PhD candidate @ University of Cambridge
PhD project supervised by Dr Jenny Gibson and titled "Play more and play better: how play can improve learning and mental health"
LEGO Cambridge Trust Scholar at Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development & Learning
Teaching assistant at the Social Sciences Research Methods Programme
Undergraduate Supervisor for Statistics in Social Sciences
Member of Play and Communication Lab led by Dr Jenny Gibson
MicroMaster @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology
May 2018 - present
MPhil @ University of Cambridge
October 2017-July 2018
MPhil in Educational Research. This project was supervised by Dr Sonia Ilie and Dr Ben Alcott, titled "A quantitative reassessment of the role of education in promoting social mobility in China: links to inequality and structural factors ". I graduated with Distinction and Best Dissertation Award.
Presented at the 2018 BAICE Conference. Title: The role of education in equality of opportunity and individual experience of social mobility in the Chinese context. Abstract.
Presented at the 2017 Society for Research into Higher Education Newer & Early Career Researchers Conference. Title: Higher education students’ self-regulated learning: the role of critical processing and epistemological beliefs. Abstract.
BA (Hons) and MA @ University of Cambridge
October 2014- July 2017
BA (Hons) in Education with Physics. Graduated with First Class. Awarded the Horobin Prize for the best result and best dissertation in Education Tripos. Top 7 dissertation among The School of the Humanities and Social Sciences
First Class in Part II Research &Investigation Dissertation, supervised by Dr Sonia Ilie and titled "Self-regulation and Epistemological Beliefs in Higher Education: A Secondary Data Analysis Study of Students from Top British Universities"
First Class in Part II Psychology of Education
First Class in Part II Creativity and thinking
First Class in Part II Statistics in Social Science (Ranked 1st across Education and HSPS Tripos)
First Class in Part II Education, Inclusion and Diversity
First Class in Physics IB research project on the dispersion effect of water waves
First Class in Physics IB paper on quantum mechanics
The High School Affiliated to Renmin University, Beijing, China
September 2011- July 2014
I was a Mizuho Bank International Scholarship Scholar at The High School Affiliated to Renmin University (shortened as RDFZ or Ren Da Fu Zhong), which is the most selective state school in China. It has been ranked as the best high school in China for the past decade. I completed the Cambridge International Examination Advanced level in
A-Level Mathematics: A*
A-Level Physics: A*
A-Level Chemistry: A*
A-Level Economics: A*
A-Level Further Mathematics A
The India Early Childhood Education Impact (IECEI) study
January- March 2020
A longitudinal study carried out across three major Indian states (i.e. Rajasthan, Assam and Telangana) between 2011 and 2016 by the Centre for Early Childhood Education and Development at Ambedkar University Delhi, ASER Centre and UNICEF India. It was listed as the top 10 finalists for Best of UNICEF Research 2019.
I assisted with analysing IECEI data to examine children’s learning trajectories and attainment gaps with respect to gender, socioeconomic status and government/private early childhood centre attended in India. This project was led by Dr Ben Alcott from University College London, Dr Suman Bhattacharjea and Ms Purnima Ramanujan from ASER centre.
Manuscript under review
The Scholar's Programme by the Brilliant Club
October 2018- December 2019
The Scholar's Programme is a widening participation programme initiated by the Brilliant Club, a charity based in the UK that has successfully increased the number of under-represented students to progress into highly-selective universities.
I assisted the design and evaluation of a randomised control trial led by Dr Sonia Ilie and Dr Ashton Brown at University of Cambridge to evaluate the Scholars Programme Observed and evaluated the lessons and activities.
The Road Not Taken: the Drivers of Course Selection- Review of literature and survey evidence
This report led by Social Mobility Commission and Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge examined current socioeconomic inequalities in vocational education and training (VET).
I assisted the review of existing evidence in England on whether VET has boosted social mobility. We also examined factors that could affect the motivations behind choosing particular VET in England. This project was led by Dr Sonia Ilie and Prof Anna Vignoles from University of Cambridge.
The review has been published here
External social benefits of education in Ethiopia
May- July 2019
This study was undertaken amid insufficient evidence of the non-monetary social returns to education, particularly in the context of developing countries.
I assisted the review of literatures and data analysis of the Young Lives data. We examined the effects of education levels on external social benefits such as engaging with community actions and voluntary work in Ethiopia. Prof Ricardo Sabates Aysa and Dr Sonia Ilie from University of Cambridge, and Dr Rafael Mitchell from University of Bristol led this project.
This study has been accepted and is currently in press. A copy can be requested from Apollo here.
Take Your Place by Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach
September- December 2018
Take Your Place is an outreach programme targeting students from under-represented backgrounds in East Anglia. It involves a series of activities and sessions to improve students' knowledge and aspirations to apply for higher education. The evaluation project was led by Dr Sonia Ilie and Dr Ashton Brown from University of Cambridge.
I assisted compile 87 school reports on evaluating students' experiences evaluating after participating in the Take Your Place programme.
The Learning and Employability Gain Assessment Community
October 2016- March 2017
The Learning and Employability Gain Assessment Community (LEGACY) Project was a 3-year study led by University of Warwick. Within LEGACY, Prof Jan Vermunt (Eindhoven University of Technology), Prof Anna Vignoles and Dr Sonia Ilie (University of Cambridge) led a survey on student learning. This survey aimed to measure and evaluate learning gain in higher education in England.
