Dr Karen Bargate.

School of Accounting, Economics and Finance academic, Dr Karen Bargate, received the award for the best paper in the accounting education category at the 2015 Southern African Accounting Association Biennial Conference – adding to the one she was awarded in 2013!

At the 2013 gathering in Cape Town, Bargate’s winner paper in the accounting education category was titled:  Students’ Experiences of Understanding Managerial Accounting and Financial Management in a Writing Intensive Tutorial Programme

This year, the conference took place in East London and attracted 300 academics from South African and international universities.  Bargate’s paper was titled: “Towards a Model of Teaching and Learning in a Managerial Accounting and Financial Management Writing-Intensive Tutorial Programme”, under the theme: “Our Role as Accountancy Educators: Closing the GAP”.

The paper focused on developing a model for teaching and learning in a Managerial Accounting and Financial Management tutorial programme.

Bargate said very little research work had been done on models of teaching and learning in accounting education and the aim of the paper was to initiate the debate on developing a model specifically for accounting programmes.

‘I am very excited about winning the prize twice in a row. It is great to receive acknowledgement from the wider accounting academic community for the work I am doing.’

Bargate also presented a paper at the 2015 International Business and Education Conference in London titled: “Making Accounting Tutorials Enjoyable”. The paper created awareness that higher education can be a fun, learning environment.