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University of Exeter Business School

 Thomas Sisk

Thomas Sisk

Senior Lecturer Finance


 Streatham Court 1.74


Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK


Thomas is a senior lecturer in the  Degree Apprenticeship Department, teaching Finance and Banking modules on the Level 4 Investment Operations Degree Apprenticeship and on the Level 6 Financial Services Professional DA. He currently serves as programme director for the Investment Operations Specialist Degree Apprenticeship programme, and acted as the Advanced Teaching Practitioner in Digital for the DA department. Thomas also  supports teaching on the Exeter MBA's 'Sustainable Finance' module.

He joined the Business School in 2017 lecturing Finance to undergraduate students. In 2018, Thomas joined the Senior Leadership Degree Apprenticeship team (MBA) as an Academic Mentor and also mentors apprentices on the Financial Services Professional Apprenticeship programme (BSc Applied Finance). 

Thomas has supervised numerous UG and PGT dissertations and MBA consultancy projects. He also works as a mentor/assessor for the Aspire PRP pathway programme supporting colleagues with their HEA fellowship applications. Thomas also serves as the External Examiner for Bournemouth University's full-time MBA programme and their Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship provision.

Previously Thomas held various positions in capital markets, where he worked in sales and trading in Fixed Income, Equities and Derivatives departments at various banks. Thomas was employed by Finacor, Delta Lloyd and Fortisbank, before moving to NYC as a senior equity derivatives broker working for ICAP in 2003. In 2005, Thomas joined Exane BNP Paribas as a Managing Director in their Paris office, heading sales-trading activities in Variance Swaps and US listed / OTC equity options. In 2008, Thomas was seconded to NYC where he focused on expanding the sales and trading desk in US equity derivatives.

Thomas retired from Wall Street in 2016 and was awarded his MBA from the University of Exeter with distinction in 2017. He is also a Senior Fellow of the HEA and holds a PG Cert in Academic Practice. Currently Thomas is pursuing a Professional Doctorate in Eduction (EdD) at the University of Portsmouth.

Thomas was awarded Chartered Manager status by CMI and also holds Series 7 and 63 qualifications in the USA. Thomas is also an Fellow of the HEA. As a Belgian native, he is also fluent in Dutch, French and English.


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) 
  • PgCert. Academic Practice



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Research interests

  • Personal Finance
  • Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain
  • Financial Markets and derivatives
  • Corporate governance
  • Apprenticeships
  • Vocational learning 
  • Educational Policy
  • Battery technology 
  • Circular Economy principles

Thomas is currently working towards his EdD at the University of Portsmouth focusing on how Degree Apprenticehips meet skills gaps requirements in the UK Financial Sector.

Research projects

"From Crusteacean Waste to Redox Flow Battery electrodes": A circular economy based multi-disciplinary research project in collaboration with the Univeristy of Swansea, Technical Univerity of Eindhoven, MIT and ULB Brussels.You can read more here:

Research grants

  • 2023 DEFRA
    SIF3 (RD148) awarded £186,500 (R&D Study) to continue with a multi-disciplinary research project in collaboration with Swansea University, TU/e, ULB Brussels the MarineTech and Battery sector
  • 0 DEFRA
    SIF3 awarded £49,150 (feasibility Study) to conduct a multi-disciplinary research project in collaboration with Swansea University, TU/e, ULB Brussels the MarineTech and Battery sector

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External Engagement and Impact



  • Best One Planet MBA consultancy project 2017

Professional memberships

  • FINRA Series 7 and 63
  • AMBA - Association of MBAs
  • CMI -  Chartered manager (CMgr MCMI)

External Appointments

  • External Examiner Bournemouth University: Full-time MBA and Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeships
  • Peer reviewer: Department for Education - UK Government 

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Investment operations Specialist DA Level 4 - BSc Applied Finance

Financial Services Professional DA Level 6 - BSc Applied Finance  

Academic Mentor - Senior Leader DA Level 7 and Financial Services Professional DA Level 6 

Course Convenor for BEF1001DA, BEF1002DA, BEF1006DA, BEF3209DA , BEF2003DA and teaches on BEF3106DA

BEF1001DA :  Introduction to Financial Assets and Markets.

BEF1002DA :  Introduction to Securities and Investments

BEF1006DA :  Investment Environment IMC Unit 1

BEF3209DA :  Work Based Learning Final Project

BEF2003DA: Fintech in Financial Services 

 and teaches on BEF3106DA Work Based Learning



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Office Hours:

Mondays 13.00-15.00h

Wednedays 12.00 -13.00h

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