Joseph Needham SACU / Peking University Essay Competition Awards 2018

  And the winner is …! On Tuesday 4 December the Awards Ceremony of the ‘Joseph Needham China / UK Friendship and Understanding SACU / Peking University Essay Competition’ took place at Oundle School in Northamptonshire.   Oundle School is the former school of Professor Joseph Needham of Cambridge University who founded SACU, with others, in 1965. SACU is proud to be associated with Professor Joseph Needham and has a longstanding relationship with Oundle School which houses SACU’s archives.   SACU and Peking University jointly sponsor the annual essay competition on the theme of friendship and mutual understanding between the […]

George Hogg SACU / Peking University Essay Competition Awards 2018

  It is Awards Season again! On the evening of Wednesday 28thNovember, the Awards Ceremony of the ‘George Hogg China / UK Friendship and Understanding SACU / Peking University Essay Competition’ took place at St George’s School in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.   George Hogg (1915-1945) grew up in Harpenden and attended St George’s School. He was a journalist reporting in wartime China and a vocational teacher who ran a school for war orphans. He is celebrated in China for his work in the wartime co-operative movement with a museum and memorial to him in rural North West China.   SACU and […]

ICCIC Delegation visit to UK, 26-30 September 2018

  SACU welcomed an ICCIC delegation for their short stay, 26-30 in September. For this trip the delegation wanted to follow in the footsteps of George Hogg. ICCIC stands for the International Committee for the Promotion of Chinese Industrial Co-operatives (Gung-Ho-ICCIC) ( which has been helping people establish member-owned co-operative enterprises since 1937. In an extremely short trip the delegation managed to visit all the main British sites associated with George Hogg (1915-1945), journalist, vocational teacher and key player in the wartime Gung Ho co-operative movement in China’s North West.   The ICCIC delegation was led by Michael Crook, Chair […]

Team SACU raises money for the George Hogg Education Fund

Congratulations to Team SACU! SACU Treasurer Yuan Gao and SACU Council member Cai Chen teamed with friends She Zhou, Yunxi Xu and Amally Ding to run the Music Fun Run on Saturday 21 April 2018, raising £60 for the George Hogg Education Fund. The SACU team ended in 27th position out of 48 teams in the Team Relay with a total team time of 50.35 minutes. CUKRUN is a not-for-profit Chinese community running club in London which generously offered to help SACU’s fundraising at this running event by donating the team’s registration costs to the George Hogg Education Fund. The […]

SACU’s Early Days – Spring Social 2018

SACU members, long-standing and new, had a chance to get together at the SACU Spring Social, held on Tuesday 17th April 2018 at the Strand Campus of King’s College London. This was the first of this year’s SACU ChinaCafés, members-only events with informal discussions and refreshments. Anyone interested in SACU is welcome to come along to a SACU ChinaCafé and join on the evening and we were delighted to welcome several new members at this event. The theme for the evening was “SACU’s early days”. Zoe Reed, our Chair, gave an introduction to SACU and its early days for the benefit […]

SACU’s Manchester Event: China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Connecting the World

SACU held a hugely successful event in Manchester – China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Connecting the World: SACU Panel Discussion – on Friday 20 April 2018, 3.00-6.00pm at the Samuel Alexander Lecture Theatre, University of Manchester.  The event consisted of short presentations by four expert speakers followed by a panel discussion of the scope and impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on the countries directly involved and the world in general. The panel was composed of: Professor Michael Wood of the University of Manchester (historian, writer, broadcaster and presenter of the BBC four-part series, ‘The Story of China’). Shao Zheng, […]

Zoe Reed Speaks at Charity Auction

Our Chair, Zoë Reed, attended a charity auction organised by the Sino-British Cultural Exchange Society on Sunday 11th March 2018 in favour of the Ensuring We Remember Campaign to erect a memorial to the 96,000 Chinese Labour Corps involved in WW1. She was invited to speak at the opening and said she was delighted to bring greetings from SACU to such an important Campaign chaired by Steve Lau. The event was conducted in Chinese to a Chinese audience and so our Chair made a special mention of SACU’s aim now to particularly invite Chinese people into membership. She explained that SACU […]