PhD studies in progress


Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use

Abdelaty, Yara (Supervisor: Zoe HandleyThe impact of peer-feedback in a cloud-based collaborative writing environment on EFL students' written work

Adam, Mukhtar (Supervisor: Zoe Handley) Exploring the communication difficulties of Sudanese learners of English in Liverpool

Ahmed Virjee, Geneffa (Supervisor: Claudine Bowyer-CraneUsing story in teaching EFL to 5-11 year old French children

Aktar, Tasnima (Supervisor: Cylcia Bolibaugh) English language learning strategies and strategy instruction: A study of Bangladeshi EFL learning

Alfaqih, Aamal (Supervisor: Nadia Mifka-ProfozicBeliefs about and motivations for learning EFL in Saudi Arabia and relating to learner experience

Alabdulqader, Shirin (Supervisor: Fatma SaidThe effect of code-switching among bilingual Saudi students on their identities: social media analysis

Al-Baimani, Saif (Supervisor: Nadia Mifka-ProfozicFactors determining the development of speaking skills for foundation year students at the College of Applied Sciences-Nizwa: particular focus on strategic competence and learner autonomy

Aldossary, Saddah (Supervisor: Irena Kuzborska) Saudi Teachers' attitudes towards using social media for continuing professional development in Saudi Arabia

Allehidan, Hamad (Supervisor: Zoe HandleyDesigning a collaborative task-based pronunciation course for Saudi English language Majors in Qassim University

Alnajashi, Alaa (Supervisor: Ursula LanversMethods by which students can be motivated to use e-learning tools to learn English as a second language'

Alqahtani, Asma (Supervisor: John IssittThe power of inter-cultural awareness in TESOL and the transformative power of intercultural understanding: A problematisation of intercultural communication

Alsalamah, Norah (Supervisor: Irena Kuzborska) 'An Investigation into the role of linguistic knowledge in EFL teacher preparation programmes in Saudi Arabia'

Alshammari, Eman (Supervisor: Emma Marsden) Teachers’ and students' beliefs about the effectiveness of different oral feedback types on students' interaction

Alshehri, Ahmed (Supervisor: Irena KuzborskaInvestigating Academic English reading and writing strategies using think aloud protocols

Al Shuhail, Muneerah (Supervisor: Fatma Said) Effect of learning English as a foreign language on culture, attitudes and identity, specifically gender identity in Saudi Arabia

Alzahrani, Saad (Supervisor: Leah Roberts) Effect of colour-coding in educational interactive multimedia programmes on improving skimming skills

Alzahrani, Waad (Supervisor: Zoe HandleyDoes the utilisation of online discussion forums facilitate and optimise the quality and quantity of learners face-to-face classroom discourse?

Alzahrany, Rana (Supervisor: Irena Kuzborska'ESL students and academic writing: the impact of using pen pal letters on ESL students' writing skills and motivation'

Amrate, Moustafa (Supervisor: Irena KuzborskaIncreasing EFL learners talking time through Google hangouts video based chatting

Arslan, Sermin (Supervisor: Jan HardmanDevelopment of L2 Interactional Competence over time

Asiri, Hassan (Supervisor: Zoe Handley) Comparing the effects of blogging and pen-and-paper method on collaborative writing performance of Saudi undergraduate students

Baizhanov, Yeraly (Supervisor: Andy CirockiFormative Assessment in the Kazakhstani Senior High School CLIL Classroom: A Mixed Methods Case Study

Bell, Vanessa (Supervisor: Paul Roberts) An absence with a function: performing and interpreting silence in transcultural communication

Berrouba Tani, Imane (Supervisor: Nadia Mifka-ProfozicAn exploration of the effect of the combination of intentional and incidental learning strategies through reading on EFL students'vocabulary retention

Choo, Rui Qi (Supervisor: Marilyn Vihman and Tamar Keren-PortnoyThe role of storybook reading on children's receptive and expressive vocabulary

Ciftci, Ayse (Supervisor: Claudine Bowyer-Crane) The importance of learning heritage language and literacy support for bilingual children language learning

Cooper, Stewart (Supervisor: Nadia Mifka-Profozic) Task-based learning in South Korea: mitigating the effects of motivation and anxiety on second language acquisition

