John Smith



   - Post Graduate Diploma in Research Methods (Distinction), Bradford University School of Management
   - Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University)
   - First Class Honours Degree in Accounting and Finance, Lancaster University

   - Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
   - Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Other Scholarly Societies
   - Member of the British Academy of Management
   - Member of the European Accounting Association
   - Member of the British Accounting and Finance Association
   - Executive Board Member of the British Accounting and Finance Association Accounting Education Special Interest Group

External Roles
   - External Examiner: Durham University Business School MBA (2017 - 2020)


John is a Chartered Accountant and spent 14 years in professional practice based in Leeds and London where he specialised initially in corporate taxation, before moving into tax efficient reward structures, share incentive plans and executive compensation. John developed and subsequently led a successful regional compensation consulting practice before taking on national practice management responsibilities with two large firms. His experience as a partner in Andersen, at the time of the firm's collapse in 2002 following the Enron scandal, initiated his interest in audit failure, professional ethics and corporate accountability.

After a spell establishing a specialist practice at RSM Robson Rhodes, John decided on a career change and moved into accounting education in 2005. Since then he has taught most areas of accounting and finance at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the UK, Hong Kong and China. He is also a published early career researcher in corporate sustainability assurance practice and accounting education. Before taking up his current appointment at Leeds University Business School, John was a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and a Teacher Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University.

John's primary research interest is corporate sustainability reporting-assurance. His research focuses on the nature of the institutional interactions which shape policy and engagement practice in this new and rapidly developing professional field. He has a subsidiary scholarly interest in developing accounting education and especially in exploring the role of feedback both in improving the student experience and in promoting reflective teaching practice.

Current Teaching - Undergraduate

  • LUBS1035 Foundations of Finance
  • LUBS1036 Introduction to Finance
  • LUBS2205 Corporate Finance
  • LUBS3650 Critical Cases in Accounting and Finance

Teaching Awards
- Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence 2017
   - LUBS1035 Foundations of Finance with Dr Andreea Bordianu
   - LUBS3650 Critical Cases in Accounting and Finance with Alice Shepherd and Cathy Myles
   - LUBS3550 Auditing and Assurance Services with Dr Konstantinos Bozos
- Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence 2016
   - LUBS1035 Foundations of Finance with Dr Andreea Bordianu

Student Feedback
   - "Sessions led by John are of a high standard and interesting"
   - "This module has really helped me understand issues surrounding financial reporting. I have also learned to be able to stand
       before colleagues and contribute during discussion"
   - "The lecturer made each topic interesting by relating it to current news and he is so enthusiastic!"
   - "Excellent lecturer"
   - "I liked that the teaching of the module was very interactive and that the tutor was always giving us feedback to enhance our
   - "I have enjoyed participating in the module; the level of teaching was excellent with plenty of references and extra materials. . ."
   - "The participation has been excellent"
   - "Excellent lecturer who was friendly, informative and interesting"
   - "Listening to students and giving them a chance to view their opinions has been a very effective way of teaching"
   - "Well organised, well delivered, a fantastic learning experience"
   - "Excellent module. Very clear instruction, dynamic presentation, and wonderful resources - full marks!"
   - "Very helpful. The lecturer was fully prepared and well organised"
   - "A very good tutor who is dedicated to help students achieve the very best"
   - "John was extremely enthusiastic about his course, engaging and listening to everyone in class and always ready with a solution
       to your problem"
   - "John Smith is a fantastic lecturer and explains things very well and he has a very encouraging classroom presence"
   - "John was very enthusiastic and structures his lectures well. He makes learning fun"
   - "John Smith was exceptional with his enthusiasm"
   - "John is a really great teacher and I like him very much."
   - "John Smith is the best ever teacher I've met. And his lecture is really intellectually stimulating."
   - "The lecturer is enthusiastic and has a good relationship with students."
   - "I love the lecturer. Enthusiastic and always encourage us."
   - "Love our lecturer! He's so funny & knows how to inspire students. Best way of passing knowledge! Thank you"
   - "John Smith #1"