said: ‘Employability is at the heart of everything we do at Aston University, and that is why we value the relationships we have with professional associations like ICAEW. We are grateful to ICAEW for recognising Navdeep and Danyaal’s achievements and providing them with an insight into the accounting profession.’