Lecturer in Environmental Design (Lanzhou, China)

;, China

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Jun 2024

Swansea Campus & Lanzhou, China (hybrid working with travel to other locations as necessary)


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is proud of our dedicated and talented employees, and we work together as a team to make a difference to the lives of our students and the communities we serve. We are 14th in the UK for Social Inclusion and 28th in the UK for Teaching Quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2023), and 21st in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2023). Our success depends heavily on the commitment and skills of our people.

We are now looking to recruit a Lecturer in Environmental Design to be based in Swansea, within the Wales Institute of Science and Art (WISA) but will be focused on delivery at our partner institution in Lanzhou, China.


Lanzhou, is at the hinterland of mainland China and lies in the upper reaches of the Yellow River. It is an important city in the northwest region. With its beautiful mountains and rivers, profound history and brilliant culture and multiple ethnic groups, it is a prime choice for university to thrive and develop talents.

With its long history, strength in management and outstanding performance, it ranked among the top universities in China.  For further information please click here: https://en.lzu.edu.cn/


To deliver high quality teaching based in the UK but with the opportunity to spend a significant proportion of your work time in China – where all teaching will be in English. In the UK you will enable the further development of the partnership by facilitating other UK based staff members to engage more fully and liaise with colleagues in Lanzhou to ensure our Chinese students benefit from the latest UK educational materials and methods.

You will be under the line management of the Deputy Dean, Wales College Lanzhou but for operational day-to-day duties will work under the guidance of the relevant Programme and Partnership team leaders as well as working closely with Chinese colleagues.


To be successful in the role you must be a team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and sustain excellent working relationships in the UK and China and should have the following:

  • An undergraduate and postgraduate degree related to either Environment Design, Interior Design or Landscape Design, Architectural design
  • Evidence of the ability to deliver teaching, assessment and student support at undergraduate level in at least 2 relevant subject areas.
  • Demonstrable ongoing commitment to professional enhancement, scholarship and / or research and project work
  • Good organisational and personal management skills to balance competing pressures of teaching, scholarship, research, administrative demands, and deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to develop international relationships.
  • IT proficiency and experience of using e-resources including a willingness to teach by video-link, VLE, e-mail or website delivery
  • Demonstrable commitment to team working.
  • Willingness to work flexibly to meet role requirements – particularly long periods in China (e.g. 12 weeks)

It would be beneficial to your application if you have a masters level degree or PhD in a relevant discipline with a Teaching qualification and / or a TEFL qualification


Our employees get access to a great pay and benefits package in recognition of their valued contribution and in addition to these you will receive a competitive employment package while in China including:

  • Travel to and from China to undertake the teaching
  • Suitable accommodation while in China will be paid for by the University
  • Visa application support to enable you to enter and work in China
  • Health insurance equivalent to Chinese employees in the partner university
  • Legal Insurance
  • Mid trip travel where there is a business or personal need such as in the event of illness, family emergencies, unrest, or political issues
  • Language support and training which may be provided by UWTSD
  • WIFI and any relevant roaming charges incurred for business to get access to the full internet and UK social media within the Chinese firewall
  • Charges incurred in setting up a Chinese bank account as credit cards are not universally accepted
  • A contribution towards food and sustenance in line with UWTSD policies
  • An entertainment allowance for the purpose of networking and reciprocating Chinese hospitality (Chinese colleagues receive an allowance to entertain overseas staff once a month)

So, if you’re seeking your next challenge and the opportunity to share your passion for Art and Design with our students, with a valuable experience of living and working in China then please apply via the button shown.

Please note, this application process does not include the option to submit a CV. Therefore, your application will be assessed based on your answers to the application questions only and, in particular, your Supporting Statement.

Closing date: 21 June 2024, 11:59 pm

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