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 4500+ students and employ 750+ teachers and support staff.

Developing the Next Generation of Leaders

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership 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 Columbia Business School and London 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 AMBITIOUS, she is BRAVE, he is CURIOUS


They  all very SMART. 

Meet the NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS #laidlawscholars

Do you have something important to say and want to be heard? We believe our #LaidlawScholars from around the world are all ethical #nextgeneration leaders with world-changing ideas, and the Laidlaw Scholars Network is where they can make their voices heard.

UN Women@UN_Women

Happy #HumanRightsDay!

We stand with @UNHumanRights in empowering young people to take action and make their voices heard 📣

Happy #HumanRightsDay! Today also marks the end of the @UN_Women #16days campaign against gender-based violence. Our @UniOfYork programme alumna, Bethany, now runs her own film company, and has shared her thoughts on the issue. #generationequality

She has taken on many names throughout her career, and yet continues to remain the same extraordinary woman we know and love. Happy birthday #JudiDench. In this turbulent world, may we be #brave and do what scares us, take action, and make a difference. #MondayMotivation

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