Dr Yan Wu started her employment with Swansea University in 2007. She teaches and researches in the area of Media Studies, acts as the Programme Director for MA International Journalism, and holds the responsibility as COAH’s International Academic Advisor.
As a native-Chinese speaker, Dr Wu made active contribution to COAH’s international recruitment, student mobility and staff mobility programmes. She travels to China every year, visits partner institutions, gives promotional talks to potential students, and takes care of international students’ academic development when they commence their study in Swansea. Dr Wu believes that teaching should reflect the students’ expectation and enrich the whole student experience. She has made conscientious efforts in making course content and assessment meaningful and relevant to international students’ cultural experience and study goals. Graduates from the MA International Journalism now work with Xinhua News Agency, China Daily, HP, Time Out Magazine, the Slate and many other mainstream and digital media.
Dr Wu is an active researcher. She has successfully completed various research projects and her research work is never confined to the academic circle. From 2013 -2015, she led a research team looking into the impact of Digital Switchover on hard of hearing audiences in Wales. The research raised awareness of communication barriers faced by the deaf/hard of hearing community, supported the on-going campaign for communication rights in the digital age. During the process of research, she also established partnership with the Action on Hearing Loss, the BBC and S4C. Dr Wu was invited to give a talk based on her research to the All Party Group on Deaf Issues in 2014 at the Senedd. National Assembly Members from the four political parties, representatives from public broadcasters, charity organizations and relevant stakeholders attended the meeting. Ann Jones AM commented the study as ‘a comprehensive and important study into the inclusion of deaf people in broadcasting’ and forwarded the report to the First Minister. S4C has implemented three changes based on the recommendations on how to improve service to sensory impaired audiences made by Dr Wu’s team.
Finally, Dr Wu is a firm believer in equality and diversity. She was a member of the Equal Opportunity Committee (2011-2015) and recent joined the Race Charter Mark Self-Assessment Team. She has a genuine interest in working towards cultural and systemic changes that will make a real different to those who are from marginalized, vulnerable or non-traditional communities. In her spare time, she enjoys Karate, swimming and cycling.