I was very fortunate to be involved in the design, piloting and first round of data collection. I also wrote my undergraduate dissertation on the first round of data.
Grants and Awards
LEGO Foundation Cambridge Trust Scholarship
October 2019- present
Awarded by Universty of Cambridge
Best Dissertation Award for MPhil thesis
Awarded by Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge University
Top 7 Undergraduate Part II Dissertation
Awarded by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, including Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Education, Faculty of History, Faculty of Human, Social and Political Science, Faculty of Law, Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Department of Land Economy at University of Cambridge University
Awarded for the Best First in Education Triposby Homerton College at University of Cambridge
Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods/Sage Prize
Awarded for the Highest Score in Statistics in Social Science across Faculty of Human and Faculty of Social, and Political Science at University of Cambridge
Mizuho Bank International Scholarship
Awarded for being well-rounded student in both academic achievement and leadership in the school year (class of 2014) at the High School Affiliated with Renmin University.
International Networks and invited talks
Lifelong Learning Lab at Tsinghua University, China
I interned at the Lifelong Learning Lab at Tsinghua University (TULLL), which has been funded by LEGO Foundation in between July and September 2017. I assisted the design of textbooks and teaching manuals for the newly renovated science curriculum in China. I also assisted the facilitation of the two-week project-based lessons by using Scratch Jr, LEGO WeDo 2.0 and EV3 robots. After my internship, I was invited back to TULLL multiple times to present my work on play and STEM education, as well as to support international conferences led by the lab, including the 2019 International Conference on Lifelong Learning and Future Talents. I also helped liaise TULLL's visit to PEDAL centre, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge in December 2018.
Institute of Education, Xiamen University, China
I was invited by Prof Qiuheng Shi as a visiting scholar at the Institute of Education, Xiamen University in September 2017. I presented my work in several national annd international conferences invited by Prof Qiuheng Shi, including the most recent one on "Education Evaluation Division, China Association of Higher Education" held between 9th and 12th of July 2021. I also participated in the design of National College Student Survey (NCSS) led by Prof Qiuheng Shi. I also helped liase Prof Qiuheng Shi's visit to the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge between January and February 2018.
11th Feburary, 2021
Centre for Research in Professional Learning, University of Exeter, UK
I was invited by Dr ZhiMin Xiao and presented on “peer play and children’s mental health”.
27th December, 2019
Graduate School of Education, Peking University, China
I was invited by Prof Congbin Guo and presented my undergraduate and MPhil research to postgraduate students at the Graduate School of Education, Peking University.
Demonstrator, Social Science Research Method Programme, University of Cambridge, UK
Assisted practical sessions on ANOVA, linear regression analyses, logistic regression analyses, regression discontinuity, propensity score matching, difference-in-difference, instrumental variable using Stata
Undergraduate supervisor in Statistics in Social Science, Jesus College, University of Cambridge, UK
I offered revision supervisons for students doing Statistics in Social Science paper in Jesus College. My student received the highest score on this paper in 2019.
Teach First, Insight Programme participant, UK
I received teacher's training and taught secondary Physics in Carshalton Boys Sports College, where I received positive feedback from teachers and students
October 2015- March 2016
STIMULUS Programme, University of Cambridge, UK
I was a teaching assistant volunteering at the Coleridge Community College. I facilitated the teaching of their after-school STEM club.
September 2021- present
Co-Chair of the Quantitative Research Group at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK
Quantitative research group is organised by postgraduate students at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. We aim to promote quantitative methods in educational research. We hold regular working group sessions where members and staffs in the faculty share insights on statistical analyses. We also invite researchers inside and outside Cambridge to offer expert sessions on teaching various analytical techniques.
October 2018- March 2019
Kaleidoscope Conference organising committee, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK
I assisted the organisation of the 2018/19 Kaleidoscope Conference, a student-led conference that invites postgraduate students both inside and outside the UK to present their research on education. I was also a panellist and a moderator for the event.
October 2015- June 2016
Food and Drink Officer, Homerton College Summer Ball
I was in charge of the planning and organisation of the food and drink stalls at the 2016 Homerton College Summer Ball.
October 2015- June 2016
Subject representative, Homerton College, University of Cambridge
I was the Education Tripos subject representative at Homerton College. I facilitated the communication between undergraduate students and the Faculty of Education to meet students’ needs for resources and research opportunities. I also recruited current education students to write reflections on each subject module to provide more information and suggestions for freshers and potential applicants.
April 2015-March 2016
iCUSU Access Officer, Cambridge University International Student Campaign
I participated in the campaign for free storage over vacation, financial transparency on college fee and general welfare in the interest of international students. I also helped organise the International Fresher’s Week, International Food Festival and iCUSU Talent Show.
Fluent in R, MATLAB, Mplus, Stata, SPSS and Excel
Interdisciplinary research methods
ANOVA, linear and logistic regression analyses, regression discontinuity, propensity score matching, difference-in-difference, instrumental variable, randomised controlled trials, structural equation models, latent growth curve models, meta-analysis etc.
Econometrics: Methods and Applications offered by Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.
Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics offered by Universiteit Leiden
Autism Spectrum Disorder offered by University of California, Davis
Microeconomics offered by MIT MicroMasters Data, Economics, and Development Policy.
Data Analysis for Social Scientist offered by MIT MicroMasters Data, Economics, and Development Policy.
Mandarin Chinese (Native)
English (Bilingual proficiency)
French (Intermediate 1 CEFR B1)