Simon Finley

Simon Finley, PFHEA, M.Ed


    • United Kingdom


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    Upon graduation Simon trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. After five years in the accounting and finance industry Simon retrained as a teacher in Business Studies and Economics. This led to a career training trainee Chartered Accountant. Following 8 years in this job, Simon Joined Aston as a teaching fellow.

    During his time at Aston Simon has had a number of roles, including the BSc Accounting and Finance programme director and Associate Dean for Programme Quality. It was in these roles that Simon developed a keen interest in the strategic development of programmes, teaching quality and leadership in Higher Education. This led to him completing a Masters in Education and, consequently, to him taking on a new role as Associate Dean for MBA, apprenticeship and online programmes.

    In this new role Simon has focused on the impementation of new pedagogical innovations for work based learning and leadership development. This has led to a complete overhaul of teaching and assessment practices on programmes within his portfolio. Most radically this has led to the development of a new suite of "enterprise development" degrees, where students have to run their own business throughout the duration of their programme. They receive coaching, rather than traditional lectures and workshops, and instead of exams and essays they undertake authentic, skill developing assessments relevant to their businesses.

    More recently Simon has begun a Doctorate of Education. The focus of his work is on broadening the term "constructive alignment" and how this facilitates or hinders widening participation in higher education.

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    Risk managment, financial analysis, entrepreneurship, leadership


    • M.Ed, Aston University
    • BSc (hons) University of Wales, College of Cardiff
    • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Worcester


    • KPMG (2000 – 2004)
    • Kaplan Financial (2005 – 2008)
    • Kaplan Publishing (2008 – 2013)


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