NOTICE: The Passing of Professor Mike Jones

At BAFA our thoughts are with the family and friends of Professor Mike Jones following his death on 4 September 2023. Professor Jones was a stalwart of BAFA and the accounting academic community in Britain and internationally. We were delighted to recognise his contribution when he was awarded the BAFA Distinguished Academic Award in 2021. 

Professor Jones's funeral will take place on Friday, 6 October 2023. BAFA members are encouraged to visit the website created as a tribute to Professor Jones, which also includes the funeral details. Please follow this link:

Order of Service

For those unable to attend in person, you're invited to watch: In Memory of Professor Michael John Jones. The service will be streamed live on Friday, 6 October at 12pm (BST). Just click on the link.

Professor Mike Jones accepting his BAFA award
Professor Mike Jones receiving his BAFA award in 2022

Below we include the eulogy prepared by the FARSIG committee, the group that Professor Jones founded.

It is with great sadness that at the Financial Reporting and Special Interest Group (FARSIG) we have learned the news that Professor Michael John Jones has passed away on the 4th of September.

Mike was an inspirational colleague for FARSIG and its community. If FARSIG has become a well-established and highly successful international research group, it is because of Mike. Mike founded FARSIG in 2006, replacing the Financial Reporting and Business Communication Unit (FRBCU) which he established in 1996. Along with his Professorial positions at Cardiff University first and University of Bristol later, he successfully led FARSIG as its Chair for 24 consecutive years from its establishment until he stepped down in 2021. Mike was the person behind the success of FARSIG being one of the largest Special Interest Groups of BAFA and of the associated annual Financial Reporting and Business Communication conference. Mike was very passionate about his work at FARSIG and put his heart and soul into making FARSIG what has become today.

The FARSIG community will be eternally grateful to Mike for his support and encouragement. Mike was a very supportive, passionate, and caring person. He was not just a colleague or a mentor, but also a friend. He was prepared to give you a hand if he could – something that many members of the FARSIG community, and outside it, have been grateful for on numerous occasions. His long-standing career and outstanding academic achievements were rewarded with the BAFA Distinguished Academic Award in 2021.

Mike has left behind a very real legacy, which will affect the way we do things at FARISG for a very long time to come. Everyone at FARSIG who has worked alongside Mike will remember him with great affection.

Rest in peace Mike.