Imogen Hannaby

Student and Laidlaw Scholar, University of York
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Mia Fulford

English and Art History Student, Undergraduate Research Scholar, University of Leeds

I am a member of the University of Leeds' 2021 Laidlaw Scholar Cohort. My self-defined project explores the representation of concurrent themes of nature and isolation in 20th century and contemporary literature. I study English and History of Art and have a love of all things books, art and the outdoors! I also run a zine that features contributions from young creatives across the UK. 

Please take a look at my blog which delves into my research project a bit deeper here: https://outdoorfiction.blogspot.com/ 

Hannah Boyle

Undergraduate Student, University of York

I am a 2021 Laidlaw Scholar from the University of York, focusing my research on the question:  How was the U.K. Labour Party changed their discourse and proposed to challenge domestic poverty and inequality since 2010?

I have been involved in Politics at a local, grassroots level, including community campaigning, and previously worked for Rachel Reeves MP in her constituency office. As a Politics student, I am interested in all things political and anything related to International Relations, with particular interest on the European Union, Women in Politics and International Development. 

Thomas Mason

Engineering Student, University of York

Hello! 👋 

My name is Thomas and I am a student at the University of York studying electronic engineering with business management. My Laidlaw research project will be exploring how intelligence augmentation is the future for organisational decision making!

Just some of my passions include impacts of technology on society (STS), business systems, innovation and wanting to see a positive change in the world :) 

Feel free to reach out to me for a friendly chat ☕ 

Zara Sharif

Student, University of York

Hello! My name is Zara Sharif and I am a 2021 Laidlaw Scholar from the University of York, where I study Education!

My research topic looks at body hair and racialized bullying of teenage girls in UK secondary schools, and how this interacts with the relationship between misogyny and racism.

I chose this research topic because I think we are seeing a cultural shift (in some ways) towards a greater acceptance of body hair, but I've found this shift often leaves out women of colour, and ignores how race and gender can intersect to form teenage girls experiences and their relationships with their body, their sense of self and how they perceive themselves. I also want to see how greater society perceive body hair on women of colour in particular and how social media can influence/shape/change these opinions.

Andrew Hill

Student, University of York

I am studying BSc Archaeology at the University of York. My primary interests are working on a ‘large scale’: archaeological field survey, GIS and digital methods, and utilising landscape and multiperiod approaches. Accordingly,  my research combines field investigation and digital analysis in a multiperiod study of the Mid-Cheshire Ridge, testing the potential contribution of comparative viewshed analysis to understanding past reasoning and change in the landscape.

Catherine Prudence Christabel

Student, University of York

William Charles

Undergraduate, Laidlaw Scholar, University of York

Yusra Shafi

Research Assistant at WISH Lab, The University of Toronto, St. George

Hello! My name is Yusra, and I am a third-year Psychology student at the University of Toronto, St. George. I am passionate about mental health, especially in the disciplines of Education and Organisational Behaviour.

Schools and Universities do not only provide an academic education - they also serve as a premise for self-development and the formation of interpersonal connections. My research utilizes the concepts of Self-determination theory, and focuses on analyzing the biggest barriers to a 'positive' university experience, possible solutions that can be enacted, and how all these factors can influence student mental health.

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.

Ellen Lavender

Scholar, University of York

I'm a 2nd year psychology MSci student specialising in developmental disorders. My project focuses around the development attention in infants and if certain maternal strategies scaffold joint attention and how this varies cross culturally in the UK and Uganda.

I'm really excited for the Laidlaw programme by building my confidence through the leadership programme and exploring my passion for research further!

Kimberley Guy

B/Sc Adult Nursing , University of Leeds

Lydia Rose Haines

Biology undergraduate, University of York

Hi, my name is Lydia Haines and I am a first year undergraduate student, studying biology, at the University of York. For my research project I will be looking at mutations in inflammasome components that are associated with Multiple Sclerosis. I am looking forward to this project and the opportunities to develop my leadership throughout the scholarship.

Mia Richmond

Student, Columbia University

Jenny Liu

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Toronto

I'm an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto double majoring in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology and Immunology as well as minoring in Creative Expression & Society. With a background in molecular genetics wet laboratory research and creative writing, I value cultivating an interdisciplinary perspective to more uniquely engage in the field and better foster impactful connection. 

Natalja Nassonova

Research scholar & student, University of Leeds

I study Natural Sciences (Biochemistry and Nutrition) at the University of Leeds. My research project is dedicated to investigating the organisation of heart muscle cells in a condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy. As a result of my research, I want to identify novel treatment methods for this condition.