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Shuangyu joined King’s in Oct 2011. He is a dedicated educationist in medicine and cultural competency and has developed several substantial modules and subjects in the MBBS curriculum, the MA in Clinical Education, and in College-wide innovation modules. He is working closely with academics, clinicians, patients, professional services staff, and students to develop inclusive and diversified curricula and culture to nourish innovation and improvement around diversity and inclusion. Cultural Competency is one of the two core values in King’s Internationalisation 2029 Strategy. In his role as co-director of the King’s Cultural Competency Unit and co-chair of King’s Cultural Competency Co-Creation Group, Shuangyu is committed to enabling a collaborative, co-creative and empowering approach to developing the cultural competency programmes across the University. These programmes aim to make King’s an inclusive, fair and equal environment for both students and staff to participate, enjoy and thrive.

Shuangyu is a trained conversation analyst, who researches clinical consultations with language and cultural discordances. He is interested in the multimodal approach in the interactional analysis of diversity issues particularly around how inclusion and empowerment are manifested in communication. His current research is on student attainment (awarding) gaps in undergraduate healthcare programmes and cultural competency education. He is chair of the SIG on Language and Cultural Discordance in Healthcare Communication under the International Association of Healthcare Communication (EACH). He is also vice-chair of the UK Diversity in Medicine and Health.

He welcomes PhD applications from candidates who wish to use sociolinguistic and other qualitative approaches to investigate clinical communication, cultural competence, and (in)equality in medical/higher education.