Derinalp, Pelin (Supervisor: Andy CirockiTraining English language teachers as reflective practitioners

Ebrahimi, Sara (Supervisor: Zoe HandleyThe effect of online task based language teaching on accuracy, fluency, and complexity of EFL learners: L2 oral decision making

Fu, Xingyi (Supervisor: Norbert Vanek) Investigating the conceptual changes of motion event cognition in advanced Chinese learners of English: a breaking Continuous Flash Suppression study

Garcia Castro, Veronica (Supervisors: Leah Roberts and Cylcia BolibaughReading comprehension and the acquisition of vocabulary in English as a second/foreign language

Ghebghoub, Souheyla (Supervisor: Cylcia BolibaughThe effect of input modality on incidental learning of academic vocabulary: a dual coding based approach to EFL Algerian learners

Ghobinejad, Shiva (Supervisor: Zoe HandleyL2 oral fluency in relation to interlocutors

Hakami, Ali Mohammed (Supervisor: Leah RobertsSelf-selected strategies of L2 learners: effects on immediate and delayed word retention in intentional and incidental vocabulary acquisition

Halabi, Noha (Supervisor: Jan Hardman) Teachers' perceptions of learner autonomy in Saudi Arabian EFL Context

Horvatic, Jelena (Supervisor: Danijela TrenkicEffects of individual differences in declarative and procedural memory on the acquisition of English articles

Hu, Rowling (Supervisor: Danijela TrenkicAssessing the impact of IELTS preparation course on Chinese candidates

Huang, Nan (Supervisor: Paul Roberts) What is the relationship between changes of English status and functions in China and construction of Chinese national identity? An analysis of development of English and ELT in China

Hunter, Michelle (Supervisor: Ursula LanversEnglish content delivery effectiveness: how well do international students learn and non-native Professors teach in EMI classes

Istode, Irina-Ileana (Supervisor Andy CirockiRomanian EFL Teachers' beliefs about and engagement in Continuing Professional Development: A Mixed-methods Study

Kirkham, David (Supervisor: Jan Hardman) Overcoming barriers to cultural exploration by University-level English language learning international students in the UK

Kume, Keisuke (Supervisor: Heather Marsden) L2 learnability and L1 effects at syntax-semantic interface

Li, Yanru (Supervisor: Paul Roberts) The student and teacher expectations of Chinese College English Course

Mackiewicz, Justyna (Supervisor: Danijela Trenkic) The effect of language competency in academic success among International students in UK higher education

Mahmud, Najihah (Supervisor: Khaled El Ebyary) Demotivation in English language learning in Malaysia

McGuirk, Christopher (Supervisor: Ursula Lanvers) Exploring the development of the L2 virtual self: language learner motivation in online contexts

Nargesy, Heidar (Supervisor Andy Cirocki) Educational Technology: Iranian Secondary School EFL Teachers' and Students' Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices

Niu, Xiaoran (Supervisor: Emma MarsdenThe influence of First language explicit information and practice on Second language syntax on-line processing and oral production.

Othman, Maha (Supervisor: Fatma SaidParental and child code switching practices and family language ideologies

Phisutthangkoon, Kittiya (Supervisor: Bill SodenTeachers' beliefs and classroom practices in teaching speaking: a case study of university lecturers in Thailand

Rosmala, Dewi (Supervisor: Leah Roberts) L1 interference in L2 writing of Indonesian EFL students

Ross, Micky (Supervisor: Paul Roberts) Creating practical teaching tools for the educator of the internationalising postgraduate classroom

Rotjanawongchai, Satima (Supervisor: Zoe HandleyCorrective feedback on pronunciation in Thai EFL classrooms: what lies behind the student reactions

Shepperd, Louise (Supervisor: Leah RobertsInfluence of L1 Literacy Experience and L2 Orthographic Input on Acquisition of Nonassimilable Phonological Contrasts

Sudwan, Onsutee (Supervisor: Jan Hardman) Conversation analytic study to investigate task design and learner interpretation in task implementation in Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT)

Sun, Qingyang (Supervisor: Bill SodenA longitudinal study of students’ texts in taught Master’s programs at a university in the UK: Analysing criticality and coherence

Takashima, Keita (Supervisor: Nadia Mifka ProfozicL1 and L2 identities of young children in Japan

