Admissions and Life at the School

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

My journey from the China University of Mining and Technology to the Blavatnik School of Government

My journey from the China University of Mining and Technology to the Blavatnik School of Government

A Chinese soul and a global mind For people around the world, 1st June is International Children’s Day. For me, it has another meaning. 1st June, 2017 marks the 108th Anniversary of my undergraduate alma mater, China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), a university whose predecessor was founded and […]

by × 06 June 2017 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Master of Public Policy students on their first day in September 2016.

Admissions update: What happens next?

Applications for our MPP Class of 2017 have now drawn to a close and we have received an exciting pool of 762 applications from 109 countries and territories, including first time applications from Costa Rica, Swaziland and East Timor. Awarding places to just 120 students from an exceptionally strong bunch […]

by × 15 February 2017 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

Yasushi, Haruka and Maho at the MPP graduation ceremony.

Juggling study and childcare in Oxford

Last year, my wife Haruka and I decided to study for an MPP at the Blavatnik School: it was an unforgettable moment in our life as a family, especially as we brought our two-year-old daughter Maho with us to Oxford. Balancing between study and childcare can be a bit tricky, […]

by × 07 December 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

Bruno and his family in front of the British Museum, London.

Plan ahead and go with the flow: Lessons for studying for a Master of Public Policy with family

When I first thought about doing a master degree, a big part of the motivation was to give my kids the opportunity to study abroad. The benefits of a full year of new adventures in a foreign country is hard to measure and also tough to visualise. Learning another language […]

by × 17 November 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

The Blavatnik School of Government and Oxford University Press. Photo: ©Hufton+Crow

Common questions around the DPhil (PhD) programme

An interview with DPhil Coordinator Professor Pepper Culpepper In the Admissions Team, when we speak to potential applicants to the DPhil in Public Policy, we tend to hear a lot of the same questions coming up. So, for this blog I decided to sit down with our DPhil co-ordinator Professor […]

by × 10 November 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

Our alumna Dorkina Myrick at the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance, the culmination of her MPP summer project.

Politics and policy: My summer project at the UK Department of Health

This past summer marked the 20th anniversary of my first visit to the United Nations (UN). I remember first walking into the UN complex during a family trip. We promptly joined a tour and were fortunate to be assigned a guide who was deeply knowledgeable about the inner workings of […]

by × 08 November 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Incoming student Fatou Wurie and her colleagues

From Sierra Leone to Oxford: Prepping for the move

Having lived in more than 12 countries before I was 18, people might expect me to have the ‘moving’ experience down pat. But the truth is, it is always difficult, because any move comes with a shift in routine. Change can be as exhilarating as it is frightening and sometimes, it […]

by × 14 September 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Some of the MPP students (Class of 2015) after their final exam.

Applying to Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government: What makes a good personal statement?

The Personal Statement plays a key role when our Admissions Committee are considering your application file. There is no right or wrong way to structure a statement but you should think carefully about its content: after all, this is your forum to showcase your passion, commitment, achievements, and potential. It […]

by × 13 September 2016 ×