Staff Profile

Catherine Dilnot

Senior Lecturer

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

Location:  E107, Wheatley

Telephone:  +44 (0) 1865 485953


 About Catherine

Catherine graduated from Oxford University in 1983 with a degree in physics, then qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with KPMG in London in 1986. She worked in general practice departments, involved in audit, tax and financial reporting, with a special interest in public sector institutions. She worked for KPMG in Australia in 1986 and 1989. Catherine joined Oxford Brookes in 1991. For three years she jointly ran the undergraduate Accounting and Finance suite of programmes at Brookes. In 2012/13 she gained an MSc in Social Research Methods (Statistics) at LSE, and in 2013 started a part time, ESRC funded doctorate at UCL Institute of Education, in the department of Quantitative Social Science.

Teaching Expertise and Experience

Catherine teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, specialising in financial accounting, auditing and research methods. In her long time at Brookes she has run a large variety of modules, particularly on introductory accounting, auditing theory, financial accounting theory and financial reporting.


Catherine's particular research interest is in fair access to universities and to leading professions, with a particular interest in the accounting profession. She became interested in this topic through contact with students during her time running the undergraduate degree programmes, and through some commissioned work for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales on the recruitment of graduate women to the profession. Her PhD title is Access to high status universities and the professions: the role of subject choice, information, advice and guidance, and social background', and her supervisors at UCL are Professor Alissa Goodman and Dr Lindsey Macmillan. She has devised a typology of A levels according to their efficacy in access to high status universities (publication forthcoming) and uses administrative datasets in her analysis. She is collaborating with Dr Vikki Boliver at Durham University on A level subject choice and access, and with Professor Simon Burgess at CMPO Bristol on an RCT providing financial advice and tutoring to students from schools which are under-represented in Higher Education.

Grants awarded:

£19,484 Making career choices: what influences female final year students as they consider an accountancy career? Funded by ICAEW (2012/13) (with Karen Handley and Jill Millar)

£56,600 ESRC Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Centre studentship (2013/2018).

Links to External Sources

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Other Publications

Dilnot, C., Handley, K., and Millar, J. (2012) Making career choices: what influences female (and male) graduates considering an accountancy career? Final report for the ICAEW

 Journal articles

  • Dilnot, C. (2016) 'How does the choice of A-level subjects vary with students' socio-economic status in English state schools?', British Educational Research Journal, vol. 42, no. 6, pp. 1081-1106, January, ISSN 0141-1926.

  •  Other publications including books, book chapters and reports

  • Dilnot, C. (2015) 'A taxonomy of A-level subjects according to the expressed preferences of Russell Group universities: who does what?, Ed., UCL: , vol. 15, no. 12, pp. , December, .

  • Dilnot, C. (2011) 'Making career choices: what influences graduates as they consider an accountancy career?'. Learning and Professional Development Board of the ICAEW: .

  •  Conferences

  • Dilnot, C. and Handley, K. (2011) 'Peering in to the future: final year students perceptions (and misperceptions) of accountancy careers'. Paper presented at the Oxford Brookes Business School - Burgundy Business School Joint Research Conference, Dijon, May.

  • Dilnot, C. (2010) 'Brookes ACES Accounting for Charities: Engaging Students'. Paper presented at the Brookes Teaching and Learning Conference, Oxford, UK, July.

  • Dilnot, C. (2008) 'Charity accounts users: Rhetoric or reality?'. Paper presented at the BAA South East Area Group Annual Conference, Oxford Brookes University Business School, September.

  • Dilnot, C. (2007) 'Who uses charities' accounts in England and Wales, and what do they use them for?'. Paper presented at the Financial Reporting and Business Communication Conference, Cardiff, July.