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Admissions and Life at the School, Faculty

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Managing a case study discussion in class

To ensure students experience a productive learning environment, instructors must carefully manage the discussion. During the discussion, the instructor leads the class through different phases, often called “pastures.” Typically, pastures have one of four aims: exploration, where the class delves into the key tension of the case study; analysis, where […]

by × 15 March 2021 ×

Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, arrives in Argentina for the G20 in 2018

How India exemplifies the world’s democratic recession

India, long the world’s largest, most diverse and most hopeful democracy, is officially no longer a democracy. For the first time in almost fifty years, the world’s foremost democracy assessor, Freedom House, downgraded India’s rating from Free to Partly Free. The change this marks is considerable. For nearly three quarters […]

by × 12 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

Admissions update: What to expect in the coming weeks

Admissions update: What to expect in the coming weeks

Since admissions for the Master of Public Policy (MPP) closed in January, we at the Blavatnik School have been busy sorting through a record number of applications. This year saw 992 applications (a 34% increase from last year) from 106 countries, with two countries represented for the first time: Antigua […]

by × 03 March 2021 ×

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 ×

Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being, Science and technology

Does lockdown policy influence public behaviour? Combining our government response tracker with Google mobility data

Does lockdown policy influence public behaviour? Combining our government response tracker with Google mobility data

With COVID-19 cases still on the rise globally, and vaccination programmes just getting started, governments who want to address second and third waves of the virus are having to focus on changing public behaviour with ‘lockdown’ policies. But are these policies effectively influencing the behaviour of the public? We have […]

by × 22 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 ×

Science and technology, Staff

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Digital transformation is not a plug-and-play solution

There’s probably not a government on the planet that’s yet to fully realise the value and potential in digital. The opportunity to make services more efficient and grow the economy has pushed digital transformation to the forefront of government reforms. But despite the opportunities — and the ambitions of many […]

by × 17 February 2021 ×