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

Promoting thinking to make the world a better place

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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 Columbia Business School, London Business School, and 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.




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”.



Alexander Morch

Curious about the patrolling function of T cells, Alexander focused his research on the ability of T cells to discriminate between self and non-self with high sensitivity and accuracy. Alexander has now begun a DPhil in Infection, Immunology and Translation Medicine, and hopes his research will help improve human health.



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

🌍#LaidlawGlobalTalks: @Columbia's session will explore how today's #BlackLivesMatter movement builds upon generations of black #feminist activism & #leadership in the US & the African Diaspora.

📅Wed July 15 4PM BST

Register now with the code 'laidlaw'

In 1985, Wilma Mankiller became the 1st female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the largest tribe in the U.S. She brought running water to tribal members & created the largest Native American-run healthcare system in the country. #leadership #MondayMotivation #women

🚨Last chance to sign up for the Re_action #Education programme! In just 1 week you can join our fight to support teachers, parents, and pupils during #COVID19, & help reduce the educational attainment gap exacerbated by the crisis.

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More information on the one week Re-action for education volunteering programme starting on the 12th June (all remote).

Link to sign up is in the bio

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We launched a YouTube channel! 🎉

Get curious and explore our brilliant #LaidlawScholar research, insightful #leadership webinars, and other video series from the Foundation & our partners.

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Daily plan of action for the Re-action for education programme starting on the 12th July! We have an insta page @reaction4education if you want to follow !

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