Department of Accounting & Finance
The Accounting and Finance Department offers a number of specialist accounting and finance courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Courses Our courses provide innovative, vocationally-relevant knowledge and skills and are internationally recognised for excellence in professional education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Staff Teaching staff are involved in delivering and regularly updating our innovative and vocationally-relevant undergraduate and postgraduate accounting courses. They are also actively involved in research in a wide range of interest areas.
Research The Department has achieved significant success in terms of publications in internationally ranked refereed journals and has hosted a number of conferences.
“My degree at RGU enabled me to gain the right qualifications to get my dream job as a Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Bermuda – a paradise island – where I’ve been living for the past few years.”
Stewart Ritchie Accounting and Finance BA (Hons) Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers
Our undergraduate and accredited specialist postgraduate courses offer the option to study by full-time, part-time or by online supported distance learning.
Providing vocationally-relevant theory and developing applied accounting and finance skills, our course programme is internationally recognised for excellence in professional education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
To give our students the opportunity to find out about current practices within the workplace we regularly invite guest speakers from both the accounting profession and from industry. These have included senior members of staff from Anderson, Anderson and Brown, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Johnston Carmichael, Simmons and Co (International) and also our visiting Professors, Mark Allison and Colin Welsh.
The Department is responsible for two innovative and successful undergraduate courses -
The BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance degree is fully-accredited with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and also receives some excellent exemptions from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
The online supported distance learning course BA Accounting (with CIMA Advanced Diploma) degree allows students to uniquely graduate with both their BA and a recognition award from the professional body CIMA.
Professional development modules such as CIMA Professional Development are also now available by online study.
Graduates from our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are equipped with the skills necessary to develop their career to a senior level in accounting and finance or across a variety of other sectors.
A thriving research culture has been developed within the department with significant success achieved by staff who have published in internationally refereed journals.
Departmental research covers areas such as Accounting Education and Critical Accounting and is managed by the departmental Research Co-ordinator, Professor Linda Kirkham. Staff regularly publish papers in journals, publish refereed monographs and book chapters and are active in presenting papers at national and international conferences. The department has also hosted a number of high profile conferences including the British Accounting Association conference.
Recognition in 2008 RAE
The Accounting and Finance department achieved recognition for their excellent research capability in the 2008 RAE, with 70% of the research output deemed to be of international standing. This is the first time that the Accounting and Finance department was submitted for external review in this way and the department was one of only 14 departments in the UK to submit in this specialist area.
This research rating further consolidates the reputation of the department which is renowned for its teaching capability and demonstrates that the department is a key player in the Accounting and Finance academic community. Departmental research covers areas such as Accounting Education and Critical Accounting -
Accounting Education: Specific areas of interest -
- graduate selection and the profession (Elizabeth Gammie);
- the performance of undergraduate accountancy students (Elizabeth Gammie and Peter Jones);
- group assessment at final degree level (Elizabeth Gammie, Brenda Paver and Moraq Matson);
- selection techniques within the accountancy profession (Elizabeth Gammie);
- gender issues (Elizabeth Gammie, Brenda Paver and Fiona Duncan);
- professional training and the development of a professional identity (Susan Hamilton)
Critical Accounting: Areas of interest include -
- gender issues in accounting (Linda Kirkham);
- the accounting profession (Elizabeth Gammie and Linda Kirkham);
- accounting history (Linda Kirkham).
Full information on publications can be seen on the individual staff page, such as those for -
For further information on research within the Accounting and Finance department please contact the Research Co-ordinator, Professor Linda Kirkham
Tel: +44 (0)1224 263554
Staff have both established academic expertise and professional experience in the accounting sector. Their responsibilities, research interests and publications can be found on individual staff profile pages.
Head of Department
Professor Gammie is Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance. Her research interests are the Accounting Profession and Accounting Education and gender issues.
Linda Kirkham is a Professor of Accounting within the Department of Accounting and Finance and the Research Co-coordinator for the department.
