About Us

We are Leg Up

About Us

Leg Up was founded with the vision of synthesising the highest standard of education consultancy with a revolutionary new way of learning. While we firmly believe in the value and importance of academic excellence we also realise that in order to remain competitive in an increasingly dynamic and turbulent world it is no longer sufficient to rely solely on traditional forms of teaching.

It is for that reason Leg Up adopts a holistic approach to ensure our clients are provided with a rigorous and academically excellent education in addition to a novel and practical real life mentorship. Leg Up caters to all ages and we believe gaining admission to elite schools is only the first step on the journey of accomplishment and self actualisation.

In a dynamic and constantly changing world it is essential to Learn With Purpose inside and outside of the classroom

Meet our team

Senior Consultant

Paisley Livingston

Senior Consultant

PhD The Humanities Centre, Johns Hopkins University

BA Department of Philosophy, Stanford University

Paisley received his BA from Stanford University (Department of Philosophy) and was awarded his Ph.D. by Johns Hopkins University. He has supervised and helped students gain admission to prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, and NYU. He has extensive work experience in the university sphere having served as Full Professor at McGill University, Guest Professor in the Department of Humanities at Siegen University, Germany, Associate Professor at The University of Copenhagen, and Chair Professor of Philosophy and Academic Dean at Lingnan University. Before moving permanently to Hong Kong, Paisley was an invited Research Fellow at Kyoto University. Over the span of his career he has supported, taught, and tutored hundreds of students across multiple institutions and countries. He has written a total of 9 books, all published by top-tier presses (Oxford University Press, Routledge, Oxford Clarendron Press, Cambridge University Press, The Johns Hopkins University Press,) Cambridge University Press, Cornell University Press, and Cornell University Press). An experienced professor and consultant, Paisley is fluent in five languages and has written and co-written over 100 articles for the most reputable and highest ranked journals.

Senior Consultant

Michael Lawson

Senior Consultant

PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London


MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bristol


Michael Lawson received his Master’s degree (Top in the year, 1st class honours, 2013) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Bristol and later received a PhD (2019) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London. Michael started teaching students as part of his PhD degree, and has continued to tutor and advise students on the admissions process for several years.Michael is experienced with tutoring students for the UKiset and ISEB preselection tests. After experiencing the education sector from top to bottom, as well as teaching students from age 6 to 22, Michael has a wealth of exposure in the right methods to help students thrive, whether they are a student who is feeling left behind from not covering a subject enough in class, or an ambitious student who wishes to get ahead of their peers. Michael offers bespoke teaching methods in order to enable each student to progress on their own individual paths. In addition to teaching, Michael is experienced with helping students to apply to their dream schools or universities. After seeing many students interview for Imperial College, Michael has a unique insight into the application process for entry to British universities, as well as what are the best techniques for passing an interview assessment. Michael has assisted successfully in the application process for many overseas students who have been starting their applications and writing their personal statements, providing feedback and ideas.

Educational Psychologist

Daisy Chow

Educational Psychologist

MA Social Sciences (Clinical Psychology), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

BA Social Sciences (Psychology), The University of Hong Kong

Ms. Daisy Chow is a Clinical Psychologist. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  She worked in the Mood Disorders Centre at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Spastic Association of Hong Kong.

In 2010, she founded Cheers Psychological Consultancy Services which aims to provide quality psychological services to children, adolescents and adults.  Ms. Daisy Chow is known as one of the most popular psychologists in Hong Kong as she is often interviewed by various media, including TVB, Viu TV, Cable TV, RTHK, Apple Daily, Oriental Daily, etc.

She has conducted more than 100 talks in various institutions , including, CUHK, HKU, HKUST, Caritas HK, Precious Hospital, etc. Recently she has been invited by the Educational Bureau and the EduHK to teach school principals and teachers about handling mental health problems.

Her expertise include diagnosing and treating autism, ADHD and mood disorder patients. She has a rich experience in providing psychological assessments. As a clinician and a mother of two children, she has particularly strong parenting skills.

Consultant

Boyu Xiao

Consultant

MSc Optics and Photonics, Imperial College London

BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham

Boyu received a First-Class honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the 4-year joint program between the China and UK campus of the University of Nottingham and is currently undertaking a MSc in Optics and Photonics at Imperial College London. He entered the University of Nottingham through the GaoKao examinations and gained unique personal experience through his research on the postgraduate admissions process and his successfulMSc application for a place at Imperial College London.He is delighted to share his personal take on postgraduate applications, especially in the natural sciences and engineering disciplines in theUK.

