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Ciaran’s teaching interests are in the areas of financial accounting and not-for-profit reporting. He currently teaches on the following modules:

BSc Accounting

Year 2 – ACC2004 Financial Accounting

Year 3 – ACC3010 Advanced Financial Accounting

MSc Accounting and Finance

ACC7001 International Financial Accounting and Reporting

Research Interests

Ciaran’s main area of research is in the field of public services, particularly the financial and performance measurement aspects of the charity and public sectors. Ciaran has published on issues such as charity accounting and reporting, the private finance initiative / public private partnerships and resource accounting and budgeting.


Ciaran is the Deputy Head of Queen's Business School.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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  • Top Cited Article in Abacus 2021-22

    Stewart, Elaine (Recipient) & Connolly, Ciaran (Recipient), 24 Feb 2023

    Prize: National/international honour