Jill Collis

Reader in Accounting

Contact Details

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Room: ESGW 104f
Brunel University London
Uxbridge
UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 266225
Email: Jill.Collis@brunel.ac.uk

Summary

Jill Collis is Director of the Accounting and Auditing Research Centre at Brunel University. Her research focuses on national and international developments in financial reporting requirements for small and medium-sized private companies. She has undertaken applied research for major accountancy bodies in the UK (ACCA, ICAEW and ICAS), the Professional Oversight Board and government departments. The Collis Report (DTI, 2003) contributed to the 'think small first' approach taken in UK company law and has been used as the basis for research in other jurisdictions. The second Collis Report (BERR, 2008) contributed to the government’s strategy for better regulation and reducing administrative burdens on smaller entities.

In addition to her research publications, she has published text books on accounting and research methods. Her accessible writing style and active-learning approach reflects her experience as a mature student and her understanding of lecturers’ needs. Business Accounting provides an introduction to financial and management accounting for non-specialist students and at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Business Research is a practical guide to research methods intended for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students.

Teaching and Research

Teaching

Business research methods
Introductory financial and management accounting for non-accounting students
Issues in accounting and finance for SMEs

Research Interests

Jill’s research focuses on national and international developments in financial reporting requirements for unlisted small and medium-sized companies. She has undertaken applied research for the following accountancy bodies and government departments:

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • The Professional Oversight Board (POB)
  • The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)
  • The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR)
  • The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)

The Collis Report (DTI, 2003) contributed to the ‘think small first’ approach taken in UK company law and the research instrument was used as a model in other EU member states. The second Collis Report (BERR, 2008), contributed to the government’s strategy for better regulation and reducing administrative burdens on smaller entities.

Research Centres

Accounting and Auditing Research Centre (AARC)

Publications

Publications

Journal Papers

(2014) Ojala, H., Niskanen, M., Collis, J. and Pajunen, K., Audit quality and decision-making in small companies, Managerial Auditing Journal 29 (9)

(2012) Collis, J., Determinants of voluntary audit and voluntary full accounts in micro and non-micro small companies in the UK, Accounting and Business Research 42 (2) : 441- 468 Download publication

(2010) Collis, J., Audit exemption and the demand for voluntary audit: A comparative study of the UK and Denmark, International Journal of Auditing 14 (2) : 211- 231 Download publication

(2004) Collis, J., Jarvis, R. and Skerratt, L., The demand for the audit in small companies in the UK, Accounting and Business Research 34 (2) : 87- 100

(2002) Collis, J. and Jarvis, R., Financial information and the management of small private companies, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development 9 (2) : 100- 110

Conference Papers

(2012) Ojala, H., Collis, J., Niemi, L. and Kinnunen, J., Impact of sources of finance on voluntary audit in micro-companies and consequences for earnings quality, 35th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association

(2012) Ojala, H., Collis, J., Niemi, L. and Kinnunen, J., Impact of sources of finance on voluntary audit in micro-companies and consequences for earnings quality, 48th Annual Conference of the British Accounting and Finance Association

(2011) Kitching, J., Kašperová, E. and Collis, J., Deregulation or disclosure? UK financial reporting regulation and small company performance, 25th Anniversary Conference on Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business (RENT XXV)

(2011) Kitching, J., Kašperová, E. and Collis, J., Deregulation or disclosure? Financial reporting regulation and small company performance, 34th Conference of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE 2011)

(2011) Ojala, H., Collis, J., Niemi, L. and Kinnunen, J., Voluntary audit, earnings quality and the capital structure of small companies, 7th Workshop on European Financial Reporting (EUFIN 2011)

(2010) Collis, J., Demand not command in financial reporting by SMEs in the UK, 33rd Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association

(2010) Collis, J., Financial reporting by demand not command for smaller entities?, British Accounting Association Annual Conference 2010

(2009) Collis, J., To auditing and accounting requirements for SMEs in the UK: A benefit or a burden?, 5th Annual Workshop on Accounting in Europe (AiE2009)

(2009) Vourvachis, P., Collis, J. and Georgiou, O., Students’ learning style preferences and experiences on an introductory accounting course: A collaborative study, British Accounting Association Annual Conference 2009

Books

(2009) Collis, J. and Hussey, R., Business Research: A Practical Guide for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students. Palgrave MacMillan

(2006) Collis, J. and Hussey, R., Business accounting. Palgrave Macmillan

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