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Expertise Summary:

All aspects of educational leadership, action research, leadership development, leadership preparation, leadership for learning, school management, teacher professional development, mentoring and coaching, professional learning community, educational policies, gender and leadership. 

Research Interest:

Dr Ashley Ng's major research focus is on educational leadership and management related particularly to schools and colleges.  This area of research has expanded to include institutions of higher learning.  As a former school principal, she is interested in school improvement, principal leadership training and development, and teacher leadership development.  Dr Ashley's recent work has covered other aspects such as government policies and their influence on the development of schools, classroom teaching and school leadership.  As an advisor on the Council of International Global School Leadership, she is constantly working on the improvement of the programmes delivered to improve schools in various countires such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Kenya, and India.  Based on this experience, she is interested in extending her work in China, particularly Chinese schools with the main interest in studying various aspects of school leadership.  Dr Ashley Ng welcomes queries from anyone who is interested in this area of research.

Personal profile

Dr Ashley Ng Yoon Mooi  AMN is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, where she is currently the Deputy Head of School in the School of Education and English.  She teaches on the MA in International Higher Education and supervises on both the EdD and PhD programmes.  Prior to joining the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, she was Associate Professor in the University of Nottingham Malaysia where she was Director of Post Graduate Taught Programmes managing all the masters programmes , both in campus and off-shores (Sri Lanka, Mumbai and Singapore).  She was also the Diirector of Training for Future Leaders and Principals for the BCEDP programme, which trained more than 1000 school leaders - a joint partnership between the University of Nottingham Malaysia, the National University of Bangladesh and the World Bank.  She also played vital roles in the professional development of international (Sri Lanka) and local school principals.  She is often invited to conduct and facilitate workshops and seminars for schools, colleges and universities. 

She started her career teaching Geography in seconday schools.  She rose from the rank of teacher to Head of Department of Humanities to principal, to senior principal and to the position of Excellent Principal.  Her contribution to education in general and schools in particular was recognised by the Ministry of Education with her work chosen to represent Malaysia on national and international levels.  One of her work was translated into the Thai language to share with teachers in Thailand.  She was the key personnel for action research and principal development in the State Education Department and the Malaysian Ministry of Education.  In recognition of her work and contribution to education and schools, His Majesty the King of Malaysia conferred her the AMN (Ahli Mangku Negara) award in 2009.  Among her other achievements are the Excellent Awards for Performing Beyond Expectation by the MoE (2010) and UNM (2017 and 2018) and was nominated as 'Inspirational Woman' in conjunction with International Women's Day (2019).    Currently she sits as a member of the Council of International Global School Leadership and is also the Senior Research Fellow of the Unviersity of Nottingham Malaysia.   She also contributes to the teaching of the educational leadership strand of the CPQ (Cambridge Professional Qualification) programme.


Current Teaching:

Masters of Arts in Interantional Higher Education programme

- Internationalising Higher Education, Institutional Strategy and Development

- Managing Change in University- Evidence -based 

- Research Methods

Doctor of Education programme:

- Contested Knowledge of Edcuational Leadership

- Quantitative Data Analysis


-Doctor of Education

- Doctor of Philosophy

-Master theses

Professional Information

Recent Funded Research

1. Deputy of Project for project titled, 'School Leadership and Policy Implementation in Malaysia'  (SGD22,000.00/RM68,000.00) by The HEAD Foundation Singapore.

2. PI for project titled, 'Effective Practices of High Performaing Principals: A Mixed Methods Study of Influences and Outcomes'. (RM54,000.00) by Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), the Malaysia Ministry of Education.

3. Co-Investigator for project titled, 'School Leadership Theories and the Malaysian Education Blueprint: Findings from a Systematic Literature Review' (RM88,200.00) by Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), the Malaysian Ministry of Education.

4. PI for project titled: 'Leadership Preparation in Malaysia: Aims, Context and Process' (₤3000.00/RM15,500.00) by British Educational Leadership Management and Adminsitration Society (BELMAS).

5. Co-Investigator for project titled, 'Evaluation of Scholarship Programme'  (RM103,000.00) by Hong Leong Foundation.

6. Co-investigator for project titled, 'Malaysian Primary Teacher Competency in Literacy (Bahasa Malaysia) and Numeracy Education'. (RM160,000.000) by University of Nottingham Malaysia and College of Allied Educators, Singapore.

Editorial Boards

1. Educational Management Administration and Leadership (2013 - current)

2. International Online Journal of Educational Leadership (2017-current)

3. School Leadershiup and Management (2019 - current)


1. Council member for International Global School Leadership (2019-current)

2. Student Leadership Outcome Measurement for LeapEd Educational Group.  Yayasan Amir, Khazanah Malaysia (2015-2016)

3. Impacting a School, Impacting a Nation - Bringing Creativity and Innovation into Primary Education for collaboration between Macquarie University, University of Nottingham Malaysia, MOE and Connaught Chinese Primary School Cheras 2 (2015).



Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Universiti Sains Malaysia

13 Jan 200010 Sept 2005

Award Date: 19 Aug 2006

Master, Universiti Sains Malaysia

1 Sept 199620 Feb 1998

Award Date: 4 Jul 1998

Bachelor, University of Malaya

1 Jun 197512 Feb 1978

Award Date: 12 Aug 1978

External positions

Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

1 Feb 202122 Jan 2022

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