Zhu joined the University of Edinburgh in 2007 and is Chinese Language Programme Director, overseeing Chinese language provision across Asian Studies, Open Languages and the Confucius Institute for Scotland. She directs curriculum development of Chinese language courses on both UG and PG levels and also contributes to the design and revision of Chinese language courses for the general public. Zhu has extensive experience in training Chinese language teachers as well as in teaching language classes at ab initio to advanced levels.
Zhu holds a PhD in Translation Studies from Newcastle University. She carries out research in the fields of translation studies, Chinese language teaching methodology and second language acquisition. She is also an active translator engaged in various forms of translation. Her latest translation publications are the Chinese translation of Miles Glendinning’s Architecture’s Evil Empire? (《迷失的建筑帝国》published in Beijing in 2013）and Edward Hollis’s The Secret Lives of Buildings (《建筑的前世今生》published in Beijing in 2014).