Conference award for University of Winchester accounting research paper

17 May 2017

A research paper written by University of Winchester experts in accounting and finance has been named best paper at the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Accounting Education special interest group annual conference held in Cardiff from 4-6 May. 

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The paper, Accounting students' perceptions of undertaking a programme-focussed assessment: an exploratory study, evaluates the introduction of Programme-Focussed Assessment (PFA) on the University's undergraduate Accounting programmes. 
 
Julia Osgerby, Senior Lecturer in Accounting, is the lead author of the paper and co-researcher Alison Bonathan is Programme Leader for undergraduate programmes.
 
"Programme-Focussed Assessment refers to when students' learning achievements are assessed at programme level, rather than when their achievement is measured by assessment of specific modules within the programme," said Paul Jennings​, Head of the University's Department of Accounting and Investment and another of the co-researchers.
 
"Shifting the balance away from assessment of modules can have benefits for both students and lecturers. It allows students to experience the programme as a whole, resulting in high-quality learning and the consequent reduction in overall assessment load means students and staff can devote more time and effort to effective learning.
 
"Our research paper looks how being assessed in this way affects students' attitudes to learning and assessment. We also analyse the teaching and organisational benefits and challenges of putting PFA into practice in an environment where resources are limited and accreditation from professional bodies needs to be maintained. We're all delighted that our paper has received the recognition of BAFA."
 
​​The University runs a number of accounting and finance courses at undergraduate level, including BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance​ and BA (Hons) Accounting and Management.
 
The University of Winchester team is pictured above at the BAFA conference. (Left to right):
Professor Neil Marriott, Deputy Vice-Chancellor; Carol Baily, Senior Lecturer Financial Accounting; Paul Jennings, Head of the Department of Accounting and Investment; Professor Pru Marriott, Dean, Faculty of Business, Law and Sport; Alison Bonathan, Programme Leader BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance; Julia Osgerby, Senior Lecturer in Accounting; Lim Teoh, Programme Leader MSc Accounting and Finance.​
 
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