Accounting Influencers Roundtable


How Accounting Professionals Learn: Stuart Pedley-Smith

Explore the changing world of finance qualifications with Stuart Pedley-Smith. Stay updated on the evolving roles and tech-driven advancements in our industry.

Rob Brown welcomes Stuart Pedley-Smith, Chief Learning Officer at Kaplan Financial, to discuss the evolving landscape of qualifications and their relevance in today’s finance and accounting profession. Stuart, with over 25 years of experience in accountancy education, shares insights into the changing roles of finance professionals, emphasizing the need to adapt to technological advancements. The discussion explores the importance of maintaining core principles while incorporating new tools and technologies in qualifications. Stuart also highlights the role of technology in reshaping the profession and the potential for technology-based assessments. Overall, the episode delves into the challenges and opportunities facing finance professionals in a rapidly evolving industry.

Stuart Pedley-Smith, a certified accountant, has dedicated his career to professional education. As Kaplan’s Head of Learning, he shapes the company’s education strategy, advocates best practices, and fosters a culture of learning. With over two decades of teaching accountancy students, Stuart’s insights culminated in his book on examinations. His expertise informs engaging talks, a monthly blog, and podcasts on exam success. Stay tuned for Season 4 of the Kaplan Learn Better Podcast, and explore his insightful blogs:

Kaplan Learn Better Podcast (Season 4 coming soon):

Kaplan Learning Blog (General Kaplan Blog):

Pedley-Smith Blog (Exploring evidence-based learning and exam success):


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