Insights and thought-leadership from our work.

  • Future of Education: new horizons for academia, policy and practice

    We are delighted to be working with BAFA to engage academics and practitioners in a dialogue on the future of accounting education.

  • Surviving AI

    This is a research project of AuditFutures in collaboration with the Royal College of Art on the future experience of career transitions.

  • A question of character

    We are collaborating with the Jubilee Centre on a research project to explore what virtues and attributes are prized and upheld by ICAEW members and what they associate with the ideal professional for chartered accountants.

  • Assurance Innovation by Design

    On 7th December we hosted an Assurance Design Workshop for ICAEW members. The event is part of our Open Design Studio – a design-led incubator for new thinking and innovative ideas. We bring together a diverse group of Accountants and businesses to flex their creativity and to solve real and complex problems that create new […]

  • Reimagining the Firm:
    our report

    Our report will be published in January. Join our mailing list to be the first to receive a copy. Here is a short introduction to the report.

  • Ethical Systems Design

    Summary of the key points from the 'Ethics by Design' Conference

  • Graphic recording from
    ‘Ethics by Design’ Conference

    While we are working on writing up the materials from the Ethics by Design Conference, you can download the graphic recording from the event:

  • Design-thinking workshop

    7 December, we are hosting another workshop on design-thinking and assurance at ICAEW

  • Ethics by design: fostering ethical culture in organisations

    An international conference and workshop, organised in collaboration with Ethical Systemsand hosted by University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


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  • Unchaining the blockchain

    In June 2016, we hosted an Accountancy Salon on blockchain: an open discussion on the impact of this technology on the profession and opportunities for our members. The event was part of our AuditFutures programme and was run in collaboration with ICAEW’s IT Faculty. The purpose of the Salon was to provide an overview of […]

  • Manchester Workshop on Assurance Design

    A finance director has a problem. She’s unsure what to do, and she’s asked for help. Some form of assurance might be the solution, but it doesn’t seem to fit into any standard engagement. What do you do? Design-thinking – the creative process for tackling tricky questions and finding valuable solutions – might seem a […]

  • FutureFirms Workshops

    We ran some very interesting round-table discussions recently with employees and partners from major firms, and some great themes and questions are emerging, plus we got some great input and feedback relating to the future firms framework we are building. Some of the key takeaways that we have noted down from the sessions so far […]

  • Accountancy Salon on the blockchain

    Accountancy Salon is a series of discussion events that provide a space for an advanced debate on the complex and dynamic role of the accounting profession in contemporary society. Each session focuses on a specific theme and features brief talks by an invited panel and an open discussion with a cross-disciplinary audience. The salon was […]

  • 7 March:
    Newnham College

    Participant-led, interactive workshop with a multidisciplinary panel Chance to discuss and challenge the perceptions of your place and role in society and how best to leverage your impact as a professional. This open conversation with alumni and professionals will give you a chance to hear from a distinguished, multidisciplininary panel exploring how professionals can take individual responsibility to effect […]

  • 1 December 2015:
    Design-thinking Workshop

      We invite you to take part in an innovative and practical workshop on designing assurance engagements and services for a wide range of clients and sectors. This half-day event will bring together assurance practitioners with business owners, entrepreneurs, investors, CFOs and NEDs to explore new and emerging areas where assurance can build trust. This […]

  • P4A Pilot at Manchester Business School

    In 2014-2015, we engaged with Manchester Business School to test our theory in a year-long pilot programme, integrated as part of the ‘Auditing and Professional Accounting Practice’ class of Penny Clarke. These monthly seminars introduced the tools of philosophical inquiry and facilitated discussions to a room of 45 first-year undergraduate accounting students. Coupled with new […]

  • 26 June 2015:
    Accountancy Salon on Open Innovation

    We invite you to a salon, jointly hosted with the Royal College of Art on Friday, 26 June, in the afternoon. Our theme is open innovation and design-led collaboration – how can we design a world where people come first, where businesses grow their commercial opportunities while collaborating for the greater good, and government delivers […]

  • 7 May 2015:
    Celebrating P4A

    We are excited to invite you to a very special event, looking at the future of accountancy education. As part of our yearlong pilot programme – Philosophy for Accountancy – we will showcase the work of our distinguished student cohort studying accounting, and will engage in dynamic discussion about the future of the profession and […]