Our Staff

Natasha Bowman, Administrative Assistant

Natasha joined SCILT in 2014 as Administrative Assistant for CISS, after working in schools in both Asia and Africa.

Natasha provides administrative support to the Project Coordinator for all CISS events and projects. She is responsible for developing and maintaining CISS’s website and social media presence, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and the Tianjin Scholars’ blog. Natasha manages CISS’s enquiry service and coordinates the production of the bi-annual CISS newsletter. She handles financial processes within the CISS office and oversees travel related bookings.

Contact

LH-233 Lord Hope Building
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

Tel: 0141 444 8180

natasha.bowman@strath.ac.uk

Briony Burns, Modern Apprentice

After leaving school in June 2014 Briony decided to begin studying Early Education and Child Care at South Lanarkshire College. She studied here for two years but in 2016 decided that this wasn't the career path that she wished to follow. Since 2013 Briony had been involved in the Chinese group at Universal Connections where she became very interested in the Chinese language and culture. Briony was also fortunate enough to be able to take part in two cultural visits to China in 2014 and 2016, where her interest in China grew stronger. When she returned from China in 2014 Briony was able to gain her HSK level 1 qualification. She intends to start working towards the HSK 2 qualification at some point in the near future in order to increase her knowledge and understanding of Mandarin. Through Briony's experiences and visits to China she has gained a good knowledge and understanding of other languages and cultures and the importance of learning about them.

Through Briony's experiences with Universal Connections she realised she would like to have a jobwhich relates to China. Briony joined the CISS team in September 2016 as a Modern Apprentice. She is looking forward to learning and gaining new skills and qualifications as she works. Briony is also looking forward to learning more about China and how the Confucius Institute works at promoting the learning of Mandarin within schools and other organisations.

Contact

LH-233 Lord Hope Building
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

Tel: 0141 444 8190

briony.burns@strath.ac.uk

Jiaxing Du, Mandarin Teacher

Contact

LH-233 Lord Hope Building
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

jiaxing.du@strath.ac.uk

Katie Hawkins, Project Coordinator

Katie has been with the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools for 5 years. As Project Coordinator, she leads on the development, planning and implementation of CISS projects, conferences and events whilst managing the day to day operations of the organisation.

Katie works closely with CISS’s major stakeholders and acts as a point of contact for the Confucius Classroom hubs. Katie is experienced in leading large groups of pupils and education professionals on trips to China. She has line-management and mentoring responsibility for a number of staff and works side by side with her colleagues and the Senior Management team to foster relationships with partners in China, develop strategic plans and achieve the overall aims of the organisation.

Contact

LH-233 Lord Hope Building
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

Tel: 0141 444 8171

katie.hawkins@strath.ac.uk

 

Meryl James, Professional Development Officer

A Welsh speaker from Aberyswyth, Meryl is an enthusiastic advocate of other languages and cultures. She read Russian, German and later Swedish at university. Meryl has worked in a wide variety of fields such as Social Welfare, Health, and latterly Education, always using her language skills. Before joining CISS in 2012, Meryl worked for eight years as a Modern Languages Development Officer for Perth & Kinross. Meryl is now the Senior Professional Development Officer at CISS.

Meryl supports of the Confucius Hubs and provides effective CLPL for Hanban teachers, the Chinese Teacher Network and colleagues in schools or other sectors such as FE colleges. She also develops Mandarin learning resources for CISS.

Meryl works with partners such as RZSS (Edinburgh Zoo) to provide further contexts for learning and CLPL opportunities for teachers. Meryl also works in partnership with Project Trust, a charity which sends 17-19 year olds abroad for one year to work on a variety of projects. This partnership also supports the SCILT ‘Language Linking, Global Thinking’ initiative.

Meryl works to develop the Scottish Government’s initiative of Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce; working closely with DYW groups across Scotland. Meryl is heavily involved in the annual Business Brunches events; held in six regions, from the Ayrshires to Inverness and Aberdeen. Most recently Meryl has worked with Founders4Schools.

Another core area of Meryl’s work is “Business Language Champions”, whereby schools are linked to a local business thereby increasing uptake in languages, especially when linked to the ‘Languages for Life and Work Award’.

