Laura Davies BA (Hons), MA (Cantab), PGDipM, Chartered Marketer, FCIM, CELTA
Cambridge Dream’s founder and Managing Director is Laura Davies. Laura has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Modern and Medieval Languages from Cambridge, as well as postgraduate business qualifications and Cambridge’s Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (CELTA). Laura is a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Previously, Laura held senior international positions within ICI, KPMG, Andersen Business Consulting and Market Insights, where she was commissioned to undertake research and strategy consultancy projects for leading universities, the UK Government and other high-profile institutions.
In 2014 and again in 2017, Laura was presented with an award by UKTI (UK Trade and Investment), now known as Department of International Trade (DIT), a British Government department, in recognition of her collaborative work with partners in China to foster educational and cultural exchange links. In July 2015, Laura was invited to join the British Prime Minister’s trade delegation to Singapore and Malaysia, where she helped launch the Great British Year of Education and represented the United Kingdom as an Education specialist in high-level government meetings.
Neil Davies BA (Hons), MA (Cantab)
Laura’s husband Neil has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Cambridge in Natural Sciences and has enjoyed a successful management career in leading global companies. As Cambridge Dream’s Company Secretary, Neil is responsible for ensuring that Cambridge Dream complies with standard financial and legal practice.
Keith Welsh BA (Hons), PGCE
Keith Welsh is a qualified Geography teacher and an accredited Sports Leadership instructor. As well as managing all the operational aspects of the summer school programme, Keith is the person responsible for ensuring the safeguarding and welfare of participants. This means he can deal with any personal problems that learners may have while they are in the UK.
Lucy Davies BA (Hons)
Lucy Davies has responsibility for excursions and evening entertainments. Lucy achieved a first class teaching degree at Liverpool John Moores University and is a full-time school teacher when she is not busy with Cambridge Dream in the summer. Her experience includes organising airport transfers, liaising with group leaders and delivering sports activities.
The Cambridge Dream course participants are taught by professionally qualified teachers and trainers, who are graduates experienced in using a range of teaching and learning methods to deliver stimulating lessons that engage and actively involve learners. We are continuously expanding our team to ensure we can offer as wide a range of subject expertise as possible to our learners.
We have several scholars from Cambridge and Oxford on our team, including Dr Helen Scales, the world-famous Cambridge marine biologist, broadcaster and writer. Helen regularly speaks on the BBC and has written several beautiful books about the biological wonders of the oceans. She has worked as a conservationist for the World Wide Fund for Nature and the World Conservation Union, specialising in coral reef conservation and the global trade in endangered marine species. In her lectures for our students, Helen brings to life the animals and places that are normally out of sight and out of mind.
Other Cambridge lecturers in our team include Dr. Hsin-Ling Liang (a nano-technology expert currently developing smart materials for the Internet of Things), Bang Ming Yong (a PHD candidate in Virtual Reality at the University’s Institute for Manufacturing), Gerald Mako (a History and Politics graduate from Oxford University and currently a Cambridge PhD candidate in Development Studies) and Akshyeta Suryanarayan (an archaeologist from New Delhi, India, currently completing her PhD at Cambridge).
Dr. Hsin Ling Liang
Bang Ming Yong
Akshyeta took her Bachelors degree at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania and completed her Masters (MPhil) at Cambridge. Her doctoral research focuses on the reconstruction of ancient culinary practices in the Indus Civilisation, South Asia’s first urban civilisation (c. 3000-1900 B.C). Akshyeta has also worked on archaeological excavations and projects in Oman, U.A.E, Jordan and Turkey. As part of her interest in questions of representation and the display of archaeological and anthropological collections in museums, Akshyeta has contributed to projects such as ‘take hold’ with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge, and has organised a set of critical museum tours as part of the Festival of Ideas in Cambridge. She has lectured in archaeology in India and the United Kingdom, and has supervised undergraduates at the University for over 2 years.
In 2017, we welcomed Susi Watson to our teaching team. Susi is an expert in helping students to develop their problem-solving skills through visual thinking. She has worked with many top Business schools including Stanford, IESE, Cranfield School of Management and Cambridge Judge Business School, as well as leading companies such as California Academy of Science, Bank of America, Cisco Systems and Disney.
In 2017, Melissa Lee joined our team, delivering careers advice and university preparation for students attending the summer school. When she is not working with Cambridge Dream in the summer, Melissa is a professional careers advisor and leads a careers department in a local Cambridge Academy. Melissa grew up in Hong Kong where the pursuit of excellence in education is inherent in the culture. Melissa graduated in Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and completed a Masters in Education at Cambridge. In addition to her careers education role for local Cambridge students, Melissa is the founder and Executive Director of UK Education Garden, which offers careers advice to international students aspiring to study in the United Kingdom.
Cambridge Undergraduates work alongside our summer school students throughout their stay in Girton College. They are each assigned a small group of about 6 learners, whom they support during the programme, giving them valuable knowledge about the subjects they are currently studying at Cambridge. In 2018, the undergraduates’ subjects included medicine, law, engineering, science, mathematics, economics, politics, social science, history, philosophy, geography, English and psychology.
On arrival, the mentors take the students to their rooms and show them around. The mentors live in college during the whole programme, assisting with activities, teaching small subject-specific classes (Cambridge-style supervisions), doing practice interviews (15-18 year olds), helping with personal statements (15-18 year olds), accompanying students on cultural visits and answering their questions.
Not only are the mentors academically accomplished, they are also talented in music, sport, drama and debate. Many of them already have teaching experience either in the UK or overseas.
I believe in the power of aspirational education to change lives.