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Dr Wendy Beekes

Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Wendy Beekes

The Management School



Tel: +44 1524 593623

Office Hours:

Michaelmas Term Office hours:

Mondays 10:00 - 11:00

Wednesdays 9:00 - 10:00


Vacation period:

By appointment only.


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Wendy Beekes is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Lancaster University.  She came to Lancaster in 2000 having completed a BSc Econ (Hons) in Business Studies (with First Class Honours), MSc Econ in Accounting and Finance, and PhD in Accounting at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, where she was also a part-time tutor and lecturer on undergraduate courses.


Her core research interests lie in the field of corporate governance and the link to disclosures and accounting quality. She is currently investigating the credibility of management earnings forecast disclosures in Japan. Her previous work (joint with Professor Philip Brown of University of Western Australia) examining the link between timeliness and corporate governance in a cross-country study was  funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Her work has been published in international journals such as Accounting and Finance, Corporate Governance: An International Review and Journal of Business Finance and AccountingShe has also acted as reviewer for research articles for various journals including Accounting and Business Research, Accounting and Finance, British Accounting Review, Corporate Governance: An International Review, European Accounting Review, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Accounting Education, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, etc. She has also acted as a member of the Scientific Committee for the European Accounting Association Annual Congress (2008 Rotterdam, 2009 Tampere, 2014 Tallinn, 2015 Glasgow, 2016 Maastricht). 


Wendy is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she was awarded a University teaching prize in 2008 in recognition of her imaginitive and effective contribution to the learning experiences of students. Her teaching at Lancaster University has been at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including introductory financial and management accounting, financial statement analysis and advanced management accounting. She has also been involved in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations (including PhD theses). She has also held various department service roles including Disabilities and Equal Opportunities Representative (2000 - 2001), Part I Director of Studies (2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2011), Deputy Undergraduate Director and Study Abroad Advisor (2014 - 2020), Director of Teaching and Learning in Accounting (2017 - 2022) and Part II Director of Studies (2020 - date).



BSc Econ, MSc Econ, PhD Aberystwyth, CiLTHE, SFHEA

Current Teaching

Academic Year 2023-24

AcF 610 - Advanced Management Accounting (Lent term)


Professional Role

Part II Director of Studies in Accounting and Finance

Academic Tutor for all 4th year UG Consortial Students (Programmes: BSc International Management, BBA International Business Management, BBA Business Administration, BSc Business Management)

Member of Consortial Degree Programme Steering Committee

Member of LU Senior Fellows Network

Research Interests

Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, Firm Disclosures, Earnings Conservatism, Earnings timeliness.

Current Research

Timeliness and Corporate Governance 

This research strand has developed from work with Professor Philip Brown and is examining the link between corporate governance and the informativeness of firm disclosures.  We have completed a number of individual country studies, a cross country study and a paper analysing the measures developed in the course of our research.  These have been published in Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, and Accounting and Finance.  There are also working papers available from my author page on SSRN.

Research Grants

March 2009: 'Corporate Governance, Disclosure Policies and the Timeliness of Price Discovery' (with P. Brown), The Leverhulme Trust Grant £91,245. 

March 2008: £2,776 'Corporate Governance, Corporate Disclosure Policies and The Timeliness of Price Discovery: An International Study' (with P. Brown) Lancaster University Management School Small Grant.  Completed.

December 2005: ‘LUMS Visiting Professorship’ Grant for Professor P. Brown £3,500.  Completed.

December 2004: ‘Performance Management Systems in Action’ (with D. Otley and V. Ururuka) £6,000 grant from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).  Completed.

October 2004: ‘Information Flows & Corporate Governance’ (with P. Brown) £2,750 grant from Lancaster University Small Grants Committee.  Completed.

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