Dr Olena Gundarina

Dr Olena Gundarina


I joined the University of Leeds in 2019 as a Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). I have recently obtained my PhD from the University of Leeds, School of Education. My PhD thesis is entitled: The experiences and personality development of Russian-speaking migrant pupils in English primary schools. Funder: School of Education International Research Scholarship, University of Leeds. Before undertaking my PhD, I worked for three years as an English and Russian Languages Instructor in Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages. From September 2018 until June 2019 I was a Research Assistant for the project: ‘Fostering Effective Parent-practitioner Partnerships in Character Education’ PI: Dr Shirley-Anne Paul. Funder: Leeds Social Sciences Impact Acceleration Account in association with the ESRC, School of Education, University of Leeds.


  • Teaching and Scholarship

Research interests

My research is focussed on the experiences and personality development of migrant language learners in a context of immersion (submersion) with a special interest in language learning motivation and social behaviour and relationships post-migration.

I am also engaged in a collaborative mixed-method arts-informed inquiry into creativity in EAP project. 

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  • PhD (Editorial corrections) Language Education
  • MA (Distinction) English Philology, Teaching English and Foreign Literature
  • BA (First Class) English Philology, Teaching English and Foreign Literature
  • TESOL certificate (Grade A)

Professional memberships

  • British Educational Research Association (BERA)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Research groups and institutes

  • Language Centre