Congratulations to our 25 Scholars

We are delighted to announce that 25 Scholars have been selected for the Laidlaw Scholarship Programme 2017/18.

“The scholarship aims to equip students with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to become the leaders of tomorrow in their chosen occupations. Scholars will graduate from the Programme with a comprehensive development plan and a set of skills which will be directly transferable to their future career.” (Penny Foster, Leadership and Development Adviser – Laidlaw Scholarship)

Our 25 scholars for 2017/18 are:

Name: Dylan Balfour

Year: 2nd Year
Department: School of Politics – Economics & Philosophy

Research project title: Should we even try to answer the question of whether the existence of suffering is compatible with the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly good God?

Academic mentor: Rev’d Dr David Efrid

Name: Eleanor Barton

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Environment

Research project title: The effect of ocean acidification on iodine cycling by microorganisms in surface waters

Academic mentor: Dr Claire Hughes

Name: Laura Berga

Year: 1st Year
Department: Chemistry

Research project title: Dissolving cellulose: how can we apply thermodynamics for a molecular level understanding?

Academic mentor: Dr Seishi Shimizu

Name: Lydia Brown

Year: 3rd Year
Department: Psychology

Research project title: The effects of distractors on emotion identification from body language

Academic mentor: Dr Keise Izuma

Name: Demi Daniel

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Education

Research project title: Is Youtube a gateway to upward social mobility? Drawing on emerging cultural capital within YouTube celebrity culture

Academic mentor: Dr Paul Wakeling

Name: Eilidh Fenner

Year: 1st Year
Department: Natural Sciences

Research project title: To what extent can peripheral vision be improved through deafness of selected hobbies?

Academic mentor: Dr Heidi Baseler

Name: George Gabriel

Year: 3rd Year
Department: Computer Science/Mathematics

Research project title: Dynamical music with Boolean networks

Academic mentor: Professor Susan Stepney

Name: Will Gardner

Year: 4th Year
Department: Computer Science

Research project title: Improving analysis of transactional memory traffic in multicore processor networked interconnects

Academic mentor: Dr Leandro Soares Indrusiak

Name: Graham Gill

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Environment

Research project title: What makes cities more environmentally sustainable?

Academic mentor: Professor Alistair Boxall

Name: Evgeny Gluzman

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Psychology

Research project title: Investigating brain networks that underlie semantic cognition using a behavioural task combined with functional magnetic resonance imaging

Academic mentor: Professor Beth Jefferies

Name: Lewis Hales

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Politics

Research project title: Understanding the environment impacts of rapid urbanisation in South East Asia and how its challenges can be better managed

Academic mentor: Dr Richard Friend

Name: Luke Jenkinson

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Computer Science

Research project title: Using unsupervised machine learning techniques to detect and track Parkinson’s symptoms

Academic mentor: Senior Lecturer Nick Pears

Name: Robert Kirk

Year: 2nd Year 
Department: Natural Sciences

Research project title: Using Signal Amplification by Reversible Exchange (SABRE) to Hyperpolarise Zeatin

Academic mentor: Professor Simon Duckett

Name: Rebecca Lowndes

Year: 3rd Year
Department: Psychology/York Neuroimaging Centre

Research project title: Seeing in the Dark: how does the brain distribute its response to very low light levels

Academic mentor: Professor Antony Morland

Name: Tommy Maltby

Year: 1st Year
Department: Natural Science

Research project title: Analysis of the Degradation of Memory Traces

Academic mentor: Dr Aidan James Horner

Name: Hayley Marsden

Year: 1st Year
Department: Education

Research project title: “The things that make me different are the things that make me” (Winnie the Pooh): Exploring risk and protective factors of resilience in children with reading difficulties

Academic mentor: Dr Elpis Pavlidou

Name: Sara Mod

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Psychology

Research project title: Love your face = love yourself? Examining the link between the liking for self-face and implicit self esteem

Academic mentor: Dr Keise Izuma

Name: Rossi Redgrave

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Psychology

Research project title: Investigation into the Automaticity of Social Pragmatic Constraints in Ambiguity Resolution

Academic mentor: Senior Lecturer Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer

Name: Kane Silver

Year: 2nd year
Department: School of Social and Political Sciences

Research project title: Brexit, Skills Shortages and Conservative Government’s Apprenticeship Policy

Academic mentor: Dr Jim Buller

Name: Adam Walton

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Law

Research project title: Where does the Loss Lie? The socio-legal impacts of emerging autonomous technologies

Academic mentor: Lecturer Phillip Morgan

Name: Matthew Wetherall

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Sociology & Social Policy

Research project title: The Body Behind Bars: Contrasting offender values of health to those of the general public

Academic mentor: Dr Gareth Millington

Name: Bethany White

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Theatre, Film and Television

Research project title: Reclaiming and writing realistic female characters on screen

Academic mentor: Dr Kristyn Gorton

Name: Edward Whyte

Year: 1st Year
Department: Theatre, Film and Television

Research project title: Film and the Troubles: the representation of political conflict in Northern Ireland

Academic Mentor: Professor Duncan Petrie

Name: Pippa Winship

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Environment

Research project title: Advancing socio-spatial justice through digital space: challenging quasiauthoritarianism in Singapore

Academic Mentor: Professor Jean Grugel

Name: Caitlin Woods

Year: 2nd Year
Department: Psychology

Research project title: Emotional Isolation Effect in word recall

Academic Mentor: Senior Lecturer Philip Quinlan