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Professor Yang Fujia

President of The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)

Professor Yang Fujia, whose family comes from Ningbo, is an eminent physicist and distinguished academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and the Bohr Professor of Fudan University (where he is also a former president).

In 1991, he was promoted to the Chinese Academy of Science and the Science Academy of the Third World, and in 1998 was given an honorary professorship in physics by the American Vanderbilt University.

Professor Yang is recognised as an outstanding university leader and has served as the executive director of the Union of International University Presidents' since 1996. He was the Chancellor of The University of Nottingham from 2001 to 2012.

Prof Yang Fujia

 

Professor Shearer West

Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham

Professor Shearer West is the seventh Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Nottingham, taking up office on 2 October 2017.

Professor West is a Professor of Art History and has held a number of significant leadership roles in universities and higher education. She obtained her B.A. degree in Art History and English at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, and her Ph.D. in Art History at St. Andrews.

Find out more about Professor Shearer West's career and the role of the Vice-Chancellor.

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Xu Yafen

Chair of Wanli Education Group and Wanli University 

Xu Yafen became a party member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1981 and is a representative of the eleventh CPC Congress of Zhejiang Province and a member of Zhejiang CPPCC Committee. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Dundee and is a visiting professor of Tsinghua University, as well as a research fellow of the Human Science Institute of Management Science Academy of China.

Wanli Education Group, which she founded, has a national reputation for academic excellence and Xu has made a considerable contributions to educational reform in China. She has published many papers on psychology, behavior science, management, education and other fields in national and provincial academic journals and other publications.

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Professor Hua Changhui

Party Secretary of UNNC

Professor Hua Changhui is Party Secretary of UNNC. He was formerly Director of the Ningbo Municipal Education Bureau, National Education Supervisor and Vice-Chairman of the Ningbo Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

He has conducted research into education theories and practices and his publications include books and more than 80 articles in national journals and newspapers. 

Professor Hua was also the Editor-in-Chief for books ‘Case Study of Innovative Education’ and ‘Education Innovation’. 

 

 

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Professor Chris Rudd

Provost and Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Professor Chris Rudd was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor University of Nottingham in 2008. Until 2015 his portfolio External Engagement included Knowledge Transfer, Business Engagement, Commercialisation, Development and Alumni Relations. He oversaw UoN’s Research and Knowledge Transfer Strategy, a £150M philanthropic fundraising campaign and the re-structuring Business Engagement and Innovation. He established UoN’s Innovation Park and its intellectual property and spinout boards. He was a founding Director of UK’s £40M Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Chris drove UoN’s research and KE partnerships in China since 2008 resulting in new relationships with several elite Chinese Universities and a rapidly growing portfolio of SOEs and private companies. He has been a Board Member of the China Britain Business Council since 2010 and chairs the Nottingham Confucius Institute. He is a guest Professor of Jilin University and a Changbaishan Scholar. He was awarded the 48 Group Club Icebreaker Laureate prize for services to Sino-UK relations by HE Liu Xiaoming Chinese Ambassador to UK and won the Model Confucius Institute Award presented by Vice-Premier LIU Yandong.

Chris is Professor of Mechanical Engineering. His area of specialist interest is lightweight structures, especially fibre composites and he has developed several innovative processes for turning these unique materials into useful devices. His team works with the transport and medical devices industries to introduce new processes and products. Professor Chris Rudd focuses on processing of polymer matrix composites and the associated process-property interactions. He has received grants of over £ 24,908k domestically and internationally.

In August 2015 he accepted the role of Provost at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China and is currently based in China where he oversees the growth and development of China’s first and most successful Sino-Foreign University.

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Professor Shen Weiqi

Vice-Provost for External Relations

Professor Shen Weiqi serves as an expert on Sino-foreign education evaluation at the Chinese Ministry of Education, is a member of the sixth board of the National Review Committee on Setting up Higher Education Institutions, and a member of the Commission on Chinese-foreign Cooperation in Education (CEAIE).

He has published more than 50 papers in national and international academic journals - his primary research areas are plant nutrition and flowering physiology.

Professor Shen has been honoured for the quality of both his teaching and research by municipal and provincial authorities. 
 

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Dr Hongbo (Jenny) Dong

Deputy Party Secretary and Secretary of Commission for Discipline Inspection

Hongbo (Jenny) Dong was previously Dean of Innovation Entrepreneur College, Zhejiang Wanli Unveristy (ZWU), Party Secretary of Ningbo Mechanical Industry School, and the branch secretary of the Party in ZWU.  

She obtained an Ed.D (doctorate in education) degree in Durham University, UK, in 2014. The focus of her doctoral project was to explore the Chinese staff’s intercultural experiences with their culturally different colleagues at UNNC. After completing the Ed.D, she opened two courses (Intercultural Communication and Intercultural Ability Training) for the international students in ZWU and Chinese students in Innovation College respectively.

