Dr Rachel English

Associate Professor of Accountancy

School/Department: Business, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 229 7424



Rachel joined the University of Leicester in January 2022.  

Senior lecturer De Montfort University. (2012-2022) Lecturer (2009-2012).

Rachel trained with Delotte & Touche within their business services group and specialised in agricultural accounting. She was a project accountant with Triumph Motorcycles Limited, covering a number of projects i.e intrastat in the UK, France, Germany and Sweden. Importing and exporting of goods in and outside Europe, investigating preferential schemes within the global market. The experience has influenced her research interests of the role of EU preferential tariffs when importing/exporting to non-EC countries.

Rachel joined DMU in April 2009 and developed her research within International trade, preferential tariffs.  She gained a MSc and a PhD within this area and has academic publications highlighting the under utilization of the Generalised System of Preference.  

She is established in her teaching and gained the PG Cert, FHEA and SFHEA qualifications

Membership of professional bodies:-
Chartered Certified Accountants (Fellow) (FCCA) since Dec 1998
Member of the Association of Accounting technicians (MAAT) (Fellow) since June 1993


The investigation of the Utilisation of Most Favoured Nations compared to Generalised System of Preferences. Trade tariffs are of UK national interest. High impact due to the Brexit situation.

Effects of Brexit and Covid 19 within the Leicestershire top 200 companies listing. This is helped by being a Lead researcher of the Leicester team, developing the Top 500 companies listing for the East Midlands, published on 1 June 2020 on Business Live, a virtual medium of the Reach Media Group.

A member of Top 200 Leicestershire companies research team since 2012, taking the research lead in 2014, to evaluate the top 200 Leicestershire companies. This has published a pull-out business publication within the Leicester Mercury on a yearly basis since the start, June 2012.

Principle Investigator for CIMA research bid, The business case for investment in technologies: The role of academics and tuition, September 2019. Managed a team of three and processed the financial budget for the project.

Editorial board:-

Editorial panel of the Journal of Business and Retail Management



Rae, D., English, R., Charles, A., Cowling, M., William, R. Olagboye, D., Eneh, N. (2020) The East Midlands Top 500 Companies 2020, Leicester: De Montfort University.

English, R. A. (2018) UK Preferential International Trade after 23 June 2016. In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Business and Economic Development, New York, April 2018. Harrow: The Business and Management Review URI ISSN : 2047-2854 ISSN 2047-2862 (ONLINE)

English, R. A. (2016) European Union and the utilisation of GSP from importer's perspective with special reference to Lesser Developed economies. Journal of Business and Retail Management, 10/(3) (July 2016), URI DOI
ISSN : 1751-8202

English, R. A. (2016, Why are EU Generalized System of Preferential tariffs not being fully utilized by eligible importers?. The Business and Management Review Volume 7 Number 2 February 2016, International Conference on Globalisation, Entrepreneurship & Emerging Economies, Egypt P180, ISSN 2047-2854 (Print) ISSN 2047-2862 (ONLINE)

English, R. (2013) The element of risk in relation to importing from lesser developed countries using preferential tariffs. In: Crowther, D. and Aras, G. (eds.) The Governance of Risk: Developments in Corporate governance and Responsibility, Volume 5. Bradford: Emerald Group, pp. 143-156. ISBN: 978-1-78190-780-1 DOI  URI

English, R. (2011) Book review:- Confronting Managerialism. How The Business Elite And Their Schools Threw Our Lives Out Of Balance. Social Responsibility Review, 2011 no 4. URI ISSN : 1747-1117

Oral Presentation:- 

Verbal Pictures Methodology, Innovation Co-operation Sharing Sino-UK Economic and Management Forum, Shenyang, at the Sun Wah International Business School, September 2019.

Introduced the Leicestershire Top 200 listed companies 2019, Leicester Mercury, Top 200 companies breakfast award ceremony, The Holiday Inn, Leicester, 18 June 2019

UK Preferential International Trade after 23 June 2016, via video link. The 7th International Conference on Business and Economic Development (ICBED) 9-10th April 2018, New York, USA.

Discussion paper, Preferential International Trade after 23 June 2016
15 September 2016, DMU research conference.

Why are EU Generalized System of Preferential tariffs not being fully utilized by eligible importers? 17 September 2015, DMU research conference.

Is there an issue with the utilization of EU Generalised System of Preferences? 15 and 16 September 2011, CROG annual conference, DMU.


Topics in relation to supervision:-

Preferential trade
International trade tariffs
Generalised System of Preferences
Accountancy standards
Accountancy issues
Global supply chain
Accountancy education


Rachel teaches undergraduate/post-graduate modules within accounting/accounting and finance programs.

MN3143 Accounting for non-profit organisations (Module Lead)
MN3150 Professional Ethics and Critical Theory (Module Lead)
MN1018 Management and Cost Accounting

Previous teaching at De Montfort University

Programme Leader of Business and Finance

ACFI 5056 Global Supply Chain Management (Module Lead)
ACFI 5029 Corporate Governance (Module Lead) 

ACFI 3423 Governance and Sustainability
ACFI 2307 Financial Reporting (Module Lead)
Postgraduate Dissertation Supervision
ACFI 2421 Accounting Standards and Theory (Module Lead)  
ACFI 3217 International Developments in Accounting (Module Lead)
ACFI 3210 Public Sector Accounting and Finance (Module Lead)
ACFI 3424 International Issues in Accounting and Finance (Module Lead)
ACFI 1301 Financial Accounting
ACFI 1302 Management Accounting (Module Lead)

Master Degree Supervision  Rachel as supervised up to 2016 22 MSc's.

Press and media

Preferential tariffs/generalised system of tariffs


Life time Fellow Member of the Centre for Business & Economic Research

Nominated for the De Montfort University VC Distinguished Teaching award 2010-2021


Conference Attendances

Innovation Co-operation Sharing Sino-UK Economic and Management Forum, Sun Wah International Business School, Liaoning China, September 16th 2019.

9th International Conference on Restructuring of the Global Economy (ROGE) University of Oxford, UK, 8th - 9th July 2019.  

The 5th,,  6th, 7th and 9th  (June 2015-June 2019) Brunel Accounting Symposium.  

Attended Six annual Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales, (ICAEW) 2 day conferences at Chartered House, London.  

Chaired the CRAGS workshop 13 July 2017, Chaired at DMU research conference September 2015, Chaired at the CROG annual conference - September 2011

Media coverage

"Previously at De Montfort University:-

I was the lead researcher on the East Midlands Top 500 Companies.

This project collaborates data from De Montfort University, Derby University and Nottingham Trent University, Top 200 companies. The team is enhanced by the Reach media group and the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.   The report was released over the reach online media platform and last year generated 13,777 page views by 12,435 users.

I was the lead researcher for the Leicestershire Top 200 businesses, since 2012. Published annually in the Leicester Mercury. Results are presented at a breakfast with over 100 local business people present. 


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy  (DMU)                     March 2020
PhD Accounting and Finance      De Montfort University                  February 2019
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy     (DMU)                              August 2013
P G Certificate                                                   (DMU)                              August 2012
MSc Accounting and Finance                    (DMU)                              November 2010
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Practice Certificate      July 2001
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants                                        Dec 1998
Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians                          June 1993
B/Tech National Certificate in Business and Finance

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