Laidlaw Scholars "Must-watch" List

Share your favourite must-watch films/ T.V./ books to educate and inspire others in the issues that matter to you.

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Hey all! This idea came out of our break-out group discussion during the Laidlaw Global Induction Session. Whilst we are all busy working away on our research projects right now, that doesn’t mean that we can’t take breaks and keep educating ourselves on the other issues that matter. This list is here to share films/ books/ T.V. series etc. that have really inspired or made a difference to some of us, and that we would love to share with everyone. If you want a break from research but still want to educate yourself, or perhaps you feel overwhelmed by current events and don’t know where to start, then this list is designed to help inspire you. Feel free to add more categories and content that you think people should know about on issues that are part of your research, or that you care about.

Hope you find this useful!

Rory Changleng

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I'm a 4th Year undergraduate geology student at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, UK. My Laidlaw research is focused primarily on understanding how early life interacted with its environment and how this environment may have in turn impacted upon lives evolution. In summer 2019, I undertook 2 weeks fieldwork in South Africa for my Laidlaw scholarship, collected samples and images. My research scope has adapted as I have continued my Laidlaw journey. I started off by looking at what 2.5 billion-year-old (Ga) rocks can tell us about the chemistry of ancient oceans, but after my fieldwork, I changed my focus to look at even older (3.47 Ga) rocks which contain evidence of some of the oldest life on Earth. I am spending summer 2020 investigating how the organisms preserved in these rocks may have biomineralised magnetic minerals and used these to navigate using Earth's magnetic field. I'm a classic crazy rock person, with a passion for the outdoors, rock music, and extreme sports like whitewater kayaking and mountain biking. I grew up in the Scottish Borders and have spent my life exploring the Scottish Mountains. Geology has taken me all over the world so far, from Greenland to the Alps and the U.A.E., and I'm certainly looking forward to more adventures to come!


Great initiative, thanks Rory! Also enjoyed your presentation yesterday.

Would love to see a "lunch hour" initiative, where Scholars/Alums do mini-explainers on the issues raised by their research or that they are interested in, with links to quick things we can do as individuals to make a difference (e.g. if you have 5 minutes, sign these petitions / share X article - if you have 15 minutes, write an email to your MP following this template). Think that would tie in really well with your list of further resources, too!