IOE Confucius Institute Team

 Katharine Carruthers 杜可歆

IOE Confucius Institute Director
& Pro-Vice-Provost for East Asia

Katharine Carruthers is the Director of the UCL Institute Of Education (IOE) Confucius Institute for Schools; she is also UCL’s Pro-Vice-Provost for East Asia.

Katharine plays a leading role in promoting and developing the study of Chinese in schools in England. This work has been made possible by the IOE Confucius Institute and 45 Confucius Classrooms – supported by Hanban in partnership with Peking University and Peking University High School. The IOE Confucius Institute is an outstanding example of successful international partnership working.

Katharine is an experienced teacher and examiner of Chinese. She is the series editor of the textbooks for teaching Chinese for 11-16 year olds and wrote the specification for the increasingly popular Cambridge Pre-U Mandarin Chinese. Katharine teaches on the IOE’s PGCE Language course, working with PGCE students training to teach Mandarin Chinese. She is the Strategic Director for UCL’s delivery of the DfE’s Mandarin Excellence Programme.

Her research interests centre around teaching and learning of Chinese as a foreign language in schools, the notion of intercultural competence in Chinese and UK schools and globalisation and language policy

As a Pro-Vice-Provost (East Asia), Katharine plays an important strategic role as a catalyst for UCL’s engagement in the region.

Shi Jing 石静

IOE Confucius Institute Chinese Director

%e7%9f%b3%e9%9d%991Jing will take the role of the UCL IOE Confucius Institute Chinese Director from 2016 to 2018, managing large groups of Hanban teachers and also collaborating between Hanban and the UCL IOE Confucius Institute.

Shi Jing graduated from the English Department of Peking University in 1990. And in the same year, she came to High School of Peking University to work as an English teacher. She is highly experienced in teaching English and literature and is quite popular with her students. She has written many school textbooks with her colleagues in order to help students to learn a foreign language better, and she also has rich experience in teaching a language as a second language. She has published several professional essays on teaching skills on well-known Chinese magazines.

Shi Jing once attended an exchange program with a high school in America in 1999, and gathered a lot of experience in teaching Chinese outside China. To be an enthusiastic and dedicated leader, she will strive to fulfill her mission in promoting Chinese language education in the UK and energize team members to achieve their career goals.

Matt Schofield 马涛

Confucius Institute General Manager

Matt is a graduate having achieved a BSc Honours degree from Cardiff University and a Post-Graduate MSc qualification from Manchester Metropolitan University. He has a wealth of experience working on a wide range of projects and programmes in the private, public and charity sectors, and has worked in the education sector for the past 13 years. Matt has been the general manager of the Confucius Institute since 2011 and in his role focuses on the strategic development and delivery of IOE CI and in ensuring its progress towards becoming a world leading centre for the teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese in schools. Managing the IOE CI Project Team, Matt leads on the day to day delivery and management of IOE CI programmes working day to day with internal and external delivery partners, funders, headteachers and teachers amongst other stakeholders.

He has visited China on a number of occasions, often on business but always takes time to explore cultural experiences and enjoy what the country has to offer. Matt currently leads on delivery high profile programmes such as the Mandarin Excellence Programme, and has a history of delivering major projects and programmes to prepare teachers in delivering new practices. He is a PRINCE 2 accredited Project Manager.

Xiaoming Zhu 朱晓茗

National Network Coordinator

Xiaoming Zhu is the National Network Coordinator at the UCL IOE Confucius Institute. Her role is to provide support and advice to the UCL IOE Confucius Classrooms and other schools in the wider network, in their teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese, at both strategic and practical levels.

As the first Chinese national to gain UK Qualified Teacher Status, Xiaoming has rich experience in teaching Mandarin Chinese  in  schools, and particularly also in  curriculum development, resource creation and teacher training. The programmes she has led and coordinated at the IOE CI include Confucius Classrooms, British Council Chinese Language Assistants’ training, the development of the successful online teacher training courses via IOE’s Moodle platform, China based immersive teacher training, Hanban teacher programme and other initiatives. Working closely with the CI Director, Xiaoming has also played a key role in establishing and supporting  collaborations between the CI and various stakeholders  in the UK, China and other European Countries, where she has been invited to share her expertise and help strengthen international relationships.

Since 2015, Xiaoming has been part of the MFL PGCE team at the UCL Institute of Education, working as the Mandarin PGCE tutor. She is proud to be supporting the expansion of the UK’s Mandarin teaching workforce, as part of the programme at UCL IOE, judged outstanding by OFSTED.

Xiaoming holds a BA degree from Xi’an Foreign Languages University and an MA in Education from the University of Nottingham. She is also the published author of a series of teaching resources:  she co-authored the Jinbu 1, Jinbu 2 and the Edexcel GCSE Chinese textbooks written in partnership with Pearson, and Edexcel Chinese for AS with Hodder.  These resources, that cover the teaching and learning of Mandarin Chinese from beginners to advanced level, are widely used in schools in the UK.

James Trapp 蒲华杰

Primary Network Coordinator

James Trapp is the Primary Network Coordinator at the IOE Confucius Institute, leading a five-year project sponsored by the HSBC Global Education Programme to promote and support the study of Mandarin as a modern foreign language in primary schools. James has a particular interest in making Mandarin accessible to young learners, and in 2009-10 co-authored schemes of work for KS2 Mandarin for the then DCSF through the Training and Development Agency. He has further developed this into a KS2 Programme of Study for the UCL IOE Confucius Institute network. He has a focus on the constructive use of Chinese art and culture in Mandarin teaching drawing on experience in classrooms and after-school clubs across a wide range of primary and secondary schools, and also through his work in his former post as China Education Manager at the British Museum.

