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Liz Barraclough

January 21, 2020
Liz Barraclough

Lecturer in Accountancy and Management

“I started my career working as a VAT Inspector down south in 1989. It was my first job after university however a paperwork mix-up at the company meant I was called in for an interview instead of someone else. Luckily all went well and I was offered the job!”Coincidentally it was there that I met my husband, who also happens to be from my birthplace of Wakefield.

“My degree had an element of tourism which was something I’d always been particularly keen on. Around that time the BTEC in Travel & Tourism had been put in place, so I applied for several jobs around the country to lecture this, and ended up with a position at Middlesbrough College!

“Fast forward a few years and I was teaching finance at the College thanks to the links from my degree, and was excited to be successful in gaining a role as an Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) Coordinator.

“Due to personal reasons it was then that I took a career break however I continued teaching in colleges in the region on a part-time basis.

“I am now a Lecturer in Accountancy and Management at Middlesbrough College. 

“I love the creative freedom I have in my role. I find teaching in different ways really helps my students to remember each subject – in a recent lesson we were taste testing biscuits which linked to a module on target costing.

“In my spare time I’m passionate choir singer. I sing in a two groups and we’re all like family. 

“In November I was involved in a song recording which was shown a Songs of Praise episode, with the focus being on mental health.

“We recorded a song as a part of ‘One More Light‘, a project run by musician, Mike McGrother.

“The recording took place in Stockton Parish Church, with around 300 people present, ranging from school children and members of the emergency services, to experienced choir singers and people from different faiths.

“It was an emotional couple of hours, but something I was really proud to be a part of. My daughter, Eleanor has physical and learning disabilities, so the project’s links to mental health is something that is very close to my heart.

“I’m forever humbled by my students at the College. I have found by being upfront, many then approach me with their personal experiences. I have then often been able to signpost them to support services and it’s great to be able to help make a difference in their lives.

“My role is very rewarding!”