Darren Byrne

Derby Business School Staff Profiles Darren Byrne

Position: Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Financial Markets

College: College of Business

Department: Derby Business School

Subject area: Accounting and Finance

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I contribute to the faculty vision by ensuring that all of our accounting and finance students experience a challenging atmosphere in their studies. Modules are designed to be challenging and students need to work proactively and positively to attain top degree classifications

I believe that our students should be supported to develop upon our programmes, and I work alongside my colleagues to ensure that an environment exists to do this. For instance, we ensure that opportunities are offered for students to engage with employers through guest lectures, and workshops with professionals from the business community.

We liaise with organisations who are seeking accountants and finance professionals, and we help businesses to match their requirements of accounting and finance graduates with their organisational aspirations. My colleagues and I support placement students by visiting them in situ, ensuring that they are gaining the very best experience from their engagement both with top employers in the local region and nationally.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Degree in Business, Accounting & Finance, and ensure that all students within this programme have a valuable and productive experience within their education. This programme is particularly apt for those students who wish to gain maximum skills, experience and exemptions towards the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants' (CIMA) qualifications. As such it is of great interest to students who wish to work professionally in industry.

I am also the Third Year Tutor for the B.A. Degree in Accounting & Finance. I look after students' welfare through Personal Tutor meetings, ensuring that students are mindful of the career options that are available to them. I also ensure that the third year cohort's programme is managed professionally and that students are satisfied with their programme. I work alongside other year tutors and the Programme Leader to ensure that students gain a positive experience, which not only earns them a quality degree, but also prepares them thoroughly for careers in business.

I am Module Leader upon 'Issues in Global Business and Corporate Accountability', a 40 credit year-through module where students are encouraged to consider topical business issues and to work in a consultative capacity upon an independent project liaising with external business and organisations.

I also work on our collaboratively managed Accounting & Finance Degree programmes that operate internationally e.g. Botswana, Malaysia and Singapore. Collaborative partners and programmes are very important to the Derby Business School. They allow cross-fertilisation of ideas and offer opportunities to share good practice and cultural experiences that benefit our students internationally.

Professional interests

  • I have taught for a number of years upon the Enterprise stream of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), and seek to ensure that undergraduate accounting programmes reflect this core stream  
  • I maintain an interest in management accounting activities in not for profit organisations
  • I recognise the strategic role of the accountant within businesses, and therefore support activities in my teaching that can help prepare students for this requirement in their careers.

Research interests

Currently undertaking a Doctorate focussing on the following areas:

  • Business and Accounting Ethics
  • Improved Ethical Development in the Accounting Curriculum
  • International Harmonisation of Accounting Education Standards

 My doctoral studies are concentrated on developing a combination of some of these areas with relation to my professional teaching practice.

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Accounting & Financial Management, University of Sheffield

Postgraduate qualifications

  • MA European Marketing, University of Derby

Teaching qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching (PGPLT).

Recent conferences

January 2013. Presentation at Derby University Internal Doctoral Conference 'New Horizons 2013'. "Is the Level and Capacity of Professional and Ethical Development of a Student Affected and Informed by their Cultural Environment"

April 2014. Presentation at British Accounting & Finance Association (BAFA) Doctoral Conference. "Towards Improved Undergraduate Curriculum Development in Accounting Programmes Regarding Ethical Maturity"

Additional interests and activities

I feel confident that our students have a great deal to contribute towards employers ambitions, our students graduate with some very real-world skills and capabilities, built through exposing them to very different challenges whilst with us. For instance, third year students develop consultancy skills and work on real projects. Employers benefit from the students up-to-date knowledge and keenness to engage.

If you feel that your organisation could benefit from a student's consultancy insights, or if you are interested in offering placement opportunities to capable, motivated students, or if you would just like to discuss what practical skills and knowledge our students can offer top employers, then please feel free to contact me at; d.byrne@derby.ac.uk

Experience in industry

I have worked in the public, private and not for profit sectors predominantly in management/business accountant and financial manager positions. I have also worked for a number of differing kinds and sizes of organisations, giving me some valuable insights into different expectations of the role of the accountant, for instance some positions offered a good deal of exposure to marketing and I.T. functions within the organisations - allowing me to develop appropriate accounting systems and reporting controls.

As an academic I continue to use the experience from these previous roles and from my personal consultancy work and from my experiences of the challenging charity sector to illustrate and contribute to students' experiential learning within their programmes.

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