The goal of this book is to explore current undergraduate student writing, the challenges this presents and the diversity of responses to this challenge within the student body, through examination of a dataset of Chinese and British students’ assignments submitted to UK universities in the early twentyfirst century. L1 Chinese students’ writing (with Mandarin, Cantonese or other dialect as their first language) was selected as this group are the largest in the UK undergraduate student body after British students with English as their first language. The texts are stored as electronic files or ‘corpora’ (singular, corpus) and are investigated using corpus software, supported by qualitative reading, and findings are corroborated through interviews with discipline lecturers and students. While the focus of the study is on these two groups within the UK
context, I hope that the book is also useful to people working in other Higher Education contexts.