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A new framework for new researchers

Dr Hilary Lindsay welcomes you to your new newsletter, giving you an overview of the content and letting you know where you can send your feedback.

I’m delighted that on this website you can access the Researching Accountant Development Framework (RADF), a resource developed from research I carried out with professional accountants who had made the move into academia to help anyone making that transition to develop their research capability. There is also a short webinar you can register for to help you get the most out of the resource.

After I got my MBA from the Open University I went on to become a part-time Associate Lecturer within its Business School. I had always prided myself that as a chartered accountant I would abide by our ethical code and only undertake work I was capable to perform. As a student, anticipating the move into teaching, I consciously saw as many lecturers as possible in action, to see what good looked like. So that was a good start yet here I was being let loose on classes of unsuspecting students. Without any teaching qualification. I felt very uncomfortable about that and immersed myself in every opportunity to develop my teaching skills. I joined course teams, moderated forums, monitored other lecturers’ marking, mentored lecturers even newer than I was and before too long I was accepted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I now felt my students were in much safer hands and indeed I have since been presented with an OU Teaching Award.