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Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use

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

Al Hinai, Safa (Supervisor: Khaled El EbyaryEnglish Language Teachers' beliefs towards the Assessment System and its relation to students' achievement in Oman

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

Al-Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad (Supervisor: Cylcia BolibaughCeiling effects in adult implicit second language teachers

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

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

Alharee, Manal (Supervisor: Khaled El Ebyary) Wiki based collaborative approaches to teaching English writing

Almehaidly, Noura (Supervisor: Irena KuzborskaAnalysis of pragmatic content in EFL textbooks used in Saudi Arabia with a particular focus on the treatment of speech acts

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

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

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

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

Arslan, Sermin (Supervisor: Jan Hardman) Development 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

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: Leah Roberts) 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

Crellin, Sarah (Supervisor: Jan Hardman) Formative assessment: marking and feedback in primary schools with a particular focus on pupil responses

Diao, Linghui (Supervisor: Leah Roberts) The processing and production of subject and object pronouns in English as second language

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

Ge, Huiting (Supervisor: Zoe Handley) Investigating the relationship between utterance fluency and learners’ and teachers’ perceptions of fluency

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

Hendra, Akbar Nadjar (Supervisor: Heather MarsdenThe acquisition of interlanguage aspect and tense of Idonesian (L1) learner of English (L2) and Japanese (L3)

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

Junaid, Nadia (supervisor: Nadia Mifka-Profozic) Exploring The Impact of Automated Feedback on Students Performance in Writing Assessment

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

Liu, Yu (Supervisor: Leah RobertsL1 influence on the acquisition of L2 collocations by Chinese learners of English

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

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

Minett, Elaine (Supervisor: Emma MarsdenAn evaluation of two contrasting teaching approaches in the primary languages classroom

Moutis, Efthimia (Supervisor: Zoe Handley) Computer-mediated task-based language learning and teaching: Exploring the impact of novel tasks on language production

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

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

Ownby, Kathryn (Supervisor: Danijela Trenkic) The effects of prefixes and roots in appropriate child literature on vocabulary

Pan, Junlan (Supervisor: Emma MarsdenEffectiveness of explicit instruction (EI) and practice on online predictive processing

Pealing, Samuel (Supervisor: Bill SodenTowards the Development of an Assessment-based Pre-Sessional English for Academic Purposes Writing Syllabus for International Postgraduate Students in the UK

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

Rao, Jie (Supervisor: Bimali IndrarathneLearning Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language Among College Students in the UK and in China: A comparison of the motivation and influencing factors

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

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)

Shi, Xiaqian (Supervisor: Danijela TrenkicAcademic, Socio-Cultural and Psychological Adjustments in UK Higher Education: Investigating the experience of overseas Chinese students in UK universities

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

Whitehouse, Jane (Supervisor: Ursula Lanvers) A study on the effects of a lexicogrammatical approach on motivation among British students of Spanish in secondary education.

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


Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice

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

Almuhaidan, Arwa (Supervisors: Sarah Olive & Vanita SundaramExploring the Gender Stereotypes in Children's books in Saudi Arabia

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

Alqahtani, Asma (Supervisors: John Issitt and Leah RobertsThe power of inter-cultural awareness in TESOL and the transformative power of intercultural understanding: A problematisation of inter¬cultural communication

Armstrong, Rosanna (Supervisor: Ian DaviesIs citizen education the same as character education?

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

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

De Gier, Suzanne (Supervisors: Eleanor Brown & Ian Davies) The role of school professionals in the implementation of children's 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

Gibson, Jessica (Supervisors: Sarah Olive and Clementine BeauvaisA Critical Analysis of the Representation of Disability in Disney Films

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

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

Hosoda, Chika (Supervisor: Ian DaviesTeaching Professional’s Understanding of human rights and diversity for Citizenship Education in England  

Jabali, Maha (Supervisor: Sarah Olive) The use of Social Media within the undergraduate student population of Saudi Arabian universities

Jack, Victoria (Supervisors: Paul Roberts and Duncan Jackson) Effective transcultural communication

Jackson, Emma (Supervisor: Eleanor BrownAlternative Education and Development Goals: Innovations in Education Provision

Jiang, Huaijue (Supervisor: Vanita Sundaram) How to teach RSE in secondary schools in England? Self-review of experienced RSE teachers on gender equality and implications for the future induction training of RSE teachers

Johnson, Louise (Daisy) (Supervisor: Vanita Sundaram) Preadolescent Female Body in Children's Literature and Real World Girlhood

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

Kazi, Dorjee (Supervisors: Sally Hancock and Paul WakelingExploration of Collaboration in Indian Universities: Its realities in Organisational Design and Scholar Experiences

Mohite, Sachin Mohan (Supervisor: Ian Davies) Assessing Citizenship Education in India

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

Provis, Louis (Supervisor: Vanita Sundaram) Relationships and Sex Education

Riveros Fuentos, Valeria (Supervisors: Sarah Olive & Clementine Beauvais) The Effectiveness of the Use of Literature-to-Film adaptations in the Development of Reading Comprehension in the Chilean English Classrooms.