Meryl leads the annual CISS Teacher Immersion Course for primary teachers and secondary teachers who need to deepen their knowledge of Mandarin to support the ‘Wider Achievement’ element of the curriculum in the Broad General Education or Senior Phase of the curriculum.

Contact

LH-232 Lord Hope Building
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

Tel: 0141 444 8176

meryl.james@strath.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Fan Lin, Depute Director

Fan Lin is the Depute Director of Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools. As a qualified bilingual teacher in Chinese and English, she has been involved in the education profession for more than ten years, particularly in the teaching of Chinese, in both the UK and China. In May 2010, Fan was seconded to work as the general manager of the Confucius Institute at Learning and Teaching Scotland and then moved to the University of Strathclyde when CISS was launched in 2012. This role involves overseeing the promotion and development of Chinese language and culture in Scottish schools. Fan works closely with the Scottish Government and Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters to set up and manage Confucius Classroom Hubs across Scotland. The close educational links Fan has fostered between China and Scotland help deliver the expectations of Scottish government’s China strategy and 1+2 language policy.

Fan was an associate tutor for the PGDE Chinese course at Edinburgh University from 2009 to 2013 and Vice Principal at Glasgow Chinese School, Stow College. Prior to this, Fan worked with the Scottish Qualifications Authority to develop National Qualifications in Chinese languages in Scotland. At the SQA Fan worked as both the Development Manager and Principal Assessor of Mandarin and Cantonese. As a Principal Assessor, Fan lead and coordinated a team of Chinese language teachers and used her expertise to ensure high standards and quality of assessment.

Fan has established CISS’s wide network with various stakeholders in the UK and China, such as the Chinese Embassy and Consulate, British Council, Scotland China Education Network, and most importantly, with Hanban. As well as working closely with Scottish partners, Fan also works with Chinese communities and business in Scotland, such as Glasgow Chinese School, Aberdeen Chinese association and Seewoo Chinese supermarket and restaurants.

Fan facilitated the expansion of the Confucius Classroom hubs network from 9 initially to 16, with further expansion planned by 2016. She negotiated a scholarship programme with our partners in Tianjin, which is now in its second year, and introduced immersion visits to China for Scottish teachers and headteachers. The exponential growth of CISS under Fan’s leadership led to CISS being awarded World Confucius Institute of the Year 2014.

Contact

LH-232 Lord Hope Building
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

Tel: 0141 444 8168

fan.lin@strath.ac.uk

 

 

Judith McKerrecher, Professional Development Officer

Jude provides support for schools as they further develop their strategy for the implementation of the Scottish Government's 1+2 policy with particular reference to Mandarin but she also works with SCILT to deliver training and adapt the projects she leads to other languages and contexts. Jude provides support for hubs, developing and delivering CLPL as part of the Professional Development Programme for Mandarin and provides advice for the launch ceremonies of new hubs.

Jude leads projects in learning for sustainability, outdoor learning and wider achievement in partnership with other national organisations. She also supports existing projects which promote the learning of Chinese in schools by developing resources and ways to track progression. Jude leads the professional learning of Hanban teachers and British Council Chinese Language Assistants and has responsibility for the Hanban teacher handbook, supporting Hanban teachers to identify appropriate CLPL pathways during their time in Scotland, facilitating the smooth operation of the national mentoring process for Hanban teachers in collaboration with partners. Jude identifies examples of good practice in language education which contribute to SCILT/CISS promotional events and annual conferences. She also promotes and supports pupil immersion courses and trips to China and conducts research on behalf of CISS to ascertain impact of the projects she leads.

Contact

LH-232 Lord Hope Building
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

Tel: 0141 444 8177

judith.mckerrecher@strath.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Fhiona Mackay, Director

After graduating from the University of Glasgow with an MA in French and English, Fhiona lived and worked in Paris before returning to Scotland to undertake a PGDE at the University of Strathclyde in which she received a distinction.

Fhiona worked for several years in secondary schools, becoming principal teacher of Modern Languages in a large and vibrant department, offering French, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin.

In her capacity as director of SCILT and CISS, Fhiona advises and informs Scottish Government language policy and supports its implementation in schools.  She also provides strategic leadership to all the Confucius classroom hubs in Scotland, working in close partnership with Hanban, Tianjin Education Commission and Scottish Government.

