Emma James is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting within Swansea University School of Management and a subject specialist for computerised & financial accounting. Within the school Emma plays a vital role in improving standards and outcomes as the School’s Lead for the Swansea Academy of Learning & Teaching (SALT) in which she acts as the liaison between the central university teaching enhancement team and the school. Emma is also one of the university’s assessors for Higher Education Academy fellowship applications. As HEA assessor Emma acts a mentor for academics at the early stage of their careers.
Prior to joining Swansea University Emma was an award-winning accountant who decided to train as an educator so that aspiring accountants could benefit from her unique experiences and expertise. In 2004 following her initial training as an Accounting Technician her tenacity and skill was recognised through the AAT Accounting Technician of the Year award. Industry magazine articles and case studies followed before she was awarded Chartered Certified Accountant status in 2009.
Working as a financial controller for national and international companies has given Emma broad experience of UK accountancy procedures & international financial standards. Her professional work brought her into contact with junior accountants, accounting technicians and aspiring administrators. Emma found her biggest enjoyment came from coaching others to reach their potential so she enrolled to complete a postgraduate certificate of education at Trinity St David following the award of a degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University.
Since that point Emma has not looked back. Within her first year of teaching her unique talent was recognised with the award of a Teaching Excellence Award and promotion to Senior Lecturer. Her innovative teaching methods and specialist knowledge of e-learning has helped deliver record results for the accounting department in terms of degree outcomes and student feedback. Modules created by Emma have been singled out by employers for their vocational value and praised by students who have identified these modules for giving them an edge during the highly competitive graduate recruitment process.
Outside of the university Emma is working towards an Advanced Master’s Degree (MAEd) in Professional Development, Education and Training during which her research is focused on the potential offered by e-learning to increase student employability. She is also a leading member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants for Wales in her capacity as an ACCA Regional Panel Member.