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Our Team

Administration Team

Michael Simmons

Michael Simmons

Acting Executive Director

Michael Simmons is the Acting Executive Director of LSBU's Confucius Institute. Michael also leads the University's Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO). He joined LSBU in 2005 to establish the Development Office. The Development and Alumni Relations Office is responsible for the University's fundraising programmes as well as for the LSBU Alumni Association, including our Honorary Graduates. In addition, Michael has a great interest and passion for promoting Chinese language, culture and traditional Chinese medicine.

Yannan Yu

Yannan Yu

Project Manager

Yannan Yu is the project manager for the Confucius Institute at London South Bank University (LSBU). Yannan was a university lecturer in Shanghai and prior to that she was among the very first group of teachers sent by Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) to teach Mandarin in the Philippines. Yannan is passionate about promoting Chinese language, culture and wellbeing.

Teaching Team

TCM teachers

Ian Appleyard

Ian Appleyard

Course director for the M.CM

Ian Appleyard is the course director for the M.CM (Acupuncture) graduated with a BSc in Acupuncture from Westminster University in London in 1998. He worked as an acupuncturist in private practice in Brighton for 4 years. He then spent 3 and a half years in China learning the language and continuing his acupuncture training. During this time Ian studied at the Shu Guan Hospital and the Meridian Research Institute, which are both in Shanghai. In addition he completed a year of postgraduate clinical training at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanjing (which is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a training institute for Chinese Medicine). Previously he had also studied with a private practitioner in Japan in 1996.

Weidong Huang

Weidong Huang

Director of the MSc Research and Evidence based Practise Acupuncture

Weidong Huang graduated from the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) following eight years of professional and systematic training in Chinese and western medicine and was awarded his masters degree. He lectured and practiced as a doctor at BUCM, specialising in acupuncture and Chinese medicine before coming to the UK in 1999, to practice as an acupuncturist and a doctor of Chinese medicine. In 2009 he completed his PhD research project in traditional Chinese acupuncture for stress and was awarded PhD degree by Thames Valley University. Currently he works as a senior lecturer in acupuncture programme at London South Bank University.

Xingbo Zhang

Xingbo Zhang

A lecturer in CI for TCM, comes from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and majored in history and literature of TCM. He has a deep understanding of the history and culture of TCM, and is ready to share his knowledge and ideas with anyone who is interested in TCM.

Chinese language and culture teachers

Liya Wang

Liya Wang

Chinese Director

Wang Liya is a professor from Harbin Normal University with a lot of teaching experience. She is committed to promoting Chinese language and culture in the UK.

Yang Han

Yang Han

Chinese language teacher

Yang Han is a lecturer from Harbin Normal University. She has experience in teaching English, Mathematics and Mandarin Chinese across all age groups. She is committed to promoting Chinese language and culture and building bridges between China and the UK. She is interested in comparitive studies of both countries’ education systems, and believes that the sharing of good practice can benefit students in both countries.

Jianfeng Shen

Jianfeng Shen

Jianfeng Shen, an experienced teacher from Harbin University, mainly responsible for teaching and interpretation of HSK courses in CI for TCM. He is committed to teaching Mandarin course. Through teaching, he accumulates abundant practical teaching experience and knows well the psychological character of students in different ages and deeply understands the importance of cultivating students’ learning interest, combine teaching with entertaining, untraditional teaching models, flexible teaching forms and innovation.

Miao Wang

Miao Wang

Ms Wang Miao is a teacher from Heilongjiang International University. she is enthusiastic and has great passion for her work.She is interested in comparative studies of the educations in China and the UK. She has rich experience of second language teaching and enjoy sharing with students the beauty of traditional Chinese cultures. She believes that,as the tie for better understanding, the sharing of cultures will be of great benefits for people from both countries.

Ying Pan

Ying Pan

Ying Pan, an experienced teacher from Harbin University of Science and Technology, Heilongjiang. Having taught writing, extensive reading, intensive reading and didactics, she accumulated lots of practical teaching experience and knew well about the teaching models and teaching atmosphere necessary for younger children.