Professional Courses and Conferences

Students Wellbeing and Administration Support (SWAS)
This project is dedicated to the advancement of the mental health and wellbeing of international students, in recognition of the challenges experienced when studying outside one’s “home” country and culture. The inaugural international conference held in June 2019 launched the joint ‘China-UK Counselling Association’, with a committee comprising counsellors from both countries, co-led by Alan Percy and Géraldine Dufour, Head of Counselling Service at Oxford and Cambridge respectively.

Lectures, workshops, peer networking events, cross-cultural dialogues and academic visitor exchanges focus on:

  • Identifying and understanding the barriers impeding international students’ use of university counselling services, with a corresponding increase in engagement and access
  • Insight and exposure to the cultural variants and influences on therapeutic models, such as the impact of Confucianism on psychodynamic approaches; cultural norms and conventions in the application of mindfulness, person-centred therapy; etc.
  • Disseminating shared learning and best practice across the Higher Education sector, including publication of academic research papers

Teaching and Learning (TAL)
A collaborative project between top-tier universities in the UK and China, “Teaching and Learning” promotes excellence in education at all stages and levels, from both policy and pedagogy perspectives. Through intensive residential short-courses, international symposia, peer-partnering and role-shadowing, educationalists from the two countries share and compare the challenges and innovations of their distinctive systems and approaches.

Topics are explored within and across culturally-specific contexts, from the macro level of governmental educational systems to the micro level of individual schools and classrooms:

  • Pedagogic methods within subject fields and interdisciplinary
  • Innovations in curriculum design, syllabus development and assessment regimes
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Evaluation
  • Technology enhanced learning: inclusivity and impact
  • Integrating research and teaching
  • Education in alignment with employability

Technology, Society and Ethics (TSE)
This highly targeted, compact course, offers bespoke lectures and interactive seminars with Oxford academics and researchers working at the frontier of emerging technologies. It focuses on three aspects: the relationship between technology and ethical values, the role of technology in human wellbeing and flourishing, and the economic, political and social implications of emerging technologies. There is consideration of gene editing and human genomics, Artificial Intelligence, robotics/automation and employment, regulation of smart technologies and data control, social media, and much more.

In linking technology, society and ethics, this course leads in applying the knowledge of the humanities and social sciences in addressing existential trends and transitions of the 21st century. It asks: how can we assure that contemporary and emerging technologies are beneficial, responsible, and sustainable for our civilisations, species and planet?

The Oxford-China Restorative Justice Project plans to hold its inaugural Symposium in 2021.

Currently experiencing a renaissance in over 40 countries, restorative justice views crime as extending beyond “law breaking”, and considers the harms affecting individuals, relationships and the community. It is based on a vision of justice as relational and addresses overcoming harm and wrongdoing using restorative practices. Such approaches can be found in a range of sectors within contemporary society, most notably in the criminal justice system, educational institutions, and public service organisations.

The Symposium will provide a unique platform for engaging academics and practitioners in a critical cross-cultural conversation and dialogue of experiential models and examples of restorative justice. It has a two-fold objective: 1) to learn how the principles and values that are core to restorative justice are being understood and practised in different cultures and contexts; and 2) to raise awareness and inform the development of restorative ideas and practices through research, educational publications, and knowledge exchange.

This interdisciplinary project is rooted in the extensive and renowned historical Chinese collections of the Angus Library at Regent’s Park College. The collections comprise manuscripts, photos, letters and publications spanning Baptist ministry missions to China in the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. Through this project, scholars from Chinese universities are invited to access and study the materials, discoursing with their Oxford counterparts on the multiple interpretations of this valuable archival evidence. Themed research projects illuminate daily life and social issues in China during this critical historic period, including education, hospitals, theology, and the history of women. It is anticipated that the project will generate seminal publications and reports. Biennial exhibitions, seminars and tours will be taken to China, showcasing these materials from an earlier episode of cross-cultural interchange.