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Discipline of Accounting partners with Bentleys to develop industry ready graduates

20 Aug 2014

Mr Greg Bell, Client Director, Bentleys; Professor Greg Whitwell, Dean of the Business School; Mr Eric Clubb, Lecturer in the Discipline of Accounting

Mr Greg Bell, Client Director, Bentleys; Professor Greg Whitwell, Dean of the Business School; Mr Eric Clubb, Lecturer in the Discipline of Accounting

The Business School and chartered accounting firm, Bentleys, have partnered on a pilot project aimed at bridging the gap between course material delivered in the classroom and the operational practices of auditing and assurance services.

If successful, the pilot project will lead to a smoother transition for students from the university environment to a professional services firm.

The project was prompted by student feedback suggesting that audit testing processes were at times a challenge to understand.

Final year accounting students were exposed throughout the project to the practical operations of a business entity as part of the unit, Auditing & Assurance Services.

The project allows students to see the documents that an auditor might access as part of an operational cycle, and the information in each document that might be linked to the audit goal.

"The project engages students in the 'real life' nature of the detailed work required to undertake a public company audit," said Eric Clubb, Lecturer in the Discipline of Accounting. "Our aim is that students may now be better able to link the theory of audit evidence and collection to the field audit processes undertaken by an external auditor."

"It is important that students see the coursework as academically challenging as well as relevant, giving them the skills required to seek opportunities in their future career" continued Eric.

Mr Kevin Cranfield, Managing Director, Bentleys; Mr Greg Bell, Client Director, Bentleys; Professor Greg Whitwell, Dean of the Business School; Mr Eric Clubb and key staff members gathered to celebrate the completion of the collaborative pilot project at the Business School.

Professor Whitwell thanked Bentleys and Mr Kevin Cranfield and Mr Greg Bell for their involvement and support in developing research based teaching linked with 'real world' experiences.

"As a business school, we are committed to developing 'work ready' students, equipped with the skills a professional service firm requires and ready to meet the demands of today's business environment," concluded Professor Whitwell.

The Business School and Bentleys will be looking to continue and expand on their collaborative efforts following a complete review of the pilot project and student feedback at the end of the semester.