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Meeting Expectations: Post-entry experiences of diverse pathways to professional accountancy qualification

“There are diverse pathways to professional qualifications, through large firms, smaller forms, industry and non-profits.  This study will assist employers, professional bodies and career advisors, through the provision of greater understanding based on empirical evidence on how the training experience differs in different settings.  It will also help to identify opportunities for closer alignment between the training experience and the career ambitions of entrants to the accountancy profession.”

Dr Margaret Healy - UCC

The expected completion date for this research project is Autumn 2017.


Dr Margaret Healy 

Margaret Healy lectures in management accounting.  She is a CIMA qualified management accountant, having worked with Kerry Group, prior to joining Accounting and Finance at UCC.  She holds a B. Commerce from UCC, as well as a masters and PhD in management accounting.  Her primary research interests are in the areas of management accounting and accounting education.

Maeve McCutcheon

Maeve McCutcheon qualified as a certified accountant in 1989. She also holds a BA in Economics from UCD and an MSC Economics from the London School of Economics. She has worked in public practice and has also worked for the Bank of England.  She joined UCC in 1989 and has taught primarily in the fields of Financial Management and Taxation. Her primary research focus is in the areas of Accounting Education and Professional training where she has published extensively.

John Doran

John Doran lectures in Accounting and Finance. A graduate of UCD, he previously served in practice with Arthur Andersen serving clients in the technology, healthcare products and bloodstock sectors. He specialises in Management Accounting and he has published in the areas of the management of scarce capacity, product pricing, change in accounting systems, the role of expert advice in investment decision-making and on issues in accounting education. His main research interests, at present, are in the areas of accounting education and internal control/corporate governance.  He is a past Chairman of the Irish Accounting and Finance Association.  In 2010 he received the UCC Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Claire O'Sullivan Rochford

Claire O’ Sullivan Rochford is a lecturer at University College Cork and Co-director of the BSc Accounting Programme there. For the past ten years she has mainly taught in the areas of Financial Accounting, Auditing and Financial Statement Analysis.  Her research is in mainly the areas of Auditing and accounting education.  Prior to that she worked in industry and with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor. She has a primary degree in Commerce, a masters degree in Corporate Finance, a diploma in Teaching and Learning and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2005.  She is currently completing a doctorate at Dublin City University which is focused on the training of accounting professionals.