Institute of Creativity and Innovation (ICI)

Lecturer (Grade 8) or Senior Lecturer (Grade 9) in Design, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

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LOCATION: Xiamen University, Zhangzhou Campus, China

Full Time: 36.25 hours per week

Salary: £39,347 to £54,395

We are building a team of skilled creatives, designers, teachers, and researchers to join us in beautiful, sub-tropical, South-East China. Our Teaching Fellows and Senior Teaching Fellows have a deep understanding of subject-specific principles and their application, combined with the ability to engage and inspire students. 

You will develop and deliver undergraduate units that specialize in a range of skills educating students in design, creativity, and entrepreneurial skills within the creative industries. These units encourage students to develop cutting edge creative thinking skills and develop innovative design projects that actively respond to real-world problems in our changing global environment. The units also teach key principles of entrepreneurship that help students imagine and potentially realise their projects as start-up businesses.

Ideal candidates have a higher degree in relevant field related to design, creativity and/or entrepreneurship along with professional experience of at least two consecutive years of higher education teaching or a teaching qualification. To be considered for this role, candidates must demonstrate experience in both creative design and entrepreneurship/startups. For example, educated designers with experience of starting businesses may be considered suitable. Active research in the field or ongoing professional practice are considered assets.

You will be part of a special department at the Institute of Creativity and Innovation specialising in core skills shared by all disciplines. As such, the modules you teach allow the students to develop interdisciplinary skills that enhance their knowledge base and can be applied to a range of personal, creative and theoretical abilities. We embrace innovative and collaborative teaching styles across all our modules and encourage teachers to adapt and modify content to suit their styles and specialisms. This is a unique opportunity to be part of an institution during its inception and to contribute to its future direction and success.

The Institute of Creativity and Innovation (ICI) is a dual-degree institute founded by Xiamen University (XMU) and the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We’re located on XMU’s Zhangzhou campus, which boasts a park-like atmosphere, with mountains on one side and Amoy Bay on the other. It’s a short commute to beautiful beaches, or the city of Xiamen, the multicultural centre of South-East China.

We have multiple requirements, and these will be permanent contracts. UCA offers a competitive compensation package that includes:

  • 35 days of personal holiday 
  • Enrolment in the Teacher’s pension scheme
  • Medical Insurance coverage in China for self and family
  • Visa application expenses for self and family
  • Flight cost
  • Settling-In Allowance
  • Annual repatriation (home visit) allowance
  • Free accommodation in China for self and family
  • School or Nursery/ Pre-school allowance
  • Tax advice

By joining the ICI you will become part of international community of designers, architects and researchers involved in visual arts, environmental studies, and new media. Our educators are involved in pioneering projects and teaching methodologies which they apply in their research and mentoring practices. They are a community of expats committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity within teaching and working environments.

We are looking for the passion and drive needed to contribute to the successful establishment of the Institute and to contribute to the ongoing development of its course portfolio in line with the needs of the emerging Chinese creative industries.

If you would welcome an informal chat about the role before applying, or any aspect of living and working in China, please contact Duncan Breeze by email ( providing your contact details. 

Come and join a growing community of design professionals in a location that inspires creativity – you won’t be disappointed.


Please click on the link below. You will need to upload the following documents to complete the application process:

  • Your updated CV.
  • A cover letter addressing your suitability for the role 
  • Your portfolio and/or any other supporting documents that you believe would be beneficial (Optional

Priority will be given to applicants with experience of working in the UK, or other countries where courses are taught in English.

Candidates must be able to meet the Chinese visa requirements. UCA will assist with obtaining a visa.

Interviews will be ongoing; this role will remain open until filled. 

At UCA, creativity and innovation are at the heart of what we do. Our legacy of educating eager and passionate artists, makers, and thinkers runs back almost 160 years, and today we’re helping shape a global future that supports and nourishes talent worldwide.

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) aims to be a welcoming and inclusive University that is truly representative of all the diversity in society. We particularly encourage applications from people from minoritized ethnic groups and people with disabilities who are currently under-represented within the University.

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Lecturer (Grade 8) or Senior Lecturer (Grade 9) in Design, Creativity and Entrepreneurship
300 Nanbin Avenue China Merchants Economic and Technological Development Zone Zhangzhou, China
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