Alexandra Charles

Position: Head of Derby Management School

College: College of Business

Department: Corporate Learning

Subject area: Accounting and Finance

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About

I joined the University of Derby in January 2016, and hold the position of Head of Derby Management School. This part of the College of Business oversees Postgraduate, Professional and Work Based Learning bespoke provisions. The Derby Management School pride itself on achieving synergies through bringing together academia and practice, with a clear objective of adding value for all parties.

Students may enrol on programmes as individual learners or through a cohort approach. Courses include a wide variety of Masters' programmes such as the MBA Global, MBA Global Finance, MSc in International Business and Finance or the MSc in Supply Chain Improvement, to name but a few. There are also Accredited Work Based Learning Degrees, and professional CPD / courses such as ACCA and CIPS, as well as bespoke corporate delivery through programmes such as the MBA Global.

Teaching responsibilities

Through my career in academia I have taught at a variety of levels, from undergraduate through to postgraduate and professional. My main areas of specialism include: Accounting for Managers, Strategic and Financial Decision Making, Risk Management, Global Supply Chain Management, and Strategic Management Accounting. The role of an academic clearly spans far more than just teaching, and I have been privileged over the years to act as supervisor for many different types of student, from undergraduate placement students, through to dissertation, in-company project (PG), and also PhD (2nd) supervisions.

Professional interests

An aptitude for numeracy and business led me towards accounting as a student, this then progressed into the completion of my ACCA, and then a life in academia. In my academic career I have undertaken many varied roles, from being Postgraduate Academic Practice Officer, through to Programme Leader on various Masters' programmes, and Strategic Resource Planner. Latterly, I was responsible for leading the Department of Accounting and Finance, and then finally my role at the University of Derby as Head of Derby Management School within the College of Business.

Research interests

My areas of interest are split into two distinct disciplines: Global Supply Chain Management and Corporate Performance. I was a key lead on the Top200 publication in the East Midlands from 2012 onwards. I am continuing these themes in my role as Head of Derby Management School.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Affiliate Member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance
  • MSc Accounting
  • ACCA

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