Melissa Lee is the Founder of UK Education Garden, which offers excellent careers advice to international students. A dynamic and approachable individual with active listening and strong problem-solving skills, she helps students with their careers and academic development.
Melissa grew up in Hong Kong where the pursuit of excellence in education is inherent in the culture. It was therefore instilled in her to be passionate about lifelong learning.
She is an educator and mentor with over ten years of experience working in Hong Kong and Cambridge.
Being aware of, and adaptable to, the cultural sensitivities of working with international clients, Melissa is able to work with senior members of various institutions. She is an outstanding listener and appreciates how to maintain confidentiality professionally.
Dr. Irene Lau is a seasoned educator with extensive international experience. She has been active in advocating sustainability and governance across government, business, NGO and academia. The constituent building reflects from her prior engagement in both the public and private sector, including Senior Consultant of New York State Trade and Investment Representative Office (China and Hong Kong) promoting trade and investment; Deputy Director of Executive Education in Business School of the University of Hong Kong fostering global education; and Senior Director of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce shaping the business policy agenda.
Dr. Lau is zealous in driving social-economic improvements for the society. She bestowed the “Albert Schweitzer Medal of Honour in Humanity” in 2018 for enhancing social inclusion; received “The President’s Call to Service Award” in 2012, signed by President Obama in recognition of her community service which had led to the strengthening of the Nation; and the “World Outstanding Chinese Award” in 2008, for being a champion in providing educational opportunities for the underprivileged.
She holds professional qualifications as Chartered Governance Professional (CGP), Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS), Fellow of The International Institute of Management (FIIM) and Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors (FHKIoD). Her graduate study was obtained from The University of Cambridge with research focus on sustainability and performance. She was the Ambassador of the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership.
B Pharm (Hons), MRPharmS; RMA (Health & Social Care)
Anne is a working partner of UK Education Garden.
Her passion and experience in British education stemmed from bringing up her two children. She researched into '11 Plus Exams & How to Gain Entry into a Grammar School', 'How to Gain a Scholarship at a Private School' to ' How to Gain Entrance into Oxford & Cambridge Universities'.
Both her children gained scholarships throughout their secondary education at a private school and her older child gained an economics & management degree from oxford university and her younger one a business degree from Bath University.
Anne has personal experience of spending 4 years at a boarding school herself when she arrived England at 15 years of age and understands the cultural and language barrier a child faces when they land in a foreign country.
She believes that, as parents, we all would like our children to grow up to be independent, thriving adults and to be able to reach their full potentials, in whatever areas that may be. She is a mentor and advisor to a group of Chinese University students from Hong Kong.
Anne was in business both in pharmacy and healthcare for the past 20 years.
- B.A. (Hons, York) Educational Studies
- M.Phil. (Cantab) Research in Second Language Education
- Pg.D.E. in Education (English Language and Literature)
- Former lecturer of City University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Lecturer of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Author of children’s picture books
Fang Cai, an associate professor and tutor for master students majored in Anglo-American Literature at the Foreign Languages College of a university, China, also a PhD student in Comparative Literature and World Literature at the Faculty of Literature of this University. Currently she is engaged in literature research and thesis writing, travelling between China and the UK. From October 2013 to April 2014, she was a visiting academic scholar at the Faculty of English of the University of Cambridge, UK. In 2007, she took one-month academic visit to the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. In July, 2006, she went to Australia for further education in teaching methodology. She has been teaching for 26 years and has rich experience in one-to-one instruction for Gaokao students. She is also very experienced at teaching undergraduates and postgraduates. The courses she taught at university include Anglo-American Literature, Western Cultural History, Survey of English-speaking Countries, Literary Criticism Theories, English Audio-Visual, etc. She is keen on literature and writing and has published three monographs such as On the Edge of the Clouds: Cambridge Academic Visit Essays.
Because of her educational philosophy and successful guidance, her 19-year-old son is now a sophomore majored in psychology at the University of Adelaide in Australia and also serves as a teaching assistant at the same university. Her son is also the youngest professional basketball player of Chinese-Descent in Australian basketball history after signing a contract with the Central District Lions of the Australian Basketball Association this April. He is also the vice-captain of Basketball Team at the University of Adelaide. Her husband is a British engineer, who works for the Dutch company Philips. Based on the above experience, she has unique experience in studying and living in the UK and knows deeply the cultural differences between the east and the west. She is able to communicate fluently in both English and Chinese and can coach the students with a clear target.
