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April 2015

Two MBS academics receive prestigious awards

(31 March 2015)

Chris Humphrey, Professor of Accounting, and Norman Strong, Professor of Accounting and Finance, from the Manchester Business School (MBS) have both been honoured by the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA).

Chris Humphrey received the Association’s Distinguished Academic Award, whilst Norman Strong received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Both received their awards at a celebratory dinner at Old Trafford during BAFA’s annual conference in Manchester.

Chris said: “I was very honoured to receive the award. In many respects it is a very humbling experience as it makes you realise very clearly how much you have relied on, and learnt, from others. In essence, this is an award for contributions to the academic community, and what really matters most here is the notion of community. The real strength of the accounting and finance discipline in the UK is its respect for diversity and, in quite challenging times, this is something that we must work hard to preserve.”

Commenting on his award, Norman said: “I feel very honoured. During my academic career I have always aimed to publish high-quality research and I hope the award recognises the quality of my research publications in both accounting and finance. It is also testament to my research colleagues and co-authors over the years, and to a steady stream of PhD students who I have had the privilege to supervise. As I approach celebrating 26 years of teaching and research at The University of Manchester I must also acknowledge the support and collegiality that has always been present within the accounting and finance group at Manchester.”

Norman, and his colleague Ed Lee, Professor of Accounting and Finance at MBS, was also awarded the British Accounting Review’s best finance paper of 2014.