Professor Taylor is Dean and Director of Studies at the Open University Business School. She 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.
Rebecca started her career in financial services at the Toronto Dominion Bank. Following the completion of her PhD she spent several years lecturing in quantitative economics, international trade and economic development. She joined the Open University in 2011 from Nottingham Business School where she was Head of Economics for seven years and Associate Dean for a further year.
Rebecca is a highly experienced educator at undergraduate and post graduate level. She has taught a range of courses, including: Doctorate in business administration – survey based statistical research; economics of international trade; and fundamentals of quantitative economics. Rebecca has designed and directed a number of Higher Education Funding Council for England 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 the Higher Education Academy on addressing the identified skills deficit in quantitative methods across Social Sciences.
Rebecca is a Board member of the European Foundation for Management Development and sits on their Technology Enhanced Learning and Accreditation Task Force. She is also on the Board of the Chartered Management Institute. She regularly contributes to conferences and workshops related to developments and innovation in education.