Admissions and Life at the School

Admissions and Life at the School, Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

Nightingale Hospital London for Covid-19, March 2020. Photo: Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

Learning from a real-life, real-time situation: COVID-19 briefings

When the coronavirus pandemic changed everyone’s lives one year ago (March 2020), the Blavatnik School acted quickly to recreate the Master of Public Policy (MPP)’s interactive, personalised teaching style in the virtual classroom. A collaborative effort across the whole School enabled our 124 MPP students (the MPP class of 2019) […]

by × 23 March 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Students

Reapplying to the MPP: a success story from the class of 2020

Reapplying to the MPP: a success story from the class of 2020

Each year between January and March, the Admissions team at the Blavatnik School of Government are tasked with sorting through hundreds of applications for the Master of Public Policy (MPP). While reading inspiring accounts of commitment to public service from across the globe is undoubtedly a benefit of the job, […]

by × 22 March 2021 ×

Admissions and Life at the School, Faculty

Photo: John Cairns

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 ×

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 ×

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 ×