The Laidlaw Research and Leadership Programme


Choosing a project: listed research projects

The new list for summer 2022 will be published in November 2021.

UCL Projects

The listed projects usually form part of a larger research project supervisors are running at UCL, working at the forefront of their disciplines to push forward the boundaries of knowledge. 

You can apply for any project which interests you from this list.  It does not have to relate to your current studies.  The projects listed are partly formulated.  If you are successful in your application, you will be expected to work with your Laidlaw supervisor to produce a full project plan before you start work in Summer 2022.

You will need to demonstrate in your application that you meet the Essential Criteria listed for each project.

When you have chosen which project you wish to apply for, make sure you read it thoroughly and think about the issues involved.  This will help you to complete your application.

Essentials for your application

  • You must demonstrate how you meet the Essential Skills listed in the project description when you complete your application form. 
  • You must also ensure that an academic reference is supplied on behalf of your application.

See Applying for more information.


(1) The standard six week period for summer 2022 is Monday 13 June to Friday 22 July 2022.  These dates can usually be changed by agreement with the supervisor, but you should check this with them before applying.

(2) Project outputs must be completed by the end of the summer 2022.  Failure to do so could jeopardise your place on the scheme.

Project List: Summer 2021 - Examples Only

Please Note: This list was for summer 2021 and is here for reference only. 

A completely new list of projects will be made available in November 2021 for new applicants.

Projects Listed by Faculty

Apply for any topic that interests you regardless of your degree subject.

Arts and Humanities Faculty
1. Previously unstudied Latin poetry in early modern England
2. Baroque Latin items in UCL Special Collections
3. The rendering of terminology in the King James Bible
Bartlett Faculty
4. Design and engagement skills in English planning authorities
Brain Sciences Faculty
5. Semantic Factors in Reasoning with Conditional and Quantified Statements  
6. Investigating Psychosis in Adults following Childhood Trauma (IMPACT)
7. Economic feasibility of waste water treatment
8. Using natural language processing to analyse social media data
9. Open Radar Initiative
10. Human gaze inspired networking algorithms
11. Multi-sensor environment on-line monitoring system
UCL Institute of Education
12. Longitudinal case study of young people on STEM trajectories
13. In their own words: Britons describe their Coronavirus experiences
14. Assessing the pandemic's impact on young people’s future optimism
15. The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain 1905-2016
16. University Responses to Black Lives Matter
17. The World Academy for the Future of Women
Laws Faculty
18. The Law of Frustrated Contracts in the Pandemic
19. Historical Contractual Incapacity of Married Women
20. The crisis of krisis: Brexit, decision-making and democracy (with Social and Historical Sciences)
Life Sciences Faculty
21. Response of ecosystem services providers to land use change globally
22. Measuring the adhesion of microbial biofilms to surfaces
23. Printing films containing anti-fungal drugs onto nails
24. Preparation and characterisation of electrospun fibres
25. Influence of ultrasound on Candida auris biofilms
Mathematical and Physical Sciences Faculty
26. Hierarchical Cupric Oxides Nanostructures
27. Characterisation of metallic thin films
Population Health Faculty
28. Mental health outcomes for children with epilepsy
Social and Historical Sciences Faculty
20. The crisis of krisis: Brexit, decision-making and democracy (with Laws)
29. Territoriality in Wild Chimpanzees in western Tanzania
30. Online education: effects on academic outcomes
31. The value and impact of group work
32. COVID-19 as a catalyst for the use of technology in teaching Economics
33. Mapping the state of art of CBDCs
34. Historical evolution of health visiting services
35. How to give engaging economic presentations
36. Severity of air pollution in Africa
37. Subaltern house-building in early 20th century Simla
38. Deindustrialisation and gender in London, c. 1945 to the present
39. Medical Adverts in 17th century London
40. Destruction, Transition, and the Production of Archaeological Knowledge
41. Open Educational Resources in Ancient Middle Eastern texts
42. What does heritage do for Iraq?
43. Redistribution in unequal countries after COVID-19
44. Patterns of political representation at times of crises
45. Foreign language education in Europe