Staff profile

Elaine Conway

Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School

Research centre

Centre for Business Improvement, Accounting Research Cluster


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance and currently teach on a variety of accounting and finance modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. Prior to joining the university, I was a practitioner in the automotive industry, predominantly overseas.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently teach and am module leader for Strategic and Financial Performance Management (postgraduate), Financial Accounting (undergraduate), Financial Reporting (undergraduate) and Contemporary Reporting Issues (undergraduate). I supervise dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

I have previously taught Mergers and Acquisitions (postgraduate), Financial Statement Analysis (undergraduate) and on ACCA and CIMA professional programmes.

Professional interests

Professionally, I am interested in business development and performance improvement, particularly with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

I am an examiner for two papers for the Institute of Financial Accountants, a former Board Member of the East Midlands branch of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and have set Objective Test Questions (OTQs) for CIMA F2 paper.

Research interests

My research interests include: business development and improvement, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and corporate financial performance, accounting standards development, SMEs and both profit and not-for-profit organisations.

Membership of professional bodies


Research qualifications

Undergraduate qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Prior to moving into teaching and research, I worked for 17 years in industry, initially as a management accountant, later moving into Finance Director and Managing Director roles. My background is in the automotive industry and encompassed a variety of roles and projects, such as feasibility studies, accounting, finance, company secretarial, purchasing and logistics optimisation and company startups. The majority of my experience is overseas, in countries such as Germany, Poland, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Slovenia and China. The latter experience involved being the Managing Director for a company start up in northern China for two years, taking the company from an idea on a spreadsheet through site selection, design, build and selection and training of employees leading to a fully functioning manufacturing and machining facility supplying customers both internally in China and also exporting to the US.

I have also been a Non-Executive Board member of a NHS Primary Care Trust and a not-for-profit Housing Association.

Recent publications

Journals (all peer-reviewed)


‘Engagement of Derbyshire-based small and medium sized enterprises in the low carbon economy - a report of SME activity within the low carbon agenda’, published within ‘Low Carbon Economy Engaged Research Project – Findings Report’, a combined research project for University of Derby, Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils, August 2013.

Book chapters

Conference proceedings

SDS 2015 – Sustainable Development Symposium, 5th Annual European Postgraduate Symposium, 15-17 June 2015, Lisbon, Portugal. Paper presented: ‘Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Rating Firms: Help or Hindrance?’ Abstract published in conference proceedings ISBN:978-972-9346-40-8.

‘The qualitative impact of sustainability support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)’; abstract published in ‘SDS 2013 – Sustainable Development Symposium’, Rogiosi Editore, Naples, Italy, ISBN 978-88-97893-28-8, February 2013.

‘Engaging Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Low Carbon Agenda’; abstract published in ‘SDS 2014 – Sustainable Development Symposium’, Slovak Committee for Scientific Management, Bratislava, ISBN 978-80-970684-2-4, February 2014.

Other publications

'Sustainability matters': a commentary on sustainability for an article published on the website of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), November 2014: