Ellen Yang

Research Scholar, Durham University
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Alisa Brown

Student, Durham University

First-year Durham Politics Student with a research project in Ethnic minority voting behaviour in Parliament. Northumbrian University Royal Naval Unit Officer Cadet. Experience working in Parliament as an assistant. Loves to swim and play the guitar! Lifeguard at RNLI.
Thomas Henderson (he/him)

Undergraduate Research Scholar, Durham University

Durham University History Graduand, and veteran of Durham's first Laidlaw cohort (scholar since 2016-17). Founder-President of Durham University Laidlaw Society; ex-President of Durham University History Society. Research into gender, medieval science, and the purpose of learning. Sings too much.
Lucy Morris

Laidlaw Project Officer, Durham University

Jude Hanlon (he/him)

Research Scholar , Durham university

Hey! I'm a first-year scholar and psychology student at Durham university. My research will investigate transgender identity narratives, gender stereotyping, and wellbeing. Outside research I like to draw, travel, and listen to podcasts and audiobooks; and I'm always working on a side project. My work experience background is in mental health care and education. I'm so excited and honoured to have been given this opportunity and I'd love to get to know other scholars to learn more about you and your research. Feel free to get in touch at jude.j.hanlon@durham.ac.uk.

Administrative Coordinator, Tufts University

Research and Academic Administration
I am a psychology student at Durham University. I am interested in the field of social psychology and its relation with our environment.
Agoston Horanyi

Laidlaw Scholar, Durham University, Durham University

Hullo! My main interest these days is Chinese tea culture and, with this research, I am wanting to explore the process of an active tradition invetion. Chinese tea ceremony as a singular entity does not exist and has never existed (at least not in the way it does, say, in Japan). Nonetheless, there is a strong notion for creating a uniquely Chinese approach to tea, an authentic Chinese tea ceremony. By way of looking into the ways how a historically non-existent tea tradition is being invented and tailored to the needs of current-day China, I hope to gain insight into current social, cultural, and political trends, which shape China’s contemporary and future profile. I will be analysing Chinese literary products, tea-related artefacts, religious & philosophical oeuvres, records of drinking fashions, etc., in order to investigate in what ways the Chinese government drives and supports a large-scale process of social engineering and global self-branding with the vehicle of tea.
Reuben Morris-Dyer

Art History and Film Undergraduate, The University of St Andrews

Hello! I'm Reuben, an Art History and Film student researching 'The Sonic Body: Technology, Embodiment, Gender' with the University of St Andrews and Trinity College Dublin. I am also a student filmmaker and illustrator, and host 'The Theory of Everything Podcast' for StAR Radio.
Giammarco (he/him)

Student, Durham University

I think that happiness is about being committed to something that helps and supports others, and this is why I am so fascinated by research and leadership. They give us the opportunity and responsibility to support and protect our people, especially the most vulnerable. I began my journey in children's homes back in Rome, in Italy. Since then I have been volunteering with children and young people trying to facilitate resilience and recovery from early adversities as my main focus point. My Laidlaw Scholarship research project is all about our social identities and the way they interact with our possible selves to drive our self-control and school attachment. The ultimate aim is to be able to design, implement, and evaluate an effective intervention to enhance the academic achievements of children growing up in alternative care, and conclusively reduce the achievement gap between them and other children. If you have any questions about my project, if you think that your research and mine somehow overlap or are committed to solving similar issues through different disciplines, or if you just want to chat, please drop me a line at giammarco.di-gregorio@durham.ac.uk! :)
Jennifer McIlwrath Hurst

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Leeds

Hello! I'm a Liberal Arts History major student, currently researching the medieval - and medievalism - in Leeds’ tangible and intangible urban landscape. I am investigating the landscape and buildings of medieval Leeds, Victorian Leeds, and present-day Leeds - and considering how all three intersect and inform both each other, and constructions of local identity and place. ​                                                                                      I am also interested in the broader utility of medievalism to nationalism, and the creation of national identities - and the impact of this on the contemporary political landscape of the UK and Ireland. I'm passionate about the utility of heritage studies and the importance of historical contextualization to political decision making - from urban planning to national policymaking.
Bijan Harandi

Student, Tufts University

Undergraduate at Tufts University passionate about STEM, using my skills to forward humanity's journey into the Cosmos.
Asma Behery

Life Sciences Student, University of Toronto Mississauga

I carry a very keen interest in understanding both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis in health and life sciences. Specifically, I am fascinated by the fields of human psychology and health sciences. My Laidlaw Scholars research project focuses on whether mindfulness meditation and relaxation response meditation display synergistic effects on decreasing stress perception, when combined into one practice. My motivation towards pursuing research in my areas of interest is partially fueled by my future aspiration to work in research, as a professor. I hope to continue building my research experience, while exploring a variety of psychology-related and health sciences-related research opportunities.
Ciara O' Malley

Student, University College London

Matthew Fackrell

Laidlaw Undergraduate Research Scholar, Durham University

Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate; from Bristol, UK. I am completing a research project on narrative transmission and reproduction, looking at how oral accounts of geological events are passed down accurately over generations. By understanding how narratives are constructed I am keen to explore interdisciplinary approaches, particularly between Anthropology, Linguistics, Computer-Human Interaction, and Cognition. Other interests include literature, art and photography, architecture, astronomy, and outdoor pursuits.
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.
Olivia Buckley

Student, Durham University

Hello everyone, I am a second-year psychology undergraduate at Durham University planning to undertake a research project in sensory substitution and augmentation with Professor Marko Nardini and his team.
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.