Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – School of Languages


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution and the first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for all programmes. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has over 18,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction is English. XJTLU aims to become increasingly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus. The University is also committed to the exploration of new models of higher education.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Suzhou has been ranked the 64th most liveable city in the 20121 Global Liveability Index. Additionally, it is well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to other major cities in China. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and the SIP has a higher GDP per capita than the UK. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals, UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens, and the I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum attracting millions of tourists annually. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there is a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

The School of Languages is a growing, dynamic and international centre, currently with over 200 full-time teaching staff from twelve different countries. We are involved in the teaching of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and Modern Languages (currently Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese). Both the School and the wider university have a strong commitment to the professional development of teaching staff. At the university level, new staff are enrolled free-of-charge onto a University of Liverpool postgraduate certificate programme, completion of which leads to fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA). The School of Languages also holds regular professional development events and training days. While the School of Languages is a teaching centre, with no specific research remit, there is a growing emphasis on pedagogical research and scholarship.

Further information on the School, University, and Suzhou may be found at the university website: http://www.xjtlu.edu.cn


  • A proven ability to enhance and implement a strategic vision for the School that aligns with University strategies;
  • A strong track record of success in all forms of HE management but particularly in the area of people management with an emphasis on building strong teams and processes as well as systems that support career development and enable staff through supportive annual review conversations. This includes conducting difficult conversations and, if appropriate, disciplinary hearings;
  • An established track record of academic success in EAP and/or Modern Languages with qualifications to at least Masters level;
  • A strong commitment to teaching-led research and innovation in education with special reference to CLIL and technology-enhanced language learning and the provision of an outstanding student experience;
  • Substantial experience in innovative curriculum and programme development in EAP and/or Modern Languages;
  • Experience managing and planning budgets as well as networking an academic unit internally and externally to build brand and profile;
  • Experience working within a thriving multicultural environment as a model intercultural ambassador for staff and students alike;
  • An ability to lead, uplift and inspire academic staff from within the school, across the four languages currently taught.


Salary is by negotiation and will be internationally competitive. There is a generous benefit-package including subsidies towards the costs of housing, travel, and children’s education, as well as the provision of insurance. There is also an allowance for the costs of relocation.


Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas. Please be advised candidates over 65 may be not eligible for PRC work visa.


Please submit your applications online via the apply button.

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:

  • • A cover letter specifying your suitability for the role
  • • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • • Contact details for three references (at least a reference from current or most recent employer. Preferably current employer *and* last employer)

Informal enquiries regarding the position may be obtained from Professor Chris Harris, Vice President Academic Affairs (Email: Chris.Harris@xjtlu.edu.cn).