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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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 Scholars Leadership and Research Programme sponsors scholars in 13 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.




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

🔥 ONE DAY 🔥 until our webinar with @sianbeilock, President of @BarnardCollege.

Don't miss your chance to explore how can we overcome mental & external barriers to succeed and perform our best.

Join us tomorrow at 2PM BST! Register here:

The Laidlaw Foundation has given a grant of £250k to @sos_children to help victims of the ongoing war in #Ukraine.

Our donation will allow 110 children and their caregivers to receive care, protection, assistance, and #education.

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Happy #Pridemonth2022! 🏳️‍🌈

American activist and drag queen Marsha P. Johnson reminds us that our decisions build history—and as a result we have the responsibility to make those decisions #good ones.

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Our @LaidlawFoundatn CEO @SVKempe and the CEO of Laidlaw Schools Trust Ian Simpson are thrilled to be meeting academy and #education thought leaders at the #CST Annual Conference this week. @CSTvoice #TrulyCivic #CSTConf22

Why is it difficult to perform under pressure—and why do we often fail when the stakes are highest?

Discover why in our upcoming webinar on Thursday, June 23rd, 2pm BST with @sianbeilock, President of @BarnardCollege.

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