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 University, as well as postgraduate business qualifications and the University of 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 University 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 Universities on our team, including Dr Helen Scales, the world-famous Cambridge marine biologist, broadcaster and writer and Emily Hill, our Academic English lecturer. Emily studied English at Oxford University, and gained an MA in Applied Linguistics from Birkbeck, London University.
Other Cambridge University 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 Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing) and Gerald Mako (a History and Politics graduate from Oxford University and currently a Cambridge PhD candidate in Development Studies).
Dr. Hsin Ling Liang
Bang Ming Yong
In 2016, we were joined by lecturer, Meghan Strong, an archaeologist currently completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Meghan has lectured on archaeology and Egyptology throughout the UK and United States and she has worked in Egypt for over a decade as a writer, photographer, and archaeologist. Her photographic work has been featured on the websites of National Geographic, NBC, CNN and LiveScience. She is currently editing a volume examining the interplay of archaeology and conflict across the globe.
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 University 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 also joined our team. Melissa is a professional careers advisor leading a careers department in a local Cambridge Academy and delivers careers advice for students attending the summer school. 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 the University of 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 and insights into the subjects they are currently studying at Cambridge. In 2017, the undergraduates’ subjects included medicine, law, engineering, science, computer science, mathematics, economics, politics, social science, history, philosophy, geography, English, modern languages 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.