Admissions and Life at the School

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 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

The Blavatnik School of Government building in Oxford. Photo by Hufton+Crow.

Inclusivity through design: accessibility at the Blavatnik School of Government

The new Blavatnik School of Government building has been widely lauded for everything from its environmental credentials to its innovative design. However, the building also breaks ground in a way that is too-often forgotten: it is one of the most physical disability-friendly structures in Oxford. The revolutionary inclusiveness of the […]

by × 19 July 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Zimbabwean flag. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

This world is best served with care

Evan Mawarire is a young Zimbabwean father who could not bear the thought of failing to answer when, in twenty years, his daughters would ask him what he did when his country was at its worst. Yesterday, he was arrested for inciting violence and disturbing the peace after weeks of mobilizing […]

by × 13 July 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

A must for mid-career: Master of Public Policy

A must for mid-career: Master of Public Policy

We have different motivations, ambitions, dreams and capabilities but each of us has the same question in our head: “Who am I?”, “What do I want?”, “Why am I here?”. If you had an answer for those questions and if that answer is “I want a better world for everyone”, […]

by × 13 June 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Alice and her fellow MPP students meet HRH the Duke of Cambridge. Photo by John Cairns

Meeting a future king

Weeks before the official opening day of our school, the Blavatnik School of Government, rumors were flying around that a royalty would be attending. Some of us started betting between the Queen, Prince Charles, and the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge. I should have put real money on my pick […]

by × 12 May 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Current MPP students during the policy simulation earlier this month.

Admissions update: decisions, decisions…

The decisions have been made, the offer emails have been sent and a brand new class of Master of Public Policy students is taking shape. If you’ve applied to study with us in next autumn, you will probably have heard from us by now. So for those of you who have made […]

by × 31 March 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Staff

Students at the 2015 welcome event. Photo by John Cairns

BSG admissions countdown: How to apply in one week

As of today, there is exactly one week left before the application window for our MPP programme closes (12 noon UK time, on 22 January). Now is the time to turn your intent to join BSG into action – after all, the surest way to lose out on the chance […]

by × 15 January 2016 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, BSG Students

Dorkina takes a brief respite to tour the top of the Sheldonian Theatre. The Radcliffe Camera and Bodleian Libraries are visible in the distance.

The journey continues: Reflections on my first term at Oxford

After many months of preparation, my Oxford dream has finally become a reality. The Michaelmas term ended in a whirlwind of activity, exactly as it began. Several days ago, I hurriedly submitted a final summative essay for Core I: Foundations to the Examination Schools prior to returning home to America […]

by × 14 January 2016 ×