Mark Coombs – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

A professionally-qualified barrister-at-law and experienced Chartered tax accountant, Mark has 11 years’ experience of designing and delivering higher education programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a variety of law- and business-subjects, including in a management role (running the postgraduate Business programmes as Graduate Course Director (Interim)).

Mark has delivered a wide range of modules within the Business School, including on accounting, taxation, creativity and innovation, work-based learning, research, project management and statistics for business; and is currently developing law modules for the School.

He has also held various roles within the University including sitting on or chairing of various working groups, committees, etc.

Hi research interests bridge his legal background with other disciplines, including those from business and sociology.

He is currently External Examiner at the University of Chester.

Academic qualifications

  • Currently working towards MSc Socio-Legal Studies at Bristol University
  • PG.Cert.HE, Professional Learning in Higher Education, Bath Spa University – July, 2013
  • PG.Dip, Bar Vocational Studies, University of the West of England – July, 2009
  • LL.b (Honours), University of the West of England – June, 2008
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner – June, 2015
    PRINCE2 Foundation – January, 2015.

Professional qualifications

  • April 2004 - elected member of the Association of Taxation Technicians
  • March 2007 - elected member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation
  • June 2009 - awarded 'Very Competent' in Bar Vocational Studies (PG.Dip) from UWE, Bristol
  • July 2009 - called to the bar of England and Wales.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy – December, 2013
  • Called to the bar of England & Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple – January, 2009
  • Chartered Institute of Taxation (membership lapsed) – March, 2007
  • Association of Taxation Technicians (membership lapsed) - April, 2004.

Other external roles

  • External Examiner, 2016 – 2019, Chester Business School, University of Chester
  • 2017 -, Governor, Cherry Gardens Primary School.

Teaching specialism

  • Law (especially socio-legal themes)
  • Taxation (and Accounting)
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Research.

Research supervision

Mark Coombs is interested in supervising students who have interests in areas with a socio-legal nature; taxation; creativity and innovation; pedagogy.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Differences between placement and non-placement students: a mixed methods approach

McGuire-Snieckus, R, Markopoulos, G, Coombs, M, Stevens, D, Vitale, A and Wainwright, E (2014) Differences between placement and non-placement students: a mixed methods approach. In: BPS (British Psychological Society) Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Psychology Section: Scientific Meeting, 13 December 2014, Keele University, Keele, UK.

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