Frances Weightman 蔚芳淑

Frances Weightman

Frances graduated in Chinese from the University of Edinburgh in 1993. After a couple of years teaching English in Jiangxi for a Chinese NGO she returned to Edinburgh and read a PhD on classical Chinese tales of ghosts and fox spirits, moving to the University of Leeds in 2001.

Currently Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at Leeds, she teaches a wide variety of courses including language, contemporary literature, literary translation, politics and modern history. Her research interests have also expanded to cover Chinese fiction from all periods as well as contemporary Chinese politics.

Frances leads on the ‘Writing Chinese: Authors, Authority and Authorship’ initiative, based at the White Rose East Asia Centre in the University of Leeds, and is Chair of the Expert Panel for Mandarin Excellence Programme, an intensive language programme for schools in England, which aims to get at least 5,000 pupils on track to fluency in Mandarin Chinese by 2020.

We are grateful to the following organisations for their support
BACS University of Leeds BCI
British Council