Qiyu Zhuang (PhD candidate)

Thesis title: Academic Environment


MSc Education

Oct.2018-Sep.2019     University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Thesis: Being Disciplinary Novices: A Qualitative Research into the Lived Experiences of Chinese International PGT Students in the UK (with distinction)


BLit Television and Broadcasting (Film Directing)

Sep.2014-Jun.2018     Zhejiang University City College, Zhejiang, China

Graduation Project: Microfilm - Room (with distinction)

Undergraduate teaching

  • Undergraduate Tutor for Asian Studies (LLC)
    • Pre-Modern East Asian History

Postgraduate teaching

  • Postgraduate Tutor (Moray House, IECS)
    • Higher Education in the Global Context
  • Postgraduate Tutor (Moray House, ILE)
    • Dissertation Supervisor for MSc Language Education students
  • Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (EFI)

Research summary

Current Research Interests

  • The Academic Environment in Higher Education
  • University Admission Policies
  • International University Students' Experience
  • Issues around PGT Students
  • Academic Misconduct
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • IELTS Students’ Learning Experience
  • Issues around EAP Courses


  • Conference Facilitator. UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) Annual Conference 2023. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.

Papers delivered

  • Zhuang, Q.Y. (forthcoming). COVID-19 Pandemic as an Intensifier: Examining Three Dimensions of Reshaped Political Power on Academic Freedom. Individual Paper Accepted. European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) Conference 2024 Emerging Researchers' Conference (ERC), University of Cyprus, Nicosia.


  • Zhuang, Q.Y. (forthcoming). From Power Imbalance to Constructive Dialogue: Conducting Interviews with Academic Faculty from Chinese Universities. Individual Paper Accepted. BERA Conference 2024 and WERA Focal Meeting, University of Manchester.


  • Zhuang, Q.Y. March 2024. Conceptualising Academic Freedom as a Social Entity: Situating Subtle Realism and Constructivist Epistemology Together. Individual Paper Accepted. 6th Annual Interweaving Post Graduate Research and Networking Conference 2024, University of Edinburgh.


  • Zhuang, Q.Y. March 2024. Negotiating Cultural, Political, and Ideological Boundaries: Local Chinese Universities as Both Regional and International Higher Education Space. Individual Paper Accepted. CGHE Rethinking the Geopolitics of Higher Education Conference 2024, University College London.


  • Zhuang, Q.Y. (forthcoming). Is Power from the Western World Dominating? - An International Insight into the Benchmark and Situation of Academic Freedom. Individual Paper Accepted (presenting in the panel themed Diverse Challenges to the Protection of Human Rights). British International Studies Association (BISA) 2024 Conference, Birmingham.


  • Zhuang, Q.Y. (forthcoming). Academic Freedom Matters: Constraints from the Publish-or-Perish Culture. Individual Paper Presenting. The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Conference 2024: Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEASC), University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire.


  • Zhuang, Q.Y. Shaping Academic Freedom: The Political and Ideological Power. Individual Paper Accepted. The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Conference 2024: Joint East Asian Studies Conference (JEASC), University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire.


  • Zhuang, Q.Y. November 2023. Challenges and Opportunities of a Hidden Group: PGT Provision towards Disciplinary-Shifted PGT Students. Individual Paper Presenting. Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) Conference 2023, Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh.