Darren Sparkes
Associate Professor
(Accounting Group)

Darren spent nearly fifteen years working in industry during which
time he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and
progressed to several senior finance positions. After a number of
years teaching students towards their professional accountancy
qualifications, Darren moved into higher education in 2010. Since then
he has gained an MSc Accounting and Finance and Senior Fellowship of
the Higher Education Academy. Darren has been awarded a
Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award (De Montfort
University) and been a PQ Magazine 'Public Sector Tutor of the Year'
finalist. He is also a committee member of the British Accounting and
Finance Association (BAFA) Committee for Departments of Accounting and Finance.

Darren is a co-developer of an accounting and finance focused
business simulation, 'Accounting Bissim'. The simulation has
previously been shortlisted for the 'Finance for the Future' and PQ
Magazine 'Innovation in Accountancy' awards and is now used at higher
education institutions across the UK, Europe, and Scandinavia.

In addition to teaching, Darren has presented at several accounting
and finance education conferences and in 2022 he was awarded the prize
for 'Best Innovation in Teaching' at the BAFA Accounting Education
conference for his work in using Accounting Bissim to enhance Graduate outcomes.