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Miss Philippa Matthews


Associate Professor (Teaching) in Accounting Director of Education (Accounting)

Philippa joined Durham University in 2017, having previously been Academic Director of Accounting Programmes at BPP University in London. Prior to her academic career, Philippa, a graduate of Durham University, worked at Coopers and Lybrand and EY and is both a qualified ICAEW Chartered Accountant (FCA) and a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).


Philippa studied for her first degree at Durham University (BA in law – Trevelyan 1982 to 1985). She qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser with Coopers and Lybrand and went on to work in professional practice for EY as a tax specialist.

She has substantial experience of the world of professional accountancy training and has experience as a lecturer, subject specialist, examiner and author for ICAEW, ACCA, CTA, ATT and CIMA qualifications.

She has also worked as an education adviser to the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) consulting in assessment and curriculum design for their professional taxation assessments.

Philippa is currently an examiner for the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) for their Business Planning Taxation Paper, and has formerly been an examiner for the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Prior to joining Durham Philippa was Academic Director of Accounting Programmes at BPP University from 2012 to 2016 and has worked with Big 4 accountancy firms, including KPMG, banks, professional institutes and major law firms to develop award winning higher education qualifications linking with professional qualifications. She has recently been awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her sustained contribution to higher education management and the development of learning and teaching.

In her spare time, Philippa is a skilled cook, less-skilled gardener and loves walking her dogs and being creative with fabric.

Research Interests

  • The impact of taxation on low income earners
  • The gender inequalities of taxation
  • The impact of the OECD project on base erosion and profit shifting both nationally in the U.K. And internationally

Research Groups

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Associate Professor (Teaching) in Accounting Director of Education (Accounting)
+44 191 3345726