Research Collaborations between Bournemouth University and UKZN Explored
Dr Ven Tauringana of Bournemouth University in England was hosted by the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance recently in order to establish international linkages through research collaboration and staff and student exchanges with UKZN.
During his visit, Tauringana - an Associate Professor of Accounting at Bournemouth and Director of Research for the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics at the University’s Business School, engaged with the leadership of the College’s Schools, staff, and undergraduate, honours and masters students.
Tauringana said the idea for cementing strategic partnerships in the teaching and learning area with UKZN arose when he got the opportunity to network with Professor Lesley Stainbank at a conference in Uganda last year.
‘When we spoke about ways of enhancing the profile of UKZN we came up with the idea of the sharing of practices and collaboration… hence my visit. After doing research on the University through the web, I discovered it is a reputable institution,’ said Tauringana.
‘Now that I have seen the facilities and resources available to staff and students, I am confident that this partnership will benefit both universities, especially when it comes to research.’
With his research interests concentrated in the areas of corporate governance, voluntary disclosures and their consequences, working capital management and environmental reporting, Tauringana also took the opportunity to deliver a research seminar titled: “The Effect of DEFRA guidance on Greenhouse Gases Disclosure in the UK”.
The research aims to assess whether companies had increased their reporting of Green House Gases (GHG) which have a negative effect on the environment.
‘We all know what has been happening in the UK with climate change as we had no winter this year and we have had the worst flooding in 200 years. Once a company admits how much GHG it’s emitting into the environment it will help environmental agencies to put pressure on the companies to reduce the GHG they release,’ said Tauringana.
The presentation, which included elements of Accounting, Economics and Law, created a platform for discussion among academics and produced suggestions on areas of multidisciplinary research as Tauringana has expressed interest in applying the research to South Africa.- Thandiwe Jumo