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Chinese Name: 葉蔭榮

Variants: Yip, Y. W. S.


B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry (Imperial College, University of London)

P.G.C.E. (King’s College, University of London)

M.Ed. (Research) (University of Cambridge)

Ph.D. (University of Cambridge)

Q.T.S. (UK)


Dr. Stephen YIP is the Director (Schools) of the Jockey Club-funded project “CLAP for Youth@JC Phase II” which is based at EdUHK. He was a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (2016-2020). Before joining the university, he was the Chief Executive of the Curriculum Development Institute (CDI), (also titled as Principal Assistant Secretary of the Education Bureau, EDB) in the HKSAR Government (2013-16), taking the responsibility of curriculum development in Hong Kong primary and secondary schools as well as kindergartens. Throughout the serving period in CDI since 2002, Stephen, as the Chief Curriculum Development Officer (2002-13) and head of CDI, participated in a number of leadership roles to promote and review key policies related to whole person development, Life-wide Learning (LWL), Textbook Review, School Library services and the New Senior Secondary curriculum which leads to multiple pathways of further study and work. He led the formulation of the subsequent curriculum reform impetus, sometimes known as ‘Learning to Learn 2.0+’ that advocates STEM education, values education and e-learning in schools.

Stephen worked as a secondary teacher and as a school advisor in several local education authorities in London UK for many years. His research publication, 'Getting Results: Study Support in Tower Hamlets' (1997), was recognised as a seminal literature to shape the national policy on Study Support and Out-of-school Hours Learning in the United Kingdom during the 1990s and early 2000s. He actively participated as founding member in the National Evaluation of Study Support which was led by Professor John MacBeath from the University of Cambridge.

Stephen's main research interest is experiential learning (including community service and career-related experiences) in schools, of which it is called 'Life-wide Learning' or 'Other Learning Experiences' (OLE) in Hong Kong contexts and he published many influential articles in major newspapers and book series as well as in the EDB official website, promoting quality practices of OLE (or LWL). Out of his busy work life in the government, he managed to find time working as a part-time lecturer of MA Student Activities, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2007-13), teaching the module of 'Learning profiles and portfolios for whole person development' and gained recognitions for his outstanding teaching several times. He is the Principal Investigator of the research project run by the Hong Kong Policy Research Institute, on the impact of experiential learning activities, which was commissioned by the Big Education Platform (Education 2.1). He also serves as the co-leader of the assessment panel of the EDB's Outstanding Teaching Award for Moral Education in Schools from 2017. His another research focus is curriculum development and leadership, in which he runs seminars and training courses at various levels across the sector (e.g. pre-service teachers, Master’s degree, and school leaders). Apart from his work during CDI, he also pioneered a common core component in the new Undergraduate Programme, namely ‘General Education Interdisciplinary Courses’ (GEIC), to enhance students’ horizons and interdisciplinary mindsets.

Stephen gained his PhD in education and MEd (Research route) degree from the University of Cambridge. He also has a joint honours degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London and was awarded Associateship of Royal College of Science.

As an affiliated member of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr YIP is currently the Programme Director of the new Master of Arts Programme in Leading Experiential Learning Activities (LELA). During his lectureship in the department, he was awarded the Faculty Teaching Award (2018-19) and twice the Top 10% Teaching Award (2018-19, 2019-20) in the Faculty of Education and Human Development.


Research interests

  • Experiential Learning and Life-wide Learning (including service learning, career-related experiences)
  • Curriculum reform, policy and implementation
  • Whole person development and Values education in schools (e.g. moral and life education, career and life development)
  • Curriculum Leadership in schools
  • Pedagogy, Approaches to learning, Learning habits

Teaching Interests

Key Positions During EdUHK (2016- present):

  • Co-Director, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).
  • Programme Director, MA in Leading Experiential Learning Activities (LELA).
  • Programme Leader & Co-investigator, QEF Project, ‘Enhancing School Curriculum Management Capacity through Institutionalizing the SECI Knowledge Creation Model’ (2019-21).
  • Co-investigator, EdUHK Project, ‘Fostering interdisciplinary pedagogy for STEM Education in primary schools of Hong Kong’ by CELT.
  • Co-investigator, ‘Investigating the Impact of Various Kinds of Experiential Learning on Student Outcomes and Establishing and a "FEHD Experiential Learning Platform" for Sharing Information’, FEHD EdUHK.
  • Deputy Chairman of the Assessment Panel, Outstanding Teaching Award for Moral Education. Education Bureau. (2018-now) 
  • Coordinator, General Education Interdisciplinary Courses, General Education Office (2017-20).
  • Coordinator (Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment), MEd Programme, EdUHK (2018-20).
  • Co-opt Member, Steering Group on Undergraduate Common Curriculum, EdUHK (2017-20).
  • Governor, Jockey Club EdUHK Primary School, Hong Kong (2018-now)
  • Governor, Lutheran Secondary School, Hong Kong (2019-now)

Key Positions During EDB (2002-16):

  • Deputy Chairman, Curriculum Development Council, Education Bureau (2013-16) 
  • Council Member, Hong Kong Examination and Assessment Authority. (2013-16)
  • Member, Public Examination Board, Hong Kong Examination and Assessment  Authority (2013-16) 
  • Chairman of the School Management Committee, Fu Wing Street Government Primary School. (2013-16) 
  • Chairman of the School management Committee, Li Cheng Uk Government Primary School. (2013-16) 

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