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Life Cycle History



Our Life Cycle journey

Help us raise 1 million RMB to encourage education equity

Let's change lives in Ningbo and around the world.

China Life Cycle 6 Scholarships will support even more Paralympic athletes, young disabled people and students from disadvantaged families to study at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, and thereby change the future direction of their lives.

UNNC's Story

During 2016, two Paralympic table-tennis athletes - both awarded the Deng Yaping Scholarship - came to study at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China.

It was the very first time that either of them had lived on a university campus. It was wonderful to witness these two young men grow in confidence and belief. There are now literally hundreds of avenues they can choose to go down in life.  However, these two lucky young men are the exception, as there are millions of students from disadvantage backgrounds that remain invisible.

In 2015, only around 8,500 disabled students attended universities throughout China.

3 million Chinese children are still unable to attend school due to extreme poverty.

Life Cycle inspires the magic of education.

Life Cycle respects the striving, brave and fearless spirit. We respect every individual who is less fortunate, needs a hand and refuses to simply accepting his or her fate.

Over the past 6 years, Life Cycle has become an annual campaign event to fundraise for life-changing research and student support at The University of Nottingham UK.

This is the second year of Life Cycle in China. We hope that we can bring the UK spirit of “giving back” here, and encourage people to care those who are less fortunate and simply need a helping hand. We believe that when working together, we can make a better UNNC and a better world.

Let’s take a look back at what Life Cycle has achieved so far.




Take part and you can make a difference




Support our Provost and Life Cycle team as they ride 535 kilometers around Zhejiang province in June.

Support the UNNC Students Life Cycle team as they ride around Qinghai Lake.

Support the Life Cycle team




A fantastic gala for students, staff, alumni, parents and the community to enjoy! Fundraising events such as organic farming, sports competitions, public lectures, ceilidh dances and charity sales all help us to build a better world.

Fundraising tips and ideas




Get on your bike and join a series of community rides!Any inquiries, we are here to help

Sign up now to take part in one of the most excited events in UNNC.





Education opportunities  

Deng Yaping Scholarship

China Life Cycle 6 is supported by the Deng Yaping Scholarship for disabled athletes.

Talented Chinese table tennis players can apply for a Deng Yaping sports scholarship, which grants the attend a truly British university, combined with performance sport opportunities across Europe.

To be considered for the award, students must satisfy various academic requirements of the University. More information here.

Life Cycle Scholarship

We encourage underprivileged students to apply for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, language training courses, skill enhancement courses and one of the various summer schools held at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China.


Paralympic champion Shuai Zhao studying with a UNNC English tutor




GreenOur previous Life Cycle

Life Cycle 5 – Gearing up for Rural Education

Improving quality of education is an essential goal in China, building on efforts made over the last few decades to provide better access to education.

Even so, in some western provinces Chinese students fall well below national curriculum standard levels and the divide between “East and West” and “rural and urban” is fundamentally damaging educational development.

This is why, in 2015, China Life Cycle 5 focused on improving quality of education.

By partnering with Adream, we aim to create a learning hub prototype by building a classroom unit within the Hepan Primary school in Gansu province.

Explore more about China Life Cycle 5.