I am currently Acting Director of the English Language Center at the international campus of Zhejiang University (浙江大学国际学院). I previously worked at Northeast Normal University (东北师范大学), the University of Nottingham's China campus (宁波诺丁汉大学), the University of Warwick, and Tsinghua University (清华大学). My teaching and research have involved English for academic purposes, educational assessment, comparative education, and HE internationalisation.
My undergraduate study was completed in analytic philosophy at the University of Cambridge, mainly involving philosophy of science, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. My doctorate is from the School of Education, University of Nottingham. My doctoral thesis focused on the concept of practicality in educational assessment design, and included a portfolio of three articles on the the complexity of design in England's A levels and China's gaokao exams, the comparative appeal of the IELTS and TOEFL English exams, and a method for using teacher feedback comments to design scoring criteria for subjective tests. The latter article described work which was recognised with the British Council Innovation in Assessment Prize 2015. My teaching and research promote open science practices, and I am an 'ambassador' with the Center for Open Science.
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