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Tom Spencer

Tom Spencer

Head of Undergraduate Programmes

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Accounting and Finance


Tom is Head of Undergraduate Programmes in Nottingham Business School and has strategic responsibility for the portfolio of programmes ran within the school. Tom works as part of the leadership team within the school to ensure that the programmes deliver high quality learning experiences for students and all students are supported during their time at the school.

Tom also contributes to the development and implementation of Nottingham Business School strategy and academic plans, and continually seeks to enhance the undergraduate programmes.

Prior to his current role he was programme leader for the BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance programme from 2015. He had overall responsibility for the design, content and delivery of the programme and engagement with relevant stakeholders. He liaised with relevant accrediting professional bodies (ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CIMA) and ensured that the programme met rigorous academic standards, and provided students with opportunities to develop a wide range of skills and attributes.

Tom teaches on modules focusing on Corporate Reporting, Audit, Corporate Governance and the practical application of accounting and business skills/knowledge. He has taught at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels.

Career overview

Tom’s specialism is Accounting and Finance, prior to joining Nottingham Trent University Tom qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW) with Streets LLP. Following qualification Tom moved to EY where he worked as an auditor where he worked on a range of clients from listed companies to smaller, owner managed businesses.

Research areas

Tom has undertaken research focusing on the Fire and Rescue Services which has focused primarily on the accountability of the service in England. This research has specifically focused on the Statements of Assurance produced by Fire and Rescue Services and the form, function, nature, and purpose of the new Independent Inspectorate for Fire and Rescue Services in England.

He also has research interests in the area of pedagogy in Accounting and Finance and has presented his work at the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience conference run by the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

External activity

Tom is a committee member on the Nottingham, Derby and Lincoln Society of Chartered Accountants (NDLSCA) which forms part of the ICAEW.

Tom currently performs the role of External Examiner for the BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance at Leeds Beckett University and has previously undertaken work for the ACCA as part of their professional examinations.