The Laidlaw Foundation invests in the education of the underprivileged and underrepresented in order to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality and develop a new generation of leaders. By bringing together a group of international scholars, Laidlaw programmes create an exciting, diverse and inspirational learning environment. Those taking part in these initiatives will gain knowledge in a chosen field while developing the essential skills, behaviours and techniques to be part of the new generation of leaders.

The Foundation currently supports the Laidlaw Schools Trust, a growing multi academy trust in the North East of England, serving children and families in the west of Newcastle and in Pennywell, Sunderland; funds the Laidlaw Scholars, an international programme supporting undergraduates in 14 universities around the world, designed to develop a new generation of diverse, passionate and committed leaders; and enables the Columbia Business School Scholars and the London Business School Women’s Movement to help more women gain their MBAs. To date the Foundation has assisted more than 230 women to enrol in business school. The Foundation has funded the Laidlaw Music Centre at the University of St. Andrews, built the Laidlaw Library at Leeds University and is exploring new campus spaces which bring together academics and entrepreneurs.