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Thomas Spencer

Tom Spencer

Head of Undergraduate Programmes

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Department of Accounting and Finance

Role

Tom is programme leader for the BA(Hons) Accounting and Finance programme. He has overall responsibility for the design, content and delivery of the programme and engagement with relevant stakeholders. He liaises with relevant accrediting professional bodies (ACCA, ICAEW, CIPFA, CIMA) and endeavours to ensure that the programme meets rigorous academic standards and provides students with opportunities to develop a wide range of skills and attributes.

In addition to this Tom is also the Assistant Head of Undergraduate Programmes in Nottingham Business School. As part of this role he takes responsibility for the design and delivery of induction activities, student mentoring programmes and supports a range of other portfolio wide initiatives. Tom also provides support to the Accounting and Finance Head of Department through involvement in recruitment and selection interviewing, staff appraisals, and observation of colleague’s teaching.

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

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.

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 at Leeds Beckett University and also been part of the assessment team for the ACCA Financial Reporting (F7) paper.

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) Accountancy programme at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has also been part of the assessment team for the ACCA Financial Reporting (F7) paper for a number of years.