What is the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship?

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship equips self-motivated and ambitious undergraduate students with the knowledge and skills to become future leaders in their chosen fields. 

The scholarship comprises two main components: an original research project and an innovative leadership development programme.


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Where is the Laidlaw Scholarship available?

The Laidlaw Scholarship is currently being delivered at 6 prestigious UK universities with plans to bring on board 3 or 4 more international universities in 2018.


  • My scholarship has enabled me to make great progress in my academic career and I am delighted to tell you that I have achieved a place on the Dean’s List, awarded to students scoring in the top 5% in the Engineering Faculty. I actually achieved the highest overall mark out of my cohort!
    The invaluable leadership and team work training I received as a Research and Leadership scholar has really helped with my group work for my Mechanical Engineering Course and my group has even won two departmental awards.
    I have also been awarded a place on the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Leadership Advanced Award programme. I am one of only 35 people to receive the award and it gives me access to further training and funding to progress towards my goals of being an engineer.
    I firmly believe that it is because of my scholarship that I have been so successful this year so thank you so much for your support.

    James Kinch
    3rd year Mechanical Engineering
  • I have always had a great interest in science but had very little practical experience in a laboratory. My Research and Leadership Scholarship has not only given me the experience and skills I needed but has also confirmed how much I want to work in research for my career!
    Now that I have completed my leadership training and my two summers of research I can see just how much I have benefitted from the scheme. I have become more confident and assertive and, as a result of my hard work, commitment, and my experiences on this scholarship scheme, I am thrilled to tell you I have successfully gained an industrial placement in a cancer research lab in Singapore.
    Without this scholarship scheme, and your generous support, I would not have been able to achieve this placement. Thank you so much for your help.

    Rachael Usher
    3rd year Genetics
  • As a result of my research with the School of Mechanical Engineering, I was chosen as an ambassador of the University of Leeds to travel to Korea to launch a collaboration project between our University and The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). This has been one of the greatest learning experiences in my life and also one of the most challenging. During my time in Korea, I was able to participate in a conjoined research project about multi-axis carbon nanotube composite sensors at the biorobotics laboratory. We used this to measure the angle of deformation of the shoulder muscles under tension and relaxation and I am currently putting together a journal article about this research to be published in an international science journal.
    I was incredibly proud to represent the University at another institution and I was only given this opportunity because of my work as a Laidlaw Research and Leadership Scholar so thank you so much for this opportunity!

    Daniel Nakhaee-Zadeh Gutierrez
    3rd year Mechanical Engineering