2021 Central Projects

The Laidlaw Foundation has partnered with several organisations to offer the following projects to Undergraduate Leadership and Research Scholars starting in 2021. These projects are available at all universities.

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Please contact your university's Laidlaw coordinator for more information.

All except Change The Code are only available to Scholars starting in 2021. If you are from the 2020 Cohort, you can participate in Change The Code during your 2021 leadership summer. 


Maggie's – everyone's home of cancer care

Maggie's — assist with the provision of Maggie's holistic programme of cancer support by becoming an integrated team member of their centres around the UK.

Contribute to psychological care, review & refresh the evidence base, and improve their unique cancer care model.

Maggie's is a charity providing free cancer support and information in centres across the UK and online.

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BiteBack 2030 — combat injustices in the food system by helping BiteBack to identify new issue areas, prepare future campaigns and review their strategy.

Collaborate with their Youth Leaders to accelerate change by capturing the public imagination and amplifying the voice & impact of young people.

BiteBack is a youth-led movement for a healthier, fairer food system, co-founded by Jamie Oliver in 2019. Their goal is to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

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Change The Code — help to achieve gender parity in STEM industries by investigating the barriers & bridges between women and STEM, and leading your own local chapter of CTC.

Build your team, recruit members, compose a curriculum, and collaborate with other organisations.

Change The Code is a Laidlaw Scholar-founded organization which aims to to bridge the gender gap in STEM fields.

Learn more.

Durham University - Durham University

Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) via Durham University — work with the Durham University School of Education to improve MATs throughout the UK by researching issues, such as digital learning, home schooling, and the wider communities, and implementing your findings.

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