He has an Honours degree in Chinese from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with special papers in pre-Han archaeology and early Buddhist sculpture. He has travelled extensively in China and has published books on Chinese science and technology, Chinese characters, Chinese proverbs, Chinese astrology and a translations from the original of The Art of War and the Dao De Jing.

Philippa Vallely 刘晓梅

Teacher Training Coordinator

Philippa Vallely (200 x 200)Philippa is responsible for the strategic planning, development, delivery and evaluation of the UCL IOE Confucius Institute for Schools’ CPD programme for Mandarin teachers in the UK. This includes pre-service and in-service training, involving multiple aspects of support, including language support, teaching for examinations and assessment, and language teaching pedagogy. This comprehensive programme caters for teachers at all levels, from total language beginner to native speakers, increasing access to Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture for teachers.

As part of the project management of teacher training, Philippa has developed courses on the UCL IOE Moodle system, ensuring that teacher training is made accessible online as well as face to face. In addition, Philippa has helped design, support and develop an online beginner’s course in Chinese, developed by experts at UCL IOE CI, launched in 2014. Since the start of the course, over 290 teachers and student teachers have accessed this free resource, supported by online classrooms, forum discussions and face to face training.

Philippa was previously Academic Director for a group of junior language education centres. Prior to that she worked in Malaysia as a teacher trainer/ mentor, on a Ministry of Education teacher development project, delivered by the British Council. Additionally she has ten years’ language teaching experience, including six years in China where she also studied Mandarin at Beijing Culture and Language University.

Philippa holds a Master’s degree in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education, an Honours degree in English and Theatre Studies from Warwick University, CELTA and a Trinity Diploma in TESOL.

Lin Pan 潘琳

Mandarin Excellence Programme Coordinator

Dr Lin PAN is Mandarin Excellence Programme coordinator at the UCL IOE Confucius Institute. She was an associate professor at Beijing Language and Culture University and a research fellow at Institute of Education, University of London.

She obtained her PhD on language education from the Institute of Education (IoE), University of London under the IoE’s Centenary Research Scholarship from 2006 to 2010 and the Sino-UK Research Excellence Scholarship by China Scholarship Council from 2006-2009.

Sam Gray 葛瑞

Project Manager – Mandarin Excellence Programme

Sam joined the Confucius Institute in January 2017, as Project Manager for the Mandarin Excellence Programme.

Sam is an APM trained project management specialist with a background in Politics, having graduated from the University of Surrey with a BsC in the subject.  Sam also has a Level 4 Distinction from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

In 2012, Sam spent some time teaching English in Wuhan, Hubei province. During his time in China he was also able to carry out award winning research for his university studies.

After graduating, Sam took up a position working for the British Council. During his time at the organisation Sam worked on a number of communications focussed projects, including celebrating the organisations 80th anniversary and promoting a new overseas teaching collaboration with Aardman Animations. Sam then moved on to focus on delivering and developing the China strand of the organisations bi-lateral Language Assistants programme, working alongside higher education institutions, schools and high profile partners from across the UK and China.

Naomi Li 李洁华

Project Officer – International Liaison

Naomi gained a BA in English literature from Hainan University in China and two postgraduate law degrees from both Beijing and London universities in 2004. She has previously worked in the field of radio, print and TV journalism for several years including BBC and the Financial Times in both China and England. She has been working in education in her current role as project officer since 2007. She has been teaching Mandarin to supplementary schools and private students in her spare time.

Naomi has been organizing China Camps for English students to visit China and learn about Chinese language and cultures since April 2007. Up to 2011, over 1,500 English students and teachers have taken part in the annual Summer Camps programme to broaden their views and understanding about China. As a project officer for the Chinese Networks, she has helped with the writing and editing of the teaching materials for Jinbu 1 and Jinbu 2 as well as Edexcel GCSE Chinese textbooks. She also works on the day-to-day running of the Confucius Institute.

Nicola Larkin 兰妮

Project Officer – Chinese Networks

Nicola holds a Masters degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a BA in History from the University of Glasgow. In 2008, Nicola spent a year teaching English in Foshan City in Guangdong Province. In 2010, she studied Mandarin at the prestigious Nankai University in Tianjin. Nicola has previously worked in the third sector, managing a Chinese arts charity in Glasgow, before joining the IOE Confucius Institute.

Nicola works on the day-to-day running of the Confucius Institute, focusing on the China Study Camps and teacher training events.

Eleanor Stuart 艾利

Project Officer

Eleanor has a background in modern language studies, having graduated from The University of Manchester with a BA in German and Chinese in 2013. During her studies she spent a semester developing her German language skills at Universität Innsbruck in Austria, before spending a year at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou studying Mandarin.

On graduating she undertook an internship role in international student recruitment based in Shanghai before moving back to the UK. Eleanor also has experience in PR for the private sector and before joining the UCL IOE Confucius Institute, she worked with international students in a Higher Education setting.

Eleanor works on the day-to-day running of the Confucius Institute, focusing on the Mandarin Excellence Programme.

Tomoyo Miyakawa 宮川朋与

Project Officer

Tomoyo holds a Master’s degree in Arts Management from the City University of London, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Tokyo College of Music. Tomoyo has previously worked for the London Symphony Orchestra for 10 years, promoting the LSO’s education and community programme. She is a PRINCE2 qualified project management specialist and speaks English, Japanese and Chinese (HSK Level 3).

Tomoyo works on the day-to-day running of the Confucius Institute, providing cross-project support to the team. She believes learning languages is an enriching experience and feels honoured to be part of the multi-cultural team.  Tomoyo’s long-term aim is to create stronger global partnerships between the UK and Asia.