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  • Bridging the academic and professional

    Having crossed from the academic to the professional side of the bridge at the start of my career, I have since gone back over the bridge and for the past twenty years have been a student, lecturer and researcher with The Open University. I found sim...
    • 18 Apr 2018
  • How do we enable students to flourish in the future?

    Symposium on the future of education BAFA Annual Conference, 9 April, Westminster I would like to draw your attention to a relevant and timely discussion on the role of education in shaping a better future for the profession and more prosperous soci...
    • 26 Mar 2018
  • How much freedom to Innovate?

    Talk of innovation is everywhere these days, it seems.  If you’re not talking about it, if you’re not being disruptive or innovating your business model, the tech-savvy beanbag generation may brand you a last-century-Luddite.  B...
    • 16 Feb 2018
  • What to do about the multi-tasking myth

    I recently attended the American Accounting Association, Management Accounting Section Conference and was drawn to a number of education stream sessions. One of the topics addressed was multi-tasking. In the morning the American Institute of Certifie...
    • 25 Jan 2018
  • Accounting Education - Trends, Innovation and Research

    The BAFA Accounting Education SIG call for papers for the 2018 conference is now live. The conference brings together the international Accounting Education community to share research and experience in a supportive environment. I attended for the fi...
    • 20 Oct 2017
  • Evidence-based policy making: what are the challenges and opportunities?

    As noted at the EFRAG symposium at the European Accounting Association conference – held in Valencia this year – there is now ‘increasing attention to the wider impacts…of regulation such as accounting standards.’ Using EFRAG’s impact analysis of IFRS 16 as a basis for discussion, the panel on the symposium discussed the role of impact analysis in the early stages of the standard-setting process and the possible contribution…

    • 7 Sep 2017
  • A vision for broader professional education

    With this new report, we hope to prompt new discussions about the role of education in fostering the future professional. It is a reflection on the insights gathered from the AuditFutures educational initiatives. Here we aim to create a more powerful narrative for the future of education and to engage progressive educators in a constructive dialogue.
    • 27 Jul 2017
  • Do British academics care about free speech?

    Freedom of expression is essential for rule of law and economic development, but is increasingly challenged by those who want to be insulated from the views of others in ‘safe spaces’ or the like. So how can academics, ICAEW and others who want to act in the long term public interest best make the case for free speech?

    It seems to me that the University of Chicago does a pretty good job in its Statement on…

    • 21 Jul 2017
  • What advice would you offer for writing up research for practitioners?

    Back in 2009 Professor Anthony Hopwood wrote an article for ICAEW on management accounting systems, based on his research. I had the job of editing the piece for publication. It was no surprise the substance of the piece was excellent but I did have some concerns about the way it was written and whether it would connect with practitioners.  I made some changes but was nervous about sending these back to such a distinguished…

    • 19 Jul 2017
  • Accounting research: assessing the wider impact of IFRS

    EFRAG symposium

    As noted at the EFRAG symposium at the European Accounting Association conference – held in Valencia last month – there is now ‘increasing attention to the wider impacts…of regulation such as accounting standards.’ Using EFRAG’s impact analysis of IFRS 16 as a basis for discussion, the panel on the symposium discussed the role of impact analysis in the early stages of the standard-setting process and…

    • 13 Jun 2017
  • Technology in the ACA - A guide to the main topics

    Hello!  My name’s David Lyford-Smith, and I’m a manager in the ICAEW’s IT Faculty.  One of the faculty’s roles is in advising on technology trends and topics as they relate to the ACA, and helping Learning & Professional Development to keep the ACA up to date on its coverage of technology topics.  Since joining the faculty I have been leading our work in this area, and today I have a bit of an…

    • 30 May 2017
  • Degree apprenticeships

    University tuition fees have become a political topic again in the lead up to the UK’s general election. But there is already a way of avoiding tuition fees of around £9,000 a year.  It is not particularly well know yet but it will become so.  Students enrolling for 21st century degree apprenticeships benefit from the generosity that accompanies a new idea.

    As the name implies, after leaving school a student can sign up…

    • 27 May 2017
  • I've been thinking a lot about my pension ...

    If you work in one of the pre-1992 UK universities you are probably a member of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. And a jolly good scheme it is too.  Although not possibly quite as good as when you joined it.  If you joined the scheme before 2011 then you will have started in a final salary scheme but since 2016 will have been paying into a career average scheme (people who joined after 2011 were in a career average…

    • 9 May 2017
  • Cautious innovation in accounting and finance teaching

    My colleagues call me ‘the tech geek’. I can understand why.  I have a master’s degree in Online and Distance Education, for which I studied as an online student at the Open University.  I’m a member of the faculty teaching enhancement group.  I was an educator on an award-winning massive open online course, developed in collaboration with ICAEW.  You get the idea.

    I am not, however, an advocate of…

    • 3 May 2017
  • Welcome to ICAEW’s Academia & Education Community

    I am delighted to introduce this new online platform for members and non-members with an interest in academia to connect and share insight around accountancy education, lifelong learning and research. As the first ever academic to take on the role of ICAEW President, this is a topic particularly close to my heart and I look forward to seeing this community flourish and develop over time.

    The accountancy profession faces…

    • 26 Apr 2017
  • Addressing the skills gap

    According to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), 52% of employers could not fill their graduate positions in 2016[i]. This is despite more than 300,000 graduates entering the job market that year. The AGR puts this down to a skills gap, commenting that while “employers don’t expect new hires to be 100% work ready on day one” there are clearly some skills which, if graduates can demonstrate, will enhance their…

    • 26 Apr 2017