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N/A, University of St Andrews/Imperial College London

Hi, I'm Leaderboard. Incoming MSc student in Advanced Computing at Imperial College London. 

I've graduated from St Andrews in Computer Science and Mathematics, and spent my third year abroad at Purdue University (Report 6 on GitHub describes my experience there!). My research interests lie in computer architecture, operating systems and compiler optimisations, and last summer I analysed the effects of compiler optimisations on the run-time performance of different applications. A write-up on this is available at

In the summer of 2020, I looked at the angle of multithreaded programs, which includes analysing OS schedulers and seeing their run-time impact on performance.

Tom Burdge

Founder, Researcher and Podcast Host,

I am the founder of where I currently host podcasts with expert guests in Buddhist philosophical practice and theory. With this project, I am to contribute toward correcting the entrenched Eurocentric bias in philosophy by creating an inclusive space for learning about Buddhist philosophy. As a Laidlaw Scholar, I have researched on researched philosophy of time, Buddhist philosophy, and philosophy of language. My research output includes a paper entitled Meaning in Gibberish (forthcoming in Aporia). I have presented this paper and discussed related issues in talks and workshops at the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh. Language learning holds a high in priority in my studies and research. I have studied some Pali (OCBS levels 1 and 2) and I read French fluently. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any interest in the following: Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy, Ambedkar studies, women and Buddhist philosophy, cross-cultural philosophy, critical theory, French philosophy, Laruelle’s non-philosophy, non-Buddhism, philosophy of nonsense, philosophy of death.

Medicine & Health Subject Lead, the University of Hong Kong

Hi, I am an undergraduate student at the University of Hong Kong. I have some research experiences in heritage imaging, genome engineering, nanoparticle drug carrier, and surgical augmented reality. And I am currently learning more about computational bio-molecule stimulation and screening model for further studies. I'd love to communicate, share, and build wholeheartedly about the past, present, and future stories.
Cath Brislane

Subject Lead/ Undergraduate Scholar, University of York

I am a final-year undergraduate scholar pursuing a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Linguistics at the University of York. Besides being a scholar, I am the Arts and Humanities Subject Lead on the Scholar's Network and the 2020-22 Arts and Humanities faculty rep at the University of York! My first summer of research was based in phonetics, entitled 'The untapped potential of human language: Investigating the perception of typologically unattested and rare sounds'. In it, I get to look at phonemes that are not commonly found in speech, if at all!

My Leadership in Action project was based around the experiences of students with disabilities and long-term health conditions when accessing Higher Education in the UK. I'm currently creating teacher training based on the paper I wrote for this project, and working with UCAS to help inform UK university admissions policy. 

Michael Officer

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Hello, my name is Michael and I'm a third year zoology student at Trinity College Dublin.

My research will investigate factors contributing to the transmission of avian influenza to farmed poultry. I'm delighted to be a part of the Laidlaw community and am really excited to get in touch with many of you! I hope to specialise in zoology, and my current interests are in rewilding, phenological responses to environmental change and behavioural ecology. But really anything!

Inkindi Mutoni Sabine

STEM Subject Lead, University of Rwanda

I am a final year student at the University of Rwanda, studying Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering. I am also the STEM Subject Lead. My project is about bringing a system that could help in minimizing the number of high-school and primary students who bring cell phones at school since it's one of the major sources of distraction. I am very interested in IoT (Internet of Things) related fields. I enjoy challenging myself because it always helps me to step out of my comfort zone. 

Elif True

Researcher , University of York

Since 2015, I have been passionate about ending poverty in the UK. I began my journey as a campaigner against poverty in my local area with Poverty Ends Now, a young person lead group ran by Children North East. Since then, I have represented the UK in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and other positions of influence with poverty as my main focus point. My Laidlaw Scholarship research project is all about the relationship between language, meaning and poverty. By understanding and changing unhelpful public discourse about poverty, we can start to shift power.
Yufeng Tao

Student, The University of Hong Kong

With enthusiasm in developing my career in quantitative finance, I had the pleasure to join the Laidlaw scholar program to conduct undergraduate research related to statistical trading. Solid training at HKU and my genuine interests in statistics and programming have equipped me for greater challenges in the analytically demanding finance environment. I look forward to entering exciting conversations with like-minded scholars.
Frederic Nzanywayingoma

Lecturer and Post Graduate Coordinator, University of Rwanda

Celestin Mbonabucya

LaidLaw Cooedinator, University of Rwanda

The University of Oxford was a part of the Laidlaw Scholarship programme from 2016 to 2019. In 2020, Oxford's Saïd Business School became a partner of the Laidlaw Foundation's Women's Business Education Scholarship Programme. The Oxford SBS Laidlaw Scholars will be joining over 300 Laidlaw Scholars from Columbia Business School whom the Laidlaw Foundation has supported to earn their MBAs; and Scholars at London Business School where the Foundation launched a Women’s Movement in 2019.

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Matthew Bantick

Laidlaw Scholar, University of York

My research looked at characters in originally English language novels who were explicitly identified on the blurb or in the text as having autism. The two elements included in my title ('accuracy' and 'utility') corresponded to the two periods of research. During my first period of work I read 15 texts which fit my parameters, and examined them for accuracy, as well as producing meta-analysis of 180 texts to examine the prevailing images of autism in terms of the age and sex of the portrayals. I have uploaded my findings from this work onto my website, During my second research period I conducted 12 interviews with three groups: people with autism, people who had a family member with autism, and professionals who work with people with autism. The interviews included a discussion of how participants' experiences of and opinions on representations of autism in culture (novels, TV, films), how autism is understood by the general public, and the role that culture plays in influencing the general public's understanding of autism.
Wesley Wang

Research Assistant, National University of Singapore

I am currently reading English Linguistics in the National University of Singapore (NUS), with broader interests extending out of my academic discipline. Primarily, I am interested in the development of social cohesion within a rapidly urbanising Singapore society.
Bethany White

Writer, Producer and Sound Designer, Dark Avenue Film Ltd

Bethany is a practising screenwriter and film producer who was a Laidlaw Scholar in the University of York's first cohort in 2017-18. She set up a production company with her partner Patrick the Isle of Man, where they now produce films and write screenplays. Their first short documentary, MERA, premiered at Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Brittany in August 2019 and their short drama, The Lost Wife, is in postproduction. Their scripts have placed in multiple international screenwriting competitions. Bethany is passionate about helping others to develop, especially those considering writing or the film industry as a career path.
Chau Tran

Undergraduate Student, Hong Kong University

I am a science fan who gets her inspiration from stories. On my previous journeys volunteering and traveling around the world, I've met people who opened my mind to the greatest things and biggest issues of their communities. Sometimes those stories make me feel sad and worried, but many times, they inspire and urge me to imagine, innovate, and create changes using my own tools of science and technology.
Jon-Francis Forward

Student, Durham University

I am currently studying Geography BSc at Durham University, specialising in terrestrial morphological processes, in particular, the effect of land-use change on coastal erosion and its socioeconomic impacts. Have got a job lined in up in the environmental consulting sector, focused on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for large infrastructure projects such as High Speed 2 and the Heathrow Expansion.
Daphne van Pul

Student, University of York

Could a Universal Basic Income liberate us from our role as paid workers?
Allan House

Professor, Leeds University