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Billy Wong



  • Director of Research and Evaluation (Access & Participation)
  • Member of Access and Participation Committee (APC)
  • Chair of Access and Participation Evaluation Subcommittee (APES)
  • Co-Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Community of Interest group (DICOI)
  • Member of the University's BAME Staff Network Committee
  • Member of the University’s Awarding Gap Steering Group

Institute of Education:

  • EdD and PhD supervisions
  • Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies (PhD)
  • 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:

  • Angie Lin (with Prof Carol Fuller): Third culture kids in Thailand
  • Rose Mina Munjee (with Dr Geoff Taggart): Mindfulness and compassion practices to address racism: an anti-oppression framework for adult education
  • Megan Copsey-Blake (with Prof R Harris): Standardised English: a tool for social justice or oppression in UK higher education?
  • Wasilatu Adam (with Dr Karen Jones): A phenomenological study of the lived experiences of children with physical disability in northern Ghana
    Amel Abada (with Dr Maria Kambouri): Mothers' intersubjective perceptions of play and play-based learning in the early years.
  • Nouf Hassanin (with Prof 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
  • Albert Mususa (with Prof R Harris): An exploration of professional self-understanding of teachers in alternative educational provision
  • Millicent Thomas (with Dr Karen Jones): 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
  • Eqab Almutairi (with Prof Yota Dimitriadi): The use of WhatsApp as Digital Personalised Learning Environments to Support Informal Learning in Kuwait: A Multi-Perspective Investigation. Completed 2023.
  • Fatima Zahra Abbou (with Dr Karen Jones): Female Educational Leaders Career Progression in Algerian Universities. Completed 2022
  • John Knight: Square pegs in round holes: A study of student identity in a high aspiration international school environment. Completed 2022
  • Ilan Dwek (with Dr Tim Williams): How do educational experiences and deaf identity relate to employment success?. Completed 2022
  • Peter Jeffreys (with Prof Yota Dimitriadi): To what extent can social media influence parental engagement in primary schools? Completed 2022
  • 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.

Research projects

Current and Recent Research Projects:

Past projects:

  • Youth Engagement Initiative (PI, funded by the Institute of Physics)
  • Mini-Police at Reading (PI, Thames Valley Police, with T. Walters)
  • 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:

External Roles

  • Principal External Examiner, University of Exeter
  • External examiner, BA Social Sciences, King’s College London
  • Academic advisory group member for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes (TASO) 
  • Accessibility and inclusion advisory panel member for the Ogden Trust


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