Ye-Ye is a Scottish–Chinese linguist and teacher undertaking an MPhil in Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics at the University of Oxford. She was appointed Junior Dean of Pembroke College in 2021 after completing a PGCE in European Language with Mandarin at St Anne’s College.
Ye-Ye loves words for being the kernels of human expression, and loves teaching them to fresh ears. She looks forward to applying academic research to her pedagogy in years to come, studying the science of language and how human beings process words. Ye-Ye is also Editor-in-Chief of St Anne’s Academic Review and was an MCR Welfare Officer for St Anne’s College in 2020, a role for which she won Graduate Student of the Term in Michaelmas.
From 2018 to 2020, Ye-Ye worked at the Royal Philharmonic Society managing its Women Conductors programme, finances, and communications, and developing new RPS Membership that was launched in Summer 2019. She read Law with European Legal Studies at King’s College London and the University of Strasbourg from 2013 to 2017, during which she co-established the children’s charity Sistema Alsace.
Ye-Ye is Leader of Nevis Ensemble, Scotland’s Street Orchestra. She plays violin, piano, and sings, and is a former pupil of St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. Her name in Mandarin means ‘leaf leaf’ and looks like 叶叶. In English-speaking countries, it is pronounced with hard Ys, and sounds like two Es.
Ye-Ye is very grateful to the Hockerill Educational Foundation and anonymous donors for their generous support of her studies.