Karl Mccormack

Senior Lecturer

Digital, Tech, Innovation & Business

I am a Senior Lecturer for Staffordshire Business School. I have been teaching for over 10 years having joined Staffordshire University in 2010. My current teaching focus is within the accounting and business area and my current focus of research includes student expectations, innovation in teaching practices, financial regulation and fraud management.

Prior to lecturing I mostly worked for retail businesses, from high growth start-ups to mature multi-billion pound turnover international organisations, throughout the UK. My earlier years were in small retail companies predominantly within the music industry. I then enjoyed a long career in management within Tesco’s. I have also worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland within the derivatives and structured notes area.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator
  • Associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Member of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)

Academic qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration MBA, Staffordshire University.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education, Staffordshire University.
  • BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance, Staffordshire University.


  • Computerised accounting
  • Forensic accounting
  • Fraud risk management
  • Management accounting
  • Professional development and study skills
  • Investment and banking
  • Risk and reward
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Finance and revenue management in the leisure Industry
  • Playfulness in Education
  • Augmented reality in Education

Research interests

  • Fraud risk management
  • Forensic accounting
  • Playfulness in Higher Education
  • Innovation and technology within education particularly around engagement
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality (AR & VR) to enhance teaching and learning
  • Student mindset
  • Behavioural finance


I am an experienced teacher at levels 3-7. I have experience teaching on Apprenticeship and Foundation Degrees, BA accounting programmes, MBA modules. I have taught as a subject specialist in forensic accounting, management accounting and study and employability skills.


Lecturing on Business School Awards including Accounting and Finance, Business Management, Events, Marketing Management, Visitor Attraction and Resort Management, Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship, Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship.

Subjects taught

  • Computerised Accounting
  • Finance and Revenue in the leisure Industry
  • Investment and Banking
  • Management Accounting
  • Professional Toolkit


Journal Publications

McCormack, K. (2017). Improving Employability in Higher Education: Delivering and Embedding Employability Modules Within Undergraduate Courses. [Online]. Innovative Practice in Higher Education (IPiHE). 3 (1). Available from: http://journals.staffs.ac.uk/index.php/ipihe/article/view/124


McCormack, K. (2020). Budgeting as a Student Can be Hard! Learn from our Students Top Mistakes. [Online]. Available from: https://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/business/2020/04/15/budgeting-as-a-student-can-be-hard-learn-from-our-students-top-mistakes/.

McCormack, K. (2018). Random Acts of Kindness. [Online]. Available from: http://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/business/2018/02/14/random-acts-of-kindness.

McCormack, K. (2017). 3 Skills & Attributes to Focus On in the 21st Century. [Online]. Available from: https://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/business/2017/07/18/3-skills-attributes-to-focus-on-in-the-21st-century/.

McCormack, K. (2017). Simple Ideas to Change Your Mindset. [Online]. Available from: http://blogs.staffs.ac.uk/business/2017/01/18/simple-ideas-to-change-your-mindset/


in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021