Dr Rob Jones
Senior Lecturer DPD Graduate Diploma in Finance Accounting and Business
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1602
- Address: Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
My teaching, research and engagement activities are closely linked to my interest in learning and professional development in higher education and the accountancy profession.
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Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), University of Birmingham
Chartered Accountant (FCA), Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching & Learning (PGCUTL) with SEDA Accreditation, Northumbria University
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), jointly awarded by Grenoble Ecole de Management and Newcastle University
Roles and Memberships
Fellow of ICAEW
Committee Member Tyne and Wear Society of ICAEW, 2007 - 2017
Vice Chair Tyne and Wear ICAEW, 2010 - 2012
Chair Tyne and Wear ICAEW, 2012 - 2013
ICAEW Professional Stage Examination Review Board, 2005 - 2008
ICAEW Academia & Education Community - Steering Group, 2017 onwards
Executive Committee, BAFA Accounting Education SIG, 2016 onwards
Degree Programme Director, Graduate Diploma Finance, Accounting and Business, 2010 onwards
Business School Executive Board, 2007 - 2013
Director of Undergraduate Programmes, 2007 – 2009
Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (DELT), 2010 - 2013
Career History Prior to Newcastle University
I graduated from Birmingham University and then trained as a Chartered Accountant in the London office of Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Most of my clients were financial services organisations and I also worked with various financial regulators. After qualifying I worked for the firm's Insolvency Practice.
I then worked in business, firstly as a Financial Analyst for the Prudential and then as Financial Controller of the Insurance Broking Division of Provident Financial. I later moved into a Business Development role with Provident Financial. Part of the Business Development role involved finding and opening new branch locations, including training new staff. This re-kindled my interest in education and led me to a lecturing position at Northumbria University.
I set up a degree in Financial Services at Northumbria and this experience prompted me to move to Newcastle University to set up the Business Accounting and Finance joint degree programme run in conjunction with PwC and ICAEW.
Senior Lecturer, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, 1996 - 2001
Colonnade Insurance Brokers Ltd (part of Provident Financial plc), Business Development Executive, 1995 - 1996, Financial Controller, 1993 – 1995
Financial Analyst, Prudential Corporation, 1992
Chartered Accountant, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Insolvency Practice, 1990 - 1991, Audit Practice, 1986 - 1990
During my time at Newcastle I have developed and delivered new modules in Finance and Investment (ACC1052, ACC2052, ACC3058, ACC4053, NBS8140), Audit (ACC3051), Placement Preparation (ACC1051, ACC2051) and Personal and Professional Skills (NBS8141) as well as contributing to existing modules. I aim to deliver clear and enthusiastic teaching using cases and topical examples to engage students in the subject material as well as help them prepare for assessment.
I have led the design and development of two new successful programmes, BA (Honours) Business, Accounting and Finance where I was Programme Director from 2001 to 2007 and Graduate Diploma in Finance, Business and Accounting where I have been Programme Director since 2010. Both programmes provide a combination of academic rigour and professional relevance, designed to equip graduates with the capabilities to be successful at the start of their professional careers. The Business Accounting and Finance degree involved working closely with PwC and ICAEW, negotiating joint responsibilities, accreditation and funding arrangements while the Graduate Diploma is supported by a panel of employers who contribute to and recruit from the programme.
I have also contributed to significant leadership roles in the Business School, as Director of Undergraduate Programmes from 2007 to 2009 and Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (DELT) from 2010 to 2013. The DELT role was particularly wide-ranging involving leading the Business School’s efforts towards triple accreditation, leading on taught programmes (at a time of significant growth in student numbers) and leading on the student experience elements of the Business School’s move to a new building, something that required significant changes to timetabling and programme structures.
