Award-winning online tuition

Setting New Standards in Accountancy Tuition

We started VIVA with the goal of making premium accountancy tuition accessible to all students. Over 10,000 satisfied students later, we continue delivering innovative alternatives to overpriced, old-fashioned online courses.

Accredited CIMA Global Learning Partner
Winner of CIMA Global Pass Rate Excellence Award 2020
70 Years of Combined Accountancy Teaching Experience

Our Story

Why We’re Here

VIVA was estalbished to overturn the status quo in accountancy training. Our mission is to make career aspirations happen, and a key step in that process is to make access to premium tuition a possibility for the many, not the few.

What We Do

VIVA delivers premium accountancy tuition at a fraction of the cost of traditional providers. We insist on the highest production values, and work only with elite tutors with a proven track record.

How We Do It

VIVA has achieved this combination of premium tuition and groundbreaking prices by combining streamlined online delivery with a small core team of dedicated experts. This has allowed us to scale premium tuition and pass on groundbreaking savings to the end user.

Award winning tuition

Expert Tutors

VIVA has collaborated with CGMAs, ACCAs, PhDs, university lecturers and industry experts to bring you the highest standards in professional accountancy tuition.
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Thomas Newman

VIVA Financial Tuition founder and CEO Thomas Newman is an entrepreneur who firmly believes in helping students find their own way to thrive. Thomas grew up in a family of entrepreneurs (on his father's side) and teachers (on his mother's side). After finding traditional learning methods frustrating, he developed his own winning formula, which helped him pass seven CIMA exams in just nine months. VIVA was founded so that he could pass on this learning to other students.

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Chris Soan (BA, FCA)

FCA BFP ICAEW Chartered Accountant, Associate Dean of Education, and previously the Director of Education at Newcastle University Business School and Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance. Chris has lectured on all stages in Financial Accounting, Audit and Assurance and Corporate Governance. In addition to outstanding academic credentials, Chris has elite experience in practice, having worked in two of the ‘big four’ accountancy practices in Newcastle as well as in industry in both the private and public sectors.

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Hugo Newman

Hugo holds a PhD from University College Dublin, where he tutored for 3 years while researching the intersection of public policy, ethics and economics. He is the co-founder of VIVA.

Hugo teaches both E1 and E2 for VIVA, as well as the OCS, MCS and SCS, where he specialises in industry analyses and the application of Enterprise (E1, E2, E3) topics to the cases.

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Nick Drape

Nick Drape currently lectures at the University of Liverpool and was nominated by PQ Magazine for lecturer of the year 2020. He has extensive experience both in practice as an accountant, and in financial training, where he worked at Kaplan and PwC, before joining the University of Liverpool in 2015.

Nick teaches VIVA's P2 course.

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Davinia McGann (FCA, BFP)

Davinia has vast experience in both accountancy education and business practice. After tutoring Audit and Assurance at BPP for four years, Davinia went on to become Head of ACCA & FIA programmes and later Head of Programmes for International Markets at BPP. She has also worked as an Audit Senior at Mazars, as well as founding her own successful business ventures.

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James Griffiths

James Griffiths has 23 years of experience teaching financial accounting across both ACCA and CIMA qualifications. James is known for making the most complex financial topics seem simple and intuitive.

James teaches both F1 and F2 for VIVA and has also applied Financial pillar topics (F1 and F2) to the OCS and MCS.

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James Wright

Award winning tutor James Wright is one of the world's most prominent ACCA tutors. 

James is a senior lecturer and programme leader at the University of Lincoln. 

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Laura Winkworth

A former Senior Tax Manager at Deloitte, Laura is now an active financial tutor across the ACCA, AAT, ACA and CIMA qualifications. "Laura is simply the best instructor I've had, and virtually has no competition in the trade!" -John Cyriac, Nov21 SCS student.

Laura has helped hundreds of SCS students to pass their exams with VIVA - with several World Prizewinners among them!

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Kelly Davison

An experienced CIMA tutor who worked with Kaplan for 16 years, Kelly has trained aspiring accountants at every level. To quote one of her recent students, Shaminda Angodage: "Kelly has been a really supportive OCS tutor and responded to my emails promptly. She was always there to provide guidance. I felt much more confident going into the exam."

Kelly has helped hundreds of OCS students nail their exams with VIVA.

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Ben Wilson

A former Big 4 auditor, for the past 12 years Ben Wilson has worked at the top of the professional education market, working first as a lecturer and manager at Kaplan before moving to Avado as their Head of Learning.

Ben teaches VIVA's E3 and F3 subjects.

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Ashim Kumar

Ashim Kumar has helped thousands of students to success in their accountancy examinations. He leads the ‘Strategic Leadership and Personal Development’ module on the MBA programme at the Gdansk University of Technology. He is a Director at ATC International (Europe/Central Asia) and the EY Training Centre (MENA). Ashim has merged technical knowledge with real-world experience to successfully grow international training businesses. He is currently the CEO at AKA Leadership, a consultancy specialising in the development of future leaders.

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Hugh Martin

As VIVA's Director of Content, Hugh has in-depth expertise of the CIMA syllabus. CGMA Hugh knows a thing or two about how to ace CIMA exams: he passed four exams in four months and placed 1st in Ireland for the Operational Case Study exam.

Hugh has taught right across the CIMA syllabus, but he specialises in case studies (OCS, MCS and SCS). He also teaches VIVA's P1 course.

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Autum Bressington
VIVA were absolutely key in my CIMA Case Study exam - where I received first position in the world! I felt extremely supported with VIVA throughout the course, and would recommend them to anybody. I just wish I had found them much earlier in my studies!
Rachel Elliott
Very helpful insights into the Case Study exams. Great explanations and examples!
Mabvuto Banda
I have passed my MCS exam on my 4th attempt but the first time using VIVA's course. The mock feedback was very informative. I will recommend you to my friends and expect me back for the Strategic level!
Guido Sgarbi
I have noticed a significant increase in my marks after the introduction of VIVA's professional marking and feedback. I managed to pass all three Case Study exams at the 1st attempt and this wouldn't have been possible without VIVA.
John Cyriac
Thank you for the support VIVA has provided. I must acknowledge two factors specifically: one, the structure and content of the course; and two, Laura, the instructor. She is simply the best, and virtually has no competition in the trade!
Godson Kumah
I have passed my SCS using VIVA. I had failed 3 times with other tuition providers. The difference for me was expert feedback on the mock exams.
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