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The Accounting Group is led by Peter Russell and includes 13 full time and part time Faculty members, 9 of whom hold a professional accountancy qualification. The focus of the group is to provide a high quality education in theoretical and practical aspects of accounting relevant to contemporary organisations, as well as to produce academic research.  Our particular areas of expertise include: Auditing, Accounting Regulation, Financial Accounting, Integrated Financial Reporting, Management Accounting, Performance Management, and Accounting Education.

We have strong links with Professional accountancy bodies, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Group members include qualified accountants and internationally recognised researchers as reflected by their publications in leading journals such as: Management Accounting Research, European Accounting Review, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives  in Accounting, Public Money and Management, Accounting Forum, Financial Accountability and Management, Accounting and Business Research and Journal of Business Ethics. The Accounting Group has contributed for NBS to be recognised in REF2014 amongst the top 10 business schools in the UK in terms of research output quality. UEA is typically ranked amongst the top 15 institutions in the UK and 1% internationally. In terms of impact, Norwich is fourth in the UK for the number of most highly cited scientists after London, Cambridge and Oxford.

Group Members and Interests

Mr James Armes, CMA, Lecturer in Accounting: management accounting and internal auditing.

Prof Ian Dewing, FCA Professor of Accounting: auditing, corporate governance and financial regulation.

Mr Peter Ellington, FAIA, FRSA, Lecturer in Accounting: accounting education and the interface between the UK professional accountancy bodies and accounting degrees, management accounting - including activity based charging systems and accounting for IT systems especially in relation to performance management.

Dr Pinar Given-Uslu, Senior Lecturer in Accounting: benchmarking and accounting information for performance management and strategic decision making, performance management and control in large organisations, and,strategic change management in health service organisations.

Dr Octavian Ionescu, Lecturer in Accounting: professional judgement in the accounting profession, behavioural aspects of decision makers in an accounting context and the factors that might influence the decision makers' judgement.

Dr Robert Jenkins, Lecturer in Business Statistics, University Teaching Fellow. How students who are non mathematicians learn and engage with mathematics and statistics in Higher Education

 Dr Ricardo Malagueno Santana, Senior Lecturer in Accounting: management accounting and control systems, performance management, and business ethics.


Prof Ana Marques, Professor of Accounting : alternative performance measures (non GAAP earnings) corporate governance, corporate social responsibility disclosures.


Dr Gaia Melloni, Lecturer in Accounting: integrated reporting, financial and non financial disclosure, corporate social responsibility and executive compensation.

Mrs Sally Piff, ACA, Lecturer in Business Statistics: aspects of mathematics education and the teaching of quantitative methods to social science graduates in higher education.

Mr Peter Russell, FCA, Senior Lecturer in Accounting: audit, corporate governance, and financial regulation.

Mr Anthony Springall, CMA, Tutor in Business: financial accounting

Mrs Amanda Williams, ACA, CTA, Lecturer in Accounting: accounting education and taxation.

Ms Susan Wheeler, FCCA, Lecturer in Accounting: management and cost accounting.

Mr Michael Woodhouse, CMA, Tutor in Business: management and cost accounting.

We also welcome applications for short academic visits from junior and senior researchers.Unfortunately we cannot cover any expenses at this point. If you are interested in visiting us, please directly contact the group member that you would like to work with.

Research Themes

The Accounting Group is a broad-based subject group, with research strengths in the main sub-areas of management accounting and control, integrated financial reporting, performance management the area of voluntary disclosures (alternative performance measures, corporate social responsibility).  There is also significant presence in the specialist areas of accounting education and the role of auditors in financial services regulation.

Our current research projects include work in:

  • Management Accounting and Control Systems

Research in this area examines the organisational changes resulting from adoption, implementation, use and design of accounting systems emphasising their social and behavioural impacts. Currently, researchers of the group are studying the uses of accounting information for decision making, in several contexts including health-care, retail, and project management. Researchers also access the voluntary disclosure of alternative performance measures (non GAAP earnings), information about corporate social responsiblity, corporate governabce, and leasing information.

  • Integrated Financial Reporting

Researchers in this area examine the drivers, the processes and the effects of integrated reporting adoption as well as the quality of the disclosure offered in integrated financial and non-financial reporting.

  • Performance Management

Research in this area studies the processes by which managers and employees work together to plan, control and review individual targets and overall contribution to the organisation. Recent and ongoing research includes the performance management and control of large and small organisations, strategic change management in health organisations, information sharing and benchmarking in health services and other sectors such as manufacturing and other services.

  • Auditing and Accountability

Researchers in this area are investigating the role of auditors in financial services regulation. Their recent research has focused on the role of auditors in the supervision of financial services organisations before and after the financial crisis.


The following members of the group are available for PhD supervision.

Research Collaborations:

Members of the Accounting Group have research collaborations with national and international institutions including: Bocconi University, RSM Erasmus University, ESADE Business School, IESEG School of Management, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, University of Kent, University of Verona, University of Sao Paulo, University of Aarhus in Denmark and University of Ankara in Turkey.