Meet our Team

Marina Mozzon-McPherson

Professor Marina Mozzon-McPherson

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Whilst Head of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures (2010-14), Marina established the successful Chinese Studies degree, and played a leading role in establishing the Confucius Institute by forging links with Tianjin Normal University.

A passionate linguist and innovative language teacher, and applied linguistics scholar, she has been promoting and developing the study of languages in secondary and higher education. She has introduced Chinese and China-related cultural events into schools as part of her leadership of the Routes Into Languages programme for Yorkshire and Humberside. She has been instrumental in developing close and working partnerships between local schools and colleges and Chinese universities.

Her research into innovative pedagogies is at the heart of the work of the Confucius Institute at the University of Hull.


Liu Jianmei

Professor Liu Jianmei (Jenny)

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Professor Liu Jianmei is a mentor and academic counsellor at Tianjin Normal University to students studying in the Foreign Languages College. She is also the project leader for the National Social Science Fund of China project Traumatic Narrative of pat Barker’s War Novels, and has published several works on Pat Barker.

“It is a new and exciting experience for me to work with British colleagues at Hull. I hope we can promote the people to people bond between China and UK through Chinese language and cultural programmes, and our mutual commitment.”


Neil Maynard

Neil Maynard

General Manager
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Neil began his international career with the University of Central Lancashire, where he developed the fledgling international office, and then managed the University’s office in Beijing (1990-94). He joined the British Council in Hong Kong as Director (Education) (1994-98), managing the Education Counselling Service for Hong Kong, China and Macau.

At the University of Sunderland (1999-2004) he built up the University’s partnerships in China, and then spent time in Singapore and Malaysia (2004-2012) working for Lasalle College of the Arts developing partnerships in China in the creative arts, and then in Malaysia as a private consultant.

Neil has a good understanding of Chinese culture and history, and has travelled to many parts of China. He speaks some Chinese, and at the Confucius Institute is learning more.

“I hope that through the Confucius Institute at the University of Hull we can encourage many people to learn Chinese and gain an understanding of Chinese culture, and through this engage with China and its people.”

Neil is also responsible for developing and managing key strategic partnerships in China for the University.


Martha Chan

Martha Chan

Communications Officer and Administrator
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Martha worked as a journalist and editor for major newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong, and continued working as a bi-lingual freelance writer after moving to Hull. She has spent most of her adult life travelling around the world, interviewing people, and telling their stories through words and photographs.

Martha manages the institute’s external and internal communications work, and provides the day-to-day running and support to the Confucius Institute and its multi-national team. Through project managing a variety of cultural and language events, she gets to meet people from all walks of life, which she enjoys.

“My years as a journalist allowed me to visit many countries and experience different cultures. I hope to use these experiences and my journalist skills to promote a wider understanding of Chinese language and culture to people across the region.”




Wang Li

Wang Li (Alice)

Mandarin Teacher
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Alice is studying at Tianjin Normal University, majoring in Chinese Philology. She has a wealth of experience in second language acquisition, which she says is the perfect combination of fun and knowledge.

“Learning a language takes a long time, but as long as you persist, you will eventually achieve your goal.”


lu yanyi (lulu)

Mandarin Teacher
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Lulu has worked as a teacher at the Tianjin Electronic Information College for three years.  She obtained her masters degree in Arts Management from Fuzhou University.  She came first in the Twelfth Accordion Competition in Fuijian Province in 2009.
“Music is beyond boundaries.  Come and enjoy the magic of music with me”


Ma Ding

Ma Ding (Martin)

Mandarin Teacher
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Martin is studying at Tianjin Normal University, majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. He is currently having a placement at the Confucius Institute as a Mandarin teacher. He enjoys teaching and organising events to those who are interested in Chinese culture. By meeting students, he gets to pass on his knowledge of the Chinese language as well as gaining insights from the local community.

“A different language is a different vision of life.”


Lu Yanan (Julie)

Senior Mandarin Teacher
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Julie worked at the Tianjin University of Commerce as a language teacher. She has great experience in teaching students to learn foreign languages. She is good at organizing the class, inspiring students and using effective teaching methods for different students.

“To learn a new language is to learn a new perspective to view the world”, Julie believes firmly in this. She holds the belief that Chinese language is a totally different language and has little in common with European languages. Through learning Chinese, people will find a wholly new perspective on life and a new way to view the world.


Mi Di (Cindy)

Senior Mandarin Teacher
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Cindy, a qualified Mandarin teacher, graduated from Chinese University of Hong Kong with a MA degree in Linguistics and Tianjin Normal University with a BA in English Teaching.

Her MA thesis in second language acquisition was awarded Best Thesis of The Year by Hong Kong Linguistic Society. Her expertise lies in Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Language Teaching, International Collaborative Learning, etc. Currently she teaches Passport Chinese at the University of Hull, and Chinese Calligraphy at the Confucius Institute.


Yu Hongshan

Senior Mandarin Teacher
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Hongshan has worked at Tianjin Normal University, China as a Mandarin teacher since 2008. She worked both as a teacher to teach Chinese as a foreign language to international students and also an administrator in the Foreign Affairs Office. She has rich experiences in teaching Chinese as well as intercultural communication.

Hongshan has won the “Excellent Young Teaching Staff Award of International Students Education in Tianjin” by Tianjin High Education Association, International Students Education Branch. She believes that language is an important part of culture and language learning can be improved through different kinds of cultural activities.