Dr Susan Whittaker

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About me

I am a senior lecturer in Accounting and Finance.    I have been lecturing at UWE for 11 years, previous to which I was a professional accountant.    I worked as a professional accountant for 16 years working on audits of public and private sector clients and qualified as a FCCA.   Since coming into teaching I have been interested in teaching a professional subject, Auditing, in an academic setting and this was the subject of my PhD which I completed in 2014.  As part of my research, together with an e-learning technologist I developed an online audit simulation where students could work through a financial audit.   This simulationis featured on UWE website http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/courses/coursesbysubject/accountingeconomicsfinance/auditsimulation.aspx and is currently licensed to 16 universities in the UK and abroad.

I previously was the programme leader of BA Accounting and Finance for 6 years and currently hold two roles in the department.     I am the International Direct Entrant Tutor for students entering Accounting, Economics and Finance programmes directly at levels 2 and 3.   I am also the Learning and Teaching Coordinator for Accounting, Economics and Finance department.

Area of expertise

I teach Auditing and also work with a network of 16 universities who use the simulation to introduce innovation into the course.  This year we held an inter-university competition where teams of students competed to present their work on the audit simulation.   This was judged by a team of accountants from RSM Chartered Accountants.     In 2017 I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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