Tamba, Ronna (Supervisor: Ursula Lanvers) Motivational strategies in the English programme at Saint Thomas Catholic University, Indonesia

Tang, Mengmeng (Supervisors: Leah Roberts and Norbert VanekA classificatory analysis of topic prominence interlanguage in EFL learning by research of Chinese EFL learners at post-intermediate level and its application on pedagogy

Terenganou, Jeehan (Supervisors: John Issitt) The impact of transition from a single-sex environment to mixed-gender environment in educational systems on Saudi international students in UK

Thompson, Sophie (Supervisor: Emma MarsdenThe implementation and effect of co-production of research with modern foreign language teachers in UK secondary education

Wang, Ping (Supervisor: Leah Roberts) The avoidance of phrasal verbs by non-native English speakers

Wong, Albert (Supervisor: Jan HardmanEAP teachers' use of interaction strategies to promote discipline-specific learning

Yasmin, Dilruba (Supervisor: Ursula Lanvers) Attitudinal and motivational orientations of teenage learners in Bangladesh and their relationship to learning English as a foreign language: an investigation of regional and gender differences

Zakaria, Shahida (Supervisor: Nadia Mifka-ProfozicInvestigating the intertextuality practices among ESL postgraduates in reading English academic texts

Zhan, Weiwei (Supervisor: Norbert Vanek) Olfactory Cognition and Linguistic labeling in the First and Second Language

Zhang, Haoruo (Supervisors: Norbert Vanek and Danijela TrenkicOn the cognitive process underlying the answering systems to yes/no negative questions in Chinese-English bilinguals


Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice

Al Abri, Mahmood (Supervisor: John IssittThe challenges of the private schools in Oman

Alem, Nihad (Supervisor: John IssittE-learning and Algerian higher education: developing and validating connectivism in the Algerian higher education context by understanding the cultural, organisational, and pedagogical nature of the Open Universities

Almutawa, Wejdan (Supervisors: Kerry Knox and John Issitt) Blended learning: how much is too much technology in early years education?

Bai, Xue (Supervisor: Ian DaviesThe effects of history education and globalization on Chinese youths' perceptions of Japan

Baker, Tina (Supervisor: Paul Wakeling) The impact of change in the FE sector

Bronfman, Paulina (Supervisors: Vanita Sundaram and Sarah Olive) Problematizing Shakespeare through the gaze of Human Rights: Educator's perception and attitudes regarding Human Rights themes in Shakespeare Education

Cartier, Marina (Supervisors: Clementine Beauvais and Sarah OliveBritish children's response to translated humorous picturebooks

Casey, Caroline (Supervisor: Paul WakelingTransition into the legal profession and professional identity development amongst participants from widening participation backgrounds

Dampare-Offe, Foster (Supervisors: Chelsea Sellers and Louise TraceyA Comparative Study of Independent Reading Amongst Year Six Pupils in Primary Schools in Accra, Ghana and Sheffield, England

De Gier, Suzanne (Supervisors: Eleanor Brown and Ian Davies)  The role of school professionals in the implementation of childrens' rights in advanced education systems: lessons for the Netherlands

Evans, Dawn (Supervisor: Vanita SundaramExploring African and Caribbean women's journey towards leadership positions in further education

Fadil, Amal (Supervisor: Ian Davies) How poor people are educating themselves: a case study from the Middle Atlas region in Morocco

Gow, Stephen (Supervisor: John IssittPlagiarism and Chinese culture in higher education

Holmes, Heather (Supervisors: Amanda Naylor and Poppy NashA Study of the Reading Habits of Secondary School English Teachers

Jack, Victoria (Supervisor: Ian Davies and Duncan Jackson) Effective transcultural communication

Jackson, Emma (Supervisors: Eleanor Brown and Vanita SundaramAlternative Education and Development Goals: Innovations in Education Provision

Karatas, Emre (Supervisor: Ian Davies) 'Teaching of Historical Thinking Skills and Their Assessment in Schools: Samples of England and Turkey'

Lambrechts, Agata (Supervisors: Paul Wakeling and Charlotte O'BrienAccess to HE for refugees in the EU

Munguia Godinez, Isabel (Supervisors: Ian Davies and Eleanor BrownAnalysis of educational formation devices and their implications in the socio-moral construction of high school students. A comparative study between the United Kingdom and Mexico

