Bettina Chioma Teegen

Ph.D. Researcher
BA Criminology, MSc Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health, PGCE Modern Foreign Languages, TESOL CERT.

Academic and research departments

Department of Sociology.


I am currently a Ph.D. candidate/researcher in the department of Sociology at the University of Surrey where I was also awarded the Black scholar formerly known as SHINE SCHOLARS studentship award. In the summer of 2023 I was employed as EAP Associate lecturer on the pre-sessional English course at INTO University of Exeter as well as at the University of Lancaster where I taught master level and undergraduate students academic literacy skills which provided them with support in their preparation for their higher education studies in the UK.

I currently serve on the review board of the Journal of International Students and the Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress.

Further academic roles:

In 2022 I served as a PGR Partner at University of Surrey's Doctoral College for the Decolonizing Training Project.      

In February of 2023 I served as an organising committee member of the University of Surrey's  PGR and ECR conference titled 'Making the Invisible Visible' which took place in June 2023.

In September 2023 I was invited to speak at the well-known researcher development conference 'Vitae' as part of an online panel which discussed "challenges, issues and opportunities" for PGRs and ECRs within the wider research culture.

In October 2023 the British Educational Research Association (BERA) awarded me with the best Special Interest Group (SIG) presentation for my paper on "African International Doctoral Students in the UK: A Study of Acculturation". This paper was submitted to the 'Comparative and International Education' SIG.



Affiliations and memberships

Journal of International Students
Review Board member
Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress
Review Board member
British Sociological Association
Ph.D. researcher membership
Society for Research into Higher Education
Ph.D. researcher membership
Society of Transnational Academic Researchers
Ph.D. researcher membership
British Educational Research Association
Ph.D. Researcher
Society of Black Academics
PhD researcher
Women's Higher Education Network
PhD researcher
PhD researcher membership
British Society of Criminology


In the media

November 2023
How four participants were inspired by #VitaeCon2023
Vitae Conference 2023
12-14 September
BERA Annual Conference SIG presentation award winners
Award for best presentation of the SIG (special interest group) of Comparative and International Education
British Educational Research Association (BERA)
"Sub-Saharan faces in Caucasian spaces: Black African international PhD students’ experiences in the UK"
Principal researcher
British Educational Research Education (BERA) blog post


Research interests

Indicators of esteem

  • Peer-reviewed presentations:

    Teegen, B. C. (September 2023). African International Doctoral Students in the UK: A Study of Acculturation. At British Educational Research Association (BERA) in Birmingham, England

    Teegen, B. C. (March 2023). The Importance of Mental Health services on UK Campuses: Directions for University Staff. At international Conference of Advanced Research for Education, Teaching and Learning (ARETL) in Berlin, Germany.

    Teegen, B. C. (April 2022). Black African Transnational Doctoral Students in the US. At American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Diego, USA.

    Teegen, B. C. (August 2019). The need for mentoring programs for Black African graduate students at PWIs. At Association of Black Sociologists in New York, USA.

    Teegen, B. C. (April 2019). Counselling services for graduate students on campus: Do they even exist? At Comparative and International Education Society in San Francisco, USA.

    Teegen, B. C. (April 2019). International students at American universities:  Acculturatin in African and Afro- Caribbean Doctoral Students: A Mixed Methods Study. At Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) in New Orleans, USA.



    Teegen, B.C. (2024). Sub-Saharan faces in Caucasian spaces: Black African international PhD students’ experiences in the UK. Bera Blog. Available at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog/sub-saharan-faces-in-caucasian-spaces-black-african-international-phd-students-experiences-in-the-uk

    Teegen, B.C. (2023). How four participants were inspired by #VitaeCon2023. https://www.vitae.ac.uk/vitae-publications/community-reflections

    Teegen, B. C. (2022). Where do I belong? In L.A. Arasaratnam- Smith, D. K.Deardorff (Eds.), Developing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education (pp.28-30). Routledge. Can be found here.

    Teegen, B. C. & Popova, D. (August 2021). International graduate students and cultural competency in counselling services: directions for health practitioners. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2021.1961211  

    Kyere, E., Karikari, I., & Teegen, B. C. (2020). The Associations among Teacher discrimination, Parent’ and Peer Emotional Supports, and African American Youth’s School Bonding. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 101(4), 469-483. https://journals-sagepub-com.surrey.idm.oclc.org/doi/full/10.1177/1044389419892277

    Wilks, S., Spurlock, W., Brown, S., Teegen, B.C., &Geiger, J. (2018). Examining spiritual support among African American and Caucasian alzheimer’s caregivers: A risk and resilience study. Geriatric Nursing, 39(6), 663-668. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29807671/