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Workshop on Financial Implications of Big Society

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

A Workshop on Financial Implications of Big Society will take place at the ICOSS Centre Boardroom, University of Sheffield, 10am to 5pm, 25 October 2011

Big Society Research is a project funded by Research Councils UK (RCUK) under their Connected Communities cross-council funding programme. The aim of Big Society Research is to harvest current research relevant to Big Society and place it under a single banner that can become an effective avenue for disseminating and achieving impact on local and central government, policy-makers and communities themselves.

Led by Prof Jane Binner, University of Sheffield Management School and facilitated by Tim Morley, Know Innovation, this workshop will be one of a series of four interdisciplinary themed workshops that will bring together and harvest research from RCUK-funded projects relevant to the Big Society. The outcome will be a portfolio of current Big Society activity in each of the four themed areas.

Workshop aims
Through a hands-on working session with breakout groups, the workshop aims to begin to address the following fundamental questions:

  • What are the financial implications of the Big Society?
  • What factors are necessary for success and sustainability in a citizen-led initiative?
  • What is the vision of the next-generation Big Society with citizen-led initiatives’ in mind that will build on the current successes but enable radically new citizen-led working practices?

The output of the workshop will be a report/paper on the Financial Implications of Big Society, which will bring together existing theories and research relevant to the questions above.

Workshop agenda

  • 10:00 – Arrival and Coffee
  • 10:30 to 10:40 – Welcome: Aims and Objectives of the Workshop by Professor Jane Binner, Chair in Corporate Finance, University of Sheffield
  • 10:40 to 11:10 – Opening address: Professor Ron Hodges, Professor of Public Sector Accounting, University of Sheffield
  • 11:10 to 13:00 – Round table presentation by each delegate: Core questions we are trying to answer / key themes
  • 13:00 to 14:00 –  Lunch
  • 14:00 to 15:30 –  Breakout groups: Fleshing out what we currently know about the questions
  • 15:30 to 16:00 – Coffee break
  • 16:00 to 16:30 – Identifying research gaps
  • 16:30 to 17:00 –  Plenary session wrap up and next steps
  • 17:15 to 18:15 – Drinks reception in the foyer
  • 19:00 –  Dinner

Join our network:

In preparation for the  workshop, we have setup a simple networking website. We hope that this will help you to get your mind into gear so that we can get off to a running start on the 25th. The site will also be used to post some basic administrative information about the event.

The site is private and access is restricted to “FIBS” attendees.  You can register at:

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Ron Hodges

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Ron Hodges
6.00 pm, Wednesday 19 November 2008
Sir Henry Stephenson Lecture Theatre 1, Mappin Street, Sheffield

Public Sector Accounting, the Credit Crunch, Risk Transfer and all that Jazz!
In a presentation amended in the light of the recent collapse of financial markets and institutions, Ron Hodges will provide a personal perspective on the challenges facing public sector accounting theory and practice. Once seen as separate and distinctive from its private sector counterpart, a decade or more of reforms in public services have led to a blurring of the boundary between the two. The UK public sector is moving to a financial reporting regime based upon International Financial Reporting Standards, which have been constructed to inform capital markets and which are seen by some to be dominated by U.S. interests. In this talk Ron will make the case for a distinctive approach to public sector accounting and suggest that recent events in the capital markets provide an opportunity for accounting researchers and policy makers to reject the false dawn of market-based accounting to a more holistic representation of the value of public services.

Ron Hodges is Professor of Public Services Accounting at the University of Sheffield Management School where he is Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching. He is the Director of the University of Sheffield Public Services Academy and Chairman of the Public Services Accounting Special Interest Group of the British Accounting Association.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. Guests do not require a ticket but it would be appreciated if you could confirm your attendance to Kathryn Hewitt either by phone 0114 222 3364 or email

Keynote address

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Ron Hodges is presenting the Keynote address at the Conference of the Governance, Accountability, Performance and Sustainability Special Interest Group of the Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand in Sydney in July 2008.