Mrs Linda Hickson

Job: Head of Department of Accounting & Finance

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: HU3.84, Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University

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



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Personal profile

After spending six years as an officer in the Royal Air Force, Linda qualified as a management accountant with CIMA, gaining the Institute Prize for the highest marks worldwide at strategic level. 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 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. Bloomberg recognised her contribution to the use of the system in her teaching by inviting her to speak at its education symposium for 3 years running.

Linda is heavily invested in developing and enhancing accounting education across HE and was appointed secretary to BAFA's Accounting Education Special Interest Group in 2017, and re-elected in 2021.

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, and courses with the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, 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 an ally of DMU's LBGTQ+ community.

Publications and outputs

Adu-Ameyaw, Hickson, L.  and Danso, A. (2022), "Managerial compensation and fixed intangible assets investment: the role of managerial ownership and firm characteristics", Journal of Applied Accounting Research.


Adu-Ameyaw, E., Danso, A., Hickson, L. and Lartey, T., (2022). R&D spending intensity of private vs public firms: the role of cash flow, leverage and information quality. Journal of Applied Accounting Research.


Adu‐Ameyaw, E., Danso, A. and Hickson, L., 2022. Growth opportunity and investment policy: The role of managerial incentives. Managerial and Decision Economics.


Ballantine, J. and Hickson, L. (2020) UK contribution in Sangster, A., Stoner, G. and Flood, B., 2020. Insights into accounting education in a COVID-19 world. Accounting Education29(5), pp.431-562.




Hickson, L (2021) Principles and applications of e-marketing in SBL. Available at




Research interests/expertise

Green Finance, Accounting Education

Areas of teaching

Investments and portfolio management

Corporate Finance

Management Accounting 


MSc Accounting and Finance, De Montfort University

PGCertHE, De Montfort University

SFHEA, Higher Education Authority

CMBE, Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS)

ACMA, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

BSc Mathematics and Sports Science, University of Birmingham

MInstLM, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)


Courses taught


Decision Management, Management Accounting, Investments and Portfolio Management, Advanced Corporate Finance, Corporate Finance and Quantitative Methods.

Honours and awards

Faculty 'Motivator of the year'

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 

Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) - 2021 to current data

Professional licences and certificates

Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate, Bloomberg LP

Conference attendance

BAFA CDAF 2022 - online

BAFA 2022 - University of Nottingham

International Teaching & Learning Conference  - 2022 - Liaoning UNiversity (online)

BAFA Accounting Education SiG 2021- online

Sino-UK Economic & Management Forum 2019 - Liaoning University, China 

BAFA Accounting Education SiG 2019 - Ghent, Belgium

International Conference on Accounting Reform and Development in the Information Era 2018 - Jinling University, Nanjing, China 

BAFA Accounting Education SiG 2018 - Brighton

BAFA Accounting Education SiG 2016 - Belfast

Keynote speeches

Keynote Speeches

The Use of Bloomberg Financial Information Software in Education - International Conference on Accounting Reform and Development in the Information Era 2018 - Jinling University, Nanjing, China