Ananya Ashta

Student, University College London
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Mark Tibor Meszarik

MSci Natural Sciences Student, University College London

Ruth Siddall

Academic Director, UCL Laidlaw Scholarships Programme, UCL

Materials and Materiality in Cultural Heritage
Christopher Cullen

Programme Manager, UCL

I work in UCL Education and Student Affairs at UCL as a Project Manager. Our office has responsibility for improvements in education and the student experience, including the integration of teaching and research. I have managed high profile projects including a Graduate Support Scheme and a Review of Postgraduate Education. I currently manage the day to day administration of the Laidlaw Programme.

Hello, I'm a first-year chemical engineering student at UCL. My research project for this programme looked into the economic feasibility of three different wastewater treatment solutions for organic matter removal and energy production. I also explored the environmental sustainability of these technologies through a self-assessed quantitative impact assessment.

Silvia Dal Bianco

Teaching Fellow, University College London, UCL, Department of Economics

Silvia works at the Department of Economics, at University College London (UCL) in London. She has been teaching in Higher Education for the past 20 years. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she is pursuing pedagogical research in the fields of inclusive assessment and e-learning. Silvia's scholar research interests are in the areas of development and international economics as well as fintech. Silvia has published in internationally recognised journals, such as Empirical Economics and the Journal of Business Research. In the last year, she has lead two-sponsored research projects on cryptocurrencies. The first one being about the economics stance of bitcoin and the other one, the Laidlaw Scholarship project, was on bitcoin and financial inclusion in China. The Silvia is also committed to widening participation in Economics. In particular, she is developing a project with school pupils and teachers from disadvantaged areas in London for encouraging them to find out more about what economists do. Silvia also serves as a referee for economic journals, such as Oxford Economic Papers and the B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics. She is one of the economics judges for the Global Undergraduate Awards. She provides consultancy for the FCO-UCL project and she is an assessor at the Arena Centre for Research-Based Education. Before joining academia, Silvia has consulted a number of national and international institutions, such as UNESCO, DFID and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Trade.
Adair Richards

Managing Director, Adair Richards Associates Ltd

My current role with the Laidlaw Scholars Network is in the design and delivery of leadership training for UCL.

I run a global training and development consultancy focussing on the higher education sector, and have had the privilege of working with many of the world's top Universities. 

I have 6 University qualifications including an award-winning PhD and have published academically in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

I also work in the UK as a Judge, and in various national adjudication and advisory roles. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

A few years ago I gave a TEDx talk that you might be interested in: 'Designing Universities that Work' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqmPUm54oew 

Phin Godfrey

Student, University College London

Lauren Pereira-Greene (she/her)

Medical Student, University College London

First year UCL medic with a particular interest in neuroscience and psychiatry. I am passionate about social equality and am the Co-Founder of a student-led widening participation group, DIMA (Diversity in Medical Education) @dimafoundation. I am fascinated by the interaction between health and culture, religion, history, politics, economics and the environment. 

Zachary Ferretti

Laidlaw Scholar, Tufts University

Hi all, my name is Zachary Ferretti! I am a junior at Tufts University, pursuing a major in Political Science as well as a double minor in Economics and Urban Studies. My research takes a sorely needed look at the 1,4 dioxane water crisis on Long Island, New York. I am excited to meet everyone and build strong connections across the Laidlaw Network!

Joe Linogao

Research Student, Engineering wth Management, Trinity College Dublin

Hello! My name is Joe Linogao (he/him), and I am an Engineering with Management student at Trinity College Dublin. I became a Laidlaw Scholar for TCD on April 2021 with my research proposal, "Automated Procedure for the Microbial Analysis of Contact Plates."

For my course, I specialise in Energy/Fluid studies, focusing on fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and engineering design. Despite this, I have taken a keen interest in robotics and machine learning which were major influencers for my research project. Additionally, I am currently a part of a student-led Robotics research team under the same supervisor I have for Laidlaw.

Outside of college work, I am very interested in Arduino, coding (MATLAB/Python are my strongest languages), Solidworks and 3D Printing, all of which I have great knowledge with. However, I am always willing to hone my skills and learn other skills if need be.

