Shijin Zhang



I’m an international student from China. During my undergraduate study period, I studied 2 years in Liaoning University in China, and 2 years in De Montfort University in the UK. After that, I went to the University of Newcastle upon Tyne to study for my Master degree in Human Resource Management.

Currently, I’m a PhD student (Management Studies) in Bangor University, and my research is in the area of graduate employment.

I’m an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Research Interests

Graduate employment and underemployment

Current Research

In the recent years, more and more Chinese students prefer to pursue their higher education in the UK universities. My research focuses on Chinese graduates from the UK universities who obtain the qualification of Bachelor, Master, PhD, etc., to explore their employment and underemployment, no matter they go back to China, stay in the UK or go to other countries after they graduate. The mixed-methods research approach is adopted in this research.

The findings will advance scholarship regarding the employment patterns of Chinese graduates in a more globalized labour market. It will also benefit the potential Chinese students who are considering to study in the UK universities, and provide the UK universities valuable information about enhancing employability of the large amount Chinese students.


Dr Tony Dobbins
Professor Sally Sambrook

Academic Qualifications

  • MA, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • BA, De Montfort University