Staff profile

Darren Byrne

Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Darren Byrne


Accounting, Business, Economics and Finance


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am the Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Business Accounting and Finance. 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.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach on a number of modules that help students to produce Consultancy Reports for real organisations who are looking for recommendations with regard to their chosen businesses. These are 40 credit year-through modules and students are encouraged to apply their skills and knowledge from their degree to real situations and to work with real clients.

I also lead and teach on other 'CIMA' orientated modules, e.g. Management Focus for Accountants, encouraging students to learn about how to build a career that incorporates managing others, and upon other modules in our successful suite of Accounting programmes.

Professional interests

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.

I also maintain an interest in management accounting activities in not for profit organisations.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Teaching qualifications

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"

September 2018. Presentation with David Lees at British Accounting & Finance Association, Annual Conference of the Northern Area Group, Derby Business School, University of Derby. "How to optimise 'employment readiness' for Accounting and Finance students"

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 valuable insight into different expectations of the role of the accountant.

As an academic I continue to use the experience from these previous roles, 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.

International experience

I have taught in Botswana and Malawi, and collaborates with tutors and students in Malaysia, Singapore, and in the European Union. 

Recent publications

Book Chapters