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Accounting ‘Hall of Fame’ honour for UCD corporate governance expert

Posted 22 August, 2019

The Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal (AAAJ) has inducted Professor Niamh Brennan into its Hall of Fame for her “distinguished contributions to the progress of interdisciplinary accounting research”.

An expert in corporate governance, Professor Brennan was recognised for her work by the well-known peer review journal in July.

She is the first academic based in Ireland to be welcomed into the body’s Hall of Fame.

Grateful for the honour, the academic from the UCD College of Business was among several new inductees named at the 2019 Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) conference.

Those few selected to be inducted into the AAAJ Hall of Fame are chosen based on a career that is seen to have provided greatly to the progress of interdisciplinary accounting research.

In recognition of her substantial contribution to UK academic accounting and finance life, Professor Brennan received the 2018 British Accounting & Finance Association Distinguished Academic Award.

This was the first time that the honour was awarded to an academic from outside the UK in its 25 year history.

Professor Brennan, who established UCD’s Centre for Corporate Governance, is a chartered accountant with KPMG, holds a PhD from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors (London).

An inaugural honorary fellow of the Institute of Directors in Ireland and an honorary fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland, she is the Michael MacCormac Professor of Management at University College Dublin

Alongside publishing more than 100 research papers and articles on accounting, corporate governance and finance, Professor Brennan has held visiting positions at several universities in Australia and New Zealand.

Her papers have received several awards, including the British Accounting Review 2010 Best Paper Award, the Mary Parker Follett Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal award 2011, and a Mary Parker Follett Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal ‘highly commended’ award in 2014.

Established in 1988 as a peer-reviewed academic journal covering accounting theory and practice, the AAAJ sponsors the APIRA, which is held every three years.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations