Endowed by KPMG, this Scholarship celebrates the achievement and leadership of the late Denis O’Connor, former Managing Partner of KPMG in Ireland, who passed away in 2006.
A native of Drinagh, Co Wexford, Breda holds both a first class honours Bachelor of Commerce and Master in Accounting degrees from UCD. She trained as a chartered accountant and tax advisor with KPMG and subsequently worked with Dell before embarking on further study. With a deep interest in the health sector, in pursuing her doctoral studies Breda will research ‘The role of accounting in overcoming inter-professional tensions in the Irish healthcare sector”.
Speaking at the Scholarship announcement Breda said “I am very honored to be awarded the Denis O’Connor KPMG Doctoral Scholarship in Accounting. I believe the research this award will allow me to undertake comes at a critical time for the accounting profession to make a difference to the Irish healthcare system. Together with healthcare professionals we have a target to aim for - a healthcare system which is cost effective, efficient and with improved patient outcomes”.
Shaun Murphy, Managing Partner of KPMG and former colleague of O’Connor’s noted “Investing in education is a priority of KPMG and I know that Denis would be proud to have his name associated with this tangible contribution to further education. On behalf of KPMG I’d like to congratulate Breda Nolan on her fine achievement in being awarded this scholarship.”
The scholarship is offered every four years and selection was through open competition attracting the highest academic and professional students to participate in the structured PhD programme in Accounting in UCD Smurfit School.
Also present at the awarding of the scholarship were Mrs. Margaret O’Connor and Kate Cullen, recipient of the first Denis O’Connor KPMG Doctoral Scholarship. Kate will graduate later this year and has joined the accounting faculty at UCD Business.