Reader in Accounting

University of Birmingham - Birmingham Business School, College of Social Sciences

This is a replacement post that forms part of the Birmingham Business School’s continuing strategic commitment to the expansion of its Accounting Department with the aim of developing its research profile and contributing to teaching in accounting on the School’s thriving undergraduate and masters programmes in Birmingham and overseas The successful applicant will have strong teaching, including Ph.D. supervision, and research leadership qualities and a willingness to serve as head of department when the opportunity arises.

The successful candidate will make strong contributions to REF 2021 as well as teaching quality assessments, programme development and research funding applications.

Main duties

  • To provide leadership in securing research funding in the Accounting subject area and publications in highly ranked (3* and 4*) journals.
  • To bolster the capacity of the Accounting Department, especially in areas such as Financial Reporting, and Management Accounting encouraging critical, innovative and interpretive approaches in one or more accounting areas.
  • To undertake a leading administrative task as identified by the Head of Department, School or College, including possibly Head of Department of Accounting.
  • To participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and module and/or programme leadership.
  • To supervise and examine dissertations at postgraduate Masters and Ph.D. levels.
  • To contribute to debates on the development of accounting beyond the University, and critically at the interface of University and accounting profession
  • To develop and/or sustain key external partnerships which underpin the delivery of teaching and research collaborations.
  • To take full part in the Schools’ overall research and teaching activities, as well as contributing to those of other Schools and Departments, where beneficial.
  • To contribute to the development of academic leaders within the University, where appropriate.
  • To contribute to the determination of the academic quality standards framework throughout the University.
  • To ensure that the teaching activity achieves the educational quality standards of the School and University.
  • To make major contributions to the broader theoretical and/or methodological debates of the discipline through rigorous scholarship and/or original or impactful research.
  • To publish the outcomes of this scholarship in leading research, professional journals and/or books which further develop the University’s reputation in the Accounting subject area.

Person Specification

  • A reputation for excellence in scholarship and research in the Accounting subject area, including publications in good refereed journals and grant awards.
  • Established track record as an innovative education leader in the Accounting subject area.
  • Experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and administration, including successful supervision of Ph.D.’s to completion.
  • A PhD in Accounting or a related field and/or professional qualification(s).
  • Excellent presentation skills and a collegial attitude.
  • Experience of working with, and mentoring/leading other staff in an education, or similar, environment.
  • Ability to work across institutional and discipline boundaries


  • Experience with international collaborations.
  • Involvement with professional associations and institutes and accreditation bodies in the accounting area.
  • Involvement with funding bodies and journal editorship
  • Willingness to engage with the media

Informal Enquiries – Ann-Christine Frandsen (Head of Department, Accounting) Email: tel:  +44 (0) 121 414 9662

To submit an electronic application please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Reference 11074 in all enquiries.  Alternatively information can be obtained from:

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