My hobbies include music and Dungeons & Dragons (like the absolute nerd I am). Regarding music, I've posted many songs (covers & originals) on outlets such as Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music, and many more (check out my website for more details)! Due to this, I also have plenty of experience with software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro.

Pearls Eddo

Law LLB, University of Leeds

Hi, my name is Pearls (She/Her); I am a second-year Law LLB student at Leeds.

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My first-year research measured the impact of gamifying learning on improving the attainment score and content retention levels of ethnic minority and socio-economically disadvantaged students at Multi-Academy Trusts. 

I co-founded the Leeds University branch of the 93% Club and acted as its Schools Outreach Officer for nearly two years. In recent years I have volunteered at my local Citizens Advice. I will be tutoring primary level English as part of the Laidlaw Foundation’s tutoring initiative with The Tutor Association.

This June, I will be embarking on a year-long placement as a Contract Management Intern at The Walt Disney Company.

Abeer Ladhani

Student, University College London (UCL)

Barkha Batra

Student , University College London

I'm a first-year undergraduate from India, studying Law at University College London. My Laidlaw project, 'The Historical Contractual Incapacity of Married Women,' traces a number of common law decisions and social norms that restricted married women's capacity to contract in 18th-19th Century England. The paper explores the legal rules that operated when a feme covert tried to make contracts with suppliers of goods and services; the reasons behind these rules; and how they changed through statutory reform.

I look forward to the rest of the programme! 

Maria Valenstain

Student Researcher, University of York

I am an undergraduate Laidlaw Scholar studying Philosophy and Politics at the University of York. I am very interested in the climate education. My project investigate collective responsibility regarding climate change in the primary years of school.

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. 

Inkindi Mutoni Sabine

STEM Subject Lead, University of Rwanda

I am a graduand of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Rwanda. I am also the STEM Subject Lead. My Laidlaw research 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. 

Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I have been with the Laidlaw Foundation for over 2 years, helping us strengthen the global Laidlaw community and expand our programmes to break the cycle of poverty, reduce inequality, and develop a new generation of leaders.

I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. I am a fan of all things human- and design-related, as well as an avid swimmer, obsessive podcast listener, documentary enthusiast, and film photography fan.

Drop me a line if you'd like to chat and let's connect on LinkedIn! 💬👀

Susanna Kempe (she/her)

CEO, Laidlaw Foundation

A graduate of Cambridge University, Susanna’s professional experience includes over 15 years in senior leadership roles in international B2B and learning businesses. Susanna began her career at the Institute for International Research (IIR) where she first worked with Lord Laidlaw, rising to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). When IIR, which was the world’s largest organiser of commercial conferences, was acquired by Informa plc in 2005 Susanna was appointed CMO of the enlarged group and also led the public company’s investor relations programmes. She subsequently joined Emap Ltd as Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer and CEO of Emap Networks, that group’s conferences business. Later she became CEO of the fashion industry forecaster WGSN and was latterly Group Content and Marketing Partner of the leading strategy consultancy Brunswick Group. A German-American raised and educated in the UK and a committed internationalist, Susanna has been involved in globally trading businesses throughout her career, directing activity in the Americas, across continental Europe, and the Asia Pacific. Susanna has been extensively involved with education and professional development over many years. She was Head of Group Training and led the commercial acquisition and integration of a portfolio of corporate training businesses whilst at IIR; and created learning academies at both Informa and Emap. She believes experiencing and appreciating different cultures promotes better global understanding, creativity and leadership. She is passionate about the power of education to transform lives; and believes that we need to develop a new generation of diverse leaders who are curious, bold and devoted to decency, truthfulness, and innovation. Susanna is committed to diversity not only as a societal imperative but as a critical component of commercial success. As an advisor to the trustees of the Foundation, Susanna first learnt about its purpose and programmes before becoming its Chief Executive responsible for the Laidlaw Schools Trust, the Laidlaw Scholars and its other education programmes. Susanna read English and Philosophy at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. She has five half blues in swimming and water polo; and played netball and rowed for Newnham.