Universities – University of Leeds

Leadership Development

The Laidlaw Scholarship gives undergraduate students the research, leadership and networking skills they will need to achieve their academic and professional goals in the future. This visionary programme builds on Lord Laidlaw’s commitment to supporting undergraduate student development and education.

Open to first and second year applications, successful Laidlaw Scholars will attend a variety of leadership development activities during their time on the programme. A residential induction on the 6th and 7th June of 2018 will introduce the scholars to the programme and start the leadership and skills development sessions. These will focus on networking and leadership styles, exploring values and presentation training. After this a second residential programme takes place on the 18th to the 22nd of June 2018, and it focuses on teambuilding. This will look at understanding team dynamics and reflecting on how different leadership styles affect groups. Finally, a third one-day leadership programme will take place on the 19th of September 2018 and will focus on the importance of leadership to individual and organisational success. In addition leadership activities will be incorporated throughout the programme.

The research project

All students will complete two periods of funded research, each lasting 5 or 6 weeks, over this summer and next. Students can choose a summer project from the list which is published in early November. These usually form part of a larger research project that the supervisors are already running. Alternatively students can apply for any project that interests them - it does not even have to relate to their current area of study. However the key criteria for that project must be met – these are listed on the University of Leeds website. Students will need to find a suitable member of academic staff who agrees to supervise them. This year all self-selected projects are encouraged to have an international dimension. This may include an opportunity to spend all or part of the second Summer research period in an overseas university or placement.

Celebrating success

All Laidlaw Scholars will be asked to write a research report and complete a final report or video for Lord Laidlaw on their experience of the programme and the impact it has had on them. Scholars will also be expected to showcase their work at celebration events and will have the opportunity to present their research at external events. As ambassadors of the programme students are asked to keep us updated on what they go on to achieve in the future.

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Read about the eligibility requirements and see what it takes to become a Laidlaw Scholar

Where is the Laidlaw Scholarship available?

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