As the latest QS rankings show, Alliance MBS is a leading global centre for the study of Accounting & Finance. Head of division Professor Pam Stapleton reflects on the group’s latest achievements.
How did the Accounting & Finance (A&F) division perform in the recent QS World University rankings?
Our division came 19th in the subject, the third year running it has come in the top 20 institutions globally for A&F. The division isn’t just a leading centre in terms of teaching and research, but is also known for its broader-based commitment to the development of the academic discipline, for the pursuit of cross-disciplinary connections, and for its engagement with the practice community and its key institutions, both nationally and internationally.
I believe your ranking comes as a number of A&F academics are celebrating recent honours?
Yes, very much so. Stuart Turley received a lifetime achievement award from the British Accounting & Finance Association (BAFA), while Chris Humphrey was conferred the award of Fellow by the Academy of Social Sciences, an award previously also made to Andrew Stark from Alliance MBS. It was also particularly pleasing to see Viet Dang receive an Outstanding Contribution Award by the Vietnam Finance Association International for his innovative contribution to the development of the organisation during his recent presidency.
I believe Stuart’s award is the latest in a long line of Manchester A&F academics being honoured by BAFA?
Yes. BAFA’s distinguished academic award has previously been won by Andrew Stark (2002) Bob Scapens (2003), Martin Walker (2007) and Chris Humphrey (2014), while its lifetime achievement award has also been won by Norman Strong (2014). A number of other professors who have formerly spent a considerable proportion of their career here in Manchester have also been honoured over the years.
Tell us a little about Stuart’s career?
Stuart joined the University of Manchester as a lecturer in 1978 and has held a Chair in Accounting since 1993. In the mid-1980s he had a two-year secondment to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) looking after its research function and he has also held visiting appointments at Copenhagen Business School, Stockholm School of Economics and the University of Queensland. He has also been an editor of the British Accounting Review and of the International Journal of Auditing.
What do awards like this mean for Alliance MBS?
A great deal. Stuart’s award was described by BAFA as a fitting tribute to a longstanding commitment not only to academic excellence and a respect for the diversity of intellectual inquiry, but to sustaining the overall distinctiveness and comparative strengths of the wider UK accounting and finance discipline in what is an ever increasingly competitive global educational arena. When receiving his award from the Academy of Social Sciences, Chris was described as a leading figure globally in auditing and accounting research. All of these honours are testament to the fantastic work that goes on collectively within the A&F group.
Finally, what is it like to work and study in the A&F division?
It is an inspiring place and really helps to make Alliance MBS a very attractive destination for bright, creative and radically minded students and scholars alike, as the QS rankings very much confirm.