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- South Bank University is celebrating the 15th year of its specialist MSc in Charity Accounting and Financial Management. Among the course's alumni are Paul Breckell, finance director of RNID, and Helen Verney of Jewish Care. Other courses run by the university include the Cipfa Certificate in Charity Finance & Accountancy and an MSc in Charity Marketing and Fundraising.

- Charity finance directors in the south west might be interested in Acevo's forthcoming seminar on the Principles of Outsourcing, to be held in Bristol on 1 August. The event will advise charities on how to save money on administrative costs by sending work outside the organisation. It will include discussions on the pros and cons of outsourcing and how to choose an outside supplier.

- A fee-free deal to help third sector organisations refinance their mortgages is being offered by Unity Trust Bank. "Many organisations see the costs of changing lenders as a reason to stay put," said Paul Martin, head of social economy at Unity. "Consequently, we're paying our own legal and professional fees." For more information, visit

- Unity Trust Bank is also supporting the third sector by offering a new loan account specifically for community asset transfers. The Cat account is designed to help organisations that want to buy or refurbish former council buildings, such as swimming pools or community halls. See for more information.

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