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21 July 2011
The Air Show
A superb display of
aircraft will wow the crowds at this year's Southport Air Show
including a rescue helicopter with a royal connection.
The SAR Sea King, which Prince William flies from his Anglesey base,
will be in action on Saturday, 23 July 2011,as part of a role
demonstration on the beach.
The Sea King joins the likes of the Vulcan XH558 (Saturday only) the
Red Arrows, 2 Tornado GR4s, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a
Hawk Display Team (with their first ever female pilot), The Blades
and the popular Wingwalkers.
An impressive ground village with displays is also lined up as the
Air Show marks its 20th anniversary. In 2011 the Show is taking
place earlier in the year on July 23/24 to coincide with the start
of the school summer holidays.
Cabinet Member Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Mike Booth, said:-
"The line up for the 20th anniversary Air Show and the ground
displays look absolutely fantastic. The fact we have the Vulcan
bomber and the Red Arrows along with so many other popular displays,
makes it a show not to be missed. So much is happening over the 2
days, so remember to get there early and make the most of a fabulous
The Vulcan bomber is scheduled to display on Saturday, 23 July 2011.
As with all aircraft flying at the Air Show, the appearance depends
on weather conditions and any technical issues which may be
The Southport Air Show is an all
day event and traffic will be busy during both days, so organisers
are advising air enthusiasts to arrive early as there is plenty to
do in the Air Show village.
Tickets in advance cost £7 and can be purchased at this price up to
20 July 2011. On the gate entry is £9 with parking an additional £5.
Children under 5 are free on both days.
To find out more about the Southport Air Show, or to book tickets,
southportairshow.com or call:-
School's Graduation Ceremony
IT is not just junior and
senior schools who are holding Graduation Ceremonys in the UK now,
as nursery schools are joining in. After another active year at
Crossens Nursery School, they marked it by presenting each child
with a certificate to mark their achievements, at a Graduation
Ceremony. The next important event is the Nursery's Open Day on 5
- 11.30am). Headteacher Mrs Sue Gilbertson said:- "My staff
and I look forward to welcoming any parents, carers and children who
would like to see the Nursery's extensive facilities."
For more information visit:-
A new approach
to professional study
THE Association of
Accounting Technicians (AAT), the Institute of Chartered Accountants
in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Manchester Metropolitan University
(MMU), launched on 20 July 2011, a flexible part-time programme
designed to widen participation in higher education. This unique
partnership will lead to an Honours and a Masters degree, as well as
the AAT and ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualifications.
The flexibility of the programme and the circa £15,000 price tag
(based on current academic and professional fee levels) will be
attractive to both students looking for more cost-effective and
flexible opportunities to develop their professional skills and
employers looking to draw from a wider and more diverse talent pool,
in which they can invest and expect a high level of return and
commitment. As a result, the programme will provide considerably
enhanced progression and access to the accountancy profession.
Hilary Lindsay, AAT President and ICAEW Council member, explained:-
"This really is a great example of how HE and the professions
can work together to increase participation in education while
increasing the technical skill levels of those entering, and
developing, in the jobs’ market. By making accountancy accessible
and affordable as a career path, a far greater pool of talent will
be available from which to support future economic growth."
Mark Protherough, ICAEW’s Executive Director, Learning and
Professional Development continued:- "Investment in skills is
crucial if the UK is to continue to compete internationally. With
rising tuition fees impacting on the affordability of higher
education it is essential that we provide flexible routes into the
profession. It’s important for employers to see a return on their
investment too. Programmes like this are not only extremely
cost-effective but also promote staff loyalty and retention."
Starting in January 2012, the
programme will be delivered in a University environment, via MMU’s
well-respected Business School, in two 3 hour weekly sessions. The
programme has multiple entry points and delivers a recognised
qualification on completion of each stage. The full AAT Accounting
Qualification and BA (Hons) in Professional Accountancy can be
achieved in just three years and nine months, while a further two
years will result in completion of ICAEW’s ACA Qualification and a
Masters in Professional Accountancy.
The entry requirements are
comparable with other business-related degree programmes: 280 UCAS
points with GCSEs at Grade C or above in Maths and English, or
completion of AAT’s Level 3 Diploma in Accounting.
Graham Holt, head of accounting and finance at Manchester
Metropolitan University Business School, said:- "The programme
is unique in providing a part time route for students to
progressively gain professional and academic qualifications. The
development of the programme shows how the University is working
with the professions to create new models and new approaches to
study. Higher Education has to meet market demands and has to become
more flexible in its approach. This programme demonstrates how MMU
is leading the way in flexible cost effective learning."
For full details of how to apply,
contact Manchester Metropolitan University on:- 0161 247 2000, email
them or go to their
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