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Admissions and Life at the School, Students

Reapplying to the MPP: a success story from the class of 2020

Reapplying to the MPP: a success story from the class of 2020

Each year between January and March, the Admissions team at the Blavatnik School of Government are tasked with sorting through hundreds of applications for the Master of Public Policy (MPP). While reading inspiring accounts of commitment to public service from across the globe is undoubtedly a benefit of the job, […]

by × 22 March 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Science and technology, Security and conflict, Students

Cyberchase team and judges during the challenge

A strong cybersecurity team is multidisciplinary: our experience of the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is a cyber policy competition run by the Atlantic Council for students on both sides of the pond, with an annual competition event dedicated to UK universities and supported by the UK government. This year the competition took place virtually and we were lucky to be […]

Admissions and Life at the School, Students

photo (c) John Cairns

Building and maintaining an effective team, from classroom to boardroom

The question of how to build and sustain an effective team is regularly top-of-mind for leaders around the world, whether in boardrooms or in cabinets. It is also something that students will be familiar with — in particular, MPP students are encouraged to form study groups, teams of 5-8 people […]

by × 17 December 2020 ×

Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being, Students

Lebanon’s explosion: Where do we go from here?

Lebanon’s explosion: Where do we go from here?

War, economic crisis, poverty, political incompetence and endemic corruption have left the Lebanese people feeling hopeless and defeated for many years. The unprecedented explosion that took place on 4 August counting at least 220 deaths, including children, and 7,000 people injured was the final straw. As citizens take to the […]

by × 27 August 2020 ×

Governance, cooperation and law, Students

South Africa’s COVID-19 response: what went wrong? – the Blavatnik School student podcast

South Africa’s COVID-19 response: what went wrong? – the Blavatnik School student podcast

South Africa is at a crossroads. It is a phrase that has so often been used to describe the myriad of challenges the country has faced over the years: the struggles against apartheid, the dawn of democracy or the scandal-ridden decade under former president Jacob Zuma. Through much of these […]

by × 25 August 2020 ×

Health, welfare and well-being, Students

São Paulo downtown, Brazil, 2016. Image: Wikimedia

Providing evidence to policymaking: helping the State of São Paulo face the COVID-19 crisis

March was a critical month for the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world. While the virus started to spread rapidly across different countries, China, Spain and Italy portrayed a sombre future for those that left the virus unchecked. And that seemed to be the case for Brazil.  As […]

by × 20 July 2020 ×

Governance, cooperation and law, Students

Politics of policymaking with Dame Helen Ghosh – the Blavatnik School student podcast

Politics of policymaking with Dame Helen Ghosh – the Blavatnik School student podcast

The outbreak of COVID-19 has brought the policymaking process into sharp focus, highlighting the complex and interconnected challenges on how to take decisive action in the face of so many ‘unknown unknowns’. As countries around the world move towards easing lockdown measures, governments have struggled with the unintended consequences of […]

by × 09 June 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Students

The ‘Window to the World’ at the Blavatnik School. Photo: John Cairns.

The “COVID cohort”: Redefining what it means to study public policy in a time of global crisis

Upon beginning the Blavatnik School of Government’s Master of Public Policy in September, I could have never imagined that I would be back at home in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada only six months later, having traded the ‘Window to the World’ for calls on Zoom and myriad other online platforms. […]

by × 26 May 2020 ×