Dr Subhan Ullah

Lecturer in Accounting and Finance/ Programme Director of MSc in Accounting and Finance

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Hull University Business School


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Subhan Ullah is an experienced lecturer in accounting and finance and the Programme Director for the MSc Accounting and Finance at Hull University Business School. He is a member of the  Academic Council and Board of Studies at Abasyn University, Pakistan.

He has lectured in accounting and finance at universities including Nottingham Trent University, the University of Buckingham, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (Pakistan) and the University of Peshawar (Pakistan).

Subhan gained his PhD from the Open University in Milton Keynes. His thesis examined the effectiveness of corporate governance regulations in the UK and Germany. He was awarded fully-funded scholarships during his BCom, MBA, MSc and PhD studies.


Research Interests

  • The effectiveness of corporate governance regulations

  • Corporate governance systems

  • Corporate governance disclosure

  • Risk reporting

  • Business ethics

  • Human rights violations in corporations

  • Corporate social responsibility

  • Sustainability

  • Voluntary corporate disclosure

  • Methodological issues in accounting and business research

Research groups

Current papers are being co-authored with academics from the universities of Hull, Nottingham, Leeds, Liverpool, De Montfort, the Open University, Zhejiang University (China), IESEG School of Management (France), and Xavier University (India).


Ullah S, Ahmed S, Kodwani D, Akbar S and Frecknall-Hughes J: 'Governance Disclosure Quality and the Market Valuation of Firms: Evidence from the UK and Germany', BAFA Annual Conference, Heriot Watt University (April 2017)

Ullah S, Ahmad S, Akbar S and Kodwani D, 'Determinants of Business Ethics Controversies: International Evidence', 2nd Annual Conference of Brunel Studies in Economics and Finance, Brunel University London (July 2016)

Ullah S, Ahmad S, Akbar S and Kodwani D, 'Determinants of Business Ethics Controversies: International Evidence', British Academy of Management Corporate Governance Early Careers Researcher Conference, University of Salford (June 2016)

Ullah S, Kodwani D, Frecknall-Hughes J and Boulkeroua L, ‘The Shifting Sands of Corporate Governance Disclosure: Assessing the Quality of Explanations Reported for Non-Compliance with the UK and German Corporate Governance Codes’, BAFA Northern Area Group and Interdisciplinary Perspectives Special Interest Group Annual Conference, University of Hull (September 2015)

Ullah S, Kodwani D, Frecknall-Hughes J and Boulkeroua L, ‘Corporate Governance Disclosure in the 2007–2011 Financial Crisis: Evidence from the UK and Germany’, Asia Conference on Business and Economics, Singapore (November 2014)


Programmes taught on

Modules list


  • Current Issues in Financial Management


  • Issues in Accounting and Accountability

  • Corporate Accounting and Financial Institutions

  • Foundations of Finance

  • Research Methods

Research PhDs

Subhan welcomes PhD applicants in the area of corporate governance, corporate governance disclosure, risk reporting, business ethics, human rights violations in corporations, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and voluntary corporate disclosure.

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Rizwan Ahmed (full time, joint supervision)

  • Essam Ali Joura (full time, joint supervision)

  • Syed Zubair Shah (full time, joint supervision)

  • James Murray (full time, joint supervision)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Hull

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2017)

  • Attended month-long faculty development training in 2006, organised by the National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE), Higher Education Commission of Pakistan

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BCom (with distinction), University of Peshawar, Pakistan

  • MBA (with distinction), University of Peshawar, Pakistan

  • MSc Accounting and Financial Management, University of Lancaster

  • PhD, the Open University

  • Certified Public Accountants (CPA), Australia (associate member)

External roles

Academic memberships

  • British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)

  • British Academy of Management (BAM)

  • Institute of Applied Ethics (IAE), University of Hull

Review work

  • Journal of Business Research (ad hoc reviewer, June 2016 to date)

  • University of Liverpool, BA Accounting and Finance programme, External Examiner, (September 2017 – to date)

  • External Examiner of PhD thesis, National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan

Previous (overseas)

  • External examiner for Income Tax and Advanced Accounting modules, Bachelor of Commerce, University of Peshawar, Pakistan, 2008–2011

  • Member of the Interview panel for the position of Junior Accountant, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Service Commission, Pakistan, November 2005

  • External Examiner of PhD thesis, Qurtaba University, Pakistan

Awards and accolades

Academic scholarships

  • Muslim College of Commerce, Peshawar Scholarship in BCom (2000–02)

  • Frontier Education Foundation, Peshawar Scholarship in MBA (2002–04)

  • Government of Pakistan Scholarship for MSc study at the University of Lancaster (2007–08)

  • Open University PhD scholarship (2011–14)


  • Internship at the State Bank of Pakistan (June–August 2004)

  • STATA course on Microeconometrics Using STATA, University of Cambridge (March 2013)

  • STATA Autumn School on Advanced Econometrics Using Panel Data, Cass Business School (September 2014)

  • Doctoral Examining and Chairing, University of Hull.

  • PhD Supervisor’s Training, University of Hull

Professional highlights

Subhan was nominated for the 2005 Presidential Award for Education, ‘Izaz-e-Sabqat’, by the the Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar, for his outstanding academic performance in MBA (CGPA 4.00/4.00).