Brunel Business School hosted the highly successful Brunel Accounting Symposium on 21 June 2013. In its third year, this stimulating and informative event organized by Dr Jill Collis and colleagues from the Accounting and Auditing Research Centre (AARC), attracted international speakers from the academia as well as the industry. The participants valued the opportunity to engage with each other over presentations on the emerging trends in accounting and network with like-minded accounting specialists.
“Accounting information lies at the heart of business, regardless of whether the user of the information is the owner, the manager or an external party, and irrespective of the size of the business. It’s important for us to continue to conduct relevant and up-to-date research in this area and pass it on to our students here at the School. The findings and input from this symposium will undoubtedly feature in the classroom in our latest Accounting and Business Management MSc programme which will be commencing this September” said Dr Collis.
Dr Jill Collis is the Course Director for the latest addition to Brunel Business School: the Accounting and Business Management MSc and an active researcher. Jill’s research focuses on national and international developments in financial reporting requirements for unlisted small and medium-sized companies. She has undertaken applied research for the following accountancy bodies and government departments:
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
- The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
- The Professional Oversight Board (POB)
- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
- The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR)
- The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
The Collis Report (DTI, 2003) contributed to the ‘think small first’ approach taken in UK company law and the research instrument was used as a model in other EU member states. The second Collis Report (BERR, 2008), contributed to the government’s strategy for better regulation and reducing administrative burdens on smaller entities.