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21st Audit & Assurance Conference

(formerly National Auditing Conference)

The 21st Audit & Assurance Conference (formerly known as the National Auditing Conference), organised by the Auditing Special Interest Group (ASIG) of the British Accounting Association (BAA), will be held at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), CA House, in Edinburgh, Scotland on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 May 2011. The conference organisation is supported by Aston University Business School.
The conference aims to provide a forum which: i) allows faculty from higher education establishments to meet and exchange ideas and experiences, ii) encourages the discussion of educational objectives and teaching methodologies within auditing courses, and iii) promotes the dissemination of current research and professional practice in auditing and assurance, and auditing education.
The conference has been successfully held at venues around the UK or Ireland for the past 20 years and attracts a mix of international academic and professional speakers. An important feature of the conference is that it is held in plenary session with papers presented serially rather than in parallel. Approximately 40 minutes is allowed for the delivery of each paper including an allowance of 10‐15 minutes for discussion and questions.
The conference organising committee invites papers in any area of auditing.

The conference organising committee is pleased to announce the participation of Nathalie de Basaldúa (Head of Audit Policy Unit, EU Commission), Arnold Schilder (Chairman, IAASB), Douglas Nisbet (past President of ICAS and E&Y partner), James Gunn (Technical Director, IFAC), Steve Maijoor (Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets‐AFM; and Chair of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators‐IFIAR), Andrew Jones (Director, Audit Inspection Unit, Public Oversight Board, UK), Brynjar Gilberg (Accounting and Auditing Supervision, FSA Norway) among others during the 21st Audit & Assurance Conference. If you would like to receive more information, or email or post your research paper submissions, please contact the Chairman of the Auditing Group (ASIG), Ilias G Basioudis (Aston Business School, Aston University, Finance & Accounting Group, Birmingham, UK, email: [email protected]). Please indicate clearly in the subject line of the email the reason of your submission, for example “AAC 2011 submission”. To preserve anonymity, e‐mail the cover page and the remainder of the manuscript as separate files. Submissions must be received by JANUARY 10th, 2011 to be considered for the programme. Submissions are not eligible for consideration if they have been published or accepted for publication by January 10, 2011. Final version of accepted papers will be required for binding into the conference proceedings by 1 April 2011 at the latest.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) ( is the world's first professional body of accountants, receiving its Royal Charter in 1854. It was the first to adopt the designation "Chartered Accountant" and the designatory letters "CA".

Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is situated on Scotland's East Coast. Home of the Scottish parliament, Edinburgh is enriched with culture, fine architecture and hosts three museums. The most well known attractions are Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Holyrood Palace and The National Gallery of Scotland. The city is the most popular destination of tourists visiting Scotland and second only to London of tourists visiting the United Kingdom.

The conference has been sponsored since its inception by accounting bodies, our current sponsors being The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). Their support has been invaluable throughout the years.