Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Gill Holden

DPD BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programmes, Senior Lecturer in Accounting



Gill Holden is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance and Degree Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme in Newcastle University Business School (NUBS) and the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance programme in Newcastle University London. Both of these programmes have placement and study abroad variants for which Gill is also responsible.

Gill is a Chartered Management Accountant and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to joining NUBS full time in 2013 Gill was a self-employed management accountant providing accountancy, payroll and tax services to sole traders and small / medium enterprises. Gills’ teaching is thus informed by her prior experience in industry and as a self-employed accountant.

Gill is flexible in her teaching and has delivered a variety of subjects, including management and financial accounting, to postgraduate and undergraduate students in both large lectures and small seminars.

Gill is currently the module leader for  a compulsory core stage 2 module in the UG Accounting and Finance degree programme, ACC2021 Understanding Company Accounts, a module that enables students to develop analytical, written, presentation and team working skills, thus enhancing their knowledge and employability. In addition Gill is currently teaching in the stage two and three financial accounting modules, having previously been module leader at stage two. 

The strategic themes of the business school of the Future of Work and Leading on Leadership are of particular interest to Gill and she is working continuously to enhance the employability of the Accounting and Finance Graduates. For example Gill currently meets regularly with professional services firms and industry, including EY, Sage and Proctor and Gamble, as well as the professional accountancy bodies, including CIMA, ACCA and ICAEW, regarding the characteristics of accounting and finance graduates desired by employers. This information informs her teaching and discussions with the subject group head and fellow module leaders in the accounting and finance degree and ultimately informs curriculum design for the undergraduate accounting and finance programmes. In the 2017 DLHE survey 95% (2016: 91%) of respondents were in work or study 6 months after graduating.

Gill is instrumental in the integration of technology enhanced learning (TEL) in the A&F Subject Group e.g. Ombea (interactive voting),, Microsoft Teams and Turnitin online marking. For 2 years Gill led on innovative engagement work with Ernst and Young (EY) in the development of the ACC2021 Understanding Company Accounts module. David Smith, Associate Partner, presented to students at the start of the module regarding the relationship of the module to the workplace. Staff from EY worked with students during the year and EY sponsored prizes for the top 3 groups (45 staff hours and £600 respectively). Students work in culturally diverse groups for the academic year on a report and presentation about a company. In line with developments in the workplace Microsoft Teams has been introduced to the students via workshops run in conjunction with NU IT. The module was reviewed with EY so that it enables the students to develop many of the new NUBS graduate attributes desired by employers, whilst simultaneously aligning the module to the new School strategic themes of the Future of Work and Leading on Leadership. Stage 3 students and alumni have commented that the module helped them secure a job by giving them examples to discuss in competency based interviews and the confidence to give presentations upon starting  their careers. The module is continually being developed and the embedding of MS Teams in the module will enhance engagement, collaboration and inclusivity going forwards as well as developing the digital skills of the students.  

Gill not only uses TEL in her modules but has disseminated information to colleagues in NUBS and the University. An interactive voting quiz was demonstrated at a Newcastle University Technology Enhanced Learning Advocates (NUTELA) workshop (2016) and the value of to elicit student questions has been widely discussed.

The A&F programme is research led and it is accredited by multiple national and international professional accountancy bodies. Gill leads on the NUBS and NUL relationships, including but not limited to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Certified Practicing Accountants, Australia (CPA). Meetings are arranged with the accreditation managers, HE Representatives and MLs to ensure the programmes at NUBS and NUL remain in line with syllabus changes. The exemptions available to students are mapped to the programme and modules and disseminated via the A&F blackboard community. The extent and variety of accreditations, balanced by research-led teaching, are valued by both current students (evidenced by NSS feedback) and prospective students (via Open Day surveys).

In 2017 Gill initiated and led the engagement work with Sage plc to offer a new internationally-recognised CIMA-accredited qualification in Sage accountancy software to stage 2 A&F students. As a result, students can demonstrate an additional competency to employers beyond their academic degree. Sage also sponsor an iPad prize for the stage 2 Intermediate Financial Accounting module. Both are offered on an ongoing basis further demonstrating the support for employability. 