Nicklin, Laura (Supervisor: Sarah Olive"Make not your thoughts your prisons”: Using Shakespeare for educational rehabilitation

Ouma, Richard (Supervisor: John IssittAn investigation of the challenges of ensuring quality in managing support services for in-service primary school teachers in universities in Uganda

Rivadeneira Barreiro, Julio (Supervisor: Sally HancockDecision making about the choice of study: Biased drivers for student prospects when choosing a higher education programme

Salem, Sihem (Supervisors: Eleanor Brown and Lynda DunlopInvestigating university teachers' use of dialogic pedagogy to foster their students' critical thinking and social interaction: a comparative study of Algerian and British English language lectures.

Shannon, Erin (Supervisor: Vanita SundaramUS and English University Responses to Student Disclosures of Sexual Violence

Smith, Katherine (Supervisors:  Clementine Beauvais and Vanita SundaramGender in the assigned texts for GCSE English Literature

Stenson, Annis (Supervisor: Vanita Sundaram) Assessing the efficacy of anti-lad culture campaigns in Higher Education

Vuban, Joyce (Supervisor: Paul WakelingEducational wastage and cost implication: The case of state universities in Cameroon

Woodbridge, Stuart (Supervisor: Sarah OliveUsing ancient Greek theatre and educational drama techniques as pedagogical tools in an ESL class for undergraduates at a university in Poland

Zotou, Eleni (Supervisor: Vanita SundaramHow education can be improved in order to reduce social inequality in schools and provide equal opportunities to all

Zou, Ying (Supervisors: Clementine Beauvais and Sarah OliveChinese 'Tiger Mothers' and children's picture-book reading: a qualitative study of adult-child relationship during shared reading


Psychology in Education Research Centre

Al Hashmi, Waleed (Supervisor: Rob KlassenDesigning a selection system for students applying to the College of Education at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman

Algarni, Badriah (Supervisor: Hugues Lortie-Forgues) 'The Effects of Digital Games on Student Mathematical Achievement and Motivation in Saudi Arabia Primary Schools'

Almulla, Mazen (Supervisor: Rob Klassen) Exploring the use of Situational Judgement Tests (SJT) in Saudi Arabia

Alrefae, Jenan (Supervisor: Claudine Bowyer-Crane) Identify a good practice in teaching reading in English as a foreign language to primary government students in Kuwait

Bawn, Rosanna (Supervisor: Kathryn Asbury) How the effect of siblings and birth order on Theory of Mind development shapes vocational interests and other variables in adolescents

Crellin, Sarah (Supervisor: Claudine Bowyer-Crane) Formative assessment: marking and feedback in primary schools with a particular focus on pupil responses

Crosswaite, Madeleine (Supervisor: Kathryn Asbury) Teacher perceptions of genetic influences on educational achievement

D'Apice, Katrina (Supervisor: Sophie Von Stumm) Naturalistic Observations of Individual Differences in Preschoolers’ Home Language Environments

Ding, Xi (Supervisor: Louise Tracey) Early childhood education in urban China: a case study of early childhood education programme in Nanjing city

Dowey, Sarah (Supervisor: Kathryn AsburyA longitudinal investigation of the effect of whole-school versus intensive growth mindset and metacognition interventions on self-efficacy, vocabulary, mathematics and non-verbal skills

Dundas, Suzanna (Supervisor: Kathryn AsburyThe relationship between narrative identity and career interests, aspirations, expectations and plans

Fields, Diana (Supervisor: Kathryn AsburyAdding Children's Voices to the Discussion about using Genetic Information in Schools

Frederick, Zozonaebi (Supervisor: Louise Tracey) An exploration of play pedagogy in Nigerian early childhood education

Han, Nara (Supervisor: Rob Klassen'The effects of scaffolding types and the level of self-regulated learning ability on learning outcomes (learning satisfaction, academic achievement) of Flipped Learning environment in Higher Education'

Ismayilova, Khayala (Supervisor: Rob KlassenA comparative analyses of teachers' motivation and job satisfaction in two post-soviet countries

Jiang, Man (Supervisor: Rob KlassenEffectiveness of non-native English speaking teachers on removing psychological/emotional obstacles/negative emotions to second language learning of ESL students

