Dr Karen Elliott is a Senior Lecturer in Enterprise & Innovation at Newcastle University Business School. Her passion lies in addressing questions on FinTech, a major growth industry in the UK and a burgeoning sector in the North East.
Often referring to herself as a ‘pracademic’, Karen has had a varied career ranging from working in industry as an entrepreneur to having an academic career that allowed her to align her practical experience in her chosen subject area.
Karen and her colleagues were awarded a £1.2m EPSRC Research grant in 2018 to work with Atom Bank on optimising FinTech services. FinTrust examines the issue of trust in FinTech organisations, identifying the generic research challenges and establishing fundamental research results, with a particular focus on increased automation through the use of machine learning algorithms.
Lecturing since 2004 on the assets of innovation cultures at both Durham and Newcastle, Karen is an enthusiastic teacher, nominated for an ‘outstanding contribution to teaching’ award and integrates her research within the digital ‘Future of Work’ sector to inform her modules, focusing on embedding ‘industry’ skills to postgraduate and PhD students.
Away from work Karen is an amateur triathlete, whilst also enjoying equestrian and playing tennis!