14 – 18 YEARS   

Your opportunity to develop 21st century leadership skills highly valued by universities and employers

During July 2020, Cambridge Dream is partnering with MRL®-EDU, a Cambridge-based youth leadership development and executive leadership and management training provider, to offer a range of half-day and full-day online courses, focusing on 21st century global leadership skills.

The coronavirus pandemic will leave a challenging legacy for young people at a critical early stage in their lives. We have therefore specifically designed our courses as an affordable way to help young people acquire the skills, capabilities, resilience and confidence, that are needed to overcome setbacks and seize opportunities in this new environment.

The Managing Director [Laura Davies] and other senior managers are very well qualified and experienced and have a clear vision for what they want to achieve…All the staff are passionate about carrying out their responsibilities to the highest possible standards…A wide variety of interactive fun activities ensures enthusiastic participation and promotes the development of participants’ thinking and problem-solving skills. Their understanding and skill development are monitored very well by trainers.

Inspector’s Report Summer 2019


Every participant will receive an official certificate for the courses they have completed, accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, the professional membership body for global leaders and managers. Its mission is to inspire great leadership and to help young people at the start of their journey to become world-class leaders.

Accredited Certificate

Course Information

Our online courses focus on key 21st century skills, including:Course Information

  • university preparation
  • personal statements and CVs
  • interview skills
  • team working
  • critical thinking and problem-solving
  • study skills and time management
  • effective communication and presentation skills
  • motivation, stress management and resilience
  • sustainability and global awareness
  • social responsibility.

Each course has been designed to facilitate live, interactive learning, analytical thinking, teamwork and discussion. Through project-based learning, real-life case studies and break-out tasks working in small international teams, participants will develop university-level ‘learnability’: the ability to ask the right questions, find and evaluate information, apply findings to problems and quickly learn what works – or does not!

Course Information

Lead Tutors

The courses are taught by Dr. Roni Ajao and Laura Davies, who are professionally qualified trainers with real-life global leadership experience and higher degree qualifications from Cambridge and Oxford Universities, as well as ongoing academic links to other top-ranking universities and business schools in the UK and globally.



DBA, MBA, M.Sc, M.Phil, FInstLM, CMgr FCMI, FAPM
Founder and Executive Director of MRL®-EDU

Dr Ajao is an Associate Professor and international Management Consultant, who holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Durham University (UK), an M.Phil. from University College London (UCL), an MBA from City University London, and an M.Sc. in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC in Paris (France) and Oxford University (Said Business School). Dr Ajao also holds a certificate in International Development and Global Change from the University of Cambridge, a Post-graduate Certificate in Management Research from Cranfield University Management School, a Certificate in Leadership from Harvard University and an Advanced Management Programme qualification from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania. Internationally, Dr Ajao is an experienced adviser to governments and has worked on several key programmes, including projects for the United Nations (UN), the World Bank and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Dr Roni Ajao is the founding member of MRL Public Sector Consultants (Ltd) which was established in October 2002 following her departure from PwC Consulting (formerly Pricewaterhousecoopers). Since the company’s formation, MRL® Public Sector Consultants Ltd has grown and now incorporates MRL International Educational Services (MRL®-EDU), which specialises in youth and executive education and training. The organisation is a recognised Practice of the Institute of Consulting (IC), a Corporate Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), a Corporate Affiliate Member of the Association for Project Management (APM) and a Corporate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

Dr Ajao has an intrinsic passion for education, more specifically, educating and mentoring the youth and up and coming executives which she has been actively undertaking since 2008. Dr Ajao has taught and regularly teaches at various prestigious educational institutions, such as, Cambridge Judge Business School (Cambridge University), Manchester Alliance Business School (Manchester University), Liverpool Business School and Anglia Ruskin University London (ARUL).

In the UK, since 2008 MRL®-EDU has been preparing and placing students directly in Russell Group Universities. Examples include Durham University, LSE, Kings College London, Imperial College London, Manchester University, Lancaster University, UCL (International Foundation Programme), Exeter University, Warwick University, Nottingham University, Surrey University and Newcastle University. Engagement with US universities started in 2012 working in partnership to gain admission to Texas A&M University, University of Vermont, Drew University, the University of Washington, University of South Florida and many more.

In the UK, Dr Ajao has been awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Consulting (IC), Fellowship and Chartered Status of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI); Fellowship of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Fellowship of the Association for Project Management (APM). Dr Ajao is also a member of Chatham House and is a Panel Member for the UK Ministry of Defence – Women in Defence (WiD) Initiative. In 2018, she was invited to be a Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD).

Dr Ajao initially trained as a land surveyor and town planner before moving into management consultancy with a special interest in the implementation of large complex programmes to address policy. At PwC Consulting (formerly Pricewaterhousecoopers), Dr Ajao was employed as a Senior Consultant in the Government and Defence Service where she worked as the Change Management Lead on key initiatives for the UK Ministry of Defence. Prior to working for PwC Consulting, Dr Ajao was a Management Consultant within the Government and Public Service Practice of PA Consulting, where she worked in a senior capacity on several UK central government programmes. Examples include Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Cabinet Office, the Driving Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA), the Department for Education (DfE) and the National Health Service (NHS).

