Issue date: 19 June 2001

Dr Ursula Lucas, an accountancy lecturer from Bristol Business School based at the University of the West of England, has won a prestigious national teaching fellowship. The award recognises Dr Lucas as being one of the best higher education lecturers in the country. Twenty winners will each receive £50,000 from the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme at a presentation dinner on 10 July in London.

The money will be spent supporting Ursula's research into the teaching of Introductory Accounting (IA). She says, "Winning this award is very exciting for me. It gives me the time and space to concentrate on my research which aims to identify and develop more effective teaching and learning for IA. I feel it is really important to capture the interest and imagination of students when they first study accountancy and to counter any negative perceptions they bring to the subject."

Ursula's research will involve working closely with lecturers and students of accountancy around the UK and possibly in Australia. The work will culminate in an international conference which will seek to establish an agenda for further research and development of the IA curriculum.

Ursula was been praised by both colleagues and students for her innovative and enthusiastic teaching of accountancy.

The NTFS was set up in 2000 to reward excellence in teaching and learning. It is administered by the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILT) on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England. For further information see the websites: www.ilt.ac.uk and http://ntfs.ilt.ac.uk.


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Biographical Details

Ursula took a first class honours degree in History and Politics before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. After ten years in practice she entered higher education in 1985 motivated by a deep interest in education and a desire to enquire into taken-for-granted practices within auditing. She joined BBS as a senior lecturer in 1990 and was promoted to Principal Lecturer in 1995. Throughout her time at UWE, Dr Lucas has been a champion of innovation in teaching and learning not only within accounting but also across the university. Her passion for teaching led naturally to research in the field and she completed a highly original doctoral thesis at Sheffield Hallam in 1998. Important publications have followed.

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