Business Confucius Institute Project Assistant

University of Leeds

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*This post is open to current University of Leeds undergraduate or postgraduate students only*

Are you a current University of Leeds undergraduate or postgraduate student with an interest in marketing, communications or Mandarin Chinese teaching? Would you like to gain valuable experience of working in a cross-cultural environment? 

The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds (BCI) works to promote the understanding of Chinese language and culture with a business focus on helping companies to communicate more effectively with Chinese customers. The BCI delivers a range of activities to achieve this objective, including Mandarin courses, Chinese Proficiency Exams, online content, and events that are open to all (University students, staff and the general public).   

The Project Assistant will play a key role in helping the BCI to achieve its objectives. Working within the BCI team and supporting the Communications and Engagement Officer you will contribute to a variety of BCI activities, such as scheduling and creating content for the website and social media, as well as organising events.  

Through these activities you will have the opportunity to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and Mandarin learners, internal and external to the University and to develop communication, project management and intercultural skills.  

What are the benefits? 

As a Business Confucius Institute Project Assistant you will:

  • Enhance your employability and gain experience of working in a professional office environment; 

  • Connect with a wider community of Mandarin learners and inspire other learners through your work; 

  • Experience working with colleagues from different cultures and develop your intercultural competence; 

  • Gain experience of writing for the web and producing engaging content in various formats for social media; 

  • Apply your knowledge of Chinese language and culture; 

  • Gain a unique insight into the work of the BCI and develop your understanding of the market for Mandarin language courses and exams in Leeds; 

  • Develop key skills and experience for your CV, including team work, interpersonal and communication skills, initiative, organisation and project development. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

As a Business Confucius Institute Project Assistant your main duties will include:  

  • Assisting with the recruitment of candidates to provide case studies for the blog and social media; 

  • Contributing to the creation of blog posts, emails, social media posts and web content, helping to ensure that content is accessible and generating subtitles for video content where required; 

  • Helping to develop the Business Confucius Institute Instagram account; 

  • Assisting with the organisation of events. These may be online or in-person; 

  • Contributing to meetings where appropriate; 

  • Making suggestions for improvements to content and processes based on the data collected; 

These duties provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable duties may be required consistent with the grade of the post.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Frances Noble, Communications and Engagement Officer 

Location:  Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Business
School/Institute:  Business Confucius Institute
Category:  Administrative and Clerical Support
Grade 3

£20,948 to £22,214
p.a. pro rata
Working Time:  8 hours per week
Post Type: 

Part Time Term Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (Fixed-term from 1 November 2023 to 21 June 2023 (Term time only))
Release Date:  Saturday 02 September 2023
Closing Date:  Monday 09 October 2023
Reference:  BUSCI1002
Downloads:  Candidate Brief
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