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Mrs Linda Hickson

Job: Head of Department of Accounting & Finance

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: HU3.36, Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551 Ext 6817



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After spending six years as an officer in the Royal Air Force, Linda qualified as a management accountant with CIMA. During her studies, and after qualification, Linda worked in industry, spending 5 years in various roles with Dell Computer Corporation, followed by a role as business controller with global manufacturer, Landis & Gyr.

She became a lecturer in professional accountancy qualifications in 2000 and continued until 2012, since when she has worked as for DMU. She joined DMU as a senior lecturer and has since been promoted to Associate Professor in 2017, and Interim Head of Department in 2019.

During her time at DMU, Linda has been the Bloomberg Champion, encouraging the training of all DMU personnel on this system, whether related to their degree programme or not. Bloomberg has recognised her contribution to the use of the system in her teaching and invited her to speak at its education conference for 3 years running.

Linda is keen to ensure that academic success is matched with key employability skills and, alongside her promotion of the Bloomberg system, completed her Investment Management Certificate, in order to be able to provide better employability advice to students.

Linda has undertaken roles as link tutor for an overseas partner and continues to study Mandarin to enhance the relationship with that partner and to create an additional communication channel with some of our international students.

Linda is also a keen supporter of the DMU Women’s rugby team, and helps out as an unofficial coach, when not playing herself.

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Areas of teaching


Management Accounting 


MSc Accounting and Finance, De Montfort University

PGCertHE, De Montfort University

FHEA, Higher Education Authority

ACMA, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

BSc Mathematics and Sports Science, University of Birmingham

MInstLM, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

Courses taught


Investments and Portfolio Management, Advanced Corporate Finance, Corporate Finance and Decision Making.

Honours and awards

CIMA Institute prize winner, for highest examination marks worldwide at strategic level

Association of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators prize for highest achieving administrative officer within the Royal Air Force

Membership of external committees

British Accounting and Finance Association (Accounting Education Special Interest Group), secretary, 2017 to current date

Deepings RUFC, Director and Treasurer

Membership of professional associations and societies

Chartered Financial Analysts society (CFA) – 2017 to current date 

British Accounting and Finance Association- 2015 to current date 

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) - 2000 to current date 

Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) - 1995 to current date 

Mensa – 2014 to current date 

Professional licences and certificates

Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate, Bloomberg LP

Conference attendance

BAFA Accounting Education SiG 2019 - Ghent, Belgium

BAFA Accounting Education SiG 2018 - Brighton

BAFA Accounting Education SiG 2016 - Belfast