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About the group

The Accounting and Auditing Research Group (AARG) provides a focus for investigating current issues in accounting that include financial reporting, assurance, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and business models in large and small business entities. Specialist areas include impact assessments of government policy and other regulatory bodies on accounting, auditing and governance. Themes tend to reflect current issues and can be diverse. For example, important questions relating to the corporate governance of large organisations in relation to remuneration of directors and sustainability of businesses to concerns regarding personal debt in civil society. An essential element of AARG’s research agenda is the relationship with the stakeholders, including the accounting profession and business. A significant feature is the annual Brunel Accounting Symposium, which was established in 2011. The purpose of this event is to provide discussion on contemporary issues in accounting, provided continuing professional development and foster relationships with regulators and the accountancy profession.  

The AARG hosts the annual Brunel Accounting Symposium on current issues in accounting. The event has been running for more than five years and attracts keynote speakers.

Besides high profile international researchers, speakers have represented:

  • national and international regulators, such as:
    • BIS – the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
    • FRC - Financial Reporting Council
    • IASB - International Accounting Standards Board


  • accountancy bodies, such as:
    • ACCA - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
    • ICAEW - Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
    • ICAS - The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland