Our deans provide academic leadership for research and graduate studies, International Business School Suzhou, and learning and teaching.


Professor David O’Connor

Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Professor David O’Connor is the founding Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at XJTLU. Following an undergraduate degree in biological chemistry and zoology, he pursued postgraduate studies in biochemistry at University College, London, and in molecular microbiology at the University of Liverpool. Subsequently, he was awarded a Royal Society postdoctoral research fellowship to work at the Medical School at the University of Geneva. Following his appointment to the University of Southampton his research has focussed on using proteomics to study host-pathogen interactions as well as on the development of new proteomic approaches. His studies in these areas have continued since joining XJTLU.

He has authored, or co-authored, more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and edited two books. He has served on a number of panels and major grant awarding bodies and was a governor of the Institute of Food Research. He was elected president of the British Society for Proteome Research and served on the Council of the European Proteomics Association between 2009 and 2011.

In 2013, he received the award ‘My Favourite Foreign Teacher in China’ from the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs for his services to higher education. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

Professor Jean Chen

Dean of International Business School Suzhou (IBSS)

Prior to joining Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Professor Jean Chen was the Head of Southampton Business School and a Chair Professor in Accounting and Finance at the University of Southampton, UK.

Professor Chen also worked as the Associate Dean of Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, the Vice President and Chief Executive of Surrey International Institute, and a Chair Professor in Financial Management at the University of Surrey for 16 years and has worked in the UK Higher Education Sector for 28 years.

Professor Chen was elected by the UK Business Schools and held two senior roles as a Council Member and the Chair of Council's International Committee in the UK Royal Chartered Association of Business Schools (ABS) during 2014 and 2015.

Professor Chen has many links through her involvement in professional bodies and industries. She has been an academic member of the Association of International Accountants (a major UK professional body for chartered accountants). She has also maintained links with industry through research collaborations, short courses and consultancies, such as for the British Government (DFID and DTI), the EU, the Bank of China, and private companies.

Professor Chen has intensive experience of international collaboration through research with world leading universities, joint educational programme development with overseas universities, and student recruitment for more than 20 years.

Dr Stuart Perrin

Dean of Learning and Teaching

Dr Stuart Perrin has been at XJTLU since 2012, having previously working at Queen Mary University of London. After starting his career as a traffic engineer and transport planner he moved into teaching English, taking up roles in Poland and the Czech Republic.

He has worked for both private educational providers and universities, in the areas of pre-university and foundation programmes, in-sessional English and study skill provision, academic literacies, and international student recruitment and marketing. He has also lectured at a number of universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and served as an external examiner for foundation programmes.

Stuart completed his PhD in education in 2010. His thesis title was: "Situated Identities in Language Learning: A Case Study of Chinese Students in London".