Karl McCormack

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer and course leader for all accounting awards.  My focus is on ensuring all students have a great experience and achieve the best results they can.
I am also a personal tutor to the accelerated degree students and 3 year degree accounting students.

About Me

I have been an accounting lecturer for the past 7 years. 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.


Hays student of the year award 2010
Developing Student Employability Award 2014/15
Personal Tutor of the Year Award 2016/2017 (Proud to be Staffs, Student Union Award)
Commitment to Excellence Award 2017 (Business, Leadership and Economics Award)


  • MBA

  • BA (Hons)

  • PgCHPE

Professional Memberships and Activities

Higher Education Academy (HEA) (Fellow)
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) (Associate and Educator)


Study skills,

Forensic Accounting,

Augmented Reality in Education.

Research Interests

Within the field of accounting I am currently researching fraud risk management and forensic accounting. I am also interested in innovation and technology within education particularly around engagement. Recently I have been looking into Virtual and Augmented Reality (AR & VR) to enhance teaching and learning. I continue to maintain an interest in behavioural finance and student mindset.


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


Current Teaching

I am module leader for Professional Toolkit, Professional Development, Management Accounting, Fraud Risk Management Computerised Accounting and Financial Research.
I teach on the Accounting and Finance 2 year accelerated, 3 year and Foundation courses as well as Core modules on the Business, Events and marketing awards.


Karl McCormack MBA, BA(Hons), PgCHPE, FHEA
Course Leader BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance accelerated 2 year, 3 year and 4 year foundation degrees.
Staffordshire Business School
Staffordshire University
LW124 Ashley 2 Building
Leek Road
t: +44 (0)1782 295980
e: k.mccormack@staffs.ac.uk
twitter: @ @karlmccormacksu