Is all really well at ACCA?
(by Phil Baty,
Times Higher Education Supplement, 3rd September 1999, p. 6)

Claims by professional accountancy body the accountancy body the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants  that it “protects the public interest by pro-moting and maintaining the highest stand-ards of professional competence and conduct” are wearing thin among many of its 150,000 students and 66,000 fee-paying members.

ACCA appointed Hull University senior lecturer Moyra Kedslie as its deputy presi-dent this summer, just over a year after she resigned as head of Hull’s School of Account-ing, Business and Finance. Her resignation from Hull came during an internal report into a management “crisis” at the school. The report recommended an essential move towards “more open, inclusive management”.

It recommended that management should be reformed to “ensure there is full disclosure of information about school resources and their management and that those responsi-ble for managing the school are fully accountable to its members.” Dr Kedslie’s obsession with “income generating”, the report said, “has dominated planning and policy formulation. …. to the detriment of proper and careful consideration of its longer-term academic aims and objectives... Furthermore, we are far from convinced that all the income-generating activities in which the school has become engaged represent the best use of the school's or university's resources.” Dr Kedslie was out of the country this week, but ACCA chief executive Anthea Rose said the council was “fully behind” her and was “fully aware of her position at Hull”. Ms Rose also pointed out that at the time of Dr Kedslie’s departure, Hull praised her “enthusiasm and commitment”. Dr Kedslie’s appointment is not the only controversy facing ACCA.