Hilary Coyle

Hilary Coyle

Position: Lecturer in Management Accounting

College: College of Business

Department: Derby Business School

Subject area: Accounting and Finance

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I am currently studying on the new route PhD programme with the intention of becoming an expert in my field. This links into the vision of DBS being recognised for academic excellence. I aim to inspire my students with the mix of my industrial, public and third sector experience as well as my up and coming research. I take pride in knowing all my students and enjoy challenging them and seeing them develop. My commitment to the professional accounting programmes translates into ensuring our undergraduate students are employable as soon as they leave our institution.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the undergraduate Accounting and Finance Degree, and the International Business Top-up degree. 

My specialist area is Management Accounting and I am module leader for  ,'Management Accounting Performance Evaluation' and 'International Business Performance Appraisal'.

I currently work at the University of Derby for two days per week.

Professional interests

I specialise in Management Accounting.

Research interests

I am interested in all areas of strategic management accounting and in particular I am interested in strategic management accounting techniques and how they can be applied in the public sector.

Membership of professional bodies

I am an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, Nottingham Trent Polytechnic
  • Diploma in Politics and Government, Open University

Postgraduate qualifications

  • ACMA, CGMA Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • FHEA, Higher Education Academy
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, University of Derby
  • MRes Masters in Research, University of Derby

Recent publications

Coyle H., 2014 Performance Measurement in Local Government, Critical Perspectives in Business Management issue 2 June 2014, University of Derby. 

Recent conferences

JFMPS Conference July 2013 (Part of the CIPFA Annual Conference)

Additional interests and activities

I am passionate about making our students experience of management accounting great, here at Derby. I want them to see there is more to accounting than just numbers. 

I am a district councillor for South Derbyshire District Council and I am currently the Deputy Leader of the controlling group.

I am also Vice Chair of Sharpe's Pottery and Museum Trust based in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire.

I am treasurer of the South Derbyshire Conservative Womens Organisation.

Experience in industry

I have been in several Financial and Management Accounting roles within the Service industry, manufacturing and retailing.  I have managed large teams of people as well as completing individual project work.

I  also work within the third sector whilst being a councillor at my local district council.

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