Portrait of  Kinga Rygiel Kinga Rygiel

k.d.rygiel@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472058


Position: International Learning Development Tutor
Qualifications: MA, FHEA, PGCE TESOL, BA (Hons), DipHE TEFL, CELTA, PTLLS
Research Group: Researching Advancing and Inspiring Students’ Engagement (RAISE) Newcastle

June 2013 – present University of Huddersfield
International Learning Development Tutor

Kinga Rygiel is the International Learning Development Tutor for all courses in the Business School. Her background is in TESOL/TEFL and EAP and she holds an MA in TESOL with a final project in Materials Development.

Kinga joined the University in 2013 following 8 years of working as an English Language Teacher, an ESOL Lecturer and an Academic Skills Lecturer both in Poland and in the UK. Through her career of working with overseas students and research she has developed a thorough understanding of international students’ journeys, needs, adaptation processes and study habits and she continues to support the students with these aspects of study in her current role. Kinga has been involved in designing and developing academic skills and English language teaching materials and is currently pursuing a PhD in the area of Chinese students’ perceptions of learning cultures at British universities and transculturality.

Kinga’s achievements in academia have been recognised by awards for inspirational teaching and support.




Research and Scholarship

Kinga’s current research focuses on:

  • Chinese students’ experiences in UK HE
  • Chinese students’ perceptions of their cultures of learning and adaptation processes
  • The creation of new cultural and academic identity
  • Transculturality
  • Cultural synergy in teaching and learning
  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural competence
  • Culturally responsive pedagogies

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Thomas, J., Rygiel, K. and Horsfall, S. (2016) ‘Inspiring international student engagement: establishing and embedding customised support structures’. In: RAISE 2016 – ‘Excellence’ in Student Engagement, 8th-9th September 2016, Loughborough University, UK


Harvey, H., Rygiel, K. and Thomas, J. (2015) ‘Inspiring the International Student Experience: establishing and embedding specific support structures.’. In: NAEP National Annual Conference 2015, 16-17th June 2015, Kenilworth, Warwickshire


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Institute for Learning
  • Member of UKCISA – UK Council for International Student Affairs
  • Member of Researching Advancing and Inspiring Students’ Engagement Group (RAISE)

Teaching and Professional Activities

Kinga teaches contextualised academic skills and English language across all undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Business School.