Dr Catherine Dilnot
MA, ACA, MSc, PhD
Oxford Brookes Business School
Teaching and supervision
- Personal and Professional Development (UG)
- Research in Accounting (UG)
- Dissertation in Accounting (UG)
- Research Project (PG)
Catherine teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, specialising in professional development 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 and the role of subjects and qualifications taken age 16-19. She became interested in this topic through contact with students during her time running the undergraduate degree programmes, and through commissioned work for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales on the recruitment of graduate women to the profession.
She has devised a typology of A levels according to their efficacy in access to high status universities and uses administrative datasets and anonymised professional firm applications data, working with major graduate employers, in her analysis.
Her main current project is jointly with Lindsey Macmillan and Gill Wyness at UCL, investigating the relationship between 16-19 subjects and qualifications and adverse university outcomes, with emphasis on the gaps between students from different social backgrounds. The project is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, who are also funding a three year project on access to elite occupations on which Catherine will be a co-investigator from 2022-25.
Catherine's work on subjects, qualifications and outcomes as well as predicted grades has gained considerable press interest. She briefs the Department for Education on policy relating to level three qualifications reform. The work with professional firms has resulted in changes to their application processes aimed at making recruitment more inclusive.
Centres and institutes
Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution
- Inequalities in access to elite occupations (led by University College London) (01/07/2022 - 30/06/2025), funded by: Nuffield Foundation, funding amount received by Brookes: £47,860
Wyness G, Macmillan L, Anders J, Dilnot C, 'Grade expectations: How well can past performance predict future grades?'
Education Economics [online first] (2022)
ISSN: 0964-5292 eISSN: 1469-5782Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Burgess S, Chande R, Dilnot C, Kozman E, Macmillan L, Sanders M, 'Role models, mentoring and university applications: evidence from a crossover randomised controlled trial in the United Kingdom'
Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning 20 (4) (2018) pp.57-80
ISSN: 1466-6529 eISSN: 2045-2713Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Dilnot C, 'The relationship between A-level subject choice and league table score of university attended: the "facilitating", the "less suitable" and the counter-intuitive'
Oxford Review of Education 44 (1) (2018) pp.118-137
ISSN: 0305-4985 eISSN: 1465-3915Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Dilnot C, 'How does the choice of A-level subjects vary with students' socio-economic status in English state schools?'
British Educational Research Journal 42 (6) (2016) pp.1081-1106
ISSN: 0141-1926 eISSN: 1469-3518Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Memberships of professional bodies
Member of Insitute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
- Dilnot, C, McMillan, L, Wyness, G. (2021). 'Choices at 16 and university outcomes: Qualifications, subjects and socio-economic background'. Paper presented at the British Education Research Association Annual Conference, Online, September.
Dilnot, C. (2018). 'The relationship between A-level subject choice and league table score of university attended: the 'facilitating', the 'less suitable' and the counter-intuitive. Presented at the Royal Economic Society Annual Conference, Brighton, March.
Dilnot, C. (2016). 'How does choice of A-level subjects vary with students' socio-eonomic status in English state schools?' Presented at the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Annual International Conference, Bamberg, October.
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.