Laidlaw scholars in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television

Posted on 17 July 2017

We are delighted that 2nd year student Bethany White and 1st year student Edward Whyte, both on the BSc in Film and Television Production, have started their Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarships.

Bethany White and Edward Whyte were awarded their Laidlaw scholarships at the end of June, and now the hard work begins!

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship programme comprises a leadership development programme and a research project, designed by the student and supervised by an academic research mentor. Interested students applied in January 2017, for one of 25 available scholarships.

Bethany's project, entitled Reclaiming and writing realistic female characters on screen is supervised by Dr Kristyn Gorton and Maxine Gee. The project is about celebrating existing positive and complex portrayals of women on screen and using them as inspiration for Bethany to write a script of her own. She says, "The format for the Laidlaw Scholarship as a student-led research project appealed to me when I heard about it because it gives students the chance to study something in depth that's not on the curriculum, and that we feel passionate about. It's a fantastic opportunity and I can't wait to get started! The staff have been incredibly supportive and enthusiastic, too - I can't thank them enough."

Edward's project, entitled Film and the Troubles: the representation of political conflict in Northern Ireland is supervised by Professor Duncan Petrie. He added. "I am excited to be carrying out the Laidlaw Research and Leadership Scholarship and undertaking an interdisciplinary project which combines film, politics and history."

We wish them both the best of luck!