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Department of Electronic Engineering student awarded prestigious Laidlaw Scholarship

Posted on 27 July 2021

Undergraduate student Thomas Mason will carry out a six-week research project of his choice under the supervision of a leading academic, develop his leadership skills, experience new cultures and create positive change - all fully funded.

Thomas Mason, an Undergraduate student in the Department of Electronic Engineering has been awarded a prestigious Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship. The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship programme aims to develop a new generation of leaders who are skilled researchers, embrace data-based decision making, and believe it is a moral imperative to lead with integrity. It invests in talented and motivated undergraduate students, giving them the knowledge, skills and experience to become active global citizens and future leaders.

The scholarship is for two years during which Thomas will carry out a six-week research project of his choice under the supervision of a leading academic, develop his leadership skills, experience new cultures and create positive change - all fully funded.

Thomas said, in terms of what this scholarship means for him:

“Throughout my whole life I have always had a passion for technology and engineering so being given the opportunity to have my own fully funded research project in my chosen field allows me to drive my passion further and take it to the next level. My research project is titled ‘IA: The Art of Decision Making’ and it will explore how intelligence augmentation is the future for organisational decision making. I believe that by understanding the world around us - including the future of intelligent systems as it is part of our lives - builds me to become a strong emerging ethical leader with greater awareness.

During the whole programme I will be taking part in various leadership development opportunities and in Summer 2022, I will be engaging in a leadership project and working towards a CMI Level 5 in Leadership qualification. This reinforces the amazing opportunities that this programme provides and will ensure that I am well-equipped for the future.

Special thanks to the Laidlaw Foundation who generously fund this programme, my academic supervisor Dr. J Bissell for supporting me through my whole application process and Dr. P Garnett at the management school who has agreed to be my supervisor during my research project. ”