Research Project

Students engaged in mentored research experiences benefit both academically and through career exploration as they engage in the pursuit of knowledge. The creativity, curiosity, diligence, verbal and written fluency and respect of others’ contributions that are necessary to thrive as an undergraduate researcher are critical precursors for understanding and engaging with modern and cultural academic challenges.

A key part of the Laidlaw Scholarship is undertaking an original research project, which is likely to take place during the Summer break. It is expected that research projects will last somewhere between 8-12 weeks (on some programmes there are two 6-week research projects across a two year period). Students will be mentored throughout the research process by a Research Mentor and Supervisor of their choosing.

Each university delivering the Laidlaw Scholarship has a slightly different application process in place in order to recruit Laidlaw Scholars. Some have a selection of research topics on offer for you to choose what you’d like to focus your project upon whilst others allow you to select your own topic of interest.

Students will identify and work with an academic member of staff throughout the delivery of the project. This member of staff becomes the student’s Research Mentor and needs to be fully briefed and engaged throughout the process. Working collaboratively with a Research Mentor enables the student to not only gain experience of working with others and working independently, but also to develop self-confidence, a sense of ownership of their work and improved communication and professional skills which are all vital skills in order to be successful in the workplace.

Benefits of the research project

  • Learning about issues, methods and leaders in the chosen field
  • Developing and delivering a research project
  • Sharpening problem-solving skills
  • Exploring potential careers
  • Learning new techniques and skills for future development
  • Networking with others who share the same interest and passion
  • Growing as a critical independent thinker
  • Building confidence and the ability to work independently
  • Enhancing professional communication skills