Rachel Findlay

Rachel Findlay

Dr Rachel Findlay B.Mus.(Hons.); Dip.Acc.; MSc.; S.F.H.E.A.; Chartered Accountant (ICAS); D.B.A.

Lecturer

Biography

Dr Rachel Findlay is a Lecturer in Accountancy at Edinburgh Napier University Business School, a Chartered Accountant, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. From 2007 to 2010, she was a lecturer in Business Law, Auditing and Finance at her professional body, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS). From 2017 until 2020 she was the BA Honours in Accounting Degree Programme Leader at Edinburgh Napier University where she led the professionally accredited Auditing module and is a former module leader in Taxation. She continues to teach auditing, taxation, finance, financial technology and banking and accounting as a profession at undergraduate and masters levels.
Rachel trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young in Glasgow specialising in financial services auditing. She qualified in 1993 as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland.
She graduated with an honours degree in Music at the University of Glasgow, before completing a post graduate diploma in accountancy at the University of Strathclyde Business School in 1990. One of the first non-accounting degree graduates to be accepted as a CA trainee she trained as a C.A. with Ernst and Young in Glasgow before transferring to Ernst and Young in Luxembourg as an auditor of investment funds and banks. She subsequently worked for JPMorgan in Luxembourg and returned to Scotland to take up a management post at Scottish Amicable (Prudential). State Street Banking Corporation subsequently hired Rachel to lead their Trustee Investments Audit Team for the UK. As a Vice President at State Street she also served on the Trustee company’s Board as Company Secretary. After a move as Senior Manager and Specialist Internal Auditor at Lloyds Banking Group, Rachel took up an academic role in March 2007 to work as a lecturer and examiner for ICAS. In 2010 Rachel started her University lectureship and completed a Masters in Accountancy (researching UK Income Taxation Complexity). This was followed by completion of her Doctoral thesis in International Accounting Education in October 2017.
She has contributed to organisations outside of university including as Treasurer of the Scottish Episcopal Church Edinburgh Diocese, the Junior Chamber of Commerce and is currently a Member of the Audit Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Research Areas

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of Audit Committee of Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh
  • Chair of Auditing Qualification Group; Professional Qualification Review - The Association of International Accountants
  • Accounting Profesional Advisory Group
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland Devolved Taxes Committee
  • Scottish Parliament Finance Committee - expert witness

 

Conference Activity

  • Scottish Law Society Conference - Expert Panel Member
  • Institute and Faculty of Actuaries - expert panel member

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Assessment Moderator: Association of International Accountants
  • Examiner: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy

 

Media Activity

  • Media commentor (BBC), business, economic policy

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

 

Date


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Budget 2021: austerity by stealth will repeat the mistakes of the 2010s all over again

Other
Findlay, R. (2021)
Budget 2021: austerity by stealth will repeat the mistakes of the 2010s all over again. https://theconversation.com/budget-2021-austerity-by-stealth-will-repeat-the-mistakes-of-2010s-all-over-again-156404

International student transitions in Higher Education: Chinese students studying on a professionally accredited undergraduate accounting degree programme at a Scottish university

Thesis
Findlay, R. S. M. International student transitions in Higher Education: Chinese students studying on a professionally accredited undergraduate accounting degree programme at a Scottish university. (Thesis)
Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1037580
The UK Higher Education (UKHE) sector has expanded overseas student numbers in recent years bringing significant economic and financial benefits to the sector and the economy....

2+2 = Five? Accounting Education and Overseas Chinese Students.

Presentation / Conference
Holmes, R. (2015, January)
2+2 = Five? Accounting Education and Overseas Chinese Students. Poster presented at Edinburgh Napier Staff Conference, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Overseas Chinese student experience of a Western, professionally accredited accounting degree.

Presentation / Conference
Holmes, R. (2015, January)
Overseas Chinese student experience of a Western, professionally accredited accounting degree. Poster presented at Edinburgh University Data Analysis Conference, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Poster presentation.

Ignore the scaremongers – banks will not be leaving Scotland if the Yes vote wins

Other
Holmes, R. (2014)
Ignore the scaremongers – banks will not be leaving Scotland if the Yes vote wins
Why banks won't be leaving Scotland.

The Experiences of Overseas Chinese Students on a Professionally Accredited Accounting Degree Programme

Presentation / Conference
Holmes, R. (2014, May)
The Experiences of Overseas Chinese Students on a Professionally Accredited Accounting Degree Programme. Presented at Edinburgh Napier University Research Conference, Edinburgh

Pensions UK and Scotland.

Other
Holmes, R. (2014)
Pensions UK and Scotland
Media article in national newspaper

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