Accounting Education SIG Annual Conference 2020

Wednesday 20 - Friday 22 May 2020 Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

The 2020 conference will be hosted by the Adam Smith Business School of the University of Glasgow on  20-22 May 2020. Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English‐speaking world and the Adam Smith Business School is founded on Adam Smith’s legacy. Accounting and Finance has been established at the University of Glasgow since 1925, and in 2018 celebrated 50 years of its Bachelor of Accounting degree ‐ the BAcc. The conference is scheduled a few days before the European Accounting Association (EAA) Annual Congress in Bucharest, Romania, 27-29 May.

The conference is designed to provide:

  • a setting for discussions of research on a range of accounting education issues, both full and emerging papers;
  • an opportunity for researchers to develop research projects or discuss current work and research ideas;
  • an opportunity to share innovative teaching practices in accounting, tax and audit;
  • opportunities for accounting educators to identify partners (individuals or institutions) for collaborative research;
  • a opportunity to join our network of support.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Ray Land, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education, Durham University UK. Best known for his theory (with Jan Meyer) of Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge

Professor Neil Marriott, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winchester, 2019 recipient of the BAFA Outstanding Contribution to Accounting Education Award.

Paper Submissions 

The Accounting Education SIG welcomes submissions from established, new or nascent researchers and academics in one of three forms:

Full papers will describe completed or near completed research projects. These papers will be presented in sessions with discussant’s who will provide critical review comments.

  • Once accepted, full papers should be sent to the conference organiser no later than 20 April 2020 and will be distributed to discussant(s) for review prior to the conference. Discussants will present their comments to authors during the conference session. If the full paper is not received by the deadline, the paper may be moved to the emerging research stream of the conference.

Emerging papers will describe either the initial stages of a project or the initial analysis of findings. Emerging papers will be presented under the Pechakucha format.

Learning and teaching innovations will outline the innovative approach, the rationale for its development and the impact on student learning and will be presented under the Pechakucha format.

Submission is now open! Please submit your abstracts here:

Deadline for full paper abstracts: 3 February 2020  Extended Deadline: 8th March 2020

Deadline for emerging papers and learning and teaching innovations: 3 April 2020

Further specific details on the structure of each type of contribution can be found in the PDF flyer (downloadable top-right of this page). 

Bursary award

Applicants are invited from doctoral students or early career researchers for an award of a free place and bursary towards expenses of up to £500 to attend the conference. The recipient would need to meet the following criteria:

  • be a full-time doctoral student or an early career academic with less than 5 years prior academic employment
  • not have previously attended a BAFA AE-SIG conference, and
  • submit and present a full research paper.

Applicants for the award should email the Chair of the AE-SIG directly ( by 21st February 2020 explaining why they are applying for the award (maximum of 500 words) attaching a full CV and estimate of costs/ expenses (excluding the conference fee).


Registration is currently open.
Closes: 3 May 2020 

Early Bird Ticket: £270 (ends at midnight on 22 March)
Normal-price Ticket:  £300

To register please login to your BAFA account at Create a new account if you do not already have an account. Please note this is a different account than the one used at the submission website.

Once logged in, please choose 'Purchase Ticket' from the list of options.

Conference Organiser

Professor Greg Stoner, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow

Conference Sponsors and Supporters

The Adam Smith Business School, ICAEW, CIMA, ACCA, ICAS and CPA Australia.


The City of Glasgow has a wealth of cultural attractions, impressive architecture, fantastic shopping and a year‐round programme of world‐class events, it is easy to understand why Glasgow is firmly established as one of Europe’s most exciting destinations.

Conference Location:

James Watt Building (South), University of Glasgow, Main Campus, University Avenue, Glasgow, Scotland, UK,  G12 8QQ. 
[To the right (East) of the picture below.]

Conference Dinner:

Aboard the Glenlee: the Tall Ship at Riverside, Glasgow, G3 8RS. 

The Glenlee is an iconic Clyde built ship, one of only five still afloat in the world, and the only one of her kind in the UK. 

Source:  The Tall Ship Web Home Page

Hotel Options near the University of Glasgow

Within easy walking distance to the University is the

Grosvenor Hilton (11 minute walk)

This is close to the Botanic Gardens and there are a number of bars and restaurants nearby.

On the other side of the University, near the River Clyde and close to the venue of the dinner are a number of modern hotels which are reasonably close to the University and can be accessed by public transport/taxi including:

Radisson Red (25 minute walk)

Hilton Garden Inn (26 minute walk)

Crowne Plaza (30 minute walk)

These are close to the Finnieston area of Glasgow where there are a wide range of restaurants, though it may be advisable to book in advance as it is a very popular to area to eat in. Also in this area are a wide range of budget hotels.

The Lorne Hotel is a reasonably priced 4 star hotel close to the University, also in the Finnieston area.

It is also possible to stay in the centre of Glasgow as there are good transport / taxi links to the University (West End area). There is a huge range of accommodation available.

Optional Activities

We hope to be able to offer a number of optional activities including a tour of the University of Glasgow, a visit to the local Whisky and Gin distillery or a whisky tasting. The University has the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery and the Mackintosh House on the campus and close by is the famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (5 minute walk), and the conference dinner is next to the award winning Riverside (transport) Museum.

Further information will follow soon.

If you are staying in Glasgow before or after the conference there are hundreds of attractions and things to do in the city and transport links will enable you to go further afield should you want to visit other places such as Edinburgh, Stirling or Dundee. There are a number of websites which provide information on places to visit and what is on, for example:

People Make Glasgow: Official Guide to the city of Glasgow

Visit Scotland

A draft programme will be available soon.

University of Glasgow Links