Doctor Ying Zheng

Dr Ying Zheng

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Psychometrics and test validation; Human scoring vs. machine scoring; Statistics in applied linguistics; Comparative Judgement in language testing
  • Mandarin exams in the UK school system, including A-Level and GCSE exams; Mandarin Chinese teachers’ professional development
  • Learner motivation and language teaching pedagogy; ESL/EFL learner characteristics and test performance

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


Dr Ying Zheng is an Associate Professor in Languages, Cultures & Linguistics at the University of Southampton. She is one of the Co-Directors of Postgraduate Programmes in the department. She is also the UK Director of the Confucius Institute

Before joining the University of Southampton in 2013, Ying worked as a Psychometrician and Director of Research (2009-2013) in the Language Testing Division of Pearson, London, a world leading multinational education company. She obtained her MEd (2005) and PhD (2009) in Cognitive Studies from Queen's University, Canada, specialising in Second Language Testing and Assessment.