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Miss Emma James

Senior Lecturer, Accounting & Finance

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 606316

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Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker


Emma is a professionally qualified accountant and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Working as a financial controller for national and international companies has given her broad experience of UK accountancy procedures and International Financial Reporting Standards. With a wealth of industrial experience, she embeds this within her teaching to provide students with real world examples to show that accountancy is both interesting and important as well as being a worthwhile career choice.

Her innovative teaching methods and specialist knowledge of e-learning has enabled her to 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 as giving them an employability edge during the highly competitive graduate recruitment process. Emma has received many awards from the school for her contribution to teaching including the university-wide Excellence in Learning and Teaching award.

During her time at Swansea University, Emma has held a number of administrative roles including Programme Director and School of Management Lead for the Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching. Her commitment to teaching and enhancing the student learning experience led Emma to being awarded her Senior Fellowship in 2017 with the Higher Education Academy.

Outside of the university Emma has strong links with the accountancy professional bodies and carries out external work for the ACCA in her capacity as a Regional Panel Member.

Areas Of Expertise

  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)
  • Financial Accounting
  • Computerised Accounting Systems

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Emma specialises in designing and delivering modules on a range of topics for all levels of the undergraduate programme from basic Book Keeping courses to advanced courses on specialist topics such as the application of International Financial Reporting Standards and Computerised Accounting Systems.

At postgraduate level, Emma provides support and supervision to students for their dissertations.


Emma’s research interests include using applied pedagogical theories, experiential learning techniques and technologies, employability, effective feedback methods and developing student engagement in Higher Education.

In September 2019, Emma received an Advanced Master’s Degree (MA Ed) in Professional Development, Education and Training. Her thesis focused on reforming curriculums to integrate technology that is linked to accountancy concepts using systems which are used within the accountancy profession. This has resulted in shaping the learning experience of accounting students by providing them with the skills that are required within the accountancy profession.

Award Highlights
  • 2020 – School Departmental Teaching Award
  • 2019 – School Departmental Teaching Award
  • 2017 – Swansea University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award