Dr Ashley Yoon Mooi Ng AMN

Associate Professor, School of Eudcation and English

Education and English / Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Staff Profile Portrait Image



Room 313, IEB


University of Nottingham Ningbo China


199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


+86 (0) 574 8818 0000 (Extension 8328)


PhD (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

MEd (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

BA (Hons) (University of Malaya)

Diploma in Education (University of Malaya)


Ashley Ng is Associate Professor in Education at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China, where she coordinates the post graduate research programmes.  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 Director of Training for Future Leaders and Principals for the BCEDP programme, which trains 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 secondary schools.  She rose from the rank of teacher to Head of Department of Humanities to principal and to the position of Excellent Principal.  Her contribution to education in general and schools in particular was recognized by the Ministry of Education with her work chosen to represent Malaysia on national and international levels. She was the key personnel for action research in 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 Performance 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).


Current Teaching

  • MA modules:
  • Internationalising Higher Education: Institutional strategy and development
  • Managing Change in a University


  • EdD Dissertation
  • PhD Theses

Doctorate students completed:

  • Shahrizal Norwawi (PhD) – Thesis title: Leadership Practices of High Performing Principals in Selected Malaysian Schools: Applying Normative Leadership Models. (Completed:09:2017)
  • Vahid Javadi (PhD) – Thesis title:  Middle Leadership in Malaysian International Secondary Schools: The Intersection of Instructional, Distributed and Teacher Leadership. (Completed 09:2017)

Doctorate students under supervision:

  • Aishath Eva Abdul Gafoor (PhD) – Thesis title: School Principals in Male’ Combined Schools: Impact on student Outcomes
  • Josephine Chay Choy Mee (PhD) – Thesis title: Leadership and Student Outcomes: A Comparative study between a High-Performing and a Low-Performing School in Malaysia.
  • Lam Chee Fong (PhD) – Thesis title: Principal Leadership in Malaysian International Schools
  • Ng Loo Bok Lan (PhD) – Thesis title: School Leadership and Autonomy: Trust schools in Malaysia
  • Deepa Kuamri Veerasingam (PhD) – Thesis title: Research Mentoring in Higher Education: An Evaluative Case study of the Malaysian MyMentor Programme.
  • Sarah Xue Shan (PhD) – Thesis title: How New Principals are Prepared in China
  • Devika Alidas (PhD) – Thesis title: The Implementation of Educational Policies: A Case study for International Schools in Sri Lanka
  • Li Lin (PhD) – Thesis title: Teacher Leadership: An Investigation of Early-Career Teacher Leadership Development in Northwest China, Gansu Province.
  • Zhang Xiaomei (PhD) – Thesis title: Women in school leadership roles: A case study of Hubei province, China
  • Xiangchen Song, Viktor (EdD) – Thesis title: Auto-ethnographic research on teachers’ professional role and identity.
  • Yu Zhou, Joe (EdD) – Thesis title: Action Research on the Impact of Developing Innovative Pedagogical Practice on the Learning of Mathematics in a Senior High school.
  • Yan Zhang, Carol (EdD) – Thesis title: An Investigation into the Impact on Subject Choice in the Gaokao.

Doctorate Theses Examined

Dr Ashley Ng has examined, as external and internal examiner for several doctoral (PhD) theses and masters dissertations in Malaysia and in the Trinidad and Tobago.

Research interests

Expertise summary

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

Research Interest

Major Research Area

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 Board of Management for Global School Leaders Malaysia (an international programme), she is constantly working on the improvement of the programmes delivered to improve schools.  Based on this experience, she is interested in extending her work in China, particularly Chinese schools with the main interest in studying school leadership.  Dr Ashley Ng welcomes queries from anyone who is interested in this area of research.

Recent Funded Research

  • Deputy of Project for project titled: “School Leadership and Policy Implementation in Malaysia” (SGD22, 500.00/RM68, 000) by The HEAD Foundation Singapore.
  • PI for project titled: “Effective Practices of High Performing Principals: A Mixed Methods Study of Influences and Outcomes” (RM54, 000.00) by Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), the Malaysian Ministry of Education.
  • 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.
  • PI for project title: “Leadership Preparation in Malaysia: Aims, Content and Process” (£3000.00/RM15.500) by British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS).
  • Co-Investigator for project titled: “Evaluation of Scholarship Programmes” (RM103, 000.00) by Hong Leong Foundation.
  • Co-investigator for project titled: “Malaysian Primary Teacher competency in Literacy (Bahasa Malaysia) and Numeracy Education” (RM160, 000.00) by University of Nottingham Malaysia and College of Allied Educators, Singapore).

Editorial Boards

  • Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Management (MOJEM) – Editorial Team (2015- current)
  • Journal of Global Education and Research – Editorial Advisory Board (2016-current)
  • International Online Journal of Educational Leadership (2017-current)
  • SAGE Open Article (2015-current)
  • Educational Management Administrative and Leadership (2013-current)
  • School Leadership and Management (2019- current)


  • Advisor Board of Management for Global School Leaders Malaysia (2018 – current)
  • Student Leadership Outcome Measurement for LeapEd Educational Group, Yayasan Amir, Khazanah Malaysia (2015-2016)
  • 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).

