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    Contact Details

    Tel: 0121 204 3434

    Email: a.lymer@aston.ac.uk

    Twitter: @AndyLymer


    Andy joined the Accounting Department, Aston University as its Head in March 2021 as Professor of Taxation and Personal Finance. He is also Director of the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing within Aston Business School and the current Chair of the international Tax Research Network.

    Prior to this had an extensive career at the Birmingham Business School (University of Birmingham) where he worked for almost 30 years, working in a variety of roles. From 2012 - 2016, he was the Deputy Head (Associate Dean) of the School, was Interim Head of School during 2012. For the four prior years he was the Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance.  He was the Director of the Research Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) from 2016 to 2021. 

    He researches and teaches in the fields of taxation (UK, comparative and international taxation), of personal finance (financial education/literacy/capability and financial wellbeing) and information systems (particularly the use and impact of the internet).

    He has held visiting positions at various institutions in the USA (Texas Tech University) and in Australia (UNSW, Sydney University, Melbourne University and Curtin University).

    He is currently an Honorary Professor in the Department of Taxation, College of Accounting Studies, University of South Africa, and a International Research Associate of the Fin-Ed Research Centre at Massey University in New Zealand.

    For three years (2009 - 2011) he led the Tax Development Programme of HM Treasury.

    Key research projects

    Current and recent (post 2020) funded research projects :

    • Principal Investigator - Mental Health and Money : Rapid Evidence Assessment

             Money and Pension Service - £8,600 (Nov 2022 - March 2023)

             With Hayley James (CPFW, Aston University)


             Gambling Commission (Regulatory Settlement Award) - £365,000 (June 2021 – May 2023)

             with H. Sacranie (Aston University) and Birmingham City Council Housing Team


             Vivid Housing Group - £38,863 (September 2019 – April 2022)

             with James Gregory (CHASM, University of Birmingham)


    • Principal Investigator – Circular housing asset renovation and management – no more downcycling

              European Commission INTERREG - £51,832 (October 2018 – September 2022)

             with H. Sacranie (CHASM, University of Birmingham)


             NIHR – Research for Patient Benefit programme (RfPB Social Care 1) – £270,714 (September 2019 – May 2021)

            With K Baxter, E, Heavy, (SPRU, York), L Overton (CHASM, Birmingham), S Calline (City of York Council), A. Barnett (DIPEx), S. Ryan (Oxford)


             Money Advice Service - £157,000 (November 2017 – March 2019)

             With University of Edinburgh, Ecorys UK Ltd, Toynbee Hall, Hayes Research Services


             East Devon District Council and DCH (Devon and Cornwall Homes) - £30,000 (November 2016 – August 2020)

             With James Gregory (CHASM, University of Birmingham)


    (for a fuller list of current projects see the Centre for Personal Financial Wellbeing website here)


    Education/Academic qualification

    BSc, Accounting and Computer Science, University of Wales

    Sept 1987Jun 1990

    Award Date: 30 Jun 1990

    External positions

    Chair in Taxation and Personal Finance


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