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Michael McCann

Michael McCann

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Economics


Michael is a senior lecturer in Economics. He specialises in financial economics and teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate modules. He also supervises students at doctoral level.

He has been responsible for the design and development of relevant curriculum for many courses and programmes in economics, finance and business. He has also contributed greatly to the development of traditional and electronic distributive and open learning materials for courses in economics, finance and business.

Michael has a keen interest in active learning and assessment. He led the integration of specialist finance software into the undergraduate economics courses in the Nottingham Business School. He pioneered the use of the Bloomberg finance software at introductory level. At this level, students are new to both economics and particularly finance. Many find it a steep learning curve. The software is an effective vehicle for active learning offering students the opportunity for ‘hands-on’ analysis using Bloomberg software. He received funding from the Trent Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) to integrate the software. He now uses it across all his teaching to enhance the student experience.

Michael is active in pedagogic research with an interest in active learning and assessment in economics and the influence of experiential learning and assessment on student motivation and behaviour. He collaborates with colleagues within the University and across wider UK higher education. He has published several papers based on his work in this area. Michael is an active member of the Trent Institution for Teaching and Learning (TILT) innovative pedagogy and learning spaces action groups. He is an active member of the Economics Network, a community of academics collaborating to enhance economics education across UK Higher Education.  Having gained by HEA Senior Fellowship, he is part of the reviewer panel for senior fellowship submissions within the University.

Career overview

Michael has worked at NTU since 2003. Before that he worked at the University of Derby for nine years. He has a PhD in Economics, an MA in International Business and Finance and a BA (Hons) Political Economy. He gained a postgraduate certificate in teaching practice in 1997.

Research areas

Michael's research primarily concerns pedagogy. He has an interest in active learning and assessment in economics, the influence of experiential learning and assessment on student motivation and behaviour. More recently, he has investigated the impact of blended learning on student engagement and attainment.

Michael’s subject research concerns corporate governance and the incorporation of environmental, social and governance factors into financial investment decisions. He has expertise in using both quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyse various aspects of the acquisition process and its aftermath.

External activity

Michael is an Associate of the Economics Network. He has contributed to the work of the Network to enhance the teaching of economics across UK Higher Education and beyond through conference presentations, case studies and learning resources. He is also a member of the Society of Professional Economists and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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