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Professor Rebecca Taylor

Professor Rebecca Taylor

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Executive Dean and Professor of Economics
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for Strategy and Marketing
  • rebecca.taylor
  • oubs-dean@open.ac.uk

Professional biography

Professor Rebecca Taylor is Executive Dean for the Faculty of Business and Law at The Open University.

Rebecca holds a degree in Economics from Queen’s University, Canada, an MSc in Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada and a PhD in Economics from the University of Portsmouth, UK, and started her career in financial services at the Toronto Dominion Bank.

Rebecca is a highly experienced educator at undergraduate and postgraduate level having spent several years lecturing in quantitative economics, international trade and economic development. Rebecca has also taught a range of courses, including: Doctorate in Business Administration – survey based statistical research; economics of international trade; and fundamentals of quantitative economics.

Rebecca’s research interests include international economics and the development of online learning materials. Rebecca has always had a keen interest in the development of online learning materials that enable lecturers and students to engage effectively and creatively in the learning process. She designed and directed a number of Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funded projects focused on innovative approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics and statistics in economics programmes. She has also worked with the Economic and Social Research Council and Higher Education Academy on addressing the identified skills deficit in quantitative methods across Social Sciences.

Rebecca represents The Open University and the Faculty of Business and Law on a number of high-profile national and international boards and is the Vice-President (academic) of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). Rebecca is also a member of the Board of the Chartered Management Institute and on the International Advisory Board for both the Solvay Business School and the Singapore Institute of Management.