Head of Department for Accountancy, Finance & Economics
Welcome to the Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics
Our department offers courses that support our students to not only learn the techniques involved in accountancy, finance and economics, but also to experience personal and professional development, enabling our graduates to be employed in a wide range of careers spanning the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Programmes are offered at undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels, supported by an excellent team of staff who work closely with our students; providing a dynamic learning environment and a great student experience.
We can offer you a broad range of accountancy, finance and economics study areas such as financial reporting, management accounting, accounting information systems, audit, tax, quantitative analysis, corporate finance, international finance, econometrics, corporate social responsibility, Islamic finance, financial services and banking. Our finance and economics students will benefit from a fully equipped stock exchange-style trading room which complements other computer facilities in our thriving Business School.
We firmly believe in business and education working together to help prepare our students for their future careers. Our students are taught by professionals from accountancy practice and other businesses in the region, to allow them to develop a number of technical and professional skills. In their first year of study, our accountancy and finance undergraduate students get an opportunity to work closely with staff from pwc, a big international firm of chartered accountants. This allows them to gain an insight into how accountants work in diverse organisations and how it is not always 'just about the numbers'!
We run an active 'Partners in Accountancy' scheme involving nine firms of chartered accountants in the region, ranging from large international firms to small local practices. These firms provide direct support for your technical knowledge development and also help explain why, and how, personal and professional development are vital for your employability.
Guest speakers are regular occurrences on our courses – with guests from local firms and organisations, including banks such as NatWest,HSBC and the Bank of England. These speakers are keen to talk to you and help you understand the environment they work in and the personal and professional development that will support your career plans.
Our placement year, taken after two years of undergraduate study, is an exciting opportunity to develop your knowledge and career potential with a choice of organisations from the private sector, public sector and voluntary sector. The Business School Placement Unit offers fantastic support, connecting you with the right employers and helping you find job opportunities that future employers will value.
Our close ties with professional accountancy bodies means we can offer professional accreditation from:
Taking advantage of our placement year as an undergraduate student can also lead to these professional bodies recognising this work as part of the work experience you need to become full members of their organisations. We will make sure that you know all of these professional bodies as they are part of our business links, and you will have the opportunity to meet and work with them during your programme.
Research in the Economics subject group focuses on applied economics with staff expertise in research areas encompassing efficiency research, behavioural and experimental economics, macroeconomics, finance, development economics and econometrics. Our staff also work closely with colleagues at The Economics Network and the Office for National Statistics.
We have an active and dynamic research community in the Business School.
Our staff and students conduct research in areas such as Economics, Banking and finance, Corporate Governance, Audit, Accounting Education and Management Accounting.
Our staff list provides full details of research interests so please have a look if you are considering research in a particular area. Further information, please view our Research at the Business School page.