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Ms. Orla Lenihan


Orla Lenihan lectures on a number of postgraduate and undergraduate accounting and finance modules at University of Limerick. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Accounting (both first class honours) from NUI Galway, and a PhD in Accounting and Corporate Governance from University College Dublin. Orla qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her research is in accounting, finance, and corporate governance with a focus on performance measurement, executive compensation, and corporate disclosures. Based on her research, Orla has received funding from the Irish Accounting and Finance Association (IAFA) and the Smurfit Graduate School of Business. She was awarded the IAFA Scholar Award in 2016. Orla was shortlisted for the 2012 UL Award for Excellence in Large Group Teaching and she was awarded (jointly) the 2013 UL Award for Excellence in Large Group Teaching. She has previously served as founding Course Director of the Professional Diploma in Accounting, Course Director of the BA Law and Accounting, and Chair of the BA Law and Accounting Student Status Committee. She has international conference publications at the American Accounting Association, the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, the European Accounting Association, the British Accounting and Finance Association, and the British Academy of Management.

Research Interests

Corporate governance
Performance measurement
Executive compensation
Corporate disclosures
Empirical archival accounting research

Teaching Interests

Financial Management
Corporate Finance
Management Accounting
Financial Analysis & Governance
Financial Information Analysis

Professional Activities


  • 2019 University College Dublin - PhD
  • 2004 National University of Ireland, Galway - Masters of Commerce
  • 2003 National University of Ireland, Galway - Bachelor of Commerce


  • 2016 - IAFA Scholar Award
  • 2014 - IAFA representative at AAA Doctoral Consortium
  • 2013 - Winner of the IAFA Doctoral Research Funding Competition
  • 2013 - Award for Excellence in Large Group Teaching


  • 2016 Course Board BA Law and Accounting,
  • 2016 Course Board Professional Diploma in Accounting,
  • 2016 BA Law and Accounting Student Status Committee,
  • 2013 Course Board Professional Diploma in Accounting,


  • 2014 Carlow Institute of Technology - External Examiner at Institute of Technology, Carlow on the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accounting and the Higher Certificate in Accounting programmes


  • 2013 University of Limerick - College Teacher
  • 2010 University of Limerick - Teaching Assistant
  • 2009 Limerick College of Business Studies - ACCA Lecturer
  • 2008 Mazars, Galway - Senior Auditor
  • 2004 PricewaterhouseCoopers, Limerick - Assistant Manager


  • Council Member, Irish Accounting & Finance Association
  • FCA: Fellow Chartered Accountant, Chartered Accountants Ireland


Conference Publication