Meet our academics

Our programmes are based on the most up-to-date research and are taught by experienced practitioners and academics working at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Jason Laws

Jason Laws: Associate Dean of School (Postgraduate)

Jason works with the Directors of Studies of the MSc programmes to ensure that we deliver an excellent student experience by developing a range of up-to-date skills, knowledge, and orientation to critical thinking that our students will need as they move into the workplace.

Dr Kostas Pappas

Dr Kostas Pappas: Director of Studies, MSc Accounting and Finance

Kostas is Assistant Professor of Accounting in the Accounting and Finance group. He holds a PhD from Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, and his research interests are in the area of market-based accounting, including earnings quality, debt contracting, and corporate disclosure.

Rachel Ashman

Dr Rachel Ashman: Director of Studies, MSc Advanced Marketing

Rachel has teaching experience in a broad range of subjects, particularly focusing on digital marketing, retailing and research methods. Her research interests lie at the interface between digital modes of communication and consumers, specifically looking at contexts such as food, fashion and entrepreneurship.

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Dr Cagatay Iris Director of Studies, MSc Business Analytics and Big Data

Cagatay is a Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management. His research interests lie in transportation and logistics, including freight transportation, next-generation ports, shipping, hinterlands, urban logistics, crowdshipping, and energy management in supply chains, and he mostly uses mathematical modeling and data analytics methods to improve the performance of these systems.

Sahar Karimi

Dr Sahar Karimi: Director of Studies, MSc Digital Marketing and Analytics

Sahar has a PhD in online consumer decision-making behaviour, an MSc in Advanced Computer Science with ICT Management and a BEng in Computer Engineering. Her research focuses on consumer behaviour on digital platforms and she is working on an Academy of Marketing research project on the impact of textual and visual information presented in different formats on consumer decision-making behaviour, with a focus on the wearable technology sector.

Ian Burn

Dr Ian Burn: Director of Studies, MSc Economics

Ian is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. He received his PhD from the University of California-Irvine and is an applied microeconomist who uses field experiments to study the economics of discrimination. His work has examined the effects of prejudice and bias against older workers, women, and the LGBT community. His current research focuses on the economic impacts of stereotypes in the workplace.

Michalis Stamatogiannis

Dr Michalis Stamatogiannis: Director of Studies, MSc Finance

Michalis is Senior Lecturer in Finance. His main research interests lie in the area of financial econometrics and his current research focuses on stock return predictability. He has taught modules relevant to financial econometrics, forecasting and statistics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Azmi Ozunlu

Azmi Özünlü: Director of Studies, MSc Finance and Investment Management

Azmi is a Senior Lecturer in Finance, his research interests include risk management, quantitative finance, financial regulation and event studies. Azmi is a CFA Charterholder and also holds the FRM (Financial Risk Manager) designation.

Gavin Brown

Gavin Brown: Director of Studies, MSc Financial Technology

Gavin is an Associate Professor in Financial Technology. His research focuses on payment technologies & the future of money, specifically cryptocurrencies and stablecoin pricing. Gavin is a Fellow of The ICAEW as a chartered accountant, is listed on the FCA’s Register and is also a Co-Founder and Director of a digital assets fund.

Lilian Otaye, Director of Studies MSC HRM

Professor Lilian Otaye-Ebede: Director of Studies, MSc Human Resource Management

Lilian is a Professor in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. Her research interests are in the areas of strategic HRM, employee relations, diversity management (race/ethnicity, gender, and neurodiversity), and employee well-being. Prior to becoming an academic, Lilian worked as an HR professional for several years

Dr Vasilis Gkotsis

Dr Vasilis Gotsis: Director of Studies, MSc International Business

Vasilis has taught in many academic disciplines, mainly in the field of international business and management. His research interests lie in the area of International Business and service failure and recovery for the airline industry.

Dr Patricia Murtagh: Director of Studies, Master in Management

Patricia is a Lecturer in Management, with extensive experience in industry, and 20 years of teaching experience in the areas of strategy, research methodology and management. She has a PhD in knowledge management in high technology industries grounded in the knowledge-based view of the firm.

Treasa Kearney

Dr Treasa Kearney Director of Studies: MSc Marketing

Treasa is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has been lecturing since 2006. Her research focuses on the area of Transformation Service Research (TSR), value co-creation and customer service experiences and she has worked on projects relating to food poverty, times of conflict and Higher Education.

Dr Matthew Tickle

Dr Matthew Tickle: Director of Studies, MSc Operations & Supply Chain Management

Matthew holds a BSc and PhD in Operations Management, both from the University of Liverpool, and previously worked as a project manager in the software development industry. His research interests include humanitarian supply chains (i.e. studying how best to get relief to those in need after a disaster has struck) and quality management tools and techniques.

Dr Joanne Lyubovnikova Director of Studies, MSc Occupational and Organisational Psychology

Joanne is a Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and a Registered Occupational Psychologist. Her current research focuses on five interrelated areas: team composition and processes, team leadership, team innovation and creativity, multiple team membership and teamwork in the context of healthcare.

Fotis Misopoulos

Dr Fotios Misopoulos Director of Studies, MSc Project Management

Fotis is a Lecturer in Project Management with more than 20 years of teaching experience. He has a background in Computer Science and Logistics which he brings to his teaching on Project Management, Supply Chain Management, and Information Systems related modules.

David Cockayne

David Cockayne: Director of Studies, MSc Sports Business and Management

David is the founding Director of Studies for MSc Sports Business. David teaches marketing, and commercial strategy in sport, drawing from his research, and past experience working with a range of sports organisations. These include Tottenham Hotspur FC, Everton FC, The Rugby Super League, Adidas China, Reebok, Huddersfield Town AFC.