Tian Xu (Tianna)

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University of Exeter

PhD in Education (Social Communication)


University of Exeter

MSc in Educational Research


University of Glasgow



Professional/research experience

June 2019 - present:

University of Exeter

Research Fellow for Data Science Education Project (HEFCE funded with Grant £30,000)https://www.dseducation.net/

February 2019 - present:

University of Exeter

Researching and Teaching with R software

March 2018 - November 2018:

University of Exeter

International Student Experience Researcher (Independent) for CEMPS at the University of Exeter

- Gathering qualitative data using one to one interview and questionnaires to explore international student experiences in the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

- Writing a report (in a business report style) including Executive Summary, Introduction, Methods, Literature Review, Results and Analysis, Conclusion Recommendations and References

- Presenting findings to Associate Dean for Education, Director of College Operations, Head of Engineering and the Education & Student Support Business Partner

September 2015 - August 2017:

University of Exeter

Research Assistant for a Nuffield Foundation project (IGR Project with Grant £291,000)

The aim of this project is to evaluate systematically at a national scale the Integrated Group Reading (IGR) programme. The evaluation started in September 2015 and run until August 2017 (Nuffield Research Grant £291,000).

The programme is designed as an early intervention taught by class teachers for groups of 4 children in Years 2 and 3 who are delayed in reading. IGR integrates diverse current professional knowledge about literacy teaching using specially developed high quality materials (reading books and story-specific games). It is taught during the existing small group organisation of lessons as part of a class-wide model, with all pupils being in groups receiving teacher attention over a period of a week, supported by a teaching assistant.

My job description:

- Generating research statistical data

- Sorting out teaching intervention materials relevant to the research project.

- Communicating with more than 20 primary schools for obtaining the research data.



CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) - Higher Education Academy, UK


University of Exeter ASPIRE Associate Fellowship - University of Exeter, UK


BERA-British Educational Research Associate - Member


BAAL-British Association for Applied Linguistics -Member


IALIC - the International Association of Languages and Intercultural Communication