Also, as someone who is passionate about science, he has always enjoyed discussing and exchanging ideas with his fellow students. Therefore, he is able to offer solid support to school students working on mathematics and science subjects. For undergraduate students, he can provide help with mathematics for engineers and most electrical and electronic engineering topics. He also has extensive experience with writing and formatting coursework and lab reports that can be shared with science and engineering students.

Juliana Holanda

Consultant

MA Journalism, City University of London

BA Journalism, Federal University of Pernambuco

Juliana received her B.A. in Journalism from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, in 2004.In 2007, after being awarded with a scholarship from the European Union Programme AlBan Juliana pursued an MA from City University of London, starting her research on environmental journalism. Born and raised in a developing country with difficulties to protect its environment, environmental journalism has been particularly inspiring to Juliana and motivated her MA dissertation “The challenges of scientific and environmental journalism: The second-generation biofuels”. In 2009, she graduated with Distinction from the School of Journalism, Masters in International Journalism, and, in 2010, her dissertation was released by the German publishing house LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. She was granted with an MPhil in Media Studies from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, in 2017. Her MPhil research also focused on Environmental Journalism, discussing about the media coverage on wind power in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, the main producer of this type of energy in Brazil.In 2018, as she was awarded with the University of Warwick Chancellor’s International Scholarship, she moved to Coventry in order to continue her studies on environmental journalism at the University of Warwick.She is currently a second year PhD researcher on Media and Communication, at the Centre of Cultural and Media Policy Studies, University of Warwick.Her research seeks about the Brazilian media coverage on sustainable development and the points of view it has taken into account in their discussions. In 1992 and 2012, Brazil hosted two UN conferences to discuss environmental sustainability, amplifying the debate on these matters, especially in Brazil, a country that holds a large biodiversity and several natural resources. This research is extremely relevant to the contemporary world as environmental concerns –emission of greenhouse gases, global warming, climate change etc. –are increasingly prominent worldwide.Thus, this research focuses on the Brazilian environmental coverage and its evolution within the timeframe of the United Nations conferences held in Brazil.During her academic and professional career, she has also obtained other relevant achievements. In 2015, after been awarded with a scholarship from the University of Exeter, she participated in the course Global Climate Change: Environment, Technology and Society, during the university’s International Summer School. In 2016, she was selected by the ThomsonReutersFoundation to the Journalism Training Programme, named Uncovering Security: EmergingThreats.With 20 years of experience as a professional journalist, she has worked in several media companies, such as Globo Network, in Brazil, as well as BBC World Service and CNN International, in the United Kingdom.

Consultant

Agnes Fung

Consultant

 

MEng Manufacturing Engineering, University of Cambridge

BA Manufacturing Engineering, University of Cambridge

Agnes Fung is an university admissions consultant and academic tutor. Agnes attended Diocesan Girls’ School and Harrow International School Hong Kong, achieving all 10A*s at GCSE and 4A* at GCE A level. Having graduated top of her year, she went on to obtain the title of Hong Kong Scholar, a prestigious scholarship awarded by the Hong Kong Government, to study at the University of Cambridge. Agnes has recently completed her studies, achieving aMasters degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Outside of her studies, Agnes strived to be well rounded: she competed for two university sport teams, conducted an A capella group, and built a website as part of her role as publicity officer for the Hong Kong Scholars Association.

As a university admissions consultant, Agnes has successfully facilitated over a hundred students from across the world to secure places at top UK universities in various subjects including Engineering, Architecture, Natural Sciences, Physics and Veterinary Medicine. Agnes is known among her students to be practical and inspiring, able to deliver knowledge at the right time and in the right way to help craft UCAS applications, write personal statements, and prepare for the formidable Oxbridge interviews. Having studied at both local and international schools, Agnes is well-versed with the needs and skillsets of a broad range of students, which is the crux to achieving academic success. She understands the importance of being goal-focused, and makes it her mission to help her students develop an intrinsic drive to do well.

Agnes spends her free time developing a multitude of hobbies including photography, dance sport, poetry writing and playing percussion.

