Staff Profile:

Dr Billy Wong
Job Title:
Associate Professor


University Responsibilities:

  • Member of Access and Participation Committee (APC)
  • Member of Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice (DICOP)
  • Member of Race Equality Action Team (RE-Act)
  • Member of the University's BAME Staff Network

Institute of Education Responsibilities:

  • BA, MA, EdD and PhD supervisions
  • Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies
  • Diversity and inclusion champion
  • Research
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching


  • BA Education Studies
  • NVivo (IOE and Reading Researcher Development Programme, RRDP)
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Research supervision


  • Academic advisory group member for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO)
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:

  • Amel Abada (with Dr Maria Kambouri): Mothers' intersubjective perceptions of play and play-based learning in the early years.
  • Nouf Hassanin (with Dr Yota Dimitriadi): The Roles of Home and School toward Digital Citizenship Concepts with Preschool Children in Saudi Arabia
  • Doris Leung Wai Wong (with Prof R Harris): Good teaching as revealed by quantitative and qualitative SET data - a case study of a Hong Kong university
  • John Knight (with Dr Marc Jacobs): Square pegs in round holes: A study of student identity in a high aspiration international school environment
  • Albert Mususa (with Prof R Harris): An exploration of professional self-understanding of teachers in alternative educational provision
  • Millicent Thomas (with Dr Nasreen Majid): Socialisation experiences of BME middle leaders in secondary school and what they do to ‘fit in’ and get on’ as a newcomer in a department
  • Fatima Zahra Abbou (with Dr Karen Jones): Female Educational Leaders Career Progression in Algerian Universities
  • Amanda Cockayne (with Prof Elizabeth McCrum): An investigation into the professional roles and identities of school based mentors of trainee teachers.
  • Peter Jeffreys (with Dr Yota Dimitriadi): To what extent can social media influence parental engagement in primary schools?
  • Eqab Almutairi (with Dr Yota Dimitriadi): The use of WhatsApp as Digital Personalised Learning Environments to Support Informal Learning in Kuwait: A Multi-Perspective Investigation
  • 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)
  • Peter Kemp (with Prof Debbie Epstein): Learning pathways for digitally creative youth: a study of 3D animation (University of Roehampton). Completed 2020.
  • Myrto Nikolopoulou (with Prof Marie-Pierre Moreau): Young people’s social media online practices in Greece: Developing identities online and shaping future aspirations (University of Roehampton). Completed 2019.
  • Ismail Karaoz (with Dr Geoff Taggart): The affordances of technology in second/foreign language learning for learner autonomy. Completed 2019.

Current and Recent Research Projects:

Past projects:

  • Youth Engagement Initiative (PI, funded by the Institute of Physics)
  • Mini-Police at Reading (PI, with T. Walters, Thames Valley Police)
  • The state of computing education in England (CI, with P. Kemp & M. Berry)
  • Higher education: Views of lecturers toward student’ (PI, funded by Santander).
  • ‘Digitally-skilled young people and their aspirations’ (CI, funded by Google CS4HS, with P. Kemp).
  • ‘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: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2012
Number of items: 23.


Chiu, Y. L. T., Wong, B. ORCID: and Charalambous, M. (2021) ‘It’s for others to judge’: what influences students’ construction of the ideal student? Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 0309-877X doi:

Wong, B. ORCID:, ElMorally, R. and Copsey-Blake, M. (2021) ‘Fair and square’: what do students think about the ethnicity degree awarding gap? Journal of Further and Higher Education. ISSN 0309-877X doi:

Wong, B. ORCID:, DeWitt, J. and Chiu, Y.-L. T. (2021) Mapping the eight dimensions of the ideal student in higher education. Educational Review. ISSN 1465-3397 doi:

Wong, B. ORCID: and Chiu, Y.-L. T. (2021) The ideal student: deconstructing expectations in Higher Education. Open University Press, London, pp192. ISBN 9780335249251

Wong, B. ORCID:, Chiu, Y. L. T., Copsey-Blake, M. and Nikolopoulou, M. (2021) A mapping of graduate attributes: what can we expect from UK university students? Higher Education Research & Development. ISSN 1469-8366 doi:

Wong, B. ORCID: and Chiu, Y.-L. T. (2021) Exploring the concept of 'ideal' university student. Studies in Higher Education, 46 (3). pp. 497-508. ISSN 0307-5079 doi:


Wong, B. ORCID:, ElMorally, R., Copsey-Blake, M., Highwood, E. and Singarayer, J. (2020) Is race still relevant? Student perceptions and experiences of racism in higher education. The Cambridge Journal of Education. ISSN 1469-3577 doi:

Wong, B. and Chiu, Y.-L. T. (2020) University lecturers’ construction of the ‘ideal’ undergraduate student. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 44 (1). pp. 54-68. ISSN 0309-877X doi:


Kemp, P. E. J., Wong, B. and Berry, M. G. (2019) Female performance and participation in computer science: a national picture. ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 20 (1). 4. doi:

Du, X. and Wong, B. (2019) Science career aspiration and science capital in China and UK: a comparative study using PISA data. International Journal of Science Education, 41 (15). pp. 2136-2155. ISSN 0950-0693 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. (2019) ‘Swallow your pride and fear’: the educational strategies of high-achieving non-traditional university students. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 40 (7). pp. 868-882. ISSN 0142-5692 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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