Name: Norazida Mohamed
Course Studied: PhD in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Management, 2014
Studied at: Teesside University, United Kingdom
Why did you choose Teesside University?
I am a chartered accountant by profession and a member of the Malaysian Institute of Accounting – I worked for a leading government agency when I was in Malaysia. I came here to research forensic accounting, financial investigation and control as a result of a partnership between Teesside University and Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia. I received a scholarship from the Malaysian government. They wanted to send me to New Zealand or Australia as it was cheaper – but this was the best course for my needs. I decided to study this subject for three years before I applied to do a PhD when I became interested in forensic accounting. I went to a conference in Malaysia which discussed mitigating financial statements. I did not realise it at the time but the guest speaker, Rob McCusker, eventually became my supervisor at Teesside University.
Tell us about your research
I’m looking at creating antifraud programme strategies of prevention, detection and response in relation to financial statement fraud, to create awareness and help for public sector companies to mitigate financial statement fraud. I’m very lucky – my director of studies is an expert in transnational crime including financial crime and fraud. I presented a paper about financial market regulations and legislation in Malaysia, the UK and the US, at the Annual Conference of Economic Forum of Entrepreneurship and International Business in Egypt. I have been very lucky to study 48 modules in addition to my PhD – including courses like research ethics, research philosophy and preparation for my thesis.
What do you think about the campus and services offered?
Teesside University is a nice place to study. The campus and town have an intimate environment – suitable for students and not too busy. I stayed in University accommodation during my first year here and moved out in second year as I have my family with me. We have been able to travel widely around the UK. I go horse riding and to the gym at weekends and I really love fish and chips in Whitby. I definitely recommend that Malaysian students study here – it’s a very well-supported experience.