Kieran spent his formative school years in Edinburgh but moved west to Glasgow to study medicine, where he currently is training in cardiology. He spent a year as an undergraduate at King's College London studying philosophy and medical ethics, along with a period as a research fellow at the Hastings Center in New York. Kieran has been fortunate to have been taught by several inspirational teachers, who have instilled in him a strong belief in the importance of lifelong learning: through his undergraduate and postgraduate career he has enjoyed teaching undergraduate students, and hopes to use these experiences in his role as a trustee with Light Up Learning.
Co-Founder and Trustee
Will grew up in Edinburgh and was lucky to have a mother who was thoroughly excited by learning. At school he initially struggled with undetected dyslexia and disciplinary problems. Things improved when he moved school at age 13, and he eventually studied history at Harvard, before gaining a Ph.D. from Cambridge. Taught by a string of outstanding teachers, Will developed the sense that learning could be thrilling and life-enhancing… but with that came an awareness of the inequality surrounding access to these elite institutions. Motivated by this, and a year working as a mentor with The Access Project in London, he founded Light Up Learning with his friend, Richard McLauchlan.
Currently learning… about Bolivian and Peruvian history, with a particular interest in Wari art and architecture.
Director, Mentor, Co-Founder and Trustee
A native of Edinburgh, Richard was lucky enough at school to be taught by a teacher who fired his imagination and showed him what it was to love learning. This experience propelled him to degrees at the Universities of St Andrews and Cambridge, where he studied theology, completing a Ph.D. on the poet R.S. Thomas. Whilst at Cambridge, not only did Richard enjoy teaching undergraduates, but also working with the Sutton Trust, helping non-privileged young people discover the joy of studying poetry. Having finished his studies, he spent a year bagpiping on the streets of Cologne, and then returned to Scotland to establish Light Up Learning with Will.
Currently learning… the language of the ancient Greeks.