Laidlaw’s Leaders

The new Laidlaw Leadership and Research Scholarship programme aims to improve leadership skills and increase employability of York graduates.

Philanthropist and businessman, Lord Irvine Laidlaw of Rothiemay, visited the University of York in October to meet with the President of YUSU, the Vice-Chancellor, the Director of Employability and Careers, and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, to invite the University of York to join the fledgling Laidlaw Leadership and Research Scholarship programme.

First established at his alma mater, Leeds University, the programme will provide 25 of the most exceptional York undergraduate students with the opportunity to undertake a summer research project, and to participate in high-level leadership training as well as receiving a scholarship award of around £6,000.

Inspiring students to participate in programmes that accelerate development and enhance their employment prospects after York is more important than ever before.  The Laidlaw Scholarship programme will allow us to build on the excellent reputation we have for instilling leadership qualities and values in our students. The programme will give extra recognition to 25 students who demonstrate fantastic leadership potential in their chosen field.”

Tom Banham, Director of Employability and Careers

York has long-valued the role of leadership in the development of a fully rounded student experience, and we are enormously grateful for the opportunity to offer these prestigious scholarships to University of York students.

The first cohort of 25 Laidlaw Scholars will be selected in June 2017.