Funding Award: A comparative investigation into the skills developed by accounting and non-accounting graduates

Accounting degree providers face a constantABS31 challenge of what to include in their curriculum. There is neither the space nor resource to cover all technical knowledge and develop all skills  Accreditation, directly or indirectly, often drives the inclusion of technical material and accounting degree providers are likely to continue to strive for accreditation as this serves as a key marketing tool for prospective students.  This is particularly relevant in times of growing financial pressure for universities to attract students.   Accounting degree providers therefore need to consider which non-technical skills should be prioritised.   This study aims to gain further understanding of the current prioritisation of skills in accounting education and provide grounding for skills development discussion going forward.

Shonagh Douglas is the PI for this project, which has been funded by the British Accounting and Finance Association’s Committee for Departments of Accounting and Finance (CDAF). CDAF is a representative body made up of the nominated Head of Department or equivalent person from each University offering degree programmes in the field of Accounting and Finance and exists as a representative body concerned with matters of national importance in the management of University departments of Accounting and Finance.

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