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Mrs Ellen Spender

Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance

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Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker
Office 231 - 231
Second Floor
School of Management
Bay Campus


At Swansea University Ellen is an Associate Professor in accounting and module co-ordinator for several undergraduate and postgraduate modules and Ellen is also the School of Management Student Engagement Lead. Ellen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

During her time at Swansea Ellen has been honoured to receive several commendations by students for the quality of her teaching. Indeed, her career as a professional lecturer has been markedly learner-centric, and her constructivist approach to teaching is an extension of her personal-professional interest in and passion for student engagement. Student feedback at Swansea University has been both encouraging and positive, thereby affirming her teaching methodologies.

Student engagement is Ellen’s main research focusing on enhancing student experience by delivering quality teaching and engaging successfully with students to motivate them to fulfil their individual educational potential. In 2021, Ellen was honoured with the Teacher of the Year Award in the School of Management.

Ellen completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 1997 and during Ellen’s career as a qualified lecturer she has delivered a variety of subjects in several educational institutions.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Corporate Finance

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Ellen teaches forensic accounting providing an overview of the role of the forensic accountant to final year undergraduates.

She delivers financial accounting and corporate finance for the MSc Accounting and Finance, MSc Engineering Leadership and Management, and Master of Business Administration programmes.

Research Award Highlights Collaborations