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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.


Mme Xu Yafen


Ying Xiong 

Party Secretary of UNNC

Ying Xiong is a researcher and a member of the Zhejiang Provincial Political Consultative Conference. He is currently the Party Secretary and the Executive Director of the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. He is also the Chairman and Party Secretary of Zhejiang Wanli Education Group. He has successively won the title of outstanding party member of Ningbo City and Zhejiang provincial labor model.

As an educator, he has been researching the internal rules and development trends of higher education for many years, and he has achieved many research results. He won the second prize of the National Education Achievement Award and the first prize of the Zhejiang Education Achievement Award. He has published a monograph and many academic papers in core journals.





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.


Prof Chris Rudd


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. 





Professor May Tan-Mullins

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

Professor May Tan-Mullins became the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning on 1 January 2018. She is also a Professor in International Relations, the Director of Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies and the series editor of Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies. Besides, May is appointed as the Head of The International Exchange and Cooperation Center of Ningbo CEEC Cooperation Institute, as well as the Director of The Ningbo International Collaboration Research Institute. 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 previously the Head of School of International Studies and Dean of Graduate School.  In addition, she is 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 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 Ping Cui

Associate Provost for Innovation and Advancement and Li Dak Sum Chair Professor in Advanced Materials

Professor Ping Cui is a Principal Research Fellow, Doctoral supervisor, received her Bachelor’s Degree from Anhui University in 1982, and PhD degree from the Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1990. Her PhD supervisor was the world-renowned physicist Professor T. S. Kě.

In the early 2004, assigned by Chinese Academy of Sciences, she established the Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering and took the position as the founding Director. She was the Founding Director of the Ningbo Institute of Industrial Technology (CNITECH), the Chinese Academy Sciences.

Over the years, she has mainly engaged in internal friction and solid defects, nanomaterials, organic/inorganic nanocomposites and engineering studies.

She has been the Principal Investigator for many projects funded by National 863 Program, the Research Priorities Scheme of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, local government and industry, etc.

She has published more than 100 articles in JACS, PRB and other internationally renowned journals, edited five academic works, and been granted with more than 50 patents.

Due to her indelible achievements in scientific research and innovation, she has received numerous academic awards, including the first prize of the CAS Awards for Scientific and Technological Progress, the CAS President Excellence Award, CAS Natural Sciences Awards, etc.



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.

 Martin Lockett



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).







Professor Gary Rawnsley

Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS)

Professor Gary Rawnsley is Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University Nottingham Ningbo China. After graduating from University of Leeds with a PhD in International Relations/International Communications, Gary taught for 12 years in the School of Politics at the University of Nottingham before coming to the University of Nottingham Ningbo China as the founding Dean and Head of International Studies in 2005. He joined the University of Leeds in 2007 and then Aberystwyth University in 2013 as Professor of Public Diplomacy in the Department of International Politics where he taught modules on communications and politics in Asia, and on journalism in war and conflict. He was also the University’s Director of International Strategy and as a result travelled regularly back to China.

Gary’s research is located at the intersection of international relations and international communications, and has written extensively on ‘soft power’ public and cultural diplomacy, propaganda, and international broadcasting, as well as the media and democracy, and political cinema.

Gary has held visiting positions in Asia and Australia, and he serves as the book reviews editor of the Journal of International Communication and the International Journal of Taiwan Studies. He’s also a member of the Advisory Boards for Media and Communication, Journal of Media and Information Warfare, and the Asian Journal of Communication, and a member of the editorial board for the Routledge Curzon series, Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia.







Professor Alain Chong

Dean of Graduate School

Professor Alain Chong is the Dean of Graduate School and Professor of Information Systems at Nottingham University Business School China (NUBS).  Prior to joining NUBS, Alain has worked in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, and Hong Kong as a software engineer, postdoctoral fellow and Associate Professor in Computer Science.  Alain’s research interests are in the areas of e-business, technology acceptance and healthcare information systems.  Alain was a recipient of the 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Malaysian Award conferred by Junior Chamber International.  He was also named as one of the Most Cited Chinese Researchers in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Elsevier Scopus database and is a recipient of the Ningbo 3315 Individual Talent Scheme. To date, he has received more than RMB 2 million funding for various research projects (E.g. HK General Research Fund, Royal Society, National Natural Fund of China, Malaysia Fundamental Research Grant Scheme etc.).

He is currently the co-editor of Industrial Management & Data Systems, Senior Editor of Decision Support Systems and Associate Editor of Information & Management.  He serves or has served as an editorial board member (or equivalent) of International Journal of Mobile Communications, Online Information Review and Journal of Computer Information Systems.  He has held visiting research positions at Nanyang Technological University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Greenwich University.