Dr Sara Closs-Davies

Additional Duties, Lecturer in Accounting


I am a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA) and member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). I am also a Lecturer in Accounting and taxation for undergraduate and postgraduate programmers and Researcher in Accounting at Bangor University, and tax co-ordinator for Uk and international tax papers for the ACCA.

I was appointed as a Welsh-medium Lecturer in Accounting in 2013, fully funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. The Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol aims to increase and develop the Welsh-medium provision in Higher Education across all Welsh Universities. Before this, (between 2008 and 2013) I was a lecturer in accounting and taxation, teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate modules through the medium of English. In addition, I was a tutor on the ACCA (Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants) professional course programmes, teaching taxation, advanced taxation and corporate reporting to trainee accountants. Providing and facilitating space to deliver and maintain high quality teaching and learning is very important to me. I record teaching sessions using Panopto so that students have access to this crucial learning resource outside of the lecture room. I have also delivered several sessions on using Information Technology, such as Panopto and SmartBoard, to other lecturers in order to enhance teaching and learning in higher education at Bangor University and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Prior to my academic career, I have several years’ experience of working in the accountancy and taxation industry. I owned and managed an accountancy firm offering accountancy services, taxation advice and planning to businesses, individuals and professionals of other accountancy firms. I managed tax enquiry cases (personal and business) and coordinated and managed a busy tax department at an accountancy firm, where I was also Training Officer and Mentor for accountancy and taxation staff.

I embarked on a career in academia in 2008. My research is multidisciplinary and transcends across several disciplines to include: accounting, public management & administration and taxation. My research focuses on the role of accounting in public administration. In particular, I examine the tax credit and universal credit systems by examining the interactions between policy-makers, government officials, claimants and the general public. There is a growing interest in welfare programs, given the current economic and political climate. There is an increased movement towards having welfare programs which encourage people to work and to top-up low-income families. My work also explores how power relations are formed, maintained and change within society; and how power can constitute and persuade audiences to accept a particular version of reality through accounting technologies. My work is interdisciplinary and encompasses the development of conceptual and theoretical frameworks, adopting a critical interpretive approach, developing and applying ethnography, grounded theory and critical discourse analysis. I draw from my background in research and accounting (MRes and current PhD in accounting; ACCA and CIOT professional) and real-life experiences stemming from my work in practice since 1997.

In addition to my research, I hold several important roles at Bangor University. In addition to being an undergraduate and postgraduate Lecturer in Accounting and Taxation, I am a Teaching Fellow at Bangor University, PGCertHE Examiner and Fellow Higher Education Academy Reviewer Panel Member. I am also a tutor on the ACCA (Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants) professional course programmes.

I also hold key roles outside of Bangor University. I serve as Treasurer for the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA): Interdisciplinary Perspectives Special Interest Group (SIG). I also serve as Auditor for the Conference of Professors of Accounting and Finance (CPAF). I am also a steering committee member for the Tax Research Network (TRN).  I am External Examiner for the BA (Hons) Professional Studies in Taxation degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am also an External Associate Member for the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) at Birmingham University.

My awards include Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (UK); Bangor University Teaching Fellowship (UK); Nominated for Teacher of the Year category, by the Students’ Union and the Student Led Teaching Awards Panel (UK); 5-year Lectureship in Accounting (Welsh Medium) funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (UK); and 5-year Welsh Medium Postgraduate Scholarship in Accounting from Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (UK).

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2012 - Masters by Research in Accounting , Bangor Business School (2011 - 2012)
  • 2008 - Member and qualified tax advisor for Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) (2008)
  • 2003 - Member and qualified accountant for The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) (2003)

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