Accounting Education SIG Annual Conference 2021 & AGM

Wednesday 19 - Friday 21 May 2021 Online Event

Full conference program PDF now available. Please see right hand panel of this page for the download link.

The Accounting Education Special Interest Group are delighted to announce the Annual Conference which will be held online from 19 – 21 May 2021. Our conference, which this year is free to BAFA Members, is designed to provide: 

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

Over the course of the conference a mix of research papers, emerging papers, and learning and teaching innovations will be presented along with opportunities to chat in our online social space. In addition, we have a workshop for new researchers on Wednesday afternoon, a Let’s Talk get together on Thursday. All of this alongside our two keynote addresses looking at community and career.

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to welcome two recent recipients of the BAFA Outstanding Contribution to Accounting and Finance Education Award for our keynote addresses this year.

Professor Pru Marriott: “The Opportunities, Benefits and Responsibilities of Accounting Education’s Community of Practice”

Professor Neil Marriott: “Academic Career Development in Accounting Education: Negotiating Successfully the Changing Parameters and Alternative Trajectories to Progression”


Attendance is free for BAFA members. Please login to your BAFA account and register for the event to receive the conference login details, which will be emailed to you nearer the time of the event.


Please submit abstracts through the submission system by

30 April 2021 for all papers (Full Papers, Emerging Papers and Teaching Innovations)

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

Full papers.
Papers that describe completed or near completed research projects. These papers will be presented in sessions with discussants who will provide critical review comments. 

Emerging papers will describe either the initial stages of a project or the initial analysis of findings. Emerging papers will be presented under the Pecha Kucha format (additional information overleaf). 

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

Notification of acceptance of papers will be issued shortly after receipt of your submission. 

Upon acceptance of your full paper, please email your full paper to  

Submission system:

Additional Submission Information 

Full papers
In the first instance and by 31 March 2021, authors of full papers should submit a structured abstract of 300-350 words using the headings outlined below: 

  • Purpose (mandatory) 
  • Design/methodology/approach (mandatory) 
  • Findings (mandatory) 
  • Research limitations/implications (if applicable) 
  • Practical implications (if applicable) 
  • Social implications (if applicable) 
  • Originality/value (mandatory) 

Please refer to the website of the Accounting Education journal for further guidance on style. 

Once accepted, full papers should be sent to the conference organiser no later than 28 April 2021 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 and teaching innovations Pecha Kucha style
We welcome presentations of emerging ideas for papers as well as presentations of teaching innovations under a Pecha Kucha format. This format is a simple presentation format where you show 20 slides, each for 20 seconds. Your presentation should be set to advance slides automatically every 20 seconds. Your total time for the presentation is therefore 400 seconds or approximately seven minutes. There will be three minutes for questions and contributions from the audience immediately after the presentation with further discussion and collaboration encouraged in the breaks following each session. Further details of this format are on 

For emerging ideas papers and teaching innovations, please submit an abstract of approximately 200 words, covering as many of the structured abstract sub-headings as appropriate, before 30 April 2021 for acceptance of the idea and inclusion in the conference programme. 

If you have any questions please contact Beth Picton, conference organiser, at