I’m a Cambridge-based tutor of English Language and French at GCSE, IGCSE, International Baccalaureate and A Level. I also tutor Italian up to GCSE/IGCSE level, in addition to coaching public speaking at the University of Cambridge and international etiquette and protocol to private and corporate clients. A graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School of Economics and a former overseas exchange student during my BA, I am well-attuned to the needs and expectations of international students in the UK. As a lifelong learner, currently studying and taking exams in my eighth language, Arabic, I really understand the process from the learner’s perspective.
I have 22 years' classroom experience as a qualified teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages, and was previously assistant guardian to 40 Japanese students in British boarding schools, helping them to make sense of the UK secondary system and daily British life. Since 2008, I’ve taught Academic English to international students at British universities. I’m always thrilled to see my students of all ages develop in confidence and ability during our time together, and work closely with parents, advisors and guardians to ensure that our objectives are clear and achievable.
Commercial and Residential Property, Immigration Law and Licensing
Background and Experience
Andy is a partner and head of Real Estate and Property Department. Andy undertakes all work in his practice areas but is primarily instructed on high value commercial property development transactions and complex immigration appeal cases. Andy is also a licensing law specialist. He has vast experience acting for clients in the UK and from overseas, particularly high net-worth individuals from China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Andy also advises Oriental clients for cross-border commercial and investment projects and personal and corporate immigration matters.
Andy is a dedicated solicitor and is highly regarded for providing his clients with high quality and efficient solutions, and always puts great effort into every matter that he is instructed on.
Andy qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and speaks fluent Mandarin and Cantonese. He also runs a charitable organisation in Harlow.
Shin Liang Chin graduated with a Phd degree in physics from University of Cambridge. Upon graduation he continued to work as a post-doc at the famous Cavendish Laboratory, which gave birth to 29 Nobel prize winners his expertise is in condensed matter physics, specialising in the fabrication and characterisation of sub-micron magnetic materials. He has numerous publications and presentations at major international conferences. He also led an EU-wide research in materials for next generation data storage devices.
He left the university in 2016 and have continued. His research in private sector. More recently he has dive into applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to optimise manufacturing processes, root-cause analysis, and predictive analytics. He is still active in teaching physics and mathematics. And he is also a very accomplished debater, having founded the debating team at University of Cambridge.
Cambridge Consultant (Science)
Dr Shin Liang Chin
Kieron is currently studying Medicine at Imperial College London having graduated from The Perse School Cambridge with 3A* at A-level and 12A* at IGCSE/GCSE. Since joining The Perse aged 4, he has cultivated a drive for success, perseverance and lifelong learning, core aspects of his life which he wishes to share with all the students of UK Education Garden. With his excellent organisation skills, he balances medical school, sport and societies while also allowing time for independent lead research.
Kieron’s completion of a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification, appointment as a Biology Prefect and selection as a science mentor for primary school children has given him years of teaching experience. Regarded by his peers and tutors as a friendly, approachable and patient person, Kieron is always happy to help. Ensuring each student can fulfil their potential he strives to achieve their aims and ambitions as he works closely with the students themselves, parents and guardians.
During his free time Kieron likes to go for walks in Hyde Park and enjoys volunteering in local events. On completion of his medical degree he wishes to pursue a career as a surgeon.
Leo is a gap year student who currently resides in Cambridge. He is an extremely diligent individual with excellent time management and problem-solving skills, which have helped him achieve top grades at many prestigious institutions.
At the Perse School he achieved 11 A*s at GCSE, followed by 4 A*s at A Level at Hills Road Sixth Form College. Having spent a year at the Imperial College School of Medicine, Leo is currently taking a year out of his studies to help younger students achieve their goals with UK Education Garden and build up his skill base further before recommencing his studies next year.
Born to native Chinese parents, Leo grew up in Cambridge and spent much of his childhood immersed in two different cultures simultaneously, picking up how to speak Mandarin Chinese as well as acquainting himself with the ins and outs of English society. As a result, he is very familiar with the education system and is held in high regard by students and teachers alike due to his years of experience and outstanding achievements.