She is familiar with the educational systems and practices in higher institutions in both China and UK, and specialized in Party and Student affairs. Meanwhile, she has received several honorary titles in municipal and provincial levels, and has published many articles in the Chinese media on topics of education and student management.

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Professor Chris Gerada

Vice Provost for Research and Knowledge Exchange

Professor Chris Gerada received his Ph.D. degree in numerical modelling of electrical machines from the University of Nottingham, U.K, in 2005. He subsequently worked as a researcher with the University of Nottingham on high-performance electrical drives and on the design and modelling of electromagnetic actuators for aerospace applications. In 2008 he was appointed as a Lecturer in Electrical Machines, in 2011 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2013 he became a full Professor at the University of Nottingham. In 2016 he was appointed Dean of the International Academy of Marine Economy and Technology.

Prof. Gerada leads the electrical machines and drives activities within the PEMC (Power Electronics, Machines and Drives) research group. His main research interests include the design and modelling of high-performance electric machine drives for aerospace and other transport applications. He was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Senior Research Fellowship in 2011 and RAEng Chair in Electrical Machines in 2013. Prof. Gerada has a strong track record of working with industry and research bodies with a wide research project portfolio funded from the EU, EPSRC, NSFC and other funding bodies. He serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS and is the Chair of the IEEE IES Electrical Machines Committee.

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Professor Uwe Aickelin

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

Professor Uwe Aickelin joined the University of Nottingham in 2003. Before taking up the current position as Provost for Teaching and Learning he has been the Head of the School of Computer Science at Nottingham - twice winning the Student Union Oscar for the ‘best School’. Prof Aickelin holds a Business degree from Germany’s leading Business School (The University of Manheim) as well as a European Master of Business Science and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wales. He specialises in Artificial Intelligence, Optimisation and Datamining.

Uwe has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2002. In 2004 he won EPSRC’s largest Adventure grant and he was made an Advanced Institute of Management Lead Fellow in 2006. In 2007 he was awarded an Advanced EPSRC Fellowship. In total, Uwe has won over £5 million of EPSRC funding as Principal Investigator and over £20 million as Co-Investigator. From 2009-2013 he acted as a Strategic Advisor to EPSRC, an appointment that was exceptionally renewed twice.

Prof Aickelin has authored over 200 papers in international journals and conferences (H-index 40 in 2015) and participated in over 100 international Conference Programme Committees. His editorial duties include being an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation. Uwe has worked closely with China for many years, including being appointed as Concurrent Professor at Fudan University in 2015 and the award of a Special Professorship at Shenzhen University in 2014.

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Professor Stephen L. Morgan

Associate Provost for Planning

Professor Stephen L. Morgan took up the role of Associate Provost (Planning) on 1 August 2016. For more than three years since April 2013 he was the Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, coming from the University’s UK campus where he had served in senior roles in the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies.

As professor of Chinese economic history, he researches across a wide range of topics related to the development of the Chinese economy and business, from the eighteenth century to the present. A major focus of his research is on long-run change in nutritional status and human welfare in China, which included a recent article in The China Quarterly on obesity in China and nutritional inequality among Chinese children. His research on Chinese business, another research area, is focused on the transfer of managerial knowledge to China during the twentieth century and the management of Chinese firms. With a PhD student, he has recently published a book chapter on “Business to government networks in resource acquisition: The case of Chinese private enterprises.”

Before joining the University of Nottingham in 2007, Professor Morgan was at the University of Melbourne for 14 years where he taught on Asian management, Chinese business and economy, and international business. His PhD is from the Australian National University. In an earlier career, he was a journalist, foreign correspondent and editor with various media outlets in Australia and Asia.

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Professor Y.J. Lin

Associate Provost for Global Engagement

Professor Y.J. Lin was appointed as Associate Provost for Global Engagement in August 2016 after three-year service as Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering at UNNC, working alongside as Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Before joining UNNC, he was Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas in Tyler from 2008 to 2013. He had also taught at The University of Akron in Ohio for twenty years before moving to Texas. YJ received his BSME degree from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and MSME and PhD degree from The University of Illinois. He had worked in appliances industry as a design engineer for several years in Taipei before he went abroad to the U.S. for postgraduate education.

In his academic career over two decades, Professor Lin has built rich research experience in mechanical design, structural mechanics, controls, and grown into engineering application areas leading to aircraft health monitoring, de-icing, and more recently, to design of nano-devices for energy harvesting. YJ has been on the editorial advisory boards of three international journals in automation, sensors, and robotics. He had also been serving as PI for a number of NASA sponsored key projects in developing mechatronic aircraft de-icing systems to commercialise by aerospace industry. Currently, he is a PI for municipal key lab in reconfigurable manufacturing, and for innovative team project of sustainable manufacturing of auto parts. He is also participating in as a core member of a 3315 Innovation Team Project in Innovation and Deployment of Key Marine Energy Materials and Equipment.