She is an active contributor to Scottish Government’s Strategic Implementation Group that leads the realisation of the recommendations of Language Learning in Scotland: a 1+2 approach.  Similarly, Fhiona is an active advisory board member of the Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) and is a trustee of the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET).  Working with a wide range of national and international partners, Fhiona is a well-known advocate of languages and is determined to create a climate in which language learning flourishes. 

Contact

LH-232 Lord Hope Building
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

Tel: 0141 444 8163

fhiona.mackay@strath.ac.uk 

Mandy Reeman-Clark, Senior Administrator

Mandy has been with Scotland’s National Centre for Languages for 12 years and is responsible for the overall administrative, financial and strategic running of SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages and CISS, the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools. Mandy is part of the Senior Management Team and works closely with the Director and Depute Director in liaising with Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Confucius Institute Headquarters in China, facilitating meetings, events and projects across both SCILT and CISS.

She is directly involved with SCILT’s many networks and works in close liaison with SCILT’s strategic partnerships, disseminating information through the Languages Network Group Scotland (LANGS). Principal roles include responsibility for administration of SCILT and CISS finances and contracts; recruitment and induction of staff and management of staff issues including health and wellbeing; overall responsibility for all professional learning and national conferences and ICT support at events.

Contact

LH-232 Lord Hope Building
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

Tel: 0141 444 8164

mandy.reeman-clark@strath.ac.uk



Li Tian, Chinese Director

Before coming to Scotland, Li Tian taught high school English for 16 years in Tianjin, China. She started as a classroom teacher before being promoted to Principal Teacher of the Languages De-partment, and then Director of International Department at the high school affiliated to Nankai Uni-versity, one of the best universities in China.

In 2007, Li Tian was awarded the opportunity to work as a visiting scholar. For four months she taught Chinese language and culture in primary schools in Philadelphia, USA. Through this experi-ence, she has become more aware of the methodology of teaching languages and culture. Since then Li Tian has been doing educational research in the area of motivating students and increasing their interest in learning languages and cultures, using different methodologies and multi-media. Li Tian has a good relationship with her students and the majority of them have been admitted to top uni-versities at home and oversees. She is interested in professional development and grasps opportuni-ties to develop in her profession.

Li Tian is excited to have been given the opportunity to work in Scotland. She is employed by the Tianjin Education Committee, the Hanban and Confucius Institute Headquarters, and has come to Scotland to support the work of CISS. She is looking forward to finding out more about the Scottish education system, and to working with the motivated teaching colleagues in the languages community.

While she is in Scotland, Li Tian will be working as Chinese Director for CISS, liaising with CISS, teachers across Scotland, the Chinese Hanban and all the Confucius Classroom Hubs. Li Tian’s main responsibilities include supporting the Tianjin teachers, helping them make the most of their time, teaching, learning and developing in Scotland.

Contact

LH-232 Lord Hope Building
University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

Tel: 0141 444 8160

l.tian@strath.ac.uk

Yi Zeng, Mandarin Teacher

In August 2016, Yi Zeng joined the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s Schools as a Mandarin teacher and is very delighted to have been given this opportunity to work in Scotland.

In 2014, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Fujian Normal University in the major of Teaching Chinese as a Second language. After that, he passed the selection held by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and went to Confucius Institute at Angeles University in Philippines to work as a volunteer teacher for 13 months. In September 2015, he became a member of the Institute of Global Chinese Language Teacher Education in East China Normal University.

He thinks teaching is a very interest and challenging job. He has taught students from a lot of countries; the Philippines, Indonesia, America, Vietnam, France and organised a series of Chinese cultural activities, like the Spring festival, the Mid-autumn festival and so on. All of that let him experience different kinds of thinking and cultures.

He is an enthusiastic advocate of other languages and culture. He can speak Chinese fluently and speaks basic French and Indonesian. He is looking forward to facing different kinds of challenges and building up friendly relationships with his colleagues.

Contact

LH-233 Lord Hope Building

University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

Tel: 0141 444 8170

y.zeng@strath.ac.uk

Minrong Zhang, Mandarin Teacher

Contact

LH-233 Lord Hope Building

University of Strathclyde
141 St James Road
Glasgow, G4 0LT

minrong.zhang@strath.ac.uk