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Approach to teaching

Nominated for Teaching Excellence Awards on both university and school levels.

Using students centred and innovative teaching approaches on leading UG and PG modules including:

Financial Accounting, Business Ethics and Corporate Governance, Management Accounting and Financial Analysis, Current Issues in Finance, Research Methods, Issues in Financial Accounting.

Successful tracking record of recruiting Full-Scholarship-winning PhD student.

Successful Master students supervision, winning full scholarship for continuing the research on PhD programme.

Close scrutiny of the HE pedagogical innovations and advances, and apply to teaching practices where appropriate.

Research interests

Corporate Governance

Executive Compensation

Business Ethics

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)


Political Connection

Capital Structure

Behavioural Finance

Higher Education Advances

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising PhD students of similar research interests. Please email Y.Gao3@brighton.ac.uk.

Education/Academic qualification


PhD, University of Surrey

1 Oct 201030 Jun 2015

Master, University of Reading

15 Oct 20091 Jul 2010

External positions

External Examiner, University of Reading

1 Nov 201831 Dec 2019

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Research Output 2013 2018

  • 2 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN
  • 1 Paper

Did Political Connectedness Counteract or Add to the influence of External and Internal Reference Points and State Dependence on Top Executive Pay in Chinese Listed Firms?

Gao, Y., 2018, British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) 50th Annual Conference. London

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBNResearchpeer-review

A Behavioural Approach of the Determinants of Executive Compensation: Evidence from China: Best Paper Award

Gao, Y., 2013.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

The Reference Point Effect on Executive Compensation – A Behavioural Approach

Gao, Y., 2013, Behavioural Finance Working Group Conference.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBNResearchpeer-review