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UCLan students’ hard work recognised by OTS

Four accountancy undergraduates from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been recognised by the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) for the high quality of their work.

The third year students worked on a project in November 2013 which required them to come up with poster presentations about issues relevant to the OTS’s employee benefits and expenses review.

Their work was then showcased at an event where OTS representatives identified the most impressive poster displays.

Winning students Henna Qureshi, Usamah Kazee, Dominic Maddox and Calum Radcliffe were invited to a formal award presentation which took place at HM Treasury in London.

Henna Quershi, who worked with Usamah Kazee on a winning poster, said: “I found the project really enjoyable and discovered tax-related issues that affected me personally. Usamah and I were overwhelmed when we found out we were one of the winners of the best presentation.

“It was a real honour representing UCLan and being awarded a prize from the Treasury Minister - David Gauke.”

Henna and Usamah designed a poster showcasing tax relief for uniform and travel expenses, drawing on their personal experiences of working part-time in care homes. Dominic and Calum prepared a poster presentation about calculating the value of living accommodation, using examples to point out current problems.

Module leader David Massey said: “I really appreciate the encouragement that the OTS has given our students. It was a privilege to be able to visit the Treasury with the students.

“OTS’s decision to give awards for the best poster presentations is a reflection of the fine work of all the undergraduates studying our taxation module, not just the prize winners. The students had to work to a tight deadline, researching an unfamiliar subject, and still managed to deliver excellent presentations.”

The project was a huge success all-round. Accounting students not only received awards, but also got a mention in OTS’s latest report.