Giovanna Comerio

  • PcET Lecturer (Learning and Teaching in Higher Education)
  • Faculty of Life Sciences and Education
  • Darlithydd PcET (Dysgu ac Addysgu mewn Addysg Uwch)
  • Cyfadran y Gwyddorau Bywyd ac Addysg
Giovanna Comerio

About Me

I joined USW in October 2022 and I teach in the Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education (PGCHE). I have a humanistic approach to education as I believe that education should support inclusion and social justice, and therefore help individuals develop their values, agency, and strengths to become mindful and active members of the society. In my own practice, I focussed on LGBTQ+ issues and pastoral support to students with mental or physical health issues. I am Italian and I lived twenty years in China, where I taught at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China for fourteen years. I taught French and Italian with the Language Centre, and Research Methods for Language Teachers with the MA TESOL. As a Senior Fellow of Advance Higher Education, I collaborated with the PGCHE course as a mentor, assessor and an instructor. As a researcher, I take a Critical Realist perspective, and I investigated the teaching and learning experience in higher education, paying specific attention to the local and global social mechanisms potentially shaping teacher agency and student autonomy in multicultural environments.

Skills And Qualifications



  • Critical Realism
  • Research Methods and Action Research
  • Pastoral care
  • Internationalisation of Higher Education
  • Chinese students in Higher Education
  • Student autonomy and motivation
  • Teacher agency

Publications And Past Projects

  • 2021 Chinese students and personal tutorials in a British overseas campus: The strategic choices of emerging adults - with Dr James Walker
  • 2015 Supporting language learners’ autonomy. The self-study hour at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China with Dr F. Gilardi
  • 2014 Supporting language learners’ autonomy in Higher Education COMERIO Giovanna 5 With Dr Filippo Gilardi Proceedings of The Asian conference on language learning – Osaka (Japan)
  • 2013 Can the CEFR assess students in a China-based British university? Proceedings of the conference: Language testing in Europe: Time for a New Framework?, University of Antwerp (Belgium)
  • 2008 Language class students enjoying literature Language Magazine, March.