Post Tagged with: "Life at BSG"

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 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law

Window to the World: View of the Oxford University Press from the Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. Photo by John Cairns.

Oxford University Press vs a photocopy shop in Delhi: The difficulty in arguing fairness

Sitting right in front of the iconic Oxford University Press (OUP), is Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, where my classmates (from 55 countries) and I spent the last 12 months grappling with difficult questions of public policy. Our cohort did not shy away from a heated discussion. You could see […]

by × 19 September 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 ×

BSG Students, Security and conflict

MPP student Cameron Bell in Iraq

Summer project fieldwork: Between Iraq and a hard place

It was already feeling like a long day when I sat down with Ahmed for a cup of Iraqi sweet tea. He had come from the nearby Kurdish department of foreign relations, but I had come north from Sulaymaniyah, about a 3-hour drive away, in mid-day temperatures hovering around 46C. […]

by × 23 August 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 ×

BSG Students, Governance, cooperation and law

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, in conversation with Ngaire Woods, dean of the Blavatnik School of Government. Photo by Fisher Studios.

Towards responsible ratification of human rights treaties: Insights from Kofi Annan

Pacta sunt servanda. This is the fundamental principle governing states’ consent to be bound by international treaties. It communicates that treaties must be performed in good faith. In practice however, states often fail to perform their treaty obligations and in so doing, challenge some theories of compliance. On the matter […]

by × 14 June 2016 ×