The Accounting & Finance Department is one of the largest academic departments in the University. There are 24 full-time academic members of staff, most of whom have both academic and professional qualifications. Seven of the 24 staff members - i.e. almost a third - have doctorates. The majority of staff have worked as accounting and finance professionals in industry and/or commerce and are thus able to provide a reflective and practical context to the academic study of the subject area. Staff engage in a range of research, scholarly and professional activities ensuring that the teaching is dynamic and up to date.
The main work of the Department is teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the BCIM Faculty, as well as professional programmes developed in conjunction with professional bodies like the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (>>ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (>>ICSA). The Department is closely affiliated with the Faculty’s Programme in Accounting, which runs a suite of postgraduate courses in Charities Accounting and Administration. These enjoy a high reputation. Other postgraduate courses include Accounting with Finance (offered to qualified accountants), Corporate Governance, Finance & Accounting, and an MSc in International Finance & Investment/Banking. See the >>Programme in Accounting page for further information.
The reputation and professional standing of these programmes attracts students from all over the world to study at the University. New courses under development include a BSc (Hons) in Financial Management being developed to be compatible with the first two tiers of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (>>CIMA) professional examinations and a suite of postgraduate programmes to be delivered by e-learning, including an MSc in Internal Auditing.
2. Quality Inspection Documents
The Accounting & Finance Department was subject to inspection by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (>>QAA) in 2004. The following relevant documents are available for downloading:
Accounting Subject Benchmark Statement
Draft Finance Subject Benchmark Statement
Masters Awards in Business & Management
QAA Inspection Report.
3. Useful Links
>>The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA)
This website offers much useful information for intending and present students, and some downloadable reports and articles. Essential data for students on ACCA linked courses.
>>The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)
This website is a good first stop for finding information regarding governance and regulatory issues in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and on the role of Chartered Secretaries. Essential data for students on ICSA linked courses.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
This incorporates a well maintained library of links to other websites containing accounting-related matter. Make this your first stop for most searches for accounting material outside perhaps the CIPFA website (see below) for the public sector. All fields are covered, and there is a wealth of links to international materials. The website also offers a range of publications, some downloadable, and information for students. The members’ facilities are very sophisticated.
The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
This website has good information for students and members and a publication ordering system.
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA)
This is a good first stop for finding the website of any public sector organisation. There is also the usual information for students and members, and a good range of downloadable reports.
Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
Benchmark Statement of Academic Standards for Accounting.