Imperial College London Introduces Laidlaw Scholars Programme To Develop Ethical Leaders


Imperial becomes the 17th institution in the Laidlaw Scholars Leadership and Research Programme.

[London, UK, 18 October] – The Laidlaw Foundation announces its collaboration with Imperial College London today. With Imperial, the Foundation’s network now spans 17 of the world’s leading universities. The 18-month fully funded programme offers undergraduate students hands-on research and leadership development. This initiative aims to equip young leaders with the character and capacity to address global challenges.

Susanna Kempe, CEO of the Laidlaw Foundation, remarked, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Imperial to the group of world-leading research universities offering Laidlaw scholarships to develop a new generation of ethical leaders and change-makers.”

Professor Hugh Brady, President of Imperial College London, added, “Imperial students have the talent and drive to change the world, and the Laidlaw Scholars Leadership and Research Programme will support them to engage with some of the most complex challenges society faces today. We are grateful to the Laidlaw Foundation for supporting this exciting initiative and look forward to seeing the achievements of our scholars.”

The programme is hosted by Imperial’s Leonardo Centre on Business for Society, which emphasises leadership attributes such as empathy, resilience, and intercultural competence.

About the Laidlaw Foundation

The Laidlaw Foundation invests in the education of the underprivileged and underrepresented to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality and develop a new generation of leaders. Our funding supports five core programmes:

  • Sponsoring the Laidlaw Schools Trust – a growing, Multi Academy Trust in the North East of England, providing inspirational education to transform lives;
  • Developing a new generation of diverse leaders who embrace research-based decision-making and ethical leadership through our Laidlaw Scholars Leadership and Research programme at the world’s leading universities;
  • Ensuring more women reach the C-Suite by providing MBA scholarships at London Business School and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School; and supporting women from lower socio-economic backgrounds to attend university through the Trinity College Dublin Trailblazer programme; as well as,
  • Turbocharging good businesses by investing in start-ups founded by Laidlaw Scholars through a $50m venture capital fund, Laidlaw Scholars Ventures; and
  • Building innovative and inspiring spaces in which pupils and students excel.

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London, consistently ranked among the world’s top institutions, is known for its contributions to science, engineering, medicine, and business.

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