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Professor Geoff Hall

Dean of Faculty Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Geoff Hall, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, was Dean of Arts and Education from 2015-2016, and Head of the School of English at UNNC from 2011-2015. MA Birmingham and Sussex, D. Phil Sussex University. Previously with The British Council and then Cardiff University and Swansea University, Wales, UK from 1993. Geoff Hall has had a very international career working in Sweden, Singapore, Spain, Colombia, Poland among others. Editor of the leading international stylistics journal ‘Language and Literature’ (Sage) since 2010, with recent publications including Literature In Language Education (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and multiple Handbook entries for international publishers such as Routledge, Cambridge University Press, Continuum. Research interests include stylistics, discourse analysis, professional communication and sociolinguistics.

 

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Professor Martin Lockett

Dean of Faculty of Business (FoB)

Professor Martin Lockett is currently the Dean of Faculty of Business. Professor Martin Lockett graduated from Cambridge University in Engineering and Management, then continued to research in Cambridge and received his PhD degree in Social and Political Sciences. Professor Lockett has over 25 years’ experience in academic management, research and teaching at Oxford University, Imperial College of Science and Technology, Cambridge University, the Open University and Ashridge, as well as 16 years in strategic consulting, general management, business development and large scale change implementation for Arthur D. Little, John Lewis and other international companies, and also 6 years’ experience as a university governor. Prior to joining NUBS China, Professor Martin Lockett was the Global Dean, Academic Affairs and Professor of Strategic Management at Ashridge & Hult International Business School. He has been on advisory boards and consulted to several universities, and is a QAA Institutional Auditor/Reviewer.

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Professor Tao Wu

Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering (FoSE)

Professor Tao Wu is currently the Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering (FoSE). Prior to taking up current position, he was the Head of Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Associate Dean for Research and Director of Health, Safety and Estate Matters of the FoSE. Professor Wu received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham UK. He joined the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) in 2007 as a lecturer. He was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2010, an Associate Professor and Reader in 2013, and then a full Professor in 2015.

Professor Tao Wu has over 20 years of R&D experience on the efficient conversion and utilization of fossil fuels/biomass and the development of novel materials for environmental applications. His research programmes cover a wide range from blue-sky research to proof of concept and patent development leading to commercialisation. To date, Professor Wu has completed over 40 research projects funded by various funding bodies and has developed technologies that benefit the society through commercialisation.

As an active researcher, Professor Wu also serves as a committee member on a number of national and regional professional bodies. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, is currently leading the Municipal Key Laboratory of Clean Energy Conversion Technologies at UNNC and holds the Director position of University’s New Materials Institute (NMI).

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Professor May Tan-Mullins

Dean of Graduate School

Professor May Tan-Mullins is the Dean of Graduate School, Professor in International Relations and Director of Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies. She is also the series editor of Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies. May joined the University of Nottingham Ningbo China in 2009 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to full professor in 2015. She was also the Head of School of International Studies and a recipient of the esteemed Lord Dearing Excellent Teaching Award (2014) and Vice Chancellor Medal (2017).

Her research interests are political ecology of rising China, environmental and energy justice, poverty alleviation and building resilience for the poorest and most vulnerable.  Based on her expertise in various international development and human security issues, she is a consultant for the UNDP, National Bureau of Asian Research (US), the Revenue Watch Institute (US) and the Chinese government.   Professor May Tan-Mullins was also awarded the prestigious global Rockefeller Bellagio writing residency in Bellagio Centre, Lake Como in Italy.  Some of her most current research projects are together with colleagues from King’s College London UK, TU-Delft, Freiburg University Germany and University of Toulouse I Capitole where they were awarded over a million Euros by European and Chinese funders to look at a comparative study between ‘Smart Eco-cities in Europe and China’ (2015-2018). Another project is with the University of Nottingham UK and University of Philippines on ‘Poverty Alleviation in Post Typhoon Yolanda’, awarded by ESRC-DFID (2015-2018).

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Dr. Jennifer Weinman

Executive Director for Global Recruitment

Dr. Jennifer Weinman is currently UNNC’s Executive Director, Global Recruitment, having previously served as the Director of Student and Academic Services since 2014.  Prior to joining UNNC, Dr. Weinman worked for American public research institutions to realize their internationalization strategies, particularly through the establishment of branch campuses in Singapore.  Her past twelve years in global higher education includes university operations and governance, enrolment management, student experience and external relations. 

Dr. Weinman earned her Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Russian Area Studies from Dickinson College and a Master of Philosophy in International Peace Studies from Trinity College at the University of Dublin.  She earned her Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California and received a dissertation of merit award for work on Increasing international student enrolment to a branch campus.   She also holds graduate certification from the Asia-Pacific Leadership Program at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and currently serves as the Vice President for the program’s alumni board. 

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