Because education
changes lives

Transforming lives through inspirational education


Seriously smart. Never ordinary. Always ambitious


Fuelling women in leadership


Creating spaces in which to excel

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We invest in the education of the underprivileged and underrepresented in order to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality and develop a new generation of leaders.

Transforming Lives Through Inspirational Education

We sponsor the Laidlaw Schools Trust, a multi-academy trust founded to transform the lives of children and communities in the North of England, through inspirational education. Across LST we educate 5500+ students and employ 850+ teachers and support staff.

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme sponsors scholars in 12 leading universities. It is designed to create a new generation of leaders who care about solving intractable problems; who behave with integrity and are determined to make the world a better place. 

Fuelling Women in Leadership

We offer scholarships for women at London Business School and Oxford’s Saïd Business School, providing business education and invaluable networks to women who would not otherwise be in a position to benefit from the opportunities a top-class business degree confers.


Eight exceptional women join the Oxford MBA as Laidlaw Scholars

September 10th, 2021|

Each scholar has demonstrated academic excellence and strong leadership potential. September 8th, 2021 | Original story by Oxford University's Saïd Business School The Laidlaw Foundation invests in education to create systems change through breaking poverty cycles [...]



Francisco Salema Oom de Sacadura

Francisco’s ambitious scientific study explored the neuro-mechanisms of pain perception by exposing volunteers to an illusion that produces pain whilst being completely innocuous. His work is currently aiding scientists and medical professionals in the fight against chronic pain.



Georgiana Epure

Georgiana’s research bravely challenged the UK parliament’s exit strategy following NATO’s intervention in Libya in 2011. After sharing her work with the British parliament, Georgina started a global, online student journal: “The Responsibility to Protect”.



Bijan Harandi

Curious about the search for extraterrestrial life, Bijan is investigating where and how possible life on Mars could thrive by looking at extremophiles – microorganisms that flourish in extreme conditions. Astrobiologists believe that these organisms are the key to determining what kind of life could exist on Mars and how to discover it.



Bao-Chau Pham

Determined to access video materials that would allow her to study how the word “security” was used in the 2016 Austrian presidential election, Bao-Chau travelled to Austria. To continue to develop as an academic and a leader, Bao-Chau has become a mentor for new Laidlaw scholars.



Desmond Fonesca

Desmond used the history of Angola as a case study to interrogate Pan Africanism, post/anti/de+colonialism(s), and the Black Radical Tradition. His extraordinary commitment to his work led him to identify a “blindspot” within these fields that he hopes to explore further in his PhD in History and Africana Studies.



Georgina Sánchez Moles

Grateful for her research experience alongisde UCL and the LCF, and inspired by her leadership training, Georgina created the Laidlaw Scholars Network in a fast five weeks, half the Zapnito SaaS platform client average. The expert network now has more than 800 scholars and supervisors as members.



He is EXTRAORDINARY, she is FAST, they are GOOD.

Integrity is the touchstone of the Laidlaw Scholar: treating others with respect, collaborating, being decent and truthful. We partner with only the top universities in the world. All of our scholars are exceptionally smart.

Meet the NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS #laidlawscholars

Meet Roberta, #LaidlawScholar at @Columbia, who has been working with Dr Mignon R. Moore (@mignon_moore) to explore the stories of Black LGBTQ+ elders.

#research #sociology @CC_Columbia @BarnardCollege #AcademicTwitter

Do you have ethical blind spots?

Join us on September 23 to discover why good people do bad things from Associate Prof. of Organisational Behaviour at @LBS, Daniel Effron, and our CEO @SVKempe.

Register today:
#business #leadership #psychology

Laidlaw Scholars continuing their leadership development, preparing to inspire primary school pupils with their research @AheadP_ship #nextgenleaders #uolstudents #laidlawscholars


Huge congratulations to our inaugural cohort of #LaidlawScholars at @OxfordSBS, who will embark on their #MBA journey next week!

Delighted to support these extraordinary #women on their way to best-in-class business #education.


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