After secondary education, Jane completed two undergraduate degrees at the University of Oxford (first at St Hilda's College and then at Corpus Christi College). On graduating, she became a qualified chartered accountant and chartered tax consultant. In 1992 she joined the University of Leeds, gaining postgraduate teaching qualifications and a PhD (in revenue law and tax practice). Jane was awarded a master’s degree (with distinction) in Commercial Law from the University of Northumbria in 2007, and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is currently Professor of Revenue Law at The Open University.
Jane's research focuses on taxation from an interdisciplinary perspective, and has been instrumental in taking tax research forward into the areas of strategic management (with particular reference to multinational enterprises and tax planning), international business, finance, history, ethics, e-commerce small business performance evaluation and the history/development of the tax profession. This has involved successful co-operation with scholars in those fields and is on-going.
Jane's professional and external activities all relate to taxation. Until May 2009, she was President of the Tax Research Network (TRN), an interdisciplinary organisation set up to encourage research into all aspects of tax - the only UK body of its kind and one now widely recognised internationally. She has also been Secretary of this organisation, and has been a member of its Steering Committee since 1996.
She has also acted as an academic adviser to the National Audit Office and International Division of the Inland Revenue (as it then was), has reviewed books and articles on taxation for numerous publishers and journals, and given and attended invited seminars in this area.
Professor Frecknall-Hughes has taught and examined extensively undergraduates at all levels, and postgraduates across a wide range of business subjects (most recently in revenue law, business law, auditing and financial and management accounting), dealing with both traditional and non-traditional students (MBAs, post experience, distance learning). She has designed and co-designed modules and supervised projects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has also successfully supervised PhD students through to completion, and has externally examined at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels.
Jane also has wide experience of teaching administration and management from undergraduate and postgraduate perspectives as a result of chairing or participating in numerous committees at University and Faculty level, including many years' experience of liaison with external professional accounting institutes via accreditation of undergraduate accounting degrees. She has wide experience of formulating teaching policy and practice at Faculty level as a Programme Director and Divisional Director of Studies, and of quality assurance assessment of teaching provision.
Professor Jane Frecknall-Hughes is a member of The Open University's Department of Accounting and Finance.