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Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme is an innovative scholarship designed to help undergraduate students from all disciplines and walks of life to develop strong research and leadership skills which will allow them to excel in both their degree programmes and their future careers. Scholars are supervised by members of academic staff who engage with the student to support them in developing their research interests.

Laidlaw Programme overview Click here for overall information about the Laidlaw Programme and the student experience

Information for research supervisors

Are you interested in becoming the research supervisor of a Laidlaw Scholar and joining the growing international Laidlaw community? This webpage provides you with information on what's involved.

If you have any questions after reading, please contact the Student Employability Officer, Trinity Careers Service:

Joel McKeever | employability@tcd.ie | 01 896 1227

Am I eligible to be a Laidlaw research supervisor?

Any member of Trinity's academic staff who is on a permanent contract, or on a contract which extends beyond the duration of the relevant cycle of the Laidlaw Programme, is eligible to supervise a Laidlaw Scholar. The 2019 cycle of the Programme runs from March 2019 to October 2020. You can supervise a scholar jointly with another colleague for all, or part of the duration of the Programme.

What is my role as a research supervisor in the student’s application process?

If you agree to work with a student as their research supervisor you will need to complete a statement of support as part of the student’s application. By completing this you are confirming that allocated work space and equipment will be provided by your Department/School for the duration of the project. You should ensure that the student identifies a realistic research project that is achievable within the 10 week research time frame. Applications of an interdisciplinary nature, or with an international dimension are welcomed. Staff are encouraged to explore opportunities to collaborate with colleagues in other Laidlaw network partner universities where feasible.

What is my role once a student is awarded a Laidlaw scholarship under my supervision?

  • To have a formal meeting at the beginning of the period of research to work with the Scholar to set out clear project outcomes and timescales for their two periods of research (Summers 2019 and 2020).

  • To advise and guide the Scholar through any necessary processes ahead of their research, e.g., ethics approval, risk assessments, training in lab safety.

  • To meet with the Scholar on a regular basis to review their progress. The Scholar will provide an update for those meetings to include a review of progress and action points for discussion.

  • To provide ongoing guidance and encouragement to the Scholar throughout their project.

  • To provide a short report at the end of the Laidlaw Programme on the standard of the Scholar’s work.

How will I benefit from being a Laidlaw research supervisor?

  • A unique opportunity to support ambitious and motivated students as they undertake an original research project.

  • A payment of €700 for each Laidlaw Scholar is payable to the research supervisor to meet incidental costs and/or towards the supervisor’s continuing professional development.

  • An opportunity to become part of the prestigious international Laidlaw Scholarship community and to become involved in profile-raising opportunities during the programme.

How can I get involved?

  • Promote this opportunity to your students and colleagues.

  • Bring the Laidlaw Programme to the attention of promising, eligible undergraduates.

  • Provide information and support to potential applicants.

  • Give guidance and advice to applicants about designing, writing, and delivering a research proposal.

  • Contact colleagues in related disciplines to support an interdisciplinary project.

  • Connect with colleagues in other institutions, in particular Laidlaw partner universities, to support a collaborative project.

Laidlaw partner universities Click here for information on the international Laidlaw network and partner universities open to potential collaborative projects

What do current Laidlaw research supervisors at Trinity say?

    I was delighted to have the opportunity to be involved as a supervisor for the Laidlaw Programme. I think it is an excellent programme for undergraduate students and it allowed me to interact with a superb student. I have been recommending it wholeheartedly to my current cohort of students.
    Dr Celia Holland, Professor of Parasitology in the Discipline of Zoology, School of Natural Sciences

    The Laidlaw Programme offers a fantastic opportunity to network and learn. I think it has an unique impact on both the professional and personal growth of the participants and I am looking forward to the next year!
    Dr Carsten Erhardt, Professor in Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences