Tuesday 17 June 2014


Five Hong Kong Students awarded summer school experiences in the UK

The British Council has awarded five local students with a UK summer school experience as a result of the UK Summer School Competition 2014 with the support from British Airways and five prestigious universities in the UK

At an awards ceremony last night, the British Council and British Airways presented five Hong Kong students with the opportunity to experience a summer programme at some of the top universities in the UK, as the winners of the British Council’s UK Summer School Competition 2014.

The five worthy winners were determined by the essays they wrote about “Who or what from the UK inspires you the most and why”, which was judged by Robert Ness, Director of British Council Hong Kong, Tracy Dedman, British Airways regional general manager, Greater China and the Philippines, and Dr Christopher See, PhD candidate of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong and graduate of the University of Cambridge.

“As the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations, the British Council is proud to launch the UK Summer School Competition this year to promote the strengths of UK education,” said Robert Ness. “It has been an interesting experience reviewing the high-quality essays written by the students, expressing their passion about some of the best representations of the UK’s culture. I am confident that, with their enthusiasm, they will enjoy the experience of a life-time with the cultural diversity, and the inspiring English-speaking environment that UK universities offer.”

“British Airways has a rich heritage of supporting Hong Kong students as they take the exciting plunge of studying at these prestigious universities in the UK,” said Tracy Dedman.  “The standard of the essays exceeded my expectations and the calibre of the institutions they will visit are certainly fitting for the winning students.”

The five successful students will receive awards that include return flights with British Airways, university accommodation, and a place of study at one of the summer school courses in June to August this year. Details of the winners and their trip are:

Name and school

Topic of essay

Receiving university in the UK

Doris Man-sze Lam from St. Margaret’s Co-educational English Secondary and Primary School (secondary 4)

My teacher – Mr Barnes

University of East Anglia

Queenie Kwan-yi Ngan from St Mark’s School (secondary 5)

Harry Potter

SOAS, University of London

Rachel Lee-ting Pang from Queen Elizabeth School (secondary 5)

Billy Elliot

University of Leeds


Karen Hiu-man Lai from POCA Wong Siu Ching Secondary School (year 12)

Victoria Beckham

University of Stirling

Violet Wai-yuk Tang from TWGHs Sun Hoi Director’s College (secondary 5)

Jane Austen

Aberystwyth University

For more details, please visit www.educationuk.org/hongkong, British Council Hong Kong’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishCouncilHK, www.ba.com or British Airways’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/britishairways

Notes to Editor

About British Airways

British Airways' route network currently serves more than 170 cities in 75 countries. British Airways has been flying to Hong Kong for over 75 years and currently operates 14 flights a week between London Heathrow and Hong Kong. The airline is the first to launch an A380 service from Hong Kong to London, and flights on this aircraft commenced on October 23, 2013.

The airline operates from the state-of-the-art Terminal 5 at London Heathrow, which is exclusive to British Airways’ and Iberia Airlines’ customers and is capable of handling 30 million customers a year. In March 2014, Terminal 5 was named by Skytrax as the Best Airport Terminal for the third year running, based on surveys of 12 million frequent travellers. T5 also won the Best Airport Shopping award.

In September 2013, British Airways was awarded the Best Airline, Best Short-Haul Airline, Best Business Class and Best Frequent Flyer Programme by Business Traveller following a survey of the magazine’s readers in the UK. Recently, British Airways was named the UK’s Consumer Superbrand of 2014, securing the top position against 1,500 other brands and becoming the first airline or travel brand to win the prestigious title. For further information on British Airways, please visit ba.com.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. 

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes. In Hong Kong, we have been doing this since 1948, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover, which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.