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Professor James Devlin Inaugural Lecture

I used to be a banker but lost interest: Reflections from an accidental academic

James Devlin
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In this lecture, Jim will reflect on how his experience of working in the banking sector in the late 1980s and early 1990s sparked a lifelong interest in consumers, firms and policy in the financial services sector. Jim will explain his motivations for moving from banking into academia and how that happened. Jim will relate his research interests to his prior experiences and provide an insight into some of his main research themes.

  • From: Thursday 2 February 2023, 5.30 pm
  • To: Thursday 2 February 2023, 7.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 6, Newton building, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 26 January 2023, 12.00 am
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Jim is currently Professor of Financial Services and Director of the Centre for Finance, Technology and Society at Nottingham Business School. Previously, he served as Dean of the Business School at both the University of Leicester and the University of Nottingham.

Prior to joining academia in 1991, he worked for 5 years in the retail financial services industry. He has also worked at the University of Nottingham (1991-1997 and 2003-2019), at the University of Nottingham Malaysia (2000-2003) and the City University Business School (now Bayes Business school)  (1997-2000). Jim has also served on the Board of Governors of the London Institute of Banking and Finance (formally ifs University College) from 2012 to 2018 and currently serves on the Academic Advisory Board for the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Jim is the author of almost 100 journal articles and conference papers covering consumer decision making, attitudes and behaviour in financial services, policy issues in financial services and interactions between firms and consumers in financial services and more generally. Jim has either led or been heavily involved in specific research projects with HM Treasury, the Thoresen Review (on behalf of HM Treasury), Financial Services Authority (now the FCA) and the Office of Fair Trading and many others on a number of policy related issues, both in a consultative capacity and as a member of expert panels.

Jim contributed an Impact Case Study “Financial Services: Fair Treatment for All” to REF 2014. He also served Research Director for the Financial Services Research Forum and helped raise over £200,000 annually for several years to fund research projects and academic/practitioner conferences. Currently, he is an Advisory Board Member for the Financial Markets and Institutions SIG of the British Accounting and Finance Association and a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.


5.30 pm

Registration and welcome refreshments

6 pm

Welcome talk

6.05 pm

Lecture begins

6.50 pm

Close and thanks by Executive Dean

7 pm

Drinks reception

7.30 pm


Location details


Newton building
Goldsmith Street


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