Gayle Peterson, Associate Fellow, Programme Director Oxford Impact Investing and Social Finance

In the year since the pandemic began we have seen that, like other crises, Covid-19 is not gender-neutral.

Globally, women have been hit hard by the pandemic. There are several reasons: women tend to earn less, have fewer savings and are disproportionately represented in the informal economy. They have less access to social protections and are more burdened with unpaid care and domestic work, often forcing them to drop out of the labor force. Women make up the majority of single-parent households.

By the numbers: In 2021, the pandemic will push an estimated 47 million women and girls into poverty…

An interview with Executive MBA alumna Hema Vallabh

Hema Vallabh is an alumna of the Oxford Executive MBA January 2019 cohort. She is a South African entrepreneur, engineer, diversity and inclusion specialist, investor and all-round change-maker. She is the co-founder & CEO of WomHub, a boutique pan-African incubator for female founders in STEM. WomHub is a spin-out of her award-winning non-profit WomEng which provides interventions for girls and women at every stage of the engineering skills pipeline. …

This year we launch our new Artificial Intelligence for Business diploma at the Saïd Business School.

With academic and industry experts, we’ll be looking at the fascinating implications and opportunities in AI and its associated technologies — machine learning, neural networks and so forth — for all kinds of industries in the 2020s. We’ll consider government, intelligence and information war, financial analysis and trading, technology in general, medtech in particular, law and ethics, agriculture and many more areas. …

The headline statistics that illustrate the School’s size and shape

Until the Covid-19 pandemic forced the suspension of face-to-face teaching, Saïd Business School had been enjoying a year of strong performance. The UK entered lockdown on 23 March, but the forecast prepared in February ahead of that predicted the School would end the year with revenues up 14 per cent and its surplus up 17 per cent year on year.

Performing particularly strongly before lockdown were Custom Executive Education (CEE), which delivers bespoke learning programmes to a range of public and private sector clients across a variety of markets. …

Oxford Saïd benefits from the generosity of donors prepared to invest in academic excellence and the next generation of business leadership. Here we recognise those who have kindly provided scholarships and supported capital projects, diversity initiatives and more

Leadership in extraordinary times requires both vision and investment in order to flourish. Saïd Business School continues to benefit from the generosity of its donors in helping us to provide academic excellence and a crucible for purposeful leadership — and while the challenges of 2020 have bitten us all, we have successfully raised £10.5m this year to support those goals.

This year…

Oxford Saïd attracts the top talent in business academia. We celebrate the appointments made during the 2019/20 academic year

Pinar Ozcan
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
An award-winning specialist in strategy and entrepreneurship in technology markets, Pinar Ozcan joined Oxford Saïd after a Professorship at Warwick Business School and time as Visiting Scholar at Sydney Business School. Her current research project on open banking examines the industry disruption through the regulation and entry of fintech companies, and the development of the sharing economy.

Ozcan’s recent accolades for her research include a place on the global Thinkers 50 list of emerging…

As Covid-19 caused global havoc, Oxford Saïd’s students and alumni continued to tackle world-scale problems

Covid-19 not only changed how we worked and studied in 2020, but the pandemic also inevitably had a profound effect on both training and recruitment.

‘Students were immediately worried about the job market,’ says Joy Bussell, Head of Executive Careers at Oxford Saïd. ‘Around 80 per cent of interactions between Oxford Saïd and Executive MBAs (EMBAs) will be face to face. And where I feel we stand head and shoulders above other business schools is that we have a careers academy on campus.’

Without being…

Renowned as a global beacon of excellence, Saïd Business School has reinvented its offering to prepare for the new academic year

A pandemic that curtails human interaction and disrupts travel creates a host of challenges for almost every operation, not least a global business management school with hundreds of students from around the world. Far from being cowed by the enormity of the challenge as Covid-19 hit, however, Saïd Business School took it as an opportunity for change and reinvention.

The School had already started on a process of operational change under the leadership of new Chief Operating Officer Sara…

Oxford Saïd has many colleague-run employee initiatives to help staff and students get involved in projects, charities and causes they are passionate about. We shine the spotlight on three


Twelve months after announcing their three-year partnership with the charity Homeless Oxfordshire, volunteers at Oxford Saïd can look back on a year in which many goals were achieved despite Covid.

The charity, which was chosen by staff and students at the School, provides short-term accommodation for homeless people in the county alongside high-quality support and initiatives to help them regain and maintain independence. …

With the world’s attention turned to Black Lives Matter once more, we resolved there would be no place for institutional racism at Oxford Saïd. Here’s what we did next

The death of George Floyd in Minnesota in May 2020 and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement have once again shone a spotlight on the issue of institutional racism, racial injustice and disparities in equality and opportunity. The University of Oxford had its own flashpoint when more than a thousand protesters gathered beneath the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College, demanding the University address its own colonial past.

Saïd Business School

At Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, we create business leaders who lead with purpose.

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