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HARP Seminar: "Researching Accountant Development Framework"

Event information
Date 11 November 2020
Time 14:00-15:00 (Timezone: Europe/London)
Price Free
Venue Online
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Hilary will briefly introduce us to the original learning framework that emerged from her doctoral studies and then move on to the evolution of the Researching Professional Development Framework, now in use across the Open University. She will describe how and why she set out to develop the Researching Accountant Development Framework, and share her findings from that research which is aimed at helping accounting academics develop their research capabilities.

Dr Hilary Lindsay

Short Bio on Presenter: Dr Hilary Lindsay was the 2016-17 President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW); the first academic and second woman to hold that position in ICAEW’s 137 year history. She was also chair of the CCAB that year and had previously been a trustee of CABA, the wellbeing charity for ICAEW members for 9 years. In 2011-12 she had been President of AAT.

Hilary has always been passionate about personal development and completed her own MBA with the OU some 15 years ago. She became an Associate Lecturer in the Business School and in 2013 completed doctoral research with The Open University into the role of continuing professional development (CPD) in the accountancy profession. Through that research she developed a new learning framework that brings together CPD and lifelong learning into a framework that identifies the skills needed by the ‘complete professional’. She has since published academic articles and the book Adaptability: the secret to lifelong learning. She is an award-winning lecturer in finance and management and an Honorary Associate and supervisor on the OU Doctorate in Education programme.

Hilary’s aim is to make a difference through her research. She was delighted that CABA used her initial framework to underpin their career adaptability courses. Her subsequent research has resulted in two more practical learning resources. The Researching Professional Development Framework helps professional doctorate students develop as researching professionals. This is now being used across the OU Professional Doctorate Programmes. The Researching Accountant Development Framework is a resource to help accountants moving into academia develop their research capabilities. This is available on the open-access ICAEW Academia and Education Community website.

You can read more about Hilary’s research at:

This summer an article was published about the development of the RADF:

Hilary Lindsay (2020): From fledgling to fledged: how accountants in academia
develop their research capabilities, Accounting Education, DOI: 10.1080/09639284.2020.1788956

You can find this article at: