Call for research participants: COVID and Chinese and East Asian University Students in the UK: Safety, Security, and Communication

Dear colleagues,

(Dear students,)

May I ask for your help to disseminate our request for participants for our study on the COVID related experiences of safety and communication of Chinese university students (and students who consider that they have an East Asian appearance) in the UK?

The study is entitled “COVID and Chinese and East Asian University Students in the UK: Safety, Security, and Communication”.

The backdrop of our study is the reported increase in incidents against Chinese appearing persons in the UK in the early part of the pandemic. Our study hopes to review these experiences and how students communicate about their experiences one year after the first UK COVID lockdown in March 2020. We will analyse these insights together with data obtained through freedom of information requests from universities and police forces. Our study, based at the Manchester Institute of Education – University of Manchester, is supported by the British Academy (BA) Special COVID grants.

Please visit our Project’s website which contains more information about the study itself and how to participate.

If you would like to be interviewed, please see the information on the project website.

If you would like to complete the online survey,  please click on the link below:

If you consider yourself to be a UK university student with Chinese/East-Asian appearance and you are currently studying or have studied in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you to participate in this  study.

The study aims to understand:

How you coped with the pandemic?

Did you experience any kind of COVID related aggression?

Whom did you share your stories experiences with and how during the pandemic?

The first 150 survey participants will receive a £5 Amazon token for their time. Please feel free to share this survey with other relevant participants.

Our survey is also available to complete in Chinese:


以上是一个有关于亚裔学生在新冠肺炎期间英国留学体验的调查。如果你(曾)在新冠疫情期间在任意一所英国大学就读,欢迎你参加这个调查!本调查旨在了解新冠期间在英国的亚裔留学生是否遇到交际、生活、学习上的困难,是否遇到语言或肢体上的歧视或伤害。希望通过研究帮助大学了解亚裔留学生的体验和困难, 促进英国高等教育政策的改进。完成本调查的前150名参与者将获得5英镑的亚马逊代金券,先到先得,赶快参加吧!!!欢迎转发!

Thank you very much for your help.

Miguel Lim

On behalf of the project team which includes:

Dr Hanwei Li

Dr Jingran Yu

Dr Katja Levy

Ammeline Wang

Boya Li

Xueting Ban

Dr Miguel Antonio Lim, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development

University of Manchester

Ellen Wilkinson Building B.4.7, Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M13 9PL / +44 (0) 161 275 3797 / @miguel_a_lim 

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