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ICMA Centre set for over 80% qualified HEA academics in the New Year

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The ICMA Centre has seen thirteen of its academics already gain membership of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and is set for over 80% in total to become members in the New Year.

The HEA works with higher education providers and organisations to improve the professional experience of higher education academics through fellowships, accreditation, awards and professional development provision.

The high number of memberships demonstrates the ICMA Centre’s dedication to providing a high-quality student experience by ensuring that academics are certified in alignment with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Of the thirteen ICMA Centre academics that have become HEA Fellows or Associate Fellows, one has achieved Senior Fellowship status, indicating a proven and sustained track record in higher education management and leadership.

“The ICMA Centre has always been committed to a student-centred experience,” commented Head of ICMA Centre Professor Adrian Bell, “that is why we have invested in staff development, ensuring that all students receive the highest standard of education from academics who are not only vastly experienced in the industry, but also qualified to teach at a higher education level.”

In order to gain membership, academics can take one of two routes dependent on their level of experience. The APP (Academic Practice Programme) is taken by academics relatively new to teaching, while the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) route using the university’s HEA-accredited FLAIR framework (Facilitating Learning and Teaching Achievement and Individual Recognition) requires experienced academics to be reflective and draft case studies and an activity table on how their practice has developed in their teaching.

Below is a full list of current ICMA Centre academics with HEA membership:

Professor George Alexandridis

Professor of Corporate Finance
George is a Professor of Corporate Finance at the ICMA Centre. He is also the Head of Pre-Experience Postgraduate Programmes at Henley Business School leading the portfolio of Finance, Management, Real Estate, Accounting and Information Management Masters programmes. George is also the founder and Programme Director of the MSc International…

Professor Adrian Bell

Research Dean, Prosperity and Resilience
Adrian is Chair in the History of Finance and Research Dean, Prosperity and Resilience.

Professor Chris Brooks

Professor in Finance
Chris Brooks is Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre. He was formerly Professor of Finance at the Cass Business School, London. He holds a PhD and a BA in Economics and Econometrics, both from the University of Reading. His areas of research interest include asset pricing, fund management, behavioural…

Dr Andreas G. F. Hoepner

Visiting Professor
Professor Dr. Andreas G. F. Hoepner is Professor of Operational Risk, Banking & Finance at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and the Lochlann Quinn School of Business of University College Dublin (UCD). Andreas is also heading the ‘Practical Tools’ research group of the Mistra Financial Systems (MFS) research consortium…

Dr Konstantina Kappou

Associate Professor of Finance
Nadia is an Associate Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre and the Programme Director of MSc Financial Risk Management. She has also been the Regional Director of the UK Chapter of GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals) for five years, and is currently a member of GARP's London Chapter…

Dr Emese Lazar

Undergraduate Programme Area Director
Emese received a PhD in Finance from the ICMA Centre, The University of Reading in 2006. Previously she obtained an MSc in Financial Engineering and Quantitative Analysis with a distinction from the ICMA Centre.

Dr Miriam Marra

Associate Professor of Finance
Miriam is an Associate Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre since October 2012. Prior to joining the ICMA Centre, Miriam was a Fellow at Warwick Business School where she completed her PhD in Finance in 2013. She holds also a BSc and an MA in International Economics from the…

Dr Tony Moore

Lecturer in Finance
Dr Tony Moore is Lecturer in Finance at the ICMA Centre. He is Programme Director of the MSc in Financial Regulation, a part-time degree for practicing regulators offered in collaboration with the Financial Conduct Authority. He convenes the modules ‘Stakeholders and the Business of Finance’ and the Research Project/Dissertation options…

Dr Ioannis Oikonomou

Associate Professor in Finance
Ioannis joined the academic faculty of the ICMA Centre in 2011. He is the Programme Area Director for all ICMA Centre Undergraduate Programmes as well as for the MSc in Behavioural Finance. He is also the module convenor of the undergraduate Portfolio Management course and postgraduate Behavioural Finance course. In…

Dr Gita Persand

Lecturer in Finance
Gita Persand is a Lecturer in Finance and currently teaches on the undergraduate degree programmes, having previously taught at the Universities of Bristol and Southampton. She is the module convenor for Financial Modelling and for Introductory Finance.

Dr Simone Varotto

Associate Professor in Finance
Simone holds a PhD in Financial Economics from Birkbeck College, London. Between 1996 and 2000, he was a member of the research staff of the Bank of England where he worked on credit risk modelling and bank regulation. Soon afterwards he joined the ICMA Centre at Henley Business School as…

Dr Yeqin Zeng

Visiting Fellow
Dr Yeqin Zeng is a Visiting Fellow at the ICMA Centre. He holds double Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Wuhan University, a Master’s degree in Economics from Claremont Graduate University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Washington…
Published 4th January 2016