RCUK China, established in 2007, was the first overseas office set up by the Research Councils. By establishing the RCUK China office, RCUK was the first UK organisation to leverage funding from China’s major research funding agencies in priority areas such as energy, health and life sciences, environment and food security, and green growth and cities.
We have been able to identify the connections that yield the greatest mutual benefit including several cross-council and world-leading interdisciplinary research programmes. As of 2016, over £172 million in joint funding has been invested by the Research Councils and Chinese counterparts.
Director RCUK China: Grace Lang
Grace Lang joined RCUK China in August 2008 as Deputy Director and became Director of the office in August 2014. She previously headed up the Science and Innovation (SIN) section in the British Consulate-General in Chongqing to drive UK-China research collaborations in southwest China via partnership mapping and project initiation. She was the SIN national lead on identifying locations of research strength in engineering and materials science in China. Grace also worked as an English lecturer in Sichuan International Studies University before joining the Consulate.
Deputy Director: Glen Noble
Glen joined RCUK China in October 2015. Before that he spent 3 years working for the Economic and Social Research Council where he worked on a range of high profile programmes such as the Digital Economy Theme, the Urban Living Partnership and the Newton Fund, he has also led joint projects with Innovate UK and a variety of UK Government Departments. Glen has completed a PhD in urban geography and worked as a fundraiser and educator in the voluntary sector.
Office Manager, Yiming Hu
Yiming Hu joined RCUK China in April 2017. Before that she spent 5 years working for the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES) where she involved into office management and coordination in the international science and technology cooperation programme. She has also worked for a Finnish smart city company in Beijing, responsible for administration management.
Programme Coordinator: Zeying (Maggie) Hu
Maggie joined RCUK China in August 2013. She previously worked for the German International Cooperation (GIZ, formerly known as GTZ), responsible for programme management and coordination in areas of: microeconomic development and reform policies; resource-based and -deleted cities; regional development and cooperation; green public procurement policies; and other environment-related topics. Maggie also worked for the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).
Communications & Programme Manager: Jack Smith
Jack has lived in China for eight years, where he worked extensively in both state and international media, including NewsChina magazine, Foreign Policy and Time Out, before joining RCUK in the summer of 2016. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh School of Chinese Studies and a specialist in contemporary Chinese language and culture, Jack also spent time at Dalian University of Technology and the Beijing Film Academy before launching his career as a journalist and editor.
Programme Coordinator: Wang Chan
Chan joined RCUK China in September 2016. Prior to that, she worked for the Australian Embassy in Beijing since 2009 on science/innovation policy research and joint research project facilitation funded through Australian Government’s bilateral science fund with China. Chan also worked for the Investment Promotion Agency of Chinese Ministry of Commerce before joining the embassy.
Contact details for RCUK China can be found here.