I completed my formal University education at Durham University (ranked the 70th best University in the world, 5th best in the UK), with a Post Graduate Diploma in Enterprise Management.
I then went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, with global companies such as Black and Decker, Walmart, and Sears.
I spent over 20 years of my career in blue chip organisations, reporting directly into board level, shaping and driving the strategy and success of those organisations.
I am passionate for individual students to gain both the academic qualifications, and the personal attributes for them to establish a successful career.
I have a particular interest and role in the experience of all of the Chinese students who come to SHU to study an Accounting & Finance Degree. As well as being a Senior Lecturer in Management Accounting, across all years of our undergraduate degree, I am also the personal tutor to all of the Chinese students on the Accounting and Finance degree. I am there as their own personal link for any queries they have, from the moment they arrive in Sheffield. This may be queries about their accommodation, help with finding part time work, and help to find one of the many local Chinese supermarkets or restaurants, or help with additional help in their studies.
As a mother of two daughters aged 14 and 17, I am very aware of the trust parents put in us by sending their children to study with us. I want our Chinese students to be happy, successful and safe. I am also very aware of the financial investment that parents are putting in to their children’s education and career; and the importance that has for the whole of your family. I have absolute respect for the ambitions you have for your children to have a happy and successful career, and contribute to the economy of China as a whole.
As a result of the unique and special relationship I have with our Chinese students, I now have the nickname of “Hallam Mama”. This is because I care deeply about your children, but also expect them to do their best.
If I could give you some advice to give to your children before they come to study at Sheffield Hallam it would be this:-
Watch UK TV and read UK newspapers whenever they can.
When your children arrive in the UK, they need to be brave straight away and talk to UK students.The UK students will really appreciate it, and it will really help your children to settle in and improve their English.
They should not be afraid of losing face, In the UK we would prefer that they try to be involved, even if they are wrong, the worst thing for your child’s attainment is for them not to participate in class.This is also important if they want to build a relationship with their tutors, so that they can get a strong reference from their tutors for post graduate (masters) study.
In the UK we want our students to ask questions and challenge us whenever they want to.This is maybe very different to what your children are used to, but will really help their learning and results.Their teachers will really appreciate this challenge, and will not be offended at all!!!
The most important factor for the success of your children is their skills in the English language, Chinese students are always very strong numerically, but also need to consider the analysis / interpretation of their figures to become successful accountants.
The degree we offer is highly respected by ACCA, and can provide up to 9 exemptions from the 16 papers required by ACCA to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, a very significant qualification.
Sheffield is the safest major city in the UK.
Sheffield has a very strong sporting history, including the annual World Snooker Championship, which has been held in Sheffield since 1977.
Sheffield is going to benefit from huge Chinese investment against competition from other major UK centres including Manchester and Birmingham.We are at the forefront of Chinese investment in the UK. http://www.sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/sheffield-is-the-city-of-choice-for-chinese-investment/
Having the opportunity for your children to spend time with UK students is extremely beneficial, and should be encouraged.
At Sheffield Hallam, we really value our Chinese students, and do everything we can to help their success and their happiness.
- 2013: Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
- 1999: Graduate of the Common Purpose Programme, Other, United Kingdom
- 1995: CIMA, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), United Kingdom
- 1992: PGDip Enterprise Management, Durham University, United Kingdom
- 1991: BA Geography with Combined Studies, Northumbria University, United Kingdom
- 2017: Consultancy Lead, Sentinel Brewery Ltd
CPD/ Attendance at annual conferences
- 2017: , Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
Private consultancy project
- 2017: Full review and update of management accounting systems, Work Limited, United Kingdom
Member of professional body
- 1995: , Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), United Kingdom
- Management Accounting at all levels
- Finance Accounting and Business Systems
Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems
Sheffield Business School
Fin Accounting & Man Accounting
Mowthorpe, B. (2016). Cultural blocks to Chinese learning in the UK.