As the founding Director of MRL®, Dr Ajao has led a number of high-profile consulting assignments for several government departments. Examples include the Department for Transport (DfT), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as the interim Director of Communications, Publicity and Stakeholder Management for the entire UK Census and the United Kingdom Identity and Passport Service (UKPIS). At UKPIS she was the Project Manager for the Authentication by Interview (ABI) Project which was fully implemented to reduce identity fraud in the issuance of British Passports. The scheme is still operational today. Dr Ajao’s work involves working with government Ministers, Ambassadors, Senators, Members of Parliament (MPs), House of Representative Members, Permanent Secretaries, State Governors, and other senior cadre within the UK and at the International level.

For further information, please visit http://mrl.uk.com/


Laura Davies

MA (Cantab), PGDipM, PGDipEx, Chartered Marketer, Fellow CIM, CELTA
Founder and Managing Director of Cambridge Dream

Laura Davies is an award-winning entrepreneur, lecturer, researcher, tutor, trainer, consultant, coach, speaker and writer. Laura was one of the UK’s first female Board Directors under 30 years old and has over 25 years’ experience at Company Director level across a range of business sectors. She has a Masters degree from Cambridge University and postgraduate international business qualifications, and is a Chartered Marketer and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

After an international career in industry, Laura moved into management consultancy and executive coaching, before becoming an entrepreneur. She has authored reports and articles on global leadership and undertaken marketing, research, thought leadership, communications and strategy consulting projects, working with senior executives of FTSE 100 companies, as well as top-ranking UK Universities and the UK Government’s education, skills, business and international trade departments.

Laura started her career with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), where she served in a number of senior commercial positions with international sales and product management responsibilities, before moving into her first Director role in a management consultancy, where she helped to manage the company’s acquisition by ‘big 8’ consulting firm Andersen, now known as Accenture. She worked for eight years as a business consultant with Andersen and subsequently KPMG, before starting her own market research and business strategy consultancy in 2003. Laura has been commissioned to write business articles for national media and won a writer’s award in the US for a thought leadership piece on Dynamic Strategy in High Tech Companies.

Drawing on her many years of expertise in the knowledge sector, in 2007 Laura co-founded her first education business, UK Language Courses, directing residential short programmes for young international students in prestigious boarding schools and universities throughout the UK. In 2014, Laura returned to her academic roots in Cambridge where she founded Cambridge Dream to provide immersive leadership and academic study courses in a Cambridge University College for young people from across the globe. Cambridge Dream is accredited as a short course provider by the British Accreditation Council.

In 2014 and 2017, Laura was presented with awards by the British Government’s Department of International Trade in recognition of her collaborative work with overseas partners to foster educational and cultural exchange links. In July 2015, Laura was invited to join a delegation of government and business leaders to Singapore and Malaysia, with former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, for the launch of the Great British Year of Education.

Laura’s vision is to equip young people with the 21st century leadership skills, resilience and self-confidence they need for academic and career success. As well as directing the Cambridge Dream summer programme in Cambridge University, Laura provides year-round tutoring, coaching, university preparation and online leadership courses. Many of the students she has supported have successfully completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at top-ranking universities in the UK, US and Asia and have gone on to have high-flying careers in finance, academia, medicine, law, science, engineering, government, business, education and the media.

For further information, please visit www.cambridgedream.com

Online Courses


Students can select one or more courses to suit their individual interests and needs. To provide participants with the additional flexibility to fit courses around their time zone or other commitments, we are offering half-day courses as well as full-day courses. They are all affordably priced at Eighty Pounds £80 (GBP) for a half-day course and One Hundred and Twenty Pounds £120 (GBP) for a full-day course.

The price includes an accredited certificate from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

6 courses for the price of 5

Add a free half-day course if 5 or more courses are booked at the same time.

After you complete the booking form and make your payment, we will contact you to confirm your place and provide any relevant pre-course materials.


It’s inspiring and amazing. It’s everything you want from a programme. Student

The course is not long, the impact is so far-reaching. Parent

The Cambridge Dream Summer School was fundamentally important to my personal and intellectual progress in year 10.” Student

There are very high student satisfaction levels within an enjoyable learning experience Inspectors, Summer 2019

Dates and times

Dates and Times

Each online course (half-day or full-day) starts with registration, introductions and instructions to ensure lessons are efficient, enjoyable and safe.

Click on the link below for the dates of courses being offered for 14-18 year olds during five weeks in July.

Please note that some online courses are now fully booked due to high levels of demand. After receiving your completed form we will need to check and confirm availability for your selected course(s) before completing your booking.

14-18 years online courses July 2020

Booking Form

Please fill out the booking form to register your interest in attending your selected course(s). After submitting your completed form you will receive an email to acknowledge your booking request and to confirm if a place is available.

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Payments with Flywire

Cambridge Dream has partnered with Flywire to provide you with an easy and secure method of sending fee payments. Flywire enables you to pay in more than 150 currencies and ensures that we receive the full amount. To make your payment, please go to cambridgedream.flywire.com and follow the instructions provided. A dedicated multilingual customer support team is available via live chat, email and phone to answer any of your questions. Click on this link for more Information about Flywire.

Online Courses


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