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Supporting a student’s application

If you would like to support a student’s application to the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme, you can…

  • Bring the programme to the attention of promising undergraduates who would benefit from a self-directed research project in a world-leading research environment and a structured programme of leadership training
  • Provide information to potential applicants about suitable host institutions (including Oxford)
  • Provide contact details and/or make introductions to contacts in your network who may be interested in hosting a Laidlaw research project
  • Give guidance and advice to potential applicants about designing, writing and delivering a research proposal (see the Notes of Guidance provided here)
  • Connect students who might fruitfully collaborate on an interdisciplinary initiative
  • Bring the programme to the attention of your colleagues, postdoctoral researchers and other staff members who have contact with undergraduate students

Hosting a Laidlaw research placement

If you would like to host a Laidlaw research placement, you can…

  • Reach out directly to undergraduate students to encourage potential proposals
  • Contact colleagues in related disciplines who supervise or have contact with undergraduate students
  • Once you have confirmed a research placement, complete the online statement of support below

You’re welcome to contact the Programme Administrator with any questions – please email

Information for faculty outside the University of Oxford

To find out more about the programme, see the Laidlaw Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme webpage.

We encourage applicants to the Laidlaw Programme to seek placements at world-leading research institutes across the globe. Please note that students participating in the Laidlaw Programme cannot join existing research projects. You are encouraged, however, to correspond directly with potential applicants and to assist them in developing an original research proposal that benefits both the student and you as the host institution, drawing on the expertise, specialisms and unique resources of the host institution.

Once you have confirmed a research placement with a prospective applicant, please complete the online statement of support below.

You’re welcome to contact the Programme Administrator with any questions – please email

Supervisor's statement of support

Please fill out the online statement of support form.

Many thanks – we rely on the generosity and support of our host supervisors, and are very grateful to you for your assistance.

Supervisor's roles and responsibilities

When you agree to become a host supervisor for a Laidlaw Scholar, you’ll be asked to confirm that you have reviewed the applicant’s research proposal and that you agree to:

  • Provide the necessary resources to enable the scholar to carry out the research project as stated in the research proposal. This includes access to equipment, libraries and laboratories, relevant seminars and/or lectures.
  • Provide research-related advice and guidance to the scholar, monitor their progress, provide feedback and act as a mentor to the scholar while they are undertaking the research project.
  • Facilitate professional introductions and access to other researchers as appropriate in order to enable the scholar to carry out the research project successfully.
  • Not use for your own purposes any output, technique, methodology and/or other forms of intellectual property directly resulting from the scholar’s research project, unless the scholar has provided written permission to do so.
  • Not use the scholar as a contributor to any pre-existing projects at the host institution or connected institutions. This applies only to the period of the research project as agreed between you and the scholar.
  • Support the scholar to the best of your ability in order that they may complete the research project outlined in the research proposal, and not hinder or impede their work for any reason other than health and safety concerns.
  • Contact the Internship Office immediately if you have any concerns about the scholar’s progress or wellbeing during the period of the research project.

If you have any questions about these roles and responsibilities please don’t hesitate to contact the Programme Administrator at

This information was last updated on 18 December 2017.
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Blogged by Julia Hilton on April 20, 2018.

Insight into Teaching provides students with the opportunity to spend three days in a school with a full programme of lesson observation, perhaps a chance to try out some teaching and join in with activities, and a pre-placement seminar to get the most out of the placement.

Placements take place over 3 days in 9th week of Trinity term and are available in a range of subjects in secondary, primary & further education, in state-maintained and independent schools across Oxfordshire and elsewhere in the UK. This year the dates are Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 June.

Applications open in 1st week of term and close on Sunday 20 May (end of 4th week) at midnight.

If you are thinking about a career in teaching then spending time in school is extremely important, not only to help you to decide whether teaching is for you, but also to enhance your teacher training application – whether you are considering a PGCE, School Direct, Teach First or another route into teaching. A participant on the programme last term said:

‘I really enjoyed interacting with students in the lower school, particularly helping students who came to the math’s clinic one lunch time. It was nice to feel useful. I previously was sure I wanted to teach sixth form but I enjoyed this aspect so much I am rethinking this.’

Literary Agency Work Experience – Carole Blake Open Doors Project

Posted on behalf of Blake Friedmann. Blogged by Polly Metcalfe on April 20, 2018.

The Carole Blake Open Doors Project, is a programme specifically aimed at encouraging candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter the publishing industry.

The Carole Blake Open Doors Project will offer ten days of work shadowing at Blake Friedmann’s book agents to a selected applicant over a two-week period, including funding for travel and up to twelve nights’ accommodation in London. The programme, which will run twice a year, will include close mentorship with Blake Friedmann’s book agents, the opportunity to attend selected meetings with editors and clients, and the chance to be involved in every aspect of day-to-day life as an agent. It is intended that candidates will come away from the project with varied knowledge of working for a leading literary agency, the beginnings of new and essential relationships in the publishing industry, and some excellent experience to include on their CVs.

