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Personal Statement

I joined University of Strathclyde as a Teaching Associate in September 2018. Before joining Strathclyde, I worked as an Associate Lecturer for the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London, an Associate Academic in Psychology for The University of Derby Online Learning, and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for The University of Sheffield. I also worked as a part-time tutor at Sheffield Confucius Institute and Lifelong Learning, Skills & Communities in Sheffield City Council, teaching Taichi and Chinese calligraphy with a particular focus on promoting mental health well-being. Before coming to the UK, I was a certificated psychological counsellor in China and worked as a psychological teacher in a local primary school. Since 2011, I have written short stories for several Chinese children and teenager magazines and my first children’s book has been published in 2016. 

Teaching Interests

I teach on BA Psychology, BSc Psychology and Counselling, and MSc Psychology with a specialistion in Business (conversion) programmes. I contribute to the following classes:

B9201 Positive & Humanistic Psychology (Class Leader)

C8305 Development (Class Leader)

C8981 & C8923 Social & Developmental Psychology (Class Leader)

B9200 Introduction to Mental Health Difficulties

B9202 Theories of Counselling and Psychotherapy

C8983 Empirical Project

C8203 Introduction to Research Design and Analysis

C8307 Social Psychology

C8321 Research Methods and Data Analyses

C8426 & C8427 Psychology Dissertation

Academic / Professional qualifications

2019  Counsellor Member, Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland

2017  Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

2017  Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy

2012  Psychological Counsellor (Level Two), Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (China) 

2011  Primary School Teacher (Chinese), Ministry of Education (China)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sheffield


  • educational psychology
  • counselling
  • developmental psychology

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Research Output

Mental health of Chinese international students: an emerging challenge to counsellors

Liu, X., 30 Jan 2020, Counselling in Scotland 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • Exploring how Chinese primary school psychological counsellors understand and use therapeutic stories

    Liu, X. & Williams, A., 15 Mar 2019, In : International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. 41, 1, p. 137-154 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    • 2 Membership of committee
    • 1 Journal peer review

    Educational and Child Psychology (Journal)

    Xi Liu (Peer reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review

    iHuman Research Institute for the Study of the Human, The University of Sheffield (External organisation)

    Xi Liu (Member)
    2017 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee