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Zhen Yang

Zhen YangPhD Translation & Transcultural Studies

Email: zhen dot yang dot 3 at warwick dot ac dot uk


I'm a first-year PhD student in Translation and Transcultural Studies at the Universtiy of Warwick, under the supervision of Prof. Alison Ribeiro de Menezes and Prof. Jo AngouriLink opens in a new window (Department of Applied Linguistics).


My PhD project is a Collaborative Doctoral Award funded by Midland4Cities. It compares a UK-based programme World University Service Scholarship Programmes for Ethiopians and Eritreans with current practice of a London-based NGO named ReConnect. The project focuses on refugees’ narratives of personal experiences of higher education access and participation, and professional development in historical and contemporary contexts. The research intends to explore the key factors that impact refugees’ higher education experiences, the effectiveness of existing interventions and support mechanisms, and how such programmes help beneficiaries become empowered.


Research Interests

Interactional sociolinguistics; migration and multiculturalism; identity construction; refugee education and support


  • Migration, Identity and Translation Network (MITN)
  • Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration Network (BREM)

Scholarships and Awards

Midlands4Cities AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship Award (2021-2025)

Educational Background

M.A. King's College London, Language & Culture Diversity, 2020

B.A. Shanxi University, Translation Studies, 2019