Orcid Account:http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3512-4244


Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Ng, A.Y.M. (2018). Instructional Leadership for Effective Learning. In Mastering Theories of Educational Leadership and Management. pp. 69-87; ISBN: 978-967-488-073-6, University of Malaya Press.

Ng, A.Y.M., Ganakumaran, S. and Li Lin (2018). Teacher Leadership within and Outside the Classroom. Mastering Theories of Educational Leadership and Management. pp. 69-87; ISBN: 978-967-488-073-6, University of Malaya Press.

Ng, N.Y.M. and Norasmah Othman (2018). Development and Validation of Student Leadership Scales: A Student Outcomes Measurement Project for Yayasan AMIR Trust Schools. Student Outcomes Measurement: an Initiative of the Trust Schools Programme. pp.17-38.  LeapEd Services.

Ng, A.Y.M. (2009). Boys and the Learning of English: An Issue of Skills, Attitude or Assessment.  Action Gender in Classroom and Schooling Processes. pp.209-230. Ministry of Education Malaysia and Commonwealth Secretariat.

Journal Papers

Bush, T., and Ng, A.Y.M (2019).  Distributed leadership and the Malaysia Education Blueprint: From prescription to partial school-based enactment in a highly centralized context. Journal of Educational Administration.

Lei Mee Thien, S. Mostaf Rasoolimanesh, Ashley Yoon Mooi Ng and T. Ramayah (2019). Conceptualizing and assessing an integrated hierarchical leadership construct in education context. Journal of Applied Structural Equation Modeling. 3(1): 15-30.

Bush, T., Ng, A.Y.M., Abdul Hamid, S. and Kaparou, M. (2018). School leadership theories and the Malaysian Education Blueprint: Findings from a systematic literature review. International Journal of Educational Management, 32(7): 1245-1265.

Vahid Javadi, Tony Bush & Ashley Ng (2017). Middle leadership in international schools: evidence from Malaysia. School Leadership and Management: 37(5).

Ng, A.Y.M (2017). School leadership preparation in Malaysia: Aims, content and impact.  Educational Management Administration and Leadership: 45(6): 1002-1019.

Bush, T., Glover, D., Ng, A.Y.M. and Mary-Jean Romero (2016). Master teachers as teacher leaders: Evidence from Malaysia and the Philippines. International Studies in Educational Administration (ISEA)   43 (2): 19-40.

Selected Conference Papers

Ng, A.Y.M. (2019). Instructional Leadership: The Gaps between Practice and Policy.  Paper presented at the Third Annual International Leadership Conference at The University of Nottingham Malaysia sponsored by The HEAD Foundation Singapore, 16 March 2019

Ng, A.Y.M. & Bush, T. (2018). Principal leadership models and high performing school leadership in Malaysia. Paper presented at BELMAS Annual Conference 2018 at De Vere Beaumont Estate, Burfield Rd, Old Windsor SL42JJ, 4-9 July 2018.

Ng, A.Y.M. (2015). School leadership development in Malaysia: Aims, Content and Impact. Paper presented at BELMAS Annual Conference 2015 at Wokefield Park, Berkshire, UK.  10-12 July 2015.

Ng, A.Y.M. (2013). Principal leadership styles and management behavior in two ethnic-cultural Settings in Malaysia. Paper presented at 3rd Regional Conference on Educational Leadership and Management (RCELAM) at Institut Aminuddin Baki, Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia. 19 – 21 November 2013.

Ng, A.Y.M. (2009). Sustaining school improvement through a Participatory Action Research in tackling school organizational problems in real time at the Second Thailand-Malaysia joint Educational Research Conference 2009, Pullman Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. 15-18 November 2009

Ng, A.Y.M. (2009). Principal leadership in two different ethnic cultural settings. Poster presentation at Teachers’ Educational Research Seminar in Hotel Copthorne Orchid, Tanjung Bunga, Penang, Malaysia. 22-24 July 2009.

Ng, A.Y.M. (2009). Improving teaching and learning through action research and videotaping in the teaching of Science and Mathematics at the National Teachers’ Educational Research Seminar 2009, in Hotel Heritage, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.  10-12 November 2009

Ng, A.Y.M (2008). Boys and the learning of English: An Issue of ability, attitude or assessment? In Gender Action Research, Seminar organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat, UK at University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. 22-24 October 2008.

Ng, A.Y.M. (2008). Photo voice and group discussion: Action research in the improvement of school management at the First Malaysian-Thailand Joint Educational Research Conference 2008 in Selangor, Malaysia. 17-20 November 2008.  (This paper was translated into Thai by the Ministry of Education, Thailand).