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Szilvi’s main research interest lies in student religiosity. She completed her BA in Theology in Budapest (summa cum laude). After working in a number of ministry and teaching settings, she completed her PGCE in Religious Education at the Department, followed by an MSc in Research Design and Methodology (distinction).

She has been working as a project manager on a large-scale science-religion project at the University of Oxford before starting her DPhil. Szilvi lives in Oxford with her husband and 3 children.

Soyoung Lee is a DPhil student in education and a Clarendon scholar at University of Oxford. She is also a member of Higher Education research group at the Department of Education.

Soyoung’s research interests are focused on international higher education as self-formation as well as cultural foundations of university students’ learning patterns. She applies an integrated framework from educational psychology, philosophy and sociology that forms the current self-formation discourse in global higher education. Her doctoral research is fully funded by University of Oxford (Clarendon Scholarship and Oxford-Sir John Swire & Rosemary Foot Graduate Scholarship) and supervised by Professor Simon Marginson and Professor Steven Puttick.

Prior to the DPhil, Soyoung completed her MPhil in Educational Research at University of Cambridge, where she graduated with Distinction. In her master’s thesis, Soyoung investigated how and why international students’ learning patterns formed in their home countries change during their adaptation processes in British higher education, under the guidance of Professor Jan Vermunt. Her research was supported by International Cambridge University Student Union (iCUSU) and awarded the Best Dissertation Award.

Back in South Korea, Soyoung worked as an educational programme developer and instructor at Youth Leadership Centre and participated in a number of projects, collaborating with various Korean universities, schools, and NGOs like Red Cross Youth. She also attended to Kyunghee University in Seoul, where she received BA degree in Hospitality management.

  • Lee, S. Y. (2018). International students’ learning patterns and their academic adaptation in British higher education [Master dissertation]. University of Cambridge, the United Kingdom.
  • Fryer, Lee, & Shum. (2020). Student Learning, Development, Engagement, and Motivation in Higher Education. In H. Anne (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Education. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Lee, S. Alina Schartner, Tony J. Young: Intercultural transitions in higher education: international student adjustment and adaptation. Higher Education (2020).

Katherine is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow writing a comparative critical biography of Paulo Freire, Orlando Fals-Borda, and Muhammad Anisur Rahman.

She teaches life-writing and qualitative research methods and is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing.

Lesley Nelson-Addy is a PGCE English Curriculum Tutor and is also a Supervisor on the Masters in Learning and Teaching course, following her completion of her MSc in 2018.

Lesley is currently completing her PhD in Education and she is looking at the experiences of Black British students who study English at elite institutions across the UK. Lesley taught English in two local Oxfordshire state secondary schools for five years, having completed her PGCE at the Department of Education in Oxford. In addition to her teaching of students through GCSE and A Level English Language and Literature, Lesley has also been a professional programmes tutor at Oxford University where she teaches on the English PGCE course and is an examiner for the Masters in Learning and Teaching course.


Nelson-Addy, L., Dingwall, N., Elliott.V. & Thompson, I. (2018) ‘Back to the future: the restoration of canon and the backlash against multiculturalism in secondary English curricula’ in Goodwyn, A., Durrant, C., Sawyer, W., Zancanella, D. & Scherff, L. (eds.) The Future of Englishteaching worldwide and its histories: celebrating 50 years from the Dartmouth conference (London:Routledge).