Salem, Sihem (Supervisor: 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.

Shebaili, Shatha (Supervisor: Vanita Sundaram) Planning of Academic Curriculums for Family Education

Sheng, Jiqiong (Supervisors: Paul Wakeling & Sally Hancock) Becoming a Consumer in England: International Postraduates' Identity and Transition

Shepherd, Jessie (Supervisor: Dusana Dorjee & Vanita Sundaram) The effectiveness of Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) on primary students when taking into account gender, cultural, ethnicity, and migration differences

Smith, Katherine (Supervisors: Clementine Beauvais & Vanita Sundaram) Gender in the assigned texts for GCSE English Literature

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

Suppers, Janina (Supervisor: Ian Davies) How are youth civic activism and education connected?

Terenganou, Jeehaan (Supervisor: John Issitt and Bimali IndrarathneThe Impact of Transition from A Single-sex Environment to Mixed-gender Environment in Educational Systems on Saudi International Students in U.K.


Psychology in Education Research Centre

Algarni, Badriah (Supervisor: Kathryn Asbury) The Effects of Digital Games on Student Mathematical Achievement and Motivation in Saudi Arabia Primary Schools

Alrefae, Jenan (Supervisor: Leah Roberts) Identify a good practice in teaching reading in English as a foreign language to primary government students in Kuwait

Bradford, Jenna (Supervisor: Robert Klassen) The significance of personality traits, and other factors, in the retention of teachers in primary settings.

Code, Aimee (Supervisors: Umar Toseeb and ) Sibling bullying in families where a child has ASD

Deniz, Emre (Supervisor: Umar ToseebCross-Cultural Differences in Sibling Bullying in Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Intercultural Examination of Families in the UK and Turkey

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

Fox, Laura (Supervisors: Kathryn Asbury & Umar Toseeb) Prosocial behaviours and the mental health of children with and without DLD across primary and secondary education

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

Han, Nara (Supervisor: ) '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'

Leary, Rowena (Supervisor: Kathryn AsburyNarratives of childhood loneliness: the impact on adult identity and mental health

Lennon, Rosemary (Supervisor: Dusana Dorjee) Establishing if the delivery of a curriculum intervention to children as young as 10 years, could enable children to self-regulate their emotions and behaviours

Onuorah, Ada (Supervisor: Louise Tracey) Peer Assisted Learning Strategy (PALS) as an intervention to improve reading skills of struggling readers in public primary schools in Nigeria

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

Shannon, Clare (Supervisor: ) Enhancing 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, wellbeing and 'grit' in the transition to university life of students from migrant and non-migrant family backgrounds

Shepherd, Jessie (Supervisor: Dusana Dorjee & Vanita Sundaram) The effectiveness of Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) on primary students when taking into account gender, cultural, ethnicity, and migration differences

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

Stubbs, Joshua (Supervisors: Poppy Nash and Dusana DorjeeHow students respond to the challenges involved in preparing for their A-level examinations

Thorpe, Polly (Supervisor: Poppy Nash) The 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

Wang, Qi (Supervisor: Dusana DorjeeAssociation between Social Environment Factors and Self-Control Ability in Higher Education in China

Wright, Megan (Supervisor: Sophie Von Stumm) Individual differences in learning in emerging and established adulthood



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

Al Rasheed, Wafa (Supervisor: Judith Bennett) Exploring 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

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

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

Brzezniak, Marzena (Supervisor: Jeremy Airey) Do teacher beliefs and understanding about vaccinations impact their instructional practice, and does this in turn impact long-term student outcomes in terms of vaccine hesitancy?

Green Vella, Nicole (Supervisor: Lynda DunlopUnderstanding science: An evaluation of teaching the Nature of Science in Primary School Science

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

Lyon, Rosy (Supervisors: Judith Bennett & Leah RobertsExploring Methods of Integrating Published Research into Higher Education Science Delivery; What is Effective and Why?

McArdle, Dominic (Supervisors: Lynda Dunlop & Kerry Knox) Testing the effectiveness of a novel model of curriculum design within an interdisciplinary experimental research group over multiple sixth-form colleges (SFC)

Safaya, Smriti (Supervisor: Lynda Dunlop and Sarah WestCitizen-science for behavioural change in sustainability education

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