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Rowan Trayler


Rowan worked for 16 years in the finance industry before joining the University of Technology, Sydney in 1987. Rowan spent the last 11 years in industry at barclays bank Australia Ltd, where he held several different positions including, Budget and Planning Manager, and was part of the team that helped establish the new bank in Australia, when Barclays was granted a banking licence. Since joining the University of Technology Rowan has been closely involved in the development of the postgraduate Master of Business in Finance, lecturing at both the postgraduate and undergraduate level in Banking and Finance.

Exam Supervisor, Workforce Management
BBus (NSWIT), MAppFin (Macquarie)
Fellow, FINSIA - Financial Services Institute of Australasia
Member, CPA Australia

Research Interests

All aspects of banking, especially bank management.

Banking and finance.


Ross, S., Trayler, R.M., Bird, R., Westerfield, R. & Jordan, B. 2014, Essentials of Corporate Finance, 3rd, McGraw Hill, Sydney, Australia.
Ross, S., Trayler, R.M., Bird, R., Westerfield, R.W. & Jordan, B.D. 2010, Essentials of corporate finance, 2nd, McGraw Hill, Sydney, Australia.
Ross, S., Trayler, R.M., Bird, R., Westerfield, R.W. & Jordan, B.D. 2007, Essentials of corporate finance, 1st, McGraw-Hill, Sydney, Australia.


Bajada, C. & Trayler, R.M. 2015, 'Technology-driven Service Innovation in the Banking Industry' in Agarwal, R., Selen, W., Roos, G. & Green, R. (eds), The Handbook of Service Innovation, Springer, London, pp. 319-343.
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Bajada, C. & Trayler, R.M. 2010, 'How Australia survived the global financial crisis' in Gup, B.E. (ed), The Financial and Economic Crises: An International Perspective, Edward Elgar, UK, pp. 139-154.
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The first major effect of the US subprime mortgage market was relt in Australia around August 2007 when the Australian mortgage lender RAMS announced that it was unable to sell $6 billion' of its securitized debt in the global financial market. The RAMS financing model depended on selling home loans in AustralIa, securitizing these and then seUing the securitize<! debt in international financial markets. Following this announcement, the RAMS share price rell $0.82c to $0.57c. The announcement had an Immediate detrimental flow-on effect On the share prices of other financial institutions including the Macquarie~ Adelaide and St George banks, as well as several other highly geared non-bank companies such as Centro Properties,
Hogan, W. & Trayler, R.M. 2008, 'Bank governance: Perceptions from experience' in Gup, B. (ed), Handbook for Directors of Financial Institutions, Edward Elgar, UK, pp. 151-165.
Trayler, R.M. 2007, 'A Survey of Corporate Governance in Banking: Characteristics of the Top 100 World Banks' in Gup, B.E. (ed), Corporate Governance in Banking: A Global Perspective, Edward Elgar, UK, pp. 184-209.
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Menzies, G.D., Terry, C. & Trayler, R.M. 2005, 'Waiting for capital: the impact of corruption in Indonesian financial markets' in Gup, B.E. (ed), Capital Markets, Globalization, and Economic Development, Springer, New York, USA, pp. 175-191.
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Docherty, P.T., Terry, C. & Trayler, R.M. 2004, 'The impact of the Basel II capital accord on Australian banks.' in Gup, B. (ed), The new basel capital accord, Thomson, New York, USA, pp. 305-335.
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Terry, C. & Trayler, R.M. 2004, 'Too big to fail: the Australian perspective' in Gup, B. (ed), Too big to fail: policies and practices in government bailouts., Praeger Publishers, Westport, USA, pp. 197-218.


Bajada, C. & Trayler, R.M. 2012, 'Rules versus practice: Governance in the financial services sector', Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
Bajada, C. & Trayler, R.M. 2012, 'Rules versus practice: Governance in the financial services sector', 74th International Atlantic Economic Conference, Montreal, Canada.
Hogan, W. & Trayler, R.M. 2008, 'Rules versus practice: Governance in the financial services sector', China International Conference in Finance, Dalian, China.
Trayler, R.M. 2006, 'A survey of banking corporate governance: Characteristics of the top 100 world banks', 2006 FMA Annual Meeting, FMA Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, USA.
Terry, C. & Trayler, R.M. 2002, 'Too big to fail: The Australian experience', Financial Management Association Conference, Financial Management Association Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
Trayler, R.M., Terry, C. & Nielsen, J. 1997, 'Banking expectations, do bankers understand the needs of their customers', Australian Institute of Banking and Finance 1997 Conference Proceedings, Australian Institute of Banking and Finance 1997 Conference, Australian Institute of Banking and Finance, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 396-414.

