Four things you didn't know about your ICAS tutor team


You see them in class all the time but how well do you really know your ICAS tutors? In this light-hearted article we’ve unearthed four interesting facts about your teaching team. Some of them may surprise you!

1. They didn’t all qualify with ICAS.

First up – not all members of the ICAS teaching team have walked exactly in your shoes. Although very many of them did qualify as CAs through ICAS, others didn’t. ICAEW, ACCA and CIOT all feature as alternatives. Having this diversity in our teaching ranks means that ICAS tutors know all about what the competition offers, and how to keep on improving the CA qualification to ensure it remains highly credible and highly respected.

Regardless of whether they studied here or not, what all of your tutors bring to the table is a real passion for delivering the CA qualification, as well as an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to create the best CAs.

2. They have an exciting variety of skills.

At ICAS, your tutor team are a diverse bunch. Their skills and experience have been honed across many different organisations, meaning that wherever you are working, the challenges you face will be familiar to your teaching team. Whether you’re working for one of the big four or in a smaller firm, you can be sure that your tutor team will be on hand with great advice about the organisational culture, working practices and the type of work pressures you face.

3. They’ve travelled the world.

Your CA qualification is your passport to a great career, including opportunities for working abroad if you want to. Many members of the ICAS teaching team have taken advantage of the freedom the CA qualification brings, having worked across Europe and in Africa too.

ICAS CAs work in more than 100 countries worldwide. To help further your career abroad, ICAS has set up reciprocal arrangements with accountancy institutes around the world, including:

  • The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand (ICANZ)
  • The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
  • The Hong Kong Society of Accountants (HKSA)

What's more, ICAS is also a member of Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW), a group of leading institutes of Chartered Accountants from around the world. CAW supports, develops and promotes the vital role that CAs play throughout the global economy.

4. They are not couch potatoes!

Contrary to popular opinion, not all members of the tutor team all sit around doing nothing in their spare time! Although some of them might admit to being sofa dwellers and knowing just a bit too much about X Factor, many like to stay on their toes. From walkers, runners and football players to cyclists and hockey players, the teaching team are an active bunch.

They've taken part in numerous charity and corporate events with a sporting twist, from the Caledonian Challenge for Foundation Scotland, the Global Corporate Challenge, the Great North Run, the Kiltwalk and the Loch Ness and Edinburgh Marathons.

January 2019

7 January 2019: Welcome to a new year!

Welcome back to the CA Student Blog! 2019 may have only just begun but we are still looking forward to the ICAS Admissions Ceremony in March. If you are becoming a CA this year, make sure you don't miss any deadlines.

By now you should know if you have passed TPE with flying colours. All you have to do now is complete your training contract, hand in your logbook for final sign-off and apply for ICAS membership.

What you need to know

  • You can check the status of your logbook by contacting Education Support.
  • Applications for membership must be submitted by midday Friday 1 March 2019 to be eligible for the 2019 CA Admissions Ceremony.
  • The event will be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) on Saturday 23 March 2019.
  • You can invite up to two guests free of charge.
  • The dress code is formal.

ICAS 2019 Admission Ceremony - Register now

If you didn't receive good news about your TPE results, don't panic! You will be automatically enrolled to resit exams in the next diet. However, if you wish to defer this, please contact the ICAS exam team as soon as possible.

Can't make it?

If you are unable to attend the Admissions Ceremony, you will still be inducted into membership in your absence and can use the designation CA after your name.

New CAs in London are invited to a special drinks reception on Thursday 4 April 2019 at The Deck in London’s National Theatre to celebrate with the ICAS Chief Executive, ICAS President, and 2018 One Young CA Michael Scott.

Don't forget to follow the excitement of the day and support your fellow newly-qualified CAs on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #ICASclassof2019.

Reminder: Have you received TPE joining instructions?

TPE 2019 officially starts this week.

Some TPE students heading to the May 2019 examinations will receive joining instructions directing them to the introduction material, which advises that technical knowledge needs to be up to date.

TC and TPS Technical knowledge is assumed at TPE. It is important that you start to work on this as soon as possible.

Those students awaiting TPS results in January, before being enrolled for TPE, will be contacted with details about the introduction material to allow you to start working on your technical revision. A second round of joining instructions will be sent out after TPS results are issued.

Get in touch

Are you looking forward to the Admissions Ceremony? How do you hope to use your CA qualification going forward? Tell us by emailing or tweet @ICAS_students.

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December 2018

Monday 10 December: Signing off and wishing you a great 2019!

As we approach the end of the year, this week's blog will be the last until we welcome you back in 2019.

We want to wish all those CA trainees sitting FR, ABS, Taxation and Afin this week the best of luck, and we have our fingers crossed for those students receiving TPE results on the 20th!

While we look ahead to a brand new year, we also take a look back at some of the most popular articles this year.

Most read in 2018

  1. Back to Basics: Calculating a tax-adjusted trading profit / loss
  2. Tests of control and substantive testing
  3. Back to basics: Overall vs Performance Materiality
  4. Back to Basics: Calculating the cost of debt
  5. Back to Basics: Valuation of ordinary shares - four methods

Fun facts

Student Blog 2018

Get in touch

What would you like to see on the CA Student Blog in 2019? Would you like to be a contributor? Share your feedback at @ICAS_students on Twitter or email

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Machines make better decisions?

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Five festive films!

It’s the season of goodwill and peace to all people, but we also know it’s the season of snuggling on the sofa in a onesie with a box of sugar-overload and a good movie. Here’s our pick of films for festive trainee CAs looking to wind-down over the festive period (and we've managed to sneak in some finance themes too!).

Monday 3 December: The end of share destruction?

Share destruction, a popular mechanism for protecting share value when assets decline, is on thin ice in EU money markets.

Regulators in Ireland and Luxembourg have ordered funds to submit plans for new structures that disallow the process, disappointing investors who hoped it would be exempt from new European Commission money market rules

'Share destruction' or 'reverse distribution' refers to a specific method of cancelling shares that allows funds to maintain a consistent share price even if associated assets lose value. Share cancellation in general will not be permitted under the new market rules from January 2019.

Irish Funds, the trade body for asset managers in Ireland, told the Financial Times: "In the interests of investors and to avoid unnecessary market disruption we have requested and expect reasonable transition arrangements are facilitated during 2019."

These changes are part of the EU's measures to introduce stress test and liquidity requirements for Euro-denominated markets.

Get in touch

Is scrapping the share destruction system a good move? What do you think the effect will be on transparency in money markets? Share your thoughts @ICAS_students on Twitter or email

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