Billy Wong is an Associate Professor in Widening Participation at the University of Reading, which he joined in 2017. He was previously a Lecturer in Education at the University of Roehampton (2013-2017) and a Research Associate at King’s College London (2012-2013), where he completed his doctorate (2009-2012) with an ESRC studentship as part of the award-winning ASPIRES project. He was a research consultant to Stanford University (2011-2012) and an NVivo instructor for several universities (2010-2018). His areas of research are educational identities and inequalities, especially in the context of higher education and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
He has published in sociology of education, higher education and science education journals. His publications have explored the changing views and experiences of university students and staff, as well as young people’s science and career aspirations. He is author of Science Education, Career Aspirations and Minority Ethnic Students (2016, by Palgrave) and has written over 30 articles, chapters and reports. His forthcoming book, The ideal student: Deconstructing expectations in higher education, is scheduled for publication in 2021, with the Open University Press.