“Carole offered me my first internship in publishing at Blake Friedman. She was a formidable figure, yet warm and funny. She was deeply encouraging to me as one from a diverse background based on my age, class and race – though it was our mutual love of a great pair of shoes that really sealed the deal!  An unforgettable, truly phenomenal woman.” – Valerie Brandes, Founder & Publisher, Jacaranda Books, and former BFA intern

Carole Blake and the Blake Friedmann team have always placed great value on diversity and openness, in the company’s client list as well as its hiring practices. We aim to build on this foundation and be proactive about drawing from a wider pool of talented applicants who are passionate about books and ambitious about getting a job in publishing.

Read an account of taking part in the project from our first Open Doors intern Ada Igwebu. 

Applications are now open for the Carole Blake Open Doors project and the deadline is 18 May.

Resources and opportunities for early career researchers

Blogged by Rebecca Ehata on April 19, 2018.

The Early Career Blog: Specialist careers advice for PhDs and postdocs

Have you had a look at our blog for early career researchers yet? This joint initiative with Cambridge has over 40 posts dealing with topics such as networking, academic applications and getting funding, making it a great resource whether you’re set on staying in academia or looking for fresh pastures. A new post on the blog looking at Non-academic employers’ perspectives on researchers will be of interest to any ECRs who are toying with the possibility of a move beyond academia.

You can browse the range of posts already available at any time, and don’t forget that you can send suggestions for further topics by tweeting them to @EarlyCareerBlog!

The Researcher Consultancy is back!

Following the successful pilot of the Researcher Consultancy in Michaelmas and Hilary terms, we’re delighted to announce that a new round of the programme has now launched! Whether you’re considering consultancy as a longer-term career move, you want to develop key employability skills such as self-management, team working, business and customer awareness, problem solving and communication, or wish to boost your understanding of the commercial sector and gain hands-on experience of tackling real-world strategic problems, this may be a perfect opportunity for you. Whatever your career plans, including further research and academia, participants can benefit significantly from the programme.

So how does it work?

Participants volunteer some of their own time to work in small teams, over a 4-month period, to address a strategic issue or business opportunity for a client organisation. Our clients list includes start-ups, businesses, local and international charities, community organisations, University departments and Government agencies.

Want to know more?

For more information see CareerConnect or contact Lili Pickett-Palmer. The closing date for applications for the Spring-Summer programme is 30 April 2018.

Careers in the Heritage and Museum Sectors

Posted on behalf of Heritage Pathway. Blogged by Polly Metcalfe on April 18, 2018.

Careers in the Heritage and Museum Sectors hosted by Heritage Pathway

  • When: Thursday 17 May, 15.00-17.00
  • Where: 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road
  • Book: Booking is essential for this event

The ‘Heritage Pathway’ is one of seven training pathways offered to graduate students and Early Career Researchers in the Humanities Division. A year-long programme of workshops, site visits and networking opportunities provides the skills and knowledge required to engage successfully with partner organisations in the heritage sector, whether through commercial or research-based collaborations.

Three speakers reflect on their own career paths and offer top tips as to how to develop your career:

  • Emily Knight (Assistant Curator of Paintings, V&A)
  • Dr Danielle Thom (Curator of Making, Museum of London)
  • Dr Jane Eade (Curator, National Trust)

Trinity micro-internships have now launched!

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on April 18, 2018.

It’s the time of year to be thinking about work experience, and to help you on your way our Trinity term Micro-Internship Programme has now launched! If you have a busy academic schedule but you are still looking for work experience, or want to gain some professional skills and extra points for your CV, then look no further. This programme is open to both undergraduates and postgraduates, and here are some of the placements on offer in weeks 9 and 10:

  • Conduct research with the University’s Heritage Partnerships Office for the Hidden Objects Project
  • Gain insight into an independent consultancy and the world of politics with BlondeMoney
  • Hands-on scientific research and analysis with Adapt Immune
  • Assist with the pre-production stage of a film with Daria Martin – Fine Art Films
  • And much more!

Keep an eye out for our sector lists over the coming days!

In brief… What are micro-internships?

2-5 day work experience placements each term during weeks 9 and 10, exclusive to Oxford students (matriculated students are eligible to apply). Although voluntary, host organisations must reimburse local travel and lunch expenses on production of receipts. Full programme information can be found on our Micro-Internship Programme webpage.

How do I apply?

You can view and apply to all micro-internships on CareerConnect, submitting a one-page CV and 300-word personal statement. The deadline this term is midday, Thursday 3 May (please note that this is earlier than usual due to the bank holiday).

Can I get help with my application?

Absolutely! Please see our Internship Office Application Support Document and Employer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications. Up until the deadline, we will be running Application Support Sessions for CV and personal statement advice – view and book on CareerConnect.

Any questions? Get in touch by emailing

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