Surrey Business School

Finance and Accounting

The Department of Finance and Accounting combines a combination of cutting edge research activity in the areas of Finance, Banking and Corporate Governance with a wealth of industry experience at one of the Big Four to deliver teaching excellence in the classroom.

For a summary of research, teaching and other developments in the Department of Finance and Accounting please see the 2015-2016 newsletter:


We offer a range of industry leading undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which are ranked second nationally by the Guardian, seventh in the Good University Guide, twelfth in the Complete University Guide and 9th in the National Student Survey (NSS).

The Department also supports a thriving student community. We provide a dynamic environment for PhD and DBA researchers, welcoming applications in any of our research areas.


Recruiting from the finest academics in the field, the Department of Finance and Accounting at Surrey Business School is a leader in the areas of corporate finance, corporate governance, and banking.

Research interests

  • Corporate finance
  • Mergers and acquisitions (M&As)
  • Corporate governance
  • Banking and the performance of banking institutions

Reasearch seminars

The Finance and Accounting department organises weekly research seminar series on Wednesdays 2-3pm in 75MS02, the Rik Medlik Building. We have notable speakers from leading UK and international institutions in a wide range of research areas including corporate finance, corporate governance, and financial markets. Everyone is welcome to attend. View a list of all past research seminars.

Department of Finance and Accounting Members

Members of the Department of Finance and Accounting are drawn from a variety of academic and practitioner backgrounds, creating a diverse pool of knowledge and expertise. Information on our research papers, journal contributions, conference presentations, publications and teaching areas can be found within our profiles below.

Head and Deputy Head of Department

Name Role
Professor Paul Guest Head of Department
Mr Chris Akerman Deputy Head of Department

Research Academics

Name Role
Professor Manthos Delis Professor (Chair) in Financial Economics and Banking
Malika Hamadi Senior Lecturer
Dr Maria Iosifidi Lecturer in Financial Economics
Dr Nikolaos Karampatsas Lecturer in Finance
Dr Zicheng Lei Lecturer in Finance and Accounting
Dr Andrew Mason Lecturer in Finance
Dr Christos P. Mavis Lecturer in Finance and Accounting
Professor Sarmistha Pal Professor in Finance
Professor Dimitris Petmezas Chair in Finance
Professor Nickolaos Travlos Professor of Finance and Accounting
Dr Veronica Veleanu Lecturer in Financial Economics
Dr Rafal Wojakowski Reader in Finance

Practitioner Academics

Name Role
Mrs Rebekah Ashdown Associate Tutor
Mr Samuel Hinds Tutor in Accounting
Mrs Jacqueline McCartney Senior Teaching Fellow in Finance
Mrs Vicky Milligan Senior Teaching Fellow in Accounting
Mrs Tracy Robinson Associate Tutor
Rhiannon Soper Associate Tutor
Rachel Sopp Senior Teaching Fellow
Ms Jane Vessey Associate Tutor


Our Department has access to the most sophisticated and analytical databases in accounting and finance, providing our staff and students with the appropriate tools to perform cutting edge research and deliver high quality output. Staff and current students can access these databases here.