Alison is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Accounting and Finance. She started her accounting career in practice with Ernst & Young in 1989 and became ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) qualified in 1993. Alison began teaching in 1995 and joined the University of Dundee in 2000. Since then she has taught mainly financial accounting subjects as well as tax and business law. She graduated with an MAcc in 2002 and her PhD in 2010. Between 2014 and 2020 Alison worked with the examining teams of ACCA (Strategic Business Reporting and Financial Reporting) to help develop their computer-based exams. She returned to the University of Dundee in September 2020 and is delighted to be working again in her home town.
Areas of expertise:
- Financial Reporting
- Pension Schemes
- Corporate Governance
- Business law and Audit
I have researched a wide variety of financial reporting issues including : deferred tax, the implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards, pension schemes and fossil fuel reserves. I have also researched in accounting education, specifically exploring the effectiveness of a student peer mentoring scheme. Whilst I will continue to develop these research themes, I am also involved in current research that is investigating the adoption of computer-based exams in the professional accounting bodies and the wider implications of these such as on-line proctoring. With other colleagues, I am currently researching the origins of Accounting and Finance at the University of Dundee.
In my current role, I am involved in both post-graduate and under-graduate teaching. This teaching is based in financial reporting, business law, tax and audit. I have successfully co-supervised 3 PhD students and numerous masters dissertations.