Client Testimonials
On university application help:
  • “Thanks for all the help and advice, I felt all the answers to my questions about Cambridge were detailed, clear and comprehensive, and gave me a sense of confidence I don’t think I could have got elsewhere!”
  • “Thank you Agnes for helping me so much on the personal statement. I received offers from all of the 5 unis I applied to, something I couldn’t have done without your help!”
On tutoring:
  • “Agnes uses visual aids to effectively convey concepts, and pauses at appropriate moments to confirm her student understands the material. When asked questions on the spot, she provides impressively detailed responses that would satisfy the curiosity of any high-calibre student.”
  • “Agnes motivated me to solve difficult physics questions during my AS exam. Thank you for being so patient!”

Consultant

Poppy Zhai

Consultant

PhD Film Studies, University College London

MA Film Studies, University College London

Qian Poppy Zhai is a PhD candidate in Film Studies at University College London. She obtained her MA degree in Film Studies at UCL in 2016. She is particularly interested in Scandinavian cinema, transnational cinema and cultural identity. Her PhD project focuses on the circulation, exhibition and criticism of New Danish Cinema in China since the 1990s, examining the South-North cross-cultural dynamics between a small nation and a big country under globalisation. She is currently co-authoring a book chapter for A History of Danish Cinema due out with Edinburgh University Press in 2021.As well as presenting her papers at a variety of international conferences, she co-organised a successful and well-attended symposium on Chinese film co-production and policy in London in 2019. Besides, she has been working as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in MA Film Studies at UCL, and her tasks include leading MA dissertation workshops, teaching MA reading groups and marking essays.

Serenity Nashuyuan

Consultant

PhD History, University College London

MA Film Studies, University College London

BA Film Studies, University of Warwick

Serenity Wang is a PhD candidate at UCL, in the History department. Having lived in the UK since 2009 when she was 14 years old, Serenity transferred to Downe House School where she did her A-Levels and had an unforgettable experience of a girls’ boarding school. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Warwick, with a First Class BA degree in Film Studies. Then she graduated from UCL in 2017 with a Distinction in MA Film Studies before starting her PhD programme.

Serenity is a keen and enthusiastic tutor and consultant who is well equipped to support students in essay writing, interview preparation, and CV building. At UCL, she has been giving lectures to MA students and supervising students’ essays in the History department. She is also a teaching assistant in the Film Studies department, leading MA seminars and tutorials. She is particularly interested in the representation of cinematic space and cultural identity, psycho-geography, rural studies and women’s cinema. Her work has been published in Film Matters and in the Routledge edited volume, Film and the Chinese Medical Humanities. She has presented papers at various national and international conferences, including the Florence Intersection Conference, Trinity History Conference Dublin, IAS/Leverhulme Trust 1989’s Loose End Conference, BAFTSS/UCL New Interdependencies in Chinese Cinema: Glocal Production and Cultural Hybridity Conference, Southampton China Symposium, and Chinese Health and Humanities Symposium.

Consultant

Vivian Kwok

Consultant

Juris Doctor (Class Representative of JD Class 2020)

BA Dental Surgery, The University of Hong Kong

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Vivian is currently a Juris Doctor candidate at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). She also holds a Bachelor in Dental Surgery awarded by HKU and is practicing as a registered dental surgeon on Saturdays.

Vivian is a seasoned tutor with over 7 years of teaching experiences and she is familiar with both the local (HK HKDSE) and overseas (UK GCSE/GCE) curriculum. Vivian specializes in teaching Biology, but is also capable of delivering classes to students taking Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Having achieved very good results herself, Vivian offers excellent learning guidance to her students such that they can better understand the key concepts and excel in their exams. In addition, Vivian has also attained an Overall Band Score of 9.0 in IELTS and enjoys sharing exam tips and preparing her students for the same exam.Apart from academic tutoring, Vivian frequently advises her students on future planning. Vivian firmly believes that passion fuels motivation, which would eventually lead to success. For this plain reason, Vivian often encourages her students to open their minds to different opportunities and to try new things. Working closely together with her advisees, Vivian helps them explore personal interests, realize their strengths and weaknesses, identify suitable tertiary education programmes, and eventually go through the application process together.During the course of her studies, Vivian has taken part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. She is currently serving as Assistant Editor of the Hong Kong Journal of Legal Studies and Vice-President of Queer Straight Alliance. Vivian is also an active volunteer at Amnesty International. In recognition of her academic excellence and track record in community service, Vivian has received numerous scholarships and awards including the HSBC Hong Kong Scholarship, the Hang Seng Bank Community Service Scholarship, the HKU Foundation Scholarship, just to name a few.In her spare time, Vivian enjoys doing sports such as scuba-and free diving and indoor bouldering. She is also an aerial silks performer and instructor.