Onuorah, Ada (Supervisor: Louise TraceyVariations in early childhood and primary education in Africa and western countries: A comparative study of Nigeria and United Kingdom

Oxley, Laura (Supervisor: Poppy NashA mixed method comparative case study on the views of teachers, working in mainstream schools and in alternative provision, about the reasons behind pupil misbehaviour

Ownby, Kathryn (Supervisor: Claudine Bowyer-CraneThe effects of prefixes and roots in appropriate child literature on vocabulary

Ozturk, Lutfi (Supervisor: Poppy NashBehaviour management and development strategies in primary schools: A comparison of primary school head-teachers perspectives and practices in Turkey and the UK

Rusdi, Fairuz (Supervisor: Rob Klassen) Perfectionism in Malaysian academicians: Relationship with job burnout and resilience

Shannon, Clare (Supervisor: Rob KlassenEnhancing intrinsic motivation in learning for adolescents: Lessons learnt from Educational Neuroscience for best practice in education

Sheikh-Iddenden, Salma (Supervisor: Kathryn AsburyAssociations between narrative identity and mental health, well-being and 'grit' in the transition to university life of students from migrant and non-migrant family backgrounds

Smith, Eve (Supervisor: Claudine Bowyer-CraneThe relationship between both phonological and non-phonological skills on mathematical ability in EAL children

Smith, Natalie (Supervisor: Claudine Bowyer-CraneReading comprehension skills in children learning English as an additional language

Stubbs, Joshua (Supervisors: Lucy Foulkes and Poppy NashHow students respond to the challenges involved in preparing for their A-level examinations

Thorpe, Polly (Supervisor: Poppy NashThe impact of co-constructed story writing on children, parents and schools

Tickell, Rebecca (Supervisor: Rob KlassenInvestigating the Impact of Mentoring on Teacher Efficacy of Beginning Teachers in a Mutable Educational Landscape

Xu, Xinyuan (Supervisor: Rob KlassenAn achievement goal theory perspective on influences of senior high schools’ awards systems on college students’ academic achievements

Yang, Zeyang (Supervisor: Kathryn AsburyThe impact of mobile phone addiction on Chinese university students: Considering test anxiety and academic procrastination


University of York Science Education Group

Agbaje, Rasheedah (Supervisor: Judith BennettEffects of teachers' interaction patterns on students academic performance in basic science at the junior secondary schools in Nigeria

Almashari, Faisal (Supervisor: Jeremy AireyViews of Saudi teachers and students on being involved in school-based extracurricular activities available at high schools

Al Rasheed, Wafa (Supervisor: Judith BennettExploring the role of male and female Saudi secondary school students' voice on evaluating science teaching methods

Al-Hinai, Ghania (Supervisor: Lynda Dunlop) Impact of teaching physics using designed multimedia unit on students' achievement in physics

Albahrani, Abdulmajeed (Supervisor: Jeremy AireyThe impact of using mobile technology in the development of teacher reflective practices and their motivation

Alsaadi, Faris (Supervisor: Jeremy Airey) An analysis of the perception, role and importance given to inquiry-based instruction amongst science teachers in Saudi Arabia.

Bórquez Sánchez, Estelia (Supervisor: Judith Bennett) Analysis of consistency in teaching practices of science teachers and the development of scientific literacy on their students

Gummadi, Aparna (Supervisor: Jeremy AireyEffectiveness of nutritional education in early years settings

Herdili Sahin, Hatice (Supervisors: Kerry Knox and John Issitt) The analysis of visual arts curriculum and the research on prospective teachers’ and academicians’ attitudes to curriculum in England

Li, Mengyao (Supervisor: Judith BennettChinese Students' Perceptions Towards Science-Related Jobs

Ratnasingh, Mythily (Supervisor: Judith BennettComparative cross cultural study on context based and concept based science education in three countries (UK, Sri Lanka and Middle East)

Tan, Woei Yng (Supervisor: Lynda Dunlop) Play and the acquisition of scientific voice in primary school science (cognitive and skill development)

Tuan Soh, Tuan Mastura (Supervisors: Judith Bennett and Lynda DunlopThe development and evaluation of problem based learning approach module in the context of 21st century STEM education in Malaysia