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Dr Jane Hughes

Dr Jane  Hughes

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  • Lecturer in Accounting

Professional biography

Jane is a qualified accountant (Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants) and MBA graduate and spent many years in business management, before moving into financial training and lecturing. She spent ten years as a senior manager in the UK financial services sector, mainly in wholesale and investment banking in the City of London.

She has been a lecturer in accounting and finance at the Open University since June 2010. 

Jane is a qualified higher education teacher, with a Doctorate in Education, an MA in Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

She has been an assessor and examiner for professional accounting bodies. She is an external examiner for De Montfort University.

Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  



Research interests

Jane's research interests are in social theories of learning in higher education and the effect of the business school ‘community of practice’ on student identity development. 

Jane has completed and is working on various scholarship projects for the university,in particular  a project looking at the use and effect of computer-marked objective testing in accounting teaching with Dr Ruslan Ramanau (OUBS). She is researching student emotional engagement in accounting studies in distance-learning students.

Jane supervises on the Doctorate in Education programme (Open University).

Teaching interests

Jane's teaching interests are in accounting, finance: financial services and financial strategy. Jane specialises in commissioning, developing and using multimedia teaching resources for finance and accounting students.
Go to OpenLearn to see an example:

Jane is Qualification Lead for the BA Business Studies (Accounting) and the Professional Certificate in Accounting and is responsible for liaison with professional accounting organisations.

Jane teaches Open University business students in face-to-face settings, runs workshops for other university teachers, for example, see this event: , organised with the Higher Education Academy.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
International Management Practice, Education and Learning ThemeThemeThe Faculty of Business and Law


Figured Worlds and Identity Development in the Academic Accounting (2016-03-18)
Hughes, Jane
In: Surian, Alessio ed. Open Spaces for Interactions and Learning Diversities (pp. 179-192)
ISBN : 978-94-6300-339-1 | Publisher : Sense Publishers | Published : Rotterdam
Active learning in postgraduate accountancy: imagination, alignment and engagement in practice (2012)
Hughes, Jane
In : The Higher Education Academy: Association of Business Schools (24 – 25 April, 2012, Manchester, UK)
Where’s the value? An exploration into how postgraduate accountancy students experienced assessment (accountancy examination) and the effect of their experiences on learning and outcomes (pass marks) (2010)
Hughes, Jane
In : Business Management, Accountancy and Finance Network (BMAF) Annual Conference 2010: Assessment & Assessment Standards: Challenges for Business Education (20-21 April 2010, Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK)
Sociocultural investigations into higher education accountancy (2010)
Hughes, Jane
In : European Association for Research and Learning and Instruction (EARLI) JURE Conference 2010 (19-22 July 2010, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)