Leo是一名目前居住在劍橋的間隔年學生（at gap year)。他是一位非常勤奮好學的人，擁有出色的時間管理和解決問題的能力，這些都幫助他在許多著名的學校中取得了最高分成績。
Xuanyu is a PhD student at the Engineering Department in the University of Cambridge, and a member of Darwin College. Upon obtaining his BEng degree in China, Xuanyu was awarded the Marie-Curie fellowship from the European Commission to conduct his doctoral research at the Geotechnical Research Group in Cambridge. His research involves developing an advanced numerical software for modelling soil-water interactions, of which the understanding is crucial within the field of geotechnical engineering.
During his time in Cambridge, Xuanyu has also given supervisions to both graduates and undergraduates at the Engineering Department. He also received a secondment to Deltares, a major Dutch technological institute that enjoys high international prestige. Through working in the Netherlands with Deltares for 18 months, Xuanyu has been able to develop close contact with industry professionals there. Thanks to his multicultural experience, he has developed a deeper understanding of people from different countries on their education systems, lifestyles and professional life.
Xuan Li was a consultancy analyst based in Cambridge, UK. She has a diverse education background and working experience in different countries. During her undergraduate study, she spent half a year in University College London (UCL) and was a research assistant in a wastewater treatment project. Afterwards, she earned her master’s degree from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Xuan also worked as a consultancy analyst in Cambridge, water researcher in the Netherlands and civil drainage engineer in a municipal research institute in China.
Over the previous years of education, Xuan has obtained experience in supervising and interacting with students as an English teacher. She not only guides student academic study but also helps them enjoy the process of study and build up their confidence and interest. Thanks to the multi-culture education and working experience, she has developed a better understanding of knowledge learning and practical application.
Xuan Li 擁有多元化的教育背景和工作經驗。本科學習期間，她作為交換學生，在倫敦大學學院學習半年，並在實驗室擔任污水處理項目的研究助理。此後，她獲得了荷蘭代爾夫特理工大學的土木工程碩士學位。 Xuan 還在多個國家有過工作經驗，曾在劍橋擔任諮詢分析師，在荷蘭Oasen 國家飲用水水廠擔任研究員，在中國重慶市政研究設計院擔任市政排水設計師。
Alex currently studying medicine at Cardiff University. He moved to the UK 12 years ago from mainland China, therefore he is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese. Since moving to the UK, Alex has fully immersed himself in British culture, making many friends of all ethnicities and backgrounds. During University, he has learnt to fully embrace my Chinese heritage, through being on committee for cultural societies like ABACUS (Association of British and Chinese University Students), and CHIPS (Cardiff Healthcare International Perspective – a society for international students that study healthcare-related courses). These roles have given him the opportunity to mix with students from all over the world, such as Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, allowing him to gain an insight into studying in the UK from an international student’s perspective.
During medical school, Alex has also developed an interest in teaching/mentoring. He has taken up as many opportunities as he could to participate in and organise revision sessions for junior medical students, as well as helping students from state schools with their medical school applications.Outside of academics, he enjoys playing badminton, running, and hiking.
Alex feels that he is an enthusiastic and approachable individual with a strong and growing interest in Asian culture – he could see myself potentially working in Hong Kong/Singapore in the future. Having many international friends at University, and given his own ethnic background, Alex can really empathise with international students due to the many challenges they face whilst studying in the UK, particularly in relation to adapting to British culture and lifestyle. He hopes to help as many of them as he can in the future.
With a strong passion on Art , photography and British culture, Cosette has a curiosity to ask questions. She was graduated to Hong Kong Baptist University. She majored Humanities in the university, which cultivates a human caring to her. In the final year, she joined the short term exchange as an internship to London.
Nowadays, she has been invited to join the team of UK Education Garden, in order to promote British and international culture to public. In the meantime, she is one of the editors on the Facebook page of ‘Happy England’ which provides a platform to people know more about England, as well as in the United Kingdom.
‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.’ We have never known the ending, but life is short. Stay positive and make happen to be great.
Being an affiliate student in University College London (UCL) currently, Ambrose Chan is one of the website designers of UK Education Garden. He has experience of designing web pages and editing magazines. He studies Linguistics and minors in Spanish in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and has obtained several awards and scholarships amongst his study, for example, the PI Scholarship and Min Sun Wong Scholarship.