Consultant

Jiang Shiyi

Consultant

PhD Film Studies, University College London

MA Film Studies, University College London

BA Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto

Shiyi Jiang is currently a PhD candidate in Film Studies at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom. She received an MA in Film Studies with Distinction in 2016 from UCL where she is pursuing an academic career path in the Humanities. She studied at the University of Toronto where she received a BA with Honours in Cinema Studies and Book & Media Studies. She participated in several exchange programs for the purpose of getting to know and understand other cultures. She spent a summer studying Korean cinema at Korea University in South Korea in 2013. She also participated in the UCL-Yale exchange program and was a visiting research assistant in Film and Media Studies at Yale in the spring term 2019. Shiyi gained a lot from such exchanges because she believes in the widening of institutional and national perspectives, as this is helpful for students’ intellectual development.

Shiyi has a deep and professional understanding of the university system, having spent many years working in the field. She is currently a postgraduate teaching assistant in Film Studies at UCL, running academic workshop sessions for postgraduate students in the department and supporting them with their dissertations. From 2018 to 2019, she worked with UCL’s Student Support and Wellbeing team as a Global Ambassador; her major responsibilities involved supporting new international students. She was also an Event Director at an English Language Learning Student Association at the University of Toronto, where she reached out to international students and organised events to create a sense of community and belonging. She has been an international student for around 8 years now, and the experience of studying abroad enabled her to see both sides of the equation. She is highly qualified to support students in dissertation writing, interview preparation, CV building, and test preparation

Consultant

Nicole Lau

Consultant

MSc Education (Higher Education), University of Oxford 

BA Education Studies, University College London (UCL)  

Nicole attended Canadian International School of Hong Kong for MYP and DP programme, graduating with a bilingual diploma and academic excellence recognised by the Principal’s Award with all subjects of 95% or higher. She proceeded to study BA Education Studies programme in University College London (UCL) and graduated with a first class honours degree. Nicole will start her graduate studies in University of Oxford in October, 2020, majoring in MSc Education (Higher Education). 

Nicole had received offers from world class universities including University of Oxford, University College London, Durham University, University of Toronto and University of Hong Kong. With practical experiences applying to universities, Nicole is able to provide highly personalised services in crafting students’ personal statements, CV and preparing students for Oxbridge interviews. 

Nicole is a passionate educator with four years of international teaching experiences. Nicole is an experienced International Baccalaureate (IB) instructor who has taught Chemistry, Maths and Economics in Hong Kong and Taiwan. She introduced the International Baccalaureate Programme to the Department of Education, prospective International Baccalaureate teachers and parents in Taiwan. Her devotion to education was recognised by the Department of Education, Taiwan City in 2018. 

Nicole also volunteered as an English teacher in Myanmar and Cambodia in 2017, and a career coach for students in UK schools from 2018-2019. She is experienced working with students from different cultural and social backgrounds, and will definitely find a way to help students succeed in their studies.

Consultant

Cindy Li

Consultant

MSc Behavioural Economics and Finance, University of Exeter

BA Economics and Finance, The University of Hong Kong

Cindy was a student of Diocesan Girls’ School as a secondary school student. She studied in the Science and Social Science stream.She graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a major in Economics and Finance. Being interested in human behaviours and brain development, she also minored in Psychology, with a focus on Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology. After working in the financial industry for a few years, she went to the United Kingdom to pursue a Master’s degree in Behavioural Economics and Finance at the University of Exeter. She is currently a soon-to-be PhD student. Cindy has studied Economics throughout her life. She is extremely passionate about Economics as well as teaching Economics. She has a strong track record providing Economics tutorials, with all her students having their school grades elevated and obtaining grade B or above in public examinations. Her Economics tutorials are suitable for students of all ages and from all backgrounds.With a strong quantitative background as well as being native in English and Chinese, Cindy also teaches Mathematics, Statistics, English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Cindy is extremely passionate about tutoring. She adopts a highly interactive approach in teaching. All her lessons are tailor-made according to individual abilities and personality. She also structures lessons based on each student’s unique needs: she offers general tutoring, intensive tutoring, homework help, as well as examination assistance. Importantly, Cindy does not mind offering after-lesson consultations to her students, who are allowed to find her at anytime (through Whatsapp)during the day when they encounter difficulties.

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Leg Up was founded with the vision of synthesising the highest standard of education consultancy with a revolutionary new way of learning.