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Don MacDonald

BA, MBA, PGCE

Subject: Accounting

We all need a basic understanding of money and finance. It’s almost impossible to avoid dealing with them in our daily lives. Many of us are uncomfortable with this because ‘financial language’ can be difficult to understand. Hopefully I can help you in your understanding. I am passionate about trying to make complex issues accessible and easy to grasp.

My working life has been split between business and teaching. This has given me the opportunity to identify ways of explaining and clarifying many of the fundamental financial principles. My business experience has been in the accounting and management fields. My teaching experience in accounting and management has been with students in secondary school and with mature students. I have taught in both in the United Kingdom and in South Africa, where I have worked with students from many countries both north and south of the Sahara. This has reinforced my belief that there are many different ways of explaining and understanding difficult concepts.

One of the many aspects I love about education is that there is no limit to the extent of our learning, as long as we keep asking questions. I see this in my four children, who continue their learning in very different careers.

Online education provides an ideal opportunity for ongoing learning, where progress is at your own pace and in your own time. Three of my qualifications were completed on a part-time basis, and in 2016 I completed one entirely online. This has given me further insight into some of the challenges students may experience while studying with Wolsey Hall Oxford.

Besides education, I am passionate about sport and I try to do as much running as I can. Perhaps running is the wrong word! I should probably describe the activity as jogging, or even more accurately, jogging and walking, but this together with regular exercise classes keeps me reasonably fit. I also love travelling and as my children live in different countries, there is always a good excuse for doing more.

I am very excited about the prospect of helping you with your studies at Wolsey Hall Oxford and look forward to joining you on that journey.

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