Staff Profile:

Dr Billy Wong
Job Title:
Lecturer in Widening Participation


University Responsibilities:

  • Access and Participation Committee (APC)
  • Member of the Reading Scholars Advisory Board (RSAB)
  • Member of Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice (DICOP)
  • Member of Cultural Diversity Group

Institute of Education Responsibilities:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching                    
  • MA, EdD and PhD supervisions                                           
  • Research
  • Diversity and inclusion champion


  • BA Education Studies
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Research supervision
Areas of Interest:

Expertise and Research Interest:

  • Sociology of Education
  • Higher Education
  • Social Mobility, Justice and Inequalities (e.g. of gender, class and ethnicity)
  • Education and career aspirations of young people
  • Science, computing and digital education (and wider STEM education)

Current and Recent PhD and EdD Students, with Topics/Titles of their Research:

  • Amanda Cockayne (with Prof Elizabeth McCrum): What are the benefits, challenges and barriers for school based ITT/NQT mentors? How can mentors be effectively supported?
  • Peter Jeffreys (with Dr Yota Dimitriadi): How can the use of social media improve parental engagement in primary schools?
  • Eqab Almutairi (with Dr Yota Dimitriadi): Mobile Learning Practices in Kuwaiti Higher Educational Institutions: Examining the integration of mobile apps into teaching to support student engagement, interaction and learning
  • Steven Galliford (with Dr Holly Joseph): What are the current attendance patterns at class and the behaviours of students in relation to Moodle amongst postgraduate (PGT) students at a post 1992 UK University?
  • Ismail Karaoz (with Dr Geoff Taggart): The affordances of technology in second/foreign language learning for learner autonomy
  • Maha Al-yousef (with Prof Gill Crozier): The role of higher education in developing female students’ social and cultural identities: A case study of one university in Saudi Arabia (University of Roehampton)
  • Myrto Nikolopoulou (with Dr Marie-Pierre Moreau): Young people’s social media online practices in Greece: Developing identities online and shaping future aspirations (University of Roehampton)
  • Peter Kemp (with Prof Debbie Epstein): Learning pathways for digital creativity (University of Roehampton)

Current and Recent Research Projects:

  • Student Experiences in STEM degrees (SESTEM) (2018-2021), PI, funded by University of Reading (
  • ‘Mapping the characteristics of the ‘ideal’ student at university’ (2017-2019), PI, funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust (with T. Chiu, Imperial College London) -
  • Youth Engagement Initiative (2018), PI, funded by the Institute of Physics
  • Mini-Police at Reading (2018), PI (with T. Walters, Thames Valley Police)
  • ‘The state of computing education in England’ (2016-ongoing) – with P. Kemp & M. Berry (University of Roehampton)
  • ‘Higher education: Views of lecturers toward student’ (2016-2017), PI, funded by Santander
  • ‘Digitally-skilled young people and their aspirations’ (2015-2016) - with P. Kemp (University of Roehampton), funded by Google CS4HS

Past projects:

  • ‘A review of social mobility’ (funded by ASCL, with B. Francis)
  • ‘Enterprising Science’ (funded by BP, with L. Archer et al)
  • ‘ASPIRES’ (funded by ESRC, with L. Archer et al)
  • ‘A review of informal science learning’ (funded by Wellcome Trust, with J. Falk et al)

For further information:

Research groups / Centres:
  • Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
Jump to: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2012
Number of items: 15.


Wong, B. and Chiu, Y.-L. T. (2019) Exploring the concept of 'ideal' university student. Studies in Higher Education. ISSN 0307-5079 (In Press)

Wong, B. and Chiu, Y.-L. T. (2019) ‘Swallow your pride and fear’: the educational strategies of high-achieving non-traditional university students. British Journal of Sociology of Education. ISSN 0142-5692 doi:

Wong, B. and Chiu, Y.-L. T. (2019) Let me entertain you: the ambivalent role of university lecturers as educators and performers. Educational Review, 71 (2). pp. 218-233. ISSN 1465-3397 doi:


Wong, B. and Chiu, Y.-L. T. (2018) University lecturers’ construction of the ‘ideal’ undergraduate student. Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 0309-877X doi:

Wong, B. (2018) By chance or by plan?: The academic success of nontraditional students in higher education. AERA Open, 4 (2). 233285841878219. ISSN 2332-8584 doi:

Wong, B. and Kemp, P. E. J. (2018) Technical boys and creative girls: the career aspirations of digitally-skilled youths. The Cambridge Journal of Education, 48 (3). pp. 301-316. ISSN 1469-3577 doi:


Wong, B. (2017) ‘I’m good, but not that good’: digitally-skilled young people’s identity in computing. Computer Science Education, 26 (4). pp. 299-317. ISSN 0899-3408 doi:


Archer, L., Dawson, E., Seakins, A. and Wong, B. (2016) Disorientating, fun or meaningful? Disadvantaged families' experiences of a science museum visit. Cultural Studies of Science Education, 11 (4). pp. 917-939. ISSN 1871-1510 doi:

Wong, B. (2016) Science education, career aspirations and minority ethnic students. Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke, pp195. ISBN 9781137533975 doi:

Wong, B. (2016) Minority ethnic students and science participation: a qualitative mapping of achievement, aspiration, interest and capital. Research in Science Education, 46 (1). pp. 113-127. ISSN 1573-1898 doi:


Wong, B. (2015) A blessing with a curse: model minority ethnic students and the construction of educational success. Oxford Review of Education, 41 (6). pp. 730-746. ISSN 0305-4985 doi:

Wong, B. (2015) Careers ‘from’ but not ‘in’ science: why aspirations to be a scientist are challenging for minority ethnic students? Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 52 (7). pp. 979-1002. ISSN 1098-2736 doi:

Archer, L., Dawson, E., DeWitt, J., Seakins, A. and Wong, B. (2015) “Science capital”: a conceptual, methodological, and empirical argument for extending bourdieusian notions of capital beyond the arts. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 52 (7). pp. 922-948. ISSN 1098-2736 doi:

Falk, J., Dierking, L., Osborne, J., Wenger, M., Dawson, E. and Wong, B. (2015) Analyzing science education in the U.K.: taking a system-wide approach. Science Education, 99 (1). pp. 145-173. ISSN 0036-8326 doi:


Wong, B. (2012) Identifying with science: a case study of two 13-year-old ‘high achieving working class’ British Asian girls. International Journal of Science Education, 34 (1). pp. 43-65. ISSN 0950-0693 doi:

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