Dr Laura McCann

Dr Laura McCann
Dr Laura McCann
Dr Laura McCann

PHD, BA(Hons) First Class, PgCert, CMBE, FHEA

Senior Lecturer

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272207
Office Address

S32 Edward Wright Building University of Aberdeen Old Aberdeen AB24 3QY

Business School


Laura's research activity is in the broad area of corporate finance, and she has published various papers on corporate debt source for both companies and the UK university sector which have been published in leading international journals including the Journal of Banking and Finance, The Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, The Journal of Property Research, Land Use Policy, Studies in Higher Education and British Accounting Review. Other current research examines pensions, trade credits and executive compensation. 

Laura plays an active role in the administrative side of the Business School; she is the Programme Director for Undergraduate Finance, the Senior Business School Exams Officer and is subject exams officer for Accountancy, Finance and Real Estate. Moreover, Laura is currently a member of University Senate.

Laura currently co-ordinates and teaches on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including corporate finance, financial strategy and investment management and dissertations in finance.

In June 2017 Laura received the University Excellence in Teaching Award for undergraduate teaching in the Business School. Laura also received a nomination for Teaching Excellence in 2016, 2019 and 2020 for teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

In 2017 Laura received professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy and achieved the status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy. Her submission for Senior Fellowship is currently in progress.

Laura currently acts as external examiner for the UG Accounting and Finance programmes at Sussex and Edinburgh Napier and has experience of externally examining postgraduate research students.

Laura has a PhD in Finance from Strathclyde University and also a first class honours in Finance from the same institution.


  • PhD Finance 
    2011 - University of Strathclyde 
  • BA (Hons) Finance 
    2007 - University of Strathclyde 
    First Class Honours
  • HEA Fellow 
    2017 - Higher Education Academy 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships
  • Programme Director: Undergraduate Finance
  • Business School Senior Exams Officer
  • Exams Officer: Accountancy, Finance and Real Estate
  • Member of University Senate
  • Member of the Business School Education Board
  • Member of the University Quality Assurance Committee
  • Member of the Business School Exams Committee
  • Personal Tutor
External Memberships


  • Member ICAS Academic Panel
  • Editorial Board Member, Qualitative Research in Financial Markets
  • External Examiner Edinburgh Napier
  • External Examiner at University of Sussex


  • External Examiner Liverpool John Moores University
  • External Examiner at University of West of Scotland
  • External Examiner of PGR students at various institutions


Prizes and Awards

University Excellence in Teaching Award for undergraduate teaching in the Business School (2017)

Nominated for Teaching Excellence since 2016 at both UG and PGT 


Research Overview

Corporate Finance: Debt Sourcing, Debt Specialisation, Trade Credits, Executive Compensation, Payout Policy

UK Higher Education Sector Real Estate: University Funding Options; Role of Town and Gown

My paper Student Residences: Time for a partnership approach? co-authored with Norman Hutchison and Alastair Adair won an award for Outstanding Paper in the 2021 Emerald Literati Awards.

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Current Research

Laura’s research and teaching interests lie in the field of corporate finance. Her PhD research focused on the choice of debt source for UK companies and at present Laura has secured publications in The Journal of Banking and Finance, The Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, The British Accounting Review, Journal of Property Research, The Journal of Property, Investment and Finance and Studies in Higher Education

Current research interests also include the HE sector, corporate debt sources, payout policy, and trade credit.


Current Students

Yonca Kalyoncu -  Forecasting and Performance Measurement

Completed Students

Naser Makarem - Earnings Management



  • Undergraduate, 4 year, September start

Teaching Responsibilities


Programme Director: Undergraduate Finance

Course Co-ordinator

  • FI3004 Corporate Finance
  • FI4002 Financial Strategy and Investment Management
  • FI4501 Dissertations in Finance
  • QB4501 Dissertations in Finance (Qatar)


  • FI3004 Corporate Finance
  • FI4002 Financial Strategy and Investment Management
  • FI4501 Dissertations in Finance
  • BU5903 Dissertations in Finance

I am also involved with the Qatar Equivalents of the courses that I teach and co-ordinate.

Laura has previously co-ordinated and taught across a wide range of other courses at both UG and PGT level including:

  • Financial Markets and Regulation
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Dissertations in Accountancy
  • Financial Analysis
  • Issues in Corporate Finance

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Contributions to Journals

Working Papers