Journal articles

Bajada, C., Jarvis, W., Trayler, R. & Bui, A.T. 2016, 'Threshold Concepts in Business School Curriculum – A Pedagogy for Public Trust', Education + Training, vol. 58, no. 5, pp. 540-563.
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Purpose &#8211; The purpose of this paper is to explore some of the implications for curriculum design by operationalizing threshold concepts and capabilities (TCC) in subject delivery. The motivation for undertaking this exploration is directly related to addressing public concerns for the business school curriculum. Design/methodology/approach &#8211; A post facto analysis of a compulsory subject in finance that is part of an Australian business degree and the impact on a subsequent finance subject. Findings &#8211; Customary approaches to granting part-marks in assessing students, (fractionalising) understanding of content can mean students pass subjects without grasping foundational concepts (threshold concepts) and are therefore not fully prepared for subsequent subjects. Research limitations/implications &#8211; Students passing subjects through fractionalization are poorly equipped to undertake deeper explorations in related subjects. If replicated across whole degree programs students may graduate not possessing the attributes claimed for them through their qualification. The implications for undermining public trust and confidence in qualifications are profound and disturbing. Practical implications &#8211; The literature has exposed risks associated with operationalizing threshold through assessments. This highlights a risk to public trust in qualifications. Originality/value &#8211; Operationalizing threshold concepts is an underexplored field in curriculum theory. The importance of operationalizing customary approaches to assessments through fractionalising marks goes to the legitimacy and integrity of qualifications granted by higher education. Operationalizing assessments for TCC presents profound, inescapable and essential challenges to the legitimacy of award granting institutions.
Bajada, C. & Trayler, R. 2016, 'Introduction to threshold concepts in business education', Education + Training, vol. 58, no. 5, pp. 458-462.
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Over the last decade there has been a growing interest in the area of threshold concepts and its relevance for curriculum design and for teaching and learning. The seminal work of Meyer and Land (2003a, b) and papers that followed have sparked an interest in and a realization that the notion of threshold concepts not only improves the quality of instruction but can also help shape the strategies necessary to help students through the liminal stages of learning. The growing interest by governments in a number of countries on the standards of qualifications have resulted in a focus on monitoring and regulating the quality of higher education, whether implicitly or explicitly (as in the case of Australia) on developing learning standards (or threshold concepts) that a student should attain at the completion of their studies. Threshold concepts are seen as a way to foster a deeper engagement with the learning process both at a discipline and non-discipline level. They are also seen as an effective way for preparing graduates for the everchanging needs and expectations of employers and industry. Threshold concepts can be thought of as the lights along a tunnel leading to the attainment of the graduate attributes, which can be thought of as the light at the end of the tunnel (i.e. graduate's qualification). The linkage between the two ensures a thorough and complete learning experience that produces work-ready graduates demanded by employers, government and industry
Bajada, C. & Trayler, R.M. 2013, 'Interdisciplinary business education: Curriculum through collaboration', Education & Training, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 385-402.
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Purpose - A modern business graduate is expected to have strong disciplinary skills as well as the soft skills of communication and team work. However today's business graduate needs to be more than the traditional I-shaped graduate of the past and more of the T-shaped graduate employers are looking for. Many undergraduate business degrees profess to offer integration of the curriculum but on investigation this occurs mainly through a capstone subject at the end of the degree. Today's business graduates need a more integrated approach to their learning. This paper aims to outline the transformation of a traditional business curriculum to one that is inter-disciplinary, outlining the necessary steps and conditions including the most challenging faculty buy in. Design/methodology/approach The review of the Bachelor of Business degree at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) provided an opportunity to explore the option to embrace an integrated curriculum. The authors outline how the review was shaped, the need for change and the approaches to interdisciplinary business education, and an approach to designing an interdisciplinary curriculum. They also provide two case studies. - See more at: http://www.emeraldinsight.com.ezproxy.lib.uts.edu.au/journals.htm?issn=0040-0912&volume=55&issue=4&articleid=17090874&show=abstract#sthash.JPFwHdEe.dpuf
Jones, R.K., Nielsen, J.F. & Trayler, R.M. 2002, 'The bank selection process and market definition in Australia', Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 22-30.
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Trayler, R.M., Nielsen, J.F. & Jones, R.K. 2000, 'How small business firms select a bank: comparisons between the United States and Australia', Journal of Financial Services Marketing, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 73-85.
Nielsen, J., Terry, C. & Trayler, R.M. 1998, 'Business banking in Australia: A comparison of expectations', International Journal of Bank Marketing, vol. 16, no. 6, pp. 253-263.