Prof Owain ap Gwilym

Deputy Head of School / Professor in Finance

Contact info

Professor Owain ap Gwilym

Division: Financial Studies

Location: Room 1.17, Hen Goleg

Telephone: 01248 38 2176


Contact Info

Professor Owain ap Gwilym

Division: Financial Studies

Location: Room 1.17, Hen Goleg

Telephone: 01248 38 2176




Professor of Finance

Professor ap Gwilym has published over eighty academic research articles. His work has appeared in many internationally recognised journals such as Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, European Financial Management, Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Futures Markets and Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. Previously he was Professor of Finance at Aberystwyth University, and he has also held academic posts at the universities of Southampton and Swansea.

He leads the credit ratings research group at Bangor, which includes Professor Rasha Alsakka, Dr Edward Jones, Dr Laurence Jones, Dr Shee-Yee Khoo, Dr Sandy Robles, Dr Gwion Williams, several PhD students and external associate members.

He has engaged in projects with various organisations including CFA UK, Chartered Banker Institute, Financial Times, Fitch Learning, Fitch Ratings, InteractiveData, Inquire, Moody’s Investors Service, Risk Books and Scottish Widows.

He is an associate editor of the European Journal of Finance.


PhD (Finance), University of Wales (Swansea).
BSc (Management Science), University of Wales (Swansea).

Roles within Bangor Business School

  • Deputy Head of School.
  • Postgraduate programme director in accounting, banking and finance.
  • Link tutor with Bangor University International College (BUIC).


Teaching and Supervision

Research Interests

Credit risk and credit ratings, European Banking Union, Market microstructure, Investment management.

Research Supervision

I have supervised over 20 completed PhDs.

Some of my PhD graduates have subsequently held academic posts (up to professorial level) at the universities of Aberdeen, Bath, Coventry, East Anglia, Essex, Newcastle, Reading, Southampton, Strathclyde and Swansea, amongst others.


Teaching and Supervision


Postgraduate Teaching

  • International Financial Markets (ABJ/ASB-4403).
  • Financial Technology (ABJ/ASB-4008).
  • Finance Dissertation (co-ordinator, ABJ/ASB-4909).
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Pathway (co-ordinator, ABJ/ASB-4910).
  • MSc Dissertations (co-ordinator).
  • Core Competencies for Postgraduate Researchers (ASB-4931).
  • Current Issues in Business & Management (ASB-4936).
  • Doctoral Training: Credit Ratings research.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Financial Technology (ASB-3008).
  • Buddsoddiad (ADB-2217/3217).



Associate Editor

Journal of Banking and Finance, 2013-17.

International Review of Financial Analysis, 2011-17.


PhD external examinations

Universities of Bath, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, City University of London, Durham, Edinburgh, Hull, Manchester, Reading, Robert Gordon, Southampton, St Andrews, Swansea, Sydney.

MSc External Examination

Universities of Aston, Exeter, Lancaster, Manchester.

MBA External Examination

Bayes Business School (formerly Cass).

BSc External Examination

University of London (LSE), Bristol, Cardiff.

Other indicators of the impact of research

Research profiled in the Financial Times and the New York Times.

Ranked as one of the top 30 most prolific authors in mathematical finance journals between 1999 and 2016, according to Samitas and Kampouris (2018, International Review of Financial Analysis).

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