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

We're looking back at the life of Virgil Abloh, a man dedicated to his craft and to promoting greater #equality in art and design.

While he was #extraordinary, he was also generous. We can honour him by "sending the elevator back down" for others too.

It was such a pleasure to hear Niall explain how the #LSV fund will work and meet so many of our #extraordinary #LaidlawScholars IRL. Special thanks to @FifiFunds and all the other @OxfordSBS Laidlaw Scholars who travelled to the event - it was a total joy to hear your stories.

Laidlaw Foundation@LaidlawFoundatn

Laidlaw Scholars Ventures will be broad in its focus, and will help #GoodBusinesses build their visions and solve modern problems. - Niall Santamaria #LSVlaunch

Thank you to our fabulous team of organizers @EmmaGwinnell, Josh Zhou, and Areesha Siddiqui, for making the launch of Laidlaw Scholars Ventures #LSVLaunch a success!

Thanks to everyone who came to our hybrid event as well 🥳 and don't forget to check out:

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