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.

Teaching

  • MN-1004 Foundations of Financial Accounting

    To provide an understanding of the principles, and mechanics involved in the preparation of external financial statements.

  • MN-2052 Financial Accounting 1A

    Having learned the mechanics of constructing a basic set of financial statements in MN-1004, this module takes the student behind the numbers in order to develop an understanding of the concepts and theories that underpin Financial Statement Preparation.

  • MN-2558 Financial Accounting 1B

    This module is to focus on the law and regulations that underpin the operation of limited companies and their published accounts. It provides the link between the first year studies (MN-1004) where the practical techniques of the accounting process are learned and the second year (MN-2052) where more advanced and theoretical aspects are studied.

  • MN-N005 Computerised Accounting

    This module is designed to guide you through an entire process of setting up a computerised accounting system using SAGE Line 50. This module is only available to final year students on BSc Accounting and BSc Accounting and Finance programmes. To take this module students should have ideally taken and passed MN-2052 Financial Accounting 1A and MN-2558 Financial Accounting 1B or MN-2535 Financial Accounting 1. This module is extra-curricula (non-credit bearing) - it does not count towards the award of a degree. Attendance for both lecture and seminar sessions are compulsory every week to be eligible to sit all assessments. A maximum of 50 students to be enrolled for this module.