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Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Admissions update: the final countdown

Admissions update: the final countdown

Whenever you ask a member of the Blavatnik School admissions team how they are at this time of year, you can guarantee the answer will be: “Busy!” Since the application deadline for the Master of Public Policy closed, they’ve been working to process well over 700 applications from 99 countries […]

by × 09 March 2020 ×

BSG Staff, Economic growth and resilience

Pathways for Prosperity Commissioners (including Shivani Siroya) at the final report launch in Nairobi Kenya, November 2019.  Photo: Paul Mbugua.

Four lessons on how to run a policy commission

I’ve just finished running a global commission based here at the Blavatnik School of Government: Pathways for Prosperity, co-chaired by – among others – Melinda Gates. It was set up to challenge the narrative that in developing countries, technology necessarily equals catastrophic job losses and widening inequalities, and to explore […]

by × 26 February 2020 ×

BSG Staff, Governance, cooperation and law

Why tax policies have to change in the next two decades and what it means for the sustainability of public finance

Why tax policies have to change in the next two decades and what it means for the sustainability of public finance

“Taxation is a complex technical issue, but that hasn’t stopped the Blavatnik School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) students from rolling up their sleeves and getting down to the business of considering structural tax reform,” says Professor Karthik Ramanna, director of the MPP and co-author of the Future of Taxation […]

by × 17 December 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Former students (MPP 2018) at their graduation celebration in November 2019. Photo: John Cairns

MPP and DPhil admissions 2019: what to do before deadline

Admissions to Oxford’s Master of Public Policy and DPhil in Public Policy are due to close in a month’s time – Friday 10 January 2020 at 12:00 GMT. The checklist below is valid for both MPP and DPhil, unless specified otherwise. Please remember that the deadline to submit applications for […]

by × 10 December 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

The MPP class of 2019

The value of Oxford’s Master of Public Policy – why choose our MPP?

Working in admissions at the Blavatnik School of Government, I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to meet potential students from all over the world, each looking to find a course that best suits them. Among the variety of questions they ask, there is one that comes up frequently and […]

by × 22 November 2019 ×

BSG Staff, Governance, cooperation and law

Long exposure in the afternoon of a crowd of blurred people walking along Whitehall towards Trafalgar Square as a police man stands by a motorbike (left). Source: track5 (iStock)

Turning politics inside-out – where do you stand?

Christina is an engaged, capable and professional young woman. She excelled in her university studies and had the pick of employers for her first job. A strong commitment to her community led her to work for her country’s government, where she has progressed rapidly through a set of increasingly challenging […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Admissions update: decision-making time for the MPP

Admissions update: decision-making time for the MPP

Back in October and fresh out of university myself, I joined the Blavatnik School of Government’s admissions team as an admissions assistant. I wasn’t quite prepared for what a whirlwind the next few months would bring, but I’ve enjoyed every bit of what we do. First, let me explain what […]

by × 13 March 2019 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Admissions: 2018 checklist for MPP and DPhil applicants

Admissions: 2018 checklist for MPP and DPhil applicants

As we reach the end of the year, we in the admissions team have put together a checklist to help all applicants to complete their application. The list below is valid for both MPP and DPhil, unless specified otherwise. Please remember that the deadline to submit applications for 2019 entry […]

by × 17 December 2018 ×