Dr Ahmad is a lecturer in International Finance and Corporate Financial Management. His research interests include: Financial Markets Efficiency Analysis; Regulation and Evaluation of innovation/reform impacts on Financial markets.
Claire is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is lecturing within the department of Accounting and Finance.
Michelle Coull is a Lecturer in the department of Accounting and Finance.
Fiona Duncan is Course Leader for the BA (Honours) Accounting and Finance and her teaching interests lie in the areas of Financial Reporting, Auditing and International Accounting.
Dr Susan Hamilton is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance. Her research interests are in accounting education, in particular professional identity formation and professional development.
Tong Jiao is a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.
Pete Jones is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.
Karen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance and is Course Leader for the MSc in Oil and Gas Accounting.
Shonagh Mackay is a Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.
Alex Mackay is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.
Morag Matson is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance and her teaching interests lie in Taxation and Financial Accounting.
Jenny is a Chartered Management Accountant, lecturing within the department of Accounting and Finance.
Brenda is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance.
Paul is developing course material and delivering lectures for the department of Accounting and Finance.
Brian Scroggie is a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance. His teaching interests are in the areas of Treasury, Corporate Finance and Financial Markets.
Lindsey Stewart is Lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance and teaches in the areas of accounting and finance on undergraduate programmes.
Dr Xu is a Lecturer in Finance. Her current research interests include energy economics, forecasting, bankruptcy assessment and prediction and multi-criteria decision analysis.
Xin is a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Finance, his specialist teaching areas are Econometrics and Financial Investments.
Department of Accounting & Finance News
14, February, 2014 RGU strengthens links with Algeria as it welcomes the UK Ambassador
RGU welcomed the UK Ambassador for Algeria to its Garthdee campus this week.
14, February, 2014 Experienced business leader shares wealth of knowledge with MBA students
Industry leader Ian Marchant shares his knowledge of business strategy with MBA students.
23, December, 2013 Balmoral Offshore Engineering rewards MSc Project Management students
Three RGU students have benefited from a £5,000 sponsorship package from Balmoral Offshore Engineering.
13, December, 2013 Scott isn’t just getting a degree for Christmas as his wife is weeks away from having their first child
Scott Stephen is leaving university on a high – not just because he’s graduated with a Business Management degree but also because he is expecting his first child in a matter of weeks.
13, December, 2013 RGU lecturer fulfils dreams of gaining PhD
Dr Omowunmi Adeola-Omole, a lecturer at RGU, has fulfilled her dreams and graduated with a PhD qualification after years of hard work and dedication while balancing a busy home life, getting married and having her daughter.
13, December, 2013 RGU runs in the family for Michael
Michael McTavish said RGU is a “family concern” as he’s followed in his daughter’s footsteps and graduated.
11, March, 2014 Quality Strategies for Business Seminars
The theme for the Quality Strategies for Business Spring Seminar 2014 being held at the Aberdeen Business School on the 11 March 2014 at 2pm is “Quality a tool for reducing risk and improving competency”
Find out about the student experience at Robert Gordon University. This event will cover all Aberdeen Business School subjects.
11, March, 2014 Arbitration in Scotland Lecture
As part of a series of events to mark the success of law teaching at RGU, the Law School is holding an inaugural lecture by the Rt. Hon Lord Hamilton, (former Lord President of the Court of Session) on arbitration.
09, April, 2014 Professorial Lecture: Going to the Market?
The Principal of RGU, Ferdinand von Prondzynski, is to deliver a Professorial Lecture focussed on markets.
Professorial Lecture to be delivered by Ken Russell, Associate Dean of Aberdeen Business School.
23, May, 2014 MBA Leadership Week 2014
MBA Leadership Week brings together our entire MBA programme cohort for an intensive combination of academic and practical workshops at Aberdeen Business School.
Ceremony for all Undergraduate courses (including Graduate Certificates) in Department of Management, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics