Professor Gloria Agyemang
Accounting research in education and management, and research in accountability issues for NGOs are important not only because they reveal areas where there needs to be support and development, but also that accounting can be used to conceal, which is the part I find fascinating. I try to bring accounting alive – it’s not just about numbers anymore, but what the numbers can lead to, and how they can be manipulated to show particular views of the world.
Students always like to have a sense of the real world, and when we look at international management accounting, we study different types of organisations in different countries. There’s also a political angle to accounting which initially surprises them – they’re exposed to the alternative ways that accounting can contribute. I think they enjoy that.
What I like about working at Royal Holloway is that colleagues here are both interdisciplinary and critical. We ask, what’s the alternative? What could the world be like? How can we benefit society by what we’re doing? That sort of ethos really comes through in our research and teaching, and in that way I think we carry on Thomas Holloway’s ethos.