Barry Quinn

Queen's University Management School, Room 02.035, Riddel Hall Block 3, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 1NN.

T: +44 (0)28 9097 4824


Research Focus

Financial regulation; Banking; Financial cooperatives; Professional football finance.

Research Expertise

Frontier efficiency analysis;  Applied econometrics;  AI and machine learning in finance.


My philosophy is themed around the development of intellectual humility and discipline, with the goal of improving students’ citizenship and employability.  My approach uses experiential learning to provide the practical reality to each subject's theoretical underpinning. My experience includes teaching financial econometrics, financial trading, financial institutions and capital markets, and financial data analytics. I have also designed and delivered executive education courses on statistical forecasting and capital markets.  Finally, I am Director of a Quantitative Finance masters programme.



Finance Lecturer and MSc Quantitative Finance Director, Queen’s University Belfast

Belfast, N.Ireland — 10/2010-Present

Founder and Academic Lead, the Real Money Queen’s Student Managed Fund, Queen’s University Belfast

Belfast, N.Ireland — 10/2012-Present

Senior Associate Researcher, International Research Centre for Cooperative Finance, HEC Montreal

Montreal, Canada — 11/2015-Present

Senior Research Associate, Centre for Not-for-profit and Public Sector Research, Queen’s University Belfast

Belfast, N.Ireland — 05/2015-Present

Fellow, The Higher Education Academy

UK— 12/2014-Present

Chartered Statistician, Royal Statistical Society

London,  England— 02/2019-Present

Senior Academic Fellow, Centre for Responsible Banking and Finance, St Andrew’s University

St Andrew’s, Scotland — 02/2013-Present

Teaching Fellow, Ulster Business School, University of Ulster

Coleraine, N.Ireland — 01/2010-09/2010

Professional Training

Course Director, Statistics Analysis Staff Training for Phoenix Natural Gas Ltd.

Queen’s Management School, Belfast — 08/2015-12/2015

Principal Trainer, Capital Market Course for Axiom Law, Clinton Leadership Institute

Riddel Hall, Belfast — 3/2014 & 3/2016


Statistical Consultant, Website Analytics Innovation Voucher Project, Comparison Price Watch Ltd.

Belfast, N.Ireland — 6/2019-Ongoing

Lead Academic, Retail Advanced Analytics and AI KTP Project, Pearlai Ltd.

Newry, N.Ireland — 9/2018-Ongoing

Statistical Analyst, Efficiency Study of Irish Credit Unions for Commission on Irish Credit Unions, Irish Department of Finance

Dublin, Ireland — 9/2012-3/2013

Lead Consultant, Demand Forecasting Project for Regulatory Compliance ,Phoenix Natural Gas Limited

Belfast, N.Ireland — 8/2015-6/2017

Statistical Analyst, Viability Analysis of Irish Credit Unions ,Credit Union Advisory Committee, Irish Department of Finance

Dublin,Ireland — 9/2015-12/2015

Statistical Analyst, Landscape Review of Northern Irish Credit Unions , Department of Economy, Northern Ireland.

Belfast,Ireland — 9/2016-12/2017

Industry (8 years experience)

Currency Trader/Liquidity Risk Manager, Henderson Global Investors

London, England — 01/1998-09/2004

Founding Partner, Escapism Cruise

London, England — 10/1997-12/2002

Financial Consultant, City Financial Partners limited

London, England — 09/1995-01/1998


Queen’s University Belfast

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching — 2013-2014  

Queen’s University Belfast

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), FInance — 2008-2014  

RMIT University, Melbourne

Masters, Finance — 2005-2006

Queen’s University Belfast

BSc(Honours), Accounting — 1992-1995                                                                                                      

Funding, Awards, Certificates and Distinctions

Knowledge Transfer Partnership Innovate UK Award (£159,000)

Predictive Retail Analytics Project with Pearlai Limited

Supervisor Award for CFA European Quant Awards 2018

Sarai Murrillo Val -”Investor Sentiment in UK Equity Volatility”

Machine Learning Course by Stanford University

Coursera — September 2018

Teaching Excellence Award

Queen’s University Belfast, UK — 2016

FINSIA Academic Excellence Award

RMIT University, Melbourne — 2006

Investment Management Certificate

CFA Society, UK — 07/2000

Financial Planning Certificate 1, 2 & 3

Chartered Institute of Insurance — 1995-1998

Scientific Committee member

International Workshop on Financial System Architecture and Stability

Journal Referee

Journal of Financial Stability, European Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Banking and FInance, British Accounting Review.

Keynote Speaker

European Parliament Credit Union Special Interest Group                             Brussels, Belgium — Nov 2016

External Examiner

Institute of Bankers, Dublin, University College Cork Business School MBA programme.

Selected Research Output

Regulatory own goals: the unintended consequences of economic regulation in professional football.

Gallagher, R., & Quinn, B. 2019. European Sport Management Quarterly, 1–20.

Picking up the pennies in front of the bulldozer: The profitability of gilt based trading strategies

Quinn, B., Hanna, A., & MacDonald F., 2018 In: Research Finance Letters (accepted manuscript)

Irish credit unions: Differential regulation based on business model complexity

McKillop, D.G. & Quinn, B., 2017. In: The British Accounting Review, 49(2), pp.230–241.

Does Basel Compliance Matter for Bank Performance?

Ayadi, R., Naceur, S. B., Casu, B. & Quinn, B. Apr 2016 In : Journal of Financial Stability. 23, p. 15-32 18 p.

Basel Compliance and Bank Performance

Ayadi, R., Naceur, S. B., Casu, B. & Quinn, B. 2015 IMF working paper 15/100

Modelling the Performance of Irish Credit Unions, 2002 to 2010

Glass, J. C., McKillop, D. G. & Quinn, B. Nov 2015 In : Financial Accountability & Management. 30, 4, p. 430-453 24 p.

Financial Viability of Irish Credit Unions

D.G. McKillop & Quinn B 2015 Credit Union Advisory Committee Report to Irish Minister of Finance.

Web adoption by Irish credit unions: Performance implications

McKillop, D. G. & Quinn, B. Sep 2015 In : Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics. 86, 3, p. 421-443 23 p.

Cooperative bank efficiency in Japan: a parametric distance function analysis

Glass, J. C., McKillop, D. G., Quinn, B. & Wilson, J. O. S. 2014 In : European Journal of Finance. 20, 3, p. 291-317 27 p.

Internet banking and Irish credit unions

McKillop, D. & Quinn, B. Oct 2012 In : International Journal of Co-operative Management. 6, 1.1, p. 21-30 10 p.

Report of the Irish Commission on Credit Unions (4* REF2014 Impact Case): Appendix 4: Efficiency Study

McKillop, D. & Quinn, B. 01 Apr 2012 Department of Finance, Government of Ireland.

Usage of internet technology by Irish credit unions

McKillop, D. & Quinn, B. 2010 Irish League of Credit Unions.

A Performance Overview of Irish credit unions

McKillop, D. & Quinn, B. 2010 Irish League of Credit Unions.

Cost performance of Irish credit unions

Quinn, B. & McKillop, D. Apr 2009 In : Journal of Cooperative Studies. 42, p. 22-36 15 p.

Advanced Computing and Data  Analytics Expertise

R, Python, Excel and VBA, GAMS, Matlab, Bloomberg, Datastream, Thomson Reuters Eikon, Office suite, Stata,