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Nicola Beatson

Nicola MitchellTeaching Fellow

BCom (Otago), MCom (Otago)

Tel 64 3 479 8321
Office CO 3.32

Nicola joined the Department of Accountancy and Finance at the University of Otago in 2010. Since that time she has had several teaching accolades, including being named in the Otago University Student Association awards (student voted) as the ‘Premier Lecturer- Commerce Division’ in 2017. Nicola has a passion for accounting education and is currently a PhD candidate investigating the self-efficacy beliefs of accounting students. She is student focused, both in teaching and research activities. Nicola enjoys several service roles within the department including as a course approver and advisor, a member of the AKO teaching and learning committee, being the tutor coordinator for the department, and as the Kaiāwhina Māori in Accounting and Finance. Nicola coordinates the large core paper BSNS115: Accounting and Information Systems and also teaches on ACCT222: Cost Management Accounting.             


  • BSNS115
  • ACCT222

Research interests

Nicola is an active member of the Accounting Education community, shown by her committee membership on both the Accounting Education, Special Interest Group, for Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) and the Faculty Development Teaching Committee, Teaching and Learning Committee (TLC) for the American Accounting Association (AAA). Nicola has also enjoyed success in the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, in 2017, competing in the Asia Pacific Championships with a 3 minute speech on Accounting Education. Nicola’s PhD thesis is on the role of self-efficacy in accounting education, and is due to be completed in 2018. Alongside her PhD research, Nicola is also actively involved in several other projects within the accounting education space, including one on transformational teaching, and another on the use of mobile technology to increase engagement in first year students.