Dr Shahidul Islam is a Lecturer in Accounting at Suffolk Business School, University of Suffolk. He worked as a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Leicester Castle Business School of De Montfort University and Lecturer in Accounting at Coventry Business School of Coventry University before joining the University of Suffolk. He previously held academic positions of Assistant Professor of Accounting and Lecturer in Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Shahidul received his PhD in Auditing and Corporate Governance from Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University in 2016. His PhD was fully funded by the extremely competitive Cardiff Business School PhD Studentship of £60,000. Prior to his PhD, Shahidul obtained his second Masters degree, an MSc in Accounting and Finance with Distinction and top position from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester in 2010. This MSc was also fully funded by the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarships of £35,000. Shahidul brings about a wide array of teaching and learning experience and excellence to Suffolk from his UK and Bangladeshi academic positions at Coventry, De Montfort, Cardiff and Dhaka. Prior to his academic career at University of Dhaka, he obtained his BBA (Honours in Accounting, First Class with top position) and the first Masters degree, an MBA (with major in Accounting and Information Systems, First Class with the top position) from University of Dhaka. He is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Gold Medal for his top result in BBA and MBA at University of Dhaka.
Research and external funding
Shahidul’s current research interests include audit reforms and regulations, financial reporting quality, social audit, corporate equality, ownership structure, corporate political connection, board diversity, and firms’ environmental performance. Shahidul is also working on a number of external funding projects on modern slavery, enhanced recycling of plastic within the circular economy in the UK. Target funding agencies include ESRC, UK government’s Department of Trade and Industry, Innovate UK, British Academy Leverhulme Fund, Horizon2020, CIMA, ICAEW and ACCA. Shahidul is also working on another project on ‘poverty alleviation and women empowerment through solar energy in Bangladesh’ for a small grant from Ministry of Rural Affairs, Government of Bangladesh.
Shahidul has over a decade of excellent teaching experience at a number of UK and Bangladeshi universities. His passion is to engage students in a structured process so that it fosters their critical thinking ability, help develop their understanding of the theories and the real-world problems, enable them to devise the way forward, and facilitates their life-long learning skills to make them career-ready. Shahidul’s active and innovative learning techniques, research-inspired methods and contents; engaging teaching approaches with interactive technological platforms ensure knowledge transfer and offer the best possible learning experiences for his students. He regularly uses technology-enhanced platforms such as Top Hat, Socrative, Learnium, Padlet and Brightspace discussion boards in lectures and seminars to reinforce learning and to offer the best possible student experience.
Driven by the concept of universal design of learning (UDL), Shahidul accommodates alternative learning and assessment approaches to offer a challenging yet appropriate learning experience for his students. These include interactive and engaging lecture materials, case studies, simulations, research papers, in-class exercises, pre- and post-lecture learning checks, structured and interactive seminars and tutorials and alternative assessment platforms. While every student has the ability to succeed, some may need additional support and guidance to fully comprehend the learning process.
Having a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education from Coventry University and being a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK, Shahidul believes that every student is unique in their academic and social background and that requires alternative learning platforms to help them utilize their full potential. Accordingly, Shahidul designs thought-provoking questions that help students engage effectively to flex their learning capacity. Shahidul leads modules on Financial Markets and Institutions; Financial Risk Management; Accounting for Business; and Cost and Management Accounting at Suffolk Business School. He also led modules on Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting; Business Ethics and Compliance; Audit and Assurance; Audit and Internal Control; International Developments in Accounting; Decision Management; Advanced Management Accounting; Principles of Taxation; Performance Management; and Accounting for Business at Coventry and De Montfort.
Professional memberships and recognition
Shahidul is a member of British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA); BAFA Special Interest Group in Audit and Assurance; BAFA Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies (AFEE); and BAFA Special Interest Group in Corporate Governance. He is also a student member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) for the CIMA Gateway qualification. Shahidul is a reviewer for BAFA AFEE conference.
Corporate social reporting practice: Evidence from listed companies in Bangladesh (with M. I. Azim and S. Ahmed). 2009. Journal of Asia Pacific Business 10(2): 130-145.
Conference presentations and proceedings
1. Islam, S., and J. Siddiqui (2016). The impact of the non-audit services regulations on financial reporting quality: the UK perspective. Presented at the 2016 BAFA Audit and Assurance Special Interest Group Conference at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
2. Islam, S., and J. Siddiqui (2016). Impact of the APB regulations on auditor independence and financial reporting quality: the UK evidence. Presented at the 2016 BAFA Annual Conference at the University of Bath.
3. Islam, S., S. Turley, and J. Siddiqui (2012). Auditor independence and non-audit services: evidence from the United Kingdom. Presented at the 18th annual International Symposium on Audit Research (ISAR) held on 16- 17 June 2012 hosted by Waseda University (the Waseda University Global Center of Excellence), Tokyo, Japan.
4. Islam, S., S. Turley, and J. Siddiqui (2011). Auditor independence and non-audit services: evidence from the United Kingdom. Presented at the 6th European Auditing Research Network (EARNet) Symposium held on 15- 17 September 2011 arranged by Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), Bergen, Norway.
5. Islam, S., M. I. Azim, and S. Ahmed (2008), Corporate social reporting practice: evidence from listed companies in Bangladesh, presented at 2008 Global Accounting & Organization Change (GAOC) Conference, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.