A qualified Management Accountant (CIMA), with a long career working in industry (Black and Decker, Walmart, Freemans plc). 9 years ago I took the opportunity to slightly change career, and apply the knowledge gained from industry to teaching. This is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love interacting with my students, expanding their knowledge, supporting them when things get tricky, and watching them grow and flourish.
I am dedicated to helping our students fulfil their potential, and go on to qualify as an accountant if they choose to pursue that career path.
This does not just involve understanding accounting techniques, it includes a wide range of professional skills; how to communicate effectively, how to work well with others, how to be resilient if things do not succeed the first time. Crucially how to become independent thinkers and learners, something that is a true life skill.
Student experience is at the heart of my role as the Course Leader for Accounting and Finance BA (Hons), and all of my colleagues take the same approach. We are here to guide the students on how to study, how to be successful and how to understand the need to invest in their own learning.
I teach across all three years of the Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) programme, within the Management Accounting pillar. I am also the course leader for the course, with all of the challenges and rewards that offers. This means that alongside my colleagues I am involved in student recruitment, course design, assessment, quality standards and professional body requirements.
I also provide teaching to another department within the Business School, the Department of Management. This allows me to give Business Studies students an insight into the critical subject of finance, which they can take forward into their future careers. This includes running a module in Shanghai.
I have the pleasure of teaching at Masters level across a number of courses including all of our MBA programmes, International Marketing, Banking and Finance, Finance and Investment, Wealth Management and Financial Management. This really brings into focus the incredible international reach we have at Sheffield Hallam. As well as UK students I have taught students from around the world, including China, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Italy, Germany, France, Nigeria etc. This brings yet another dimension to my experience as a teacher, and how I can best support these students.
This brings me neatly onto my other area of specialism. I have travelled extensively throughout China for the last 9 years representing Sheffield Hallam. This has been an incredible opportunity, and certainly not something I could have ever imagined!! I am fascinated with the Chinese culture, history and people. This has allowed me to be become somewhat of an expert in helping and supporting our Chinese students when they are trying to adjust to a very different culture and educational approach.
Chinese students are amazed that I have usually visited more Chinese cities than they have, as they tend not to travel too much between provinces.
They are thousands of miles away from their family and friends, and can find this very difficult. They are looking for a friendly face, someone who understands what they are experiencing, and someone to guide them through their studies. As a totally different aspect to my teaching, I find this incredibly rewarding. I have even had the honour of selecting the English name for one of my ex-students babies (younger Chinese people have both a Chinese and an English name).
I am an early researcher, and my areas of interest are as above, student experience whether for UK or international students. I hope my research can further enhance what we are already providing for our students at Sheffield Hallam.
- Management Accounting at all levels
- Finance Accounting and Business Systems