Not being from these parts, my favourite thing about Manchester is the proximity to the Peak District and the sheer variety of fantastic hikes that are right on our doorstep! When the weather is a little too cold (or wet) for this type of activity, my next favourite past times are that of reading and going to the cinema. While hard to do, if I was forced to choose only one book to read ever again, it would likely be The Time Traveller'sWife by Audrey Niffenegger. As an equally enthusiastic cinema goer, I was very disappointed by the film version!
I also love travelling far and wide, including Australia, China and a little closer to home, Berlin and Cape Verde. The most amazing place I have ever visited is Hong Kong and on the bucket list is most definitely Vietnam!
Why do I teach?
Teaching is something that I am incredibly passionate about. I have always taught across a range of levels and subject areas, including undergraduate, postgraduate and commercial experiences. The thing I most enjoy about teaching is the learning that I achieve when I engage with others. The sheer variety of life experience and opinions we all bring to a teaching experiences makes for a richness of discussion in classrooms that I don't come across in many places.
Aside from the learning experience I enjoy, teaching satisfies me in a way that many other experiences do not. Nothing beats nowing that you were able to support another person in their learning journey and help them to get to grips with concepts big and small in this process.
How I’ll teach you
My teaching practices are wildly varied, depending on the group and subject area. I am a big believer in getting everyone involved in a session. While this can sound daunting to some initially, it is a fantastic way to liven up any subject area. Oftentimes, the best way to learn is to try. This could mean your public speaking skills are improved by presentations or your teamwork skills encouraged through groupwork.
I also think it is very important to take my cues from feedback given by students. While it is always worth engaging in new techniques or tools, it is most important that we acknowledge what is working and what isn't and make adjustments accordingly so that the group can have the best possible learning experience.
Academic and professional qualifications
PGCert in Learning and Teaching
BSc (Hons) Management and Marketing
Other academic service (administration and management)
As the postgraduate and commercial lead in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking, I also have responsibilities in the area of programme review and development. Within the department we have a wide range of programmes in this area, including online, professional and taught postgraduate courses.
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Corporate Governance, Corporate Sustainability ?
As a member of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Banking, I am particularly interested in teaching and research in the areas of governance and sustainability. While many students may anticipate their studies will focus significantly on the areas of management and financial accounting, or corporate finance (all of which are very worthy!) I like to engage in discussions on some of the broader areas that impact on the role of the accountant.
Corporate Governance has had signficant influence on the way accountants operate, particularly with regards to audit behaviours. But, given the number of board members that have backgrounds in accounting and finance, it is also important to understand the fundamental responsibilities of an executive or non-executive director. After all, you may find yourself in this position in the future.
Alongside Corporate Governance, Corporate Sustainability has significant implications for the role of the accountant. The implactions of integrated reporting and the UN sustainability goals need to be reflected upon by professional accountants at any stage of their career.
I deliver tutorials on a number of units within the BA Accounting and Finance, most notably in the areas of corporate finance and management accounting.
My postgraduate teaching focuse on critically exploring the roles of sustainability and ethics in corporate decision making. I deliver this unit across a range of postgraduate courses in Accounting, Finance and Banking
Postgraduate supervision (completed/in progress)
I supervise dissertations on both our taught and online MSc programmes. The topic areas I supervise on routinely cover diversity on the board of directors, the relationship between firm performance and corporate governance, the relationship between firm performance and corporate social responsibility and the impact of sustainability reporting on organisational performance
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
A. Egan Boards of Commercial Semi-State Bodies: An Exploration of Individual Director Motivations and Its Impact on Board Decision Making. Irish Accounting and Finance Association, Dublin, Eire, 1/5/2010.
A. Egan Corporate Governance Practice in Ireland: A Review of the Effect of the Combined Code on the Nominations Procedures of Irish PLCs and the Motivations of Non-Executive Directors in the Adoption of Board Positions. European Academy of Business in Society, Barcelona, Spain, 21/9/2009.
A. Egan Nominations and Motivations of Irish Non-Executive Directors of Listed Companies. Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Eire, 1/5/2009.