Portrait of Dr Kay Smith Dr Kay Smith

k.l.smith@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472689


Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics
Qualifications: Bsc (Hons), PGCE, Msc, EdD, FHEA

Kay joined the University of Huddersfield in 2007 following a 12 year career teaching in further education colleges.

During her time teaching in further education colleges Kay held a number of positions of responsibility including PGCE centre manager and student teacher mentor, course leader for HND/HNC and DMS/MBA programmes and the deputy head of Business School responsible for teaching and learning. This role included mentoring and support to other teaching staff within the school, carrying out teaching observations in line with college policies, creating action plans for improvement where appropriate, promoting discussion about learning and teaching, sharing good practise and excellence in the classroom, carrying out the college quality assurance procedures, preparing for internal reviews and external inspections, and designing and carrying out staff development sessions for the Business School.

Kay has experience of teaching on a wide variety of levels and types of programme including HNC/HND, Foundation Degree, undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, CIPD, CMI and ILM. She has also taught finance modules on management programmes for external customers such as BAE and MITIE.

Since joining the University of Huddersfield Kay has held roles of course leader for the Foundation Degree in Accountancy and the Msc Banking and Finance.

Kay completed her Doctor of Education in January 2017 with a thesis titled “Postgraduate study: The expectations of students and course leaders”.

Research and Scholarship

Current research interests include business education and governance in schools.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Smith, K (2016) Postgraduate study: the expectations of students and course leaders Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.


Kay has been the Chair of Governors for a federation of 3 local primary schools since January 2016. This involves working with the Head Teacher on a regular basis to oversee both operational and strategic issues taking place in the federation.

She was closely involved with the original development from 3 individual schools to the launch of the federation, having been the Chair of Governors at one of the schools since September 2014. This involved liaising with the local authority, organising consultation meetings with school staff and parents, recruiting new staff and the reorganisation from 3 governing bodies to just one.

Research Degree Supervision

Supervision interests are in the area of Business Education. Current PGR supervision is in the area of student expectations.

Administrative Responsibilities

Kay is currently the admissions tutor for the BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance programme. She is regularly involved in marketing activities including school taster days, open days, and applicant visit days.

Kay is also the year 1 tutor for the BA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance programmes and has recently been involved in the development of a new intensive induction programme to improve retention and achievement on the programmes.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Current teaching responsibilities are on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

Module Leader - Accounting in Organisations ( employability module, Year 1)
Module Leader - Quantitative Analysis (Year 1)
Management Science (Year 1)
Financial Management (employability module, Year 2)

International Finance (Msc)
Dissertation supervision (Msc)