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 many challenges, not least when it comes to technology. In such a changing environment, learning becomes increasingly important. We need to keep our knowledge and skills up-to-date and ensure that we are able to adapt to our changing circumstances. But what more do we need to do and just what does lifelong learning mean in practice today?

That was the topic I explored in my doctoral thesis. I came to a deceptively simple solution: lifelong learning is about being proactive, about making the most of opportunities that present themselves. That is why I chose adaptability as one of two themes that I am promoting during my year as President. In this fast changing world, the concept applies as much to ICAEW as it does to our members.

My second theme is inclusivity. This forum is part of the work we do to create connected communities for our members around the world and ensure that all members feel included in ICAEW’s activities. The community will promote closer relations and collaboration between members and professionals in academia and facilitate discussions around how teaching methods and materials ought to adapt to ensure that students are equipped with the skills they need to succeed as future professionals.

I would love to hear about how you, as a member of this community, would like to use this platform and what topics you would like to discuss. Please feel free to leave a comment below or ask the community a question yourself here in our open forum.

  • Thanks Hilary for setting up this community, an excellent idea.  

  • The more we can do to build academic and practioner links the better, so this is very welcome.

  • How fantastic to have a forum to share ideas and good practice in accounting education.

    As a university educator from a professional background I am keen to incorporate the skills required to 'be an accountant' (e.g. critical thinking skills; curiosity and determination; growth mindset) into the curriculum as well as the necessary technical skills.

  • Hello

    This is a great initiative.

    I am interested in researching ways that we can support accountancy students to enable them to develop the skills that will allow them to continue to be independent learners throughout their careers, to be able to replace out dated knowledge with up to date information that they can apply to current situations, to become ‘life-long learners’.

    I will read future contributions with interest.

  • Hi All,

    I'm excited to see that we now have a space to share experiences and build a community in education and academia.

    Personally I'm interested in sharing ideas on facilitating a smooth transition from 'employability' in the university context to habits for 'lifelong learning'. Often it seems that these skills are treated as a bolt on to the technical skills which are formally assessed.

    I also hope the community will enable researchers to link up with others to create exciting research projects.