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Meeting our finance and accounting expert: Posi Olatubosun

Posi Olatubosun is the latest addition to The University of Law Business School’s faculty. With over 13 years of experience in teaching or examining, he’s keen to bring his expertise to our students. Posi’s specialism is in finance and accounting and he has joined ULaw as Senior Tutor in Finance and Accounting. We sat down with him to find out more about his background and what he’s going to be bringing to our classes.

I trained as an accountant at Coopers and Lybrand between 1993 and 1996. Since then I’ve worked in small accountancy firms, commercial banks and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), so have experienced a variety of different financial settings. I started teaching in 2008 when I joined North Hertfordshire College as a programme manager, where I also earned my Diploma in Education.

I undertook my doctoral training in Corporate Governance at King’s College. I was fortunate to study under the supervision of Professor Jill Atkins, a renowned authority on corporate governance.

I’ve been teaching, examining and writing about many aspects of finance and accounting for more than 13 years. So I have plenty of experience to bring to our students; from financial reporting and management to taxation, derivatives and corporate governance. I’m looking forward to getting involved in teaching and assessing many of our modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I’m also going to be involved in programme development and validations. I really want to ensure that our students are going to be getting what I think is a world class standard of education so they’ll be ready for the employment market. It’s important to collaborate with both employers and professional bodies to increase the employability of our students.

Business is what keeps the economy going. Whether it’s in schools, charities, governments, hospitals or corporations, it’s the proliferation of businesses that keeps people in employment and the government funded through taxation. When a business folds, the economy suffers to a greater or lesser extent and this is what could lead to – and historically has led to – economic recessions or, in extreme cases, depression. That’s why it’s so important for current business leaders and our students to be well trained in corporate governance.

I think that accounting and finance is the hub of business. Without accountants, companies cannot determine profits made, taxes to be paid, how to raise finances and expand their business. It’s also very insightful when it comes to having to respond to rapidly changing socio-economic and technological environments. For instance, you can see radical changes in business models thanks to ever-changing technologies. Direct access to customers, rather than using intermediaries, and the automation of manufacturing have been huge evolutions in the business world. Even the objective of raising finances for a venture are now much faster and more efficient than they used to be, thanks to new financial technology – commonly referred to as ‘fintech’.

All these changes are influencing how businesses operate. They’re compelled to function in more dynamic ways to suit their environment, and that makes teaching and learning about business and finance all the more important. The students themselves have huge opportunities to witness and participate in a continually evolving environment and I find that really exciting.

The teaching methods adopted here at ULaw are modern, keeping the student at the centre of learning. We have small classes to ensure that there is no barrier between tutors and learners, so students get optimal value from the courses. Giving students unhindered access to communicate directly with tutors throughout the learning process is a great way to keep everyone on track and able to give and receive the help that’s needed.

The business degrees awarded by ULaw are internationally portable too. The relevant accreditations from international professional bodies allows graduates to take their qualifications anywhere, whether it be Australia, America, Europe or Asia. It means they can start practising their professions immediately.

I’m going to be working closely with my colleagues to get the best out of the teaching we provide at the University. I want to bring the links that I’ve formed within the industry into the teaching environment, including the experiences that I’ve had as an active researcher in the areas of shareholder activism and responsible investment.

I’ve learned so many skills that I want to bring into the classroom. For instance, my teacher training background taught me to use a kinaesthetic approach to teaching. This involves doing realistic activities with the students rather than just dictating how to do it. Punctuality is also an important skill that I have valued over the years. As an accountant, paying attention to every little detail, and most importantly being prudent in managing financial and other resources are massively important. As an accountant, I would prefer to err on the side of caution and take my time to thoroughly review and consider implications; that’s definitely something that I always try to encourage my students to do as well.

If you share Posi’s passion for business and finance, why not see if one of our courses can help you prepare for the career you want?