St Hilda's students are among the 2018 Laidlaw Scholars

1st November 2018

We are delighted that Isabel Galwey (Oriental Studies, 2015) and Lachlan Hughes (Modern Languages, 2014) are among the 2018 Laidlaw Scholars.

The Laidlaw Scholars Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme was launched at the University of Oxford in 2016, building upon Lord Laidlaw’s visionary commitment to supporting undergraduate student development and education. It aims to equip undergraduate students with the necessary research skills and leadership skills to help them fulfil their ambitions beyond their course of study, whether they intend to pursue a career in research or in another sector.

Isabel, whose project was on “A study of contemporary Chinese animation’s portrayal of urban life, with a focus on the city of Shanghai”, said, 'The Laidlaw programme was a steep learning curve for me but I feel that it has helped me to build both my capabilities and my confidence. The programme provides a welcoming and encouraging environment for undergraduate researchers to explore their academic interests. If there’s a topic that you’re passionate about, this is a great opportunity to take the initiative and explore it in depth!'

Recent graduate, Lachlan, is now studying for a Master's degree at Magdalen College, Oxford. Lachlan, whose project was on “From invocation to invective: Jacopone da Todi and the repurposing of the laude (1278–1306)”, said, 'The Laidlaw programme is a wonderful opportunity for anybody who's considering a career as an academic or researcher, as it gives you the very rare opportunity to pursue your academic interests outside of the strictures of the university exam system.... The Laidlaw programme is without a doubt the best thing I did during my time at Oxford.'

Many congratulations to all the Laidlaw Scholars, especially Isabel and Lachlan!