Jie Zhang


Research title

Chinese Postgraduate Taught Students' Transitional Experiences in the UK: The Role of Social Networks.

Research summary

This research explores transitional experiences of Chinese postgraduate taught students when studying in the UK and the role of social networks in this transition process. More specifically, this research attempts to address how Chinese postgraduate taught students adapt to a new academic and social culture during the transition process, and how their social networks influence their transitional experiences in the UK.


Zhang, J. (2017) Chinese International Postgraduate Taught Students' Transitional Experiences. In: The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) Conference, Glasgow, UK, 6-8 June 2017


Zhang, J. (2017) Exploring Chinese International Students' Experience in a Creative Way. In: Oxford Students' Ongoing Research in Education Studies (STORIES) Conference, Oxford, UK, 14-15 March 2017



CSC (China Scholarship Council)

The Principal's Early Career Mobility Scheme Award (University of Glasgow and University of Hong Kong)


Zhang, J. (2018) Studying in the UK is like 'boiling an egg': exploring Chinese international students' transitional experiences in the UK. In: UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) 50th Anniversary Annual Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 27-29 June 2018, (Unpublished)

Zhang, J. (2018) Chinese international students' transitional experiences: the role of social networks. In CERA-UK Annual Conference 2018, London, UK, 14-15 June 2018, (Unpublished)

Zhang, J. (2016) Chinese PgT Students' Transitional Experiences: The Role of Social Networks. In: British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP) Conference, Glasgow, UK, 12 November 2016, (Unpublished)

Zhang, J. (2016) Chinese PgT Students' Transitional Experiences in the UK: The Role of Social Networks. In: British Association for International and Comparative Education, London, UK, 6 June 2016, (Unpublished)


Graduate Teaching Assistant (Higher Education as a Field of Research, Policy and Practice)

Additional information

I am currently a PhD student in School of Education, University of Glasgow and I graduated from the University of Sheffield with an MSc Human Resource Management.

I am interested in my supervisors’ fields. I love and appreciate architecture, music and the beauty of Glasgow. All these reasons brought me to Glasgow.

Regarding my research topic, I had the same experience as a Chinese international student studying in the UK. I am very interested in knowing about their experiences and I might have a better understanding due to a similar cultural background and experience. Therefore, I am more likely to understand, analyse and present their experiences.