The Financial Environment (ACC1052)
Business Finance (ACC3058)
Financial Analysis (ACC4053)
Personal and Professional Skills (NBS8141)
Auditing Theory and Practice (NBS8144)
Engagement and Teaching
I have close links with the accountancy profession working with professional firms and professional bodies. This ensures that my teaching is professionally relevant as regular interaction keeps me up to do date with current issues and policy developments. Being involved in professional body committees and reviews enables me to contribute to and influence policy. The knowledge and understanding gained through engagement influences the content of my teaching and feeds into syllabus design at degree programme level.
Since 2013, I have been concentrating on the development of my research. I completed my doctorate in 2014. The thesis examined what defines the student experience of undergraduate Business students and the implications for the design and delivery of undergraduate Business education. Since 2014, I have completed four refereed conference publications, three published journal articles and have a further two articles in preparation. These papers build on the work conducted for my thesis and reflect my on-going interest in learning and professional development.
I am also gathering data for a project examining culture and practice in the independent accounting firm sector. The distinctive nature of these professional firms provides a different perspective on professional life from the large International firms, raising research questions around the development of professional identity, professional behaviours, interaction with the regional business community and autonomy.
I am a member of the Executive Committee of the BAFA Accounting Education Special Interest Group and am working with other committee members on initiatives to develop research in the discipline including support for more experienced researchers in taking their work through to publication and the development of part funded Ph.Ds. to support the development of new researchers.
Engagement and Research
My close links to the accountancy profession, working with professional firms and professional bodies benefits my research. Being involved in professional body committees and policy reviews enables me to understand the subject of my research better. Regular interaction provides my research with greater depth and perspective through access to data and the opportunity for research impact.
- Jones JR. Developing a Framework for Progressive Skills Development in Undergraduate Accounting Education. In: BAFA Accounting Education SIG Conference, Brighton, UK. 2018.
- Jones JR. Enlightenment through engagement? The potential contribution of greater engagement between researchers and practitioners. Accounting Education: An International Journal 2017, 26(5), 461-477.
- Jones JR. Experiences of Engagement and Alienation amongst Business Undergraduates: A Student Voice. 2017. In Preparation.
- Jones JR. The student experience of undergraduate students: towards a conceptual framework. Journal of Further and Higher Education 2017, epub ahead of print.
- Jones JR. Enlightenment through Engagement? Assessing the Role of Research Engagement in Preparing Students for Accounting Careers. In: BAFA Accounting Education SIG Conference. 2016, Belfast: British Accounting & Finance Association.
- Jones JR. Accounting Education Research in the UK: A Call to Arms. In: BAFA Accounting Education SIG Annual Conference. 2015, Manchester, UK.
- Jones JR, Jones DM. Engagement and Alienation amongst Business Undergraduates: A Student Voice. In: SRHE Annual Research Conference. 2015, Newport, South Wales.
- Jones JR. Bridging the gap: Engaging in scholarship with accountancy employers to enhance understanding of skills development and employability. Accounting Education: An International Journal 2014, 23(6), 527-541.
- Jones JR. Exploring the Role of Extra-Curricular Activity in Developing Employability and Graduate Identity. In: SRHE Annual Research Conference. 2014, South Wales, UK.
- Jones JR. Transition - The Perspectives of a Group of International Students on Transition from Secondary to Higher Education. In: Fifth European Conference on the First Year Experience. 2010, Antwerp, Belguim.
- Jones JR, Brennan M. Peer Mentoring: A Case Study in Extra-Curricula Skills Development to Enhance Employability. In: Annual Conference of the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Business Management Accountancy and Finance (BMAF). 2009, Cardiff, UK.
- Jones JR, Keasey K. Money Laundering and the Internet: A Challenge for Regulation. Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance 2000, 8(1), 67-77.
- Jones JR, Keasey K. The Use of Financial Services League Tables. Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance 2000, 8(3), 256-268.
- Naumenkova SV, Jones JR. Developing Trends in the Market for Financial Services. In: Papers from Ukrainian Academy of Banking Conference Proceedings. 1999.