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Billy Wong



  • Director of Research and Evaluation (Access & Participation)
  • Member of Access and Participation Committee (APC)
  • Member of Race Equality Action Team (RE-Act)
  • Member of the University's BAME Staff Network Committee

Institute of Education:

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

Areas of 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)

Postgraduate supervision

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.
  • 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) Completed 2021.
  • Amanda Cockayne (with Prof Elizabeth McCrum): An investigation into the professional roles and identities of school based mentors of trainee teachers. Completed 2021.
  • 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.


  • BA Education Studies
  • NVivo
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Research supervision

Research centres and groups

  • Academic advisory group member for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO)
  • Accessibility and inclusion advisory panel member for the Ogden Trust

Research projects

Current and Recent Research Projects:

  • Subject Choice, Attainment and Representation in Computing (SCARIComp) project (2021-2024), CI, funded by the Nuffield Foundation (with P. Kemp, King’s College London) -
  • Inclusive institutions: enabling and supporting culture change (2022), CI, funded by Advance HE (with T. Chiu, Imperial College London)
  • Supporting the identity development of underrepresented students (SIDUS) (2020-2021), CI, funded by Imperial College London (
  • 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) –

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:

  • Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education