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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 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

“No room for cynicism”: MPP alumnus interviews leading human rights defender Hina Jilani

“No room for cynicism”: MPP alumnus interviews leading human rights defender Hina Jilani

Advocate Hina Jilani is a pioneering lawyer who has dedicated her career to fighting for the vulnerable, minorities and political prisoners. She established the first all-women’s law firm (1981) and first legal aid centre in Pakistan (1986) and was awarded the Millennium Peace Prize for Women in 2001 for her […]

by × 18 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 ×

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 ×