The Programme and Key Dates

The Laidlaw Leadership and Research Programme aims to develop a new generation of leaders who are skilled researchers, embrace data-based decision making, and believe it is a moral imperative to lead with integrity. It invests in talented and motivated undergraduate students, giving them the knowledge, skills and experience to become active global citizens and future leaders.

If you are interested in developing your leadership skills, gaining leadership qualities, joining a global-wide network of peers, and becoming one of the next generation of leaders this funded programme may be the perfect opportunity for you.

There are four core components to the programme:

1. A research project (Summer One)

This takes place over approximately six weeks during a summer vacation. Working with an academic supervisor and/or an experienced research team, scholars develop their abilities in investigative study, analysis, problem solving and data management. The research topic can be selected from a list provided by the university, or be self-proposed if the student has confirmation that an academic will supervise the research.

2. Leadership in-action experience (Summer Two)

In their second summer, Scholars put their newly developed leadership knowledge into practise in challenging environments.Over approximately six weeks, Scholars choose from a variety of testing options including joining a charity expedition in a developing country with peers from each of the partner universities, and putting their research into action by planning and leading a change project based on their research findings.

3. Leadership training

Scholars begin their Laidlaw experience with a leadership training retreat. In a group,immersive environment, they discover their own innate leadership preferences, learn core leadership attributes, explore leadership values and develop their leadership skills through exercises and applied learning. Their leadership development continues through the academic year, after their research summer, with guest speakers, coaching and more. scholars also attend an online Ethical Leadership Masterclass to learn to lead with integrity.

4. Networking

Scholars join a global network of fellow Laidlaw Scholars. This online community provides a dedicated space for scholars to contribute and collaborate. Undergraduate scholars publish their research here, can test their thinking, partner on projects and continue their leadership development. MBA scholars and alumni share career questions, advice and opportunities. Leading academics post their latest papers and thought leadership. Scholars also attend an annual Laidlaw Scholars Conference 

2023 Laidlaw Programme Key Dates

Applications and Selection

Thursday 1st December 2022 – Applications open – apply on MyCareer

Monday 26th March 2023 – Applications close

Monday 24th – Friday 28th April 2023 – Interviews held

Thursday 2nd May 2023 – Scholars confirmed by this date

Wednesday 17th May 2023- Welcome Event and Research Showcase (provisional)

The Leadership Programme

Specifically, the dates of the programme with mandatory attendance until the end of September 2023 are as follows: dates for 2024 tbc

12th & 13th June 2023 – Induction, Leadership, and Skills Development Residential

 19th – 21st June 2023 – Leadership and Teambuilding Development Residential 

Week commencing 11th September 2023 – Reflection, Leadership and Skills Development Day 

Week commencing 11th September 2023 – Education Outreach Training 

Week commencing 18th September 2023 – Education Outreach Day


The Research Project and Leadership in Action

Research period – Summer 2023

Leadership in Action – Summer 2024




































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