Admissions and Life at the School

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

London, UK - 9th November, 2011:  Two London policemen standing by the roadside during a demonstration being held in Central London. Their motorcycle colleagues are positioned in the background.

Exploring public leadership in the BLM era: a case study on stop and search

Last year, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement focused global attention on the deep-seated challenges of racism and police violence in Black communities, with activists around the world advocating for racial justice on an unprecedented scale. This is a major challenge of our time – one that demands the attention […]

by × 06 January 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG 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 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Front entrance to the Blavatnik School of Government building (image credit: Hufton+Crow)

Preparing to submit your application: final checklist

This time of year marks the run-up to the MPP and DPhil application deadline, which falls on Friday 8 January 2021 at midday (GMT). The week before the deadline is an extremely busy time for the admissions teams both at the Blavatnik School and at the University of Oxford, so […]

by × 14 December 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Alumni

A journey in politics and public speaking: Why Joe Biden gives me hope

A journey in politics and public speaking: Why Joe Biden gives me hope

As the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden is in a strong position to become the 46th President of the United States. Approaching his 78th birthday, he is likely to be a one-term president. Biden’s age has been a major point of contention in the campaign; he has been branded as […]

by × 05 June 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Guest contributor

Choir performance at Queen's College, Oxford. Photo by author.

A discoverer’s life at Oxford

Last year, almost ten years since I was last in the UK, I came back to spend some time at Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government as their Caixin Visiting Fellow. In the middle of the Brexit chaos, Britain almost seemed a completely different country. In addition, having grown up in […]

by × 28 May 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG 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 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Author Dhruv (centre) with his classmates while in the Blavatnik School building.

Stronger and more connected: how my MPP class is adapting to the coronavirus situation

Steeped in tradition and pioneering innovation, the Blavatnik School of Government has created a unique place for itself in this historic University. Its unique multi-disciplinary approach – drawing strength from a range of subjects including philosophy, law, political science, economics – and its focus on evidence and practice has strengthened […]

by × 15 May 2020 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Policy discussions in the time of Coronavirus – the Blavatnik School student podcast

Policy discussions in the time of Coronavirus – the Blavatnik School student podcast

At the time of writing, it has been a little over six weeks since the lockdown in the United Kingdom came into force. In the uncertainty that followed the initial response we were all confronted with the difficult decision of whether to return back home before restrictions made it too […]

by × 11 May 2020 ×