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Professor Alan Parkinson

Professor of Financial Education and School Deputy Director in UCL School of Management

Alan is Professor of Financial Education in UCL School of Management (SOM), where he is School Deputy Director (Education), Chair of SOM Teaching Committee and Chair of SOM Exam Boards. He is also Lead of the School’s Finance, Accounting and Economics group.

He is a qualified accountant (FCCA, and GCMA), with a Doctorate in Education (Theme: Accounting Education within distance learning), two Masters degrees and a Higher Education Teaching Certificate. He has held senior positions at a number of other educational Institutions, including the Open University Business School. He works regularly with international companies on a consulting basis and on Executive Education programmes. Alan’s research interests focus on Curriculum Evaluation, Performance Measurement in Accounting Education, Historical Perspectives on Business, and Technology Applications within Education. He presents regularly at national and international Education-related conferences and workshops, and publishes in scholarship journals. He was Programme Development Chair of the MSc Professional Accountancy (MPAcc), a joint venture between University of London, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and UCL School of Management. He is currently Deputy Programme Director of MPAcc. He has generated two Coursera MOOC contributions. Alan likes all sport (especially football – he travels the emotional roller coaster journey accompanying the life and times of a Spurs supporter), reading, especially exploring history, and travel. He thinks smiling is a particularly good hobby.