Brad Chan

As the son of a working-class immigrant family, I was brought up in a rough neighbourhood in Hong Kong. I believe education empowers children like me.

At the age of seven, I came to Hong Kong from Mainland China with no knowledge of English. With the support from my passionate teachers, not only did my English improve significantly, but I was also able to adapt to the new life. Ever since this breakthrough, I have dedicated myself into serving young, underprivileged immigrants.

Previously I thought my aspiration was to become an English teacher like those inspiring teachers I have met. However, after working in several NGOs serving underprivileged children, I realized that fundamental changes can only be made when a well-informed intervention is developed at an institutional level. Highly competent practitioners are the keys to establishing such large-scale intervention and my aspiration is to become one of them.

To actualize my aspiration, I have been working to gain academic and practical experiences. I graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a first-class honours degree in English education. I obtained my MSc in Child Development and Education with distinction from the University of Oxford. Prior to my studies, I have worked for several NGOs serving underprivileged students. The most recent one was Teach Unlimited Foundation, an equivalent of Teach For America in Hong Kong. My duty was to design and implement tailor-made interventions for individual students.
I aspire to serve underprivileged children. My journey to Oxford will mark a milestone in the pursuit of my aspiration. I hope my intervention programme will eventually be actualized to empower underprivileged children through education.


  • Research student

College affiliation

  • Green Templeton College

Research groups

  • Children Learning
  • Families, Effective Learning and Literacy (FELL)