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Personal Statement

I have been Reader in Finance at the University of Strathclyde since 2017, having previously held the positions of Senior Lecturer in Finance at Strathclyde, and Lecturer in Finance at the University of Aberdeen.  At Strathclyde, I have held extensive management responsibilities including Director for Postgraduate Research, Course Director for the Undergraduate Honours Year, Department Ethics Convenor, and Vice Convenor of the University Ethics Committee.

 

I am currently Director for Postgraduate Research (PGR) for the Department of Accounting and Finance with overall responsibility for PhD, DBA, and MPhil students in the department.  In this role I manage oversight of continuing student reviews, run professional development sessions to support research students, and support staff and student applications for internal and external PhD scholarship funding.  I also act as selector for applications from prospective students studying Finance. 

 

Outside of department and university responsibilities, I acted as Chair of the Scottish Area Group of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) from 2016 to 2019.  I was Secretary General for the University of Strathclyde’s team that hosted the 38th European Accounting Association Annual Congress in 2015.  With Andrew Marshall, I led the University of Strathclyde’s successful bid to host the Financial Management Association European Conference in 2019.  

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Security issuance and borrowing source

Research Interests

My current research and PhD supervision interests are primarily in the areas of corporate restructuring, including employee layoffs, asset divestitures and liquidity in the market for corporate assets.  I welcome PhD applicants interested to work in these areas and most areas of corporate finance.

I have supervised 9 PhD students to completion as first or second supervisor and am currently supervising 3 additional students.  I have supervised on a range of topics across broad areas of corporate finance including corporate restructuring, debt issuance, corporate governance, and foreign direct investment transactions.  I have acted as external examiner for 10 PhD students at UK and international universities. 

I have published over 20 research papers in leading international finance journals including Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, European Financial Management, and British Accounting Review. 

Teaching Interests

Current modules taught:

  • AG215 Business Finance (2nd year undergraduate)
  • AG985 Topics in Corporate Finance (MSc)
  • AG993 Advanced Corporate Finance and Applications (MSc)

My main teaching is in Corporate Finance or Financial Management, and I currently teach modules in these subjects to Undergraduate and Masters cohorts.  I have also taught a range of Finance modules at various stages of undergraduate and postgraduate study including Asset Pricing, Case Studies in Finance, Derivatives, Introductory Finance, and Portfolio Theory.  Feedback on taught modules has always been very positive with scores consistently above 4 on a 5-point Likert scale.  I have been nominated for Teaching Excellent Awards at Strathclyde on several occasions.

I have delivered these modules on taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Bahrain, Oman, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as on campus in Glasgow.  I have additionally supervised postgraduate dissertations at the Universities of Bristol and York.  I have acted as external examiner for taught programmes at UK universities including Dundee, Edinburgh, Lancaster, and Leeds.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Corporate governance in the UK post-Cadbury, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Finance, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

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