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Star student nets cash boost

30 April 2008 @TeesUniNews


A PhD student from Teesside Business School is celebrating a £2,000 windfall which will aid her research.

Yumiao Tian was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship and £2,000 by the Northern Leadership Academy, (NLA).

NLA is a partnership of three regional development agencies formed to support and stimulate leadership and its development across the north of England.

Over 90 doctoral students from universities across the north applied for the scheme and Yumiao was one of 30 successful applicants and the only winner from Teesside.

Yumiao was accepted to study a PhD here soon after gaining a master’s degree from the University of Wales.

Her research is concerned with conducting a comparative study of small and medium enterprises in the UK and China across the areas of internationalisation and entrepreneurship. Yumiao presented her research at the NLA Doctoral Fellowship Conference last year.

Speaking of her award she said, ‘I am so pleased to be able to share my research with audiences from both academia and industry. It’s a good way to share my knowledge and efforts with the Business School, the university community and industry.’

Dr Tom Mordue, Assistant Dean Research at Teesside Business School, said, ‘We are delighted that Yumiao has been awarded a prestigious Doctoral Fellowship and she is sharing her research with local businesses. Teesside Business School is developing a strong profile of research activities and Yumiao’s award has added to our growing portfolio.’