Alexandra Charles

Alexandra Charles

Position: Head of Corporate Learning

College: College of Business

Department: Corporate Learning

Subject area: Accounting and Finance

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I joined the University of Derby in January 2016 as the Head of Corporate Learning. The department resides within the College of Business and is responsible for the delivery of work based learning programmes, professional courses and bespoke delivery to an array of students. As a department we pride ourselves 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 Higher Apprenticeships, Accredited Work Based Learning Degrees, professional CPD / courses such as ACCA, and bespoke delivery through programmes such as the MBA.

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 Corporate Learning 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 Corporate Learning.

Membership of professional bodies

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


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

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