Admissions and Life at the School

Admissions and Life at the School, Faculty

MPP students during induction in September 2020.

Top five tips for teaching cases online

The case method can be a powerful teaching tool for bringing engaging discussions to online and hybrid learning environments. By construction, the case-method classroom requires active participation, so it can help to avert the ‘Zoom fatigue’ that comes from one-way online learning. Here are a few tips to keep in […]

by × 24 February 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Faculty

Photo by John Cairns

Why use the case method in public policy teaching?

Public policy leaders have to make difficult decisions on a daily basis. In a model environment, where outcomes are certain and time unlimited, they would choose a course of action based on a thorough evaluation of both evidence and ethics. But the model environment does not exist. Policymakers often must […]

by × 18 February 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 ×