School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Staff Profiles

Lydia Wysocki

Research Associate


Recent projects:


  • I began my part-time PhD in Education in January 2015 (ESRC/North East Doctoral Training Centre funding awarded from 2015/16).  My research is about British comics (newspaper strips, political cartoons, children’s comics, graphic novels…) 2005-2017 and readers’ constructions of Britishness.
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (D3). As a Professional Standards Advisor I mentor staff applying for their own UKPSF accreditation
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods (2017)
  • Master's in Education (MEd, Newcastle University 2010).  My dissertation was about 'classroom talk' in Higher Education.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA, 2007)
  • BA in History (University of York, 2003), which included an exchange year at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Other information about me: 

  • Before studying for my MEd as a mature student, I worked as an English language teacher in Nanjing, PR China for 2 years.  I taught undergraduate English major students at Southeast University and also taught both children and adults at language schools in Nanjing and Shanghai.  I speak basic conversational Mandarin Chinese - apparently with a Nanjing accent - and I passed the HSK Level 2 language exam in 2014
  • I have worked at Newcastle University since 2010, first in the Learning and Teaching Development Service and now in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
  • I am Editor in Chief of Newcastle Science Comic: two anthologies of collaborations between comics creators and STEM researchers and other professionals. Read Asteroid Belter (created as part of the British Science Festival 2013) and Spineless (created in partnership with the Great North Museum: Hancock) free online on the Newcastle Science Comic blog
  • I co-host the Applied Comics Network, a network for anyone working with comics/graphic narrative and information. 
  • Recent collaborative comics projects include Gertrude Bell: Archaeologist, Writer, Explorer (with the Gertrude Bell Archive and cartoonist John Miers) and True War Stories No.1: Thomas Baker Brown (with the Thomas Baker Brown World War I archive, artist-writer Terry Wiley, and local high school students).