In 2016 / 17 Gill was funded by the HaSS faculty to take part in the Aurora Leadership Programme for women run by the Leadership Foundation and Gill has successfully gone on to lead the NUBS and NUL programme and managing the links between the Newcastle and London module leaders.

Roles and Responsibilities

Degree Programme Director BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance

With placement and study abroad variants (N400. N401, N403)

Newcastle University Business School (NUBS)


Degree Programme Director BSc (Hons) Accounting & Finance

With placement and study abroad variants. (N402, N403, N404)

Newcastle University London (NUL)


Responsible for the accreditation of the above programmes at NUBS and NUL with multiple national and international professional accountancy bodies, including but not limited to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Certified Practicing Accountants, Australia (CPA).


January 2020: BETT 2020

Presentation: Working Better Together: Using Teams to embed digital skills at Newcastle

With Marc Bennet, learning technologist, NUIT.

 May 2019: Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS): Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (LTSE), The changing landscape of Higher Education, Manchester.

Workshop: Enabling teamwork work using Microsoft Teams and collaborating with EY

With Marc Bennett, learning technologist, NUIT.

Poster presentation: Adding skills via additional external qualifications

May 2019: BAFA: Accounting Education Special Interest Group conference, Ghent, Belgium, attendee as A and F Subject group representative.

 April 2019: Newcastle University Learning and Teaching Conference

Workshop: Working Better Together: Using Microsoft Teams to support and enhance the educational experience in group modules.

With Marc Bennett, learning technologist, NUIT

 January 2019: Future of Finance Festival and Professional Qualification Launch 2019, Attendee as A and F subject group representative.

 October 2018: Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Roadmap - Professor Suzanne Cholerton

Attendee at presentation as DPD of A and F programmes and out of scholarly interest as passionate about TEL and using technology to enhance engagement, collaboration and inclusivity.


May 2018: British Accounting and Finance Association: Committee of Departments of Accounting and Finance Annual Conference. Attendee as DPD of Accounting and Finance programme.


April 2018: CABS: LTSE, Glasgow, Attendance as T and S Staff of NUBS.


March 2019: Invited by ACCA to attend as their guest, the ACCA UK flagship conference: Shaping the future: unlocking your organisation's potential


June 2017: CIMA Academics’ and Careers Advisors’ Conference, London, invitation as DPD and lecturer in Accounting from CIMA.


May 2017: CABS: LTSE, Bristol, Attendance at conference by invitation of NUBS DELT as a T and S staff member.


2016/17 Aurora programme, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Leeds. Nominated for faculty support by the PVC of HaSS, Professor Julie Sanders, to take part.


Certificate of Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP) (2016)

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA)

BSc (Hons) Newcastle University



British Accounting and Finance Association

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE)

Associate Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA)

North East Coast Branch of CIMA committee member and represent the North East Branch of CIMA at North East Area Meetings

External Examining Positions

University of Derby (2018 – present) – undergraduate programme


Undergraduate Teaching

I am currently Module Leader for ACC2021 Understanding Company Accounts, a stage two undergraduate module that is a core compulsory modules to the BSc (Hons) Accounting and Finance Degree in Newcastle University Business School and for the equivalent module running in Newcastle University London.

ACC2021 / LAC2021 Understanding Company Accounts, Module leader and lecturer on the module

ACC2005 / LAC2005 Intermediate Financial Accounting (Incorporating ACC2025 Intermediate Financial Accounting for Erasmus Students) Lecturer

ACC2025 Intermediate Financial Accounting for Erasmus Students Lecturer on the module

ACC3001 Financial Accounting Lecturer on the module

Prior teaching

ACC1000 Introduction to Non-Specialist Accounting and Finance

ACC1003 Introduction to Accounting and Finance for Business School Students

ACC2062 Financial Accounting for Business

Postgraduate Teaching

in the past I have been seminar leader for NBS8233 Managerial Decision Making and Control