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Posted by: on November 13, 2017

Certainly worth it – reflections at the middle point of the journey

While looking across the world at the programmes that allow mid-career professionals to hone their understanding of how to manage change and promote innovation in public and international institutions, I came across this programme at the Saïd Business School at Oxford. This programme promised to combine organisational strategy and innovation as its core components and offer […]

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Posted by: on October 30, 2017

Farewell and Welcome

I received recently an email link containing our pictures during our last black-tie dinner at St. Cross College. As I browse through all the pictures, I can’t help but feel nostalgic about the whole Oxford experience, thinking how time flies really fast.   It was only late last year when I decided to pursue a […]

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Posted by: on August 3, 2017

My shoulders are footstools

Each time I’ve packed my bags to go to Oxford, it’s been somewhat bitter sweet. Sweet because of the excitement and adventure that awaits and bitter because of my family that I leave behind and whom I can’t share this experience with. I have found some consolation though. What consoles me is that I know […]

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Posted by: on July 11, 2017

In the battle of town and gown, it was gown that won

This is my third trip to Oxford. As I write I’m on the bus. I remember the first time I caught this bus. I walked all the way from terminal 2 to terminal 5, today I got it from terminal 2 because I learned when I took the bus back after we finished module 1 […]

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Posted by: on June 20, 2017

Module 2 and an EXAM!!!!

The residential week for Module 2 was a scary prospect. The first thing that we had to do was an exam on the Wednesday morning (the exam was on Module 1), then it would be into the lectures for Module 2. This would be my first formal university exam for over 20 years. Between the […]

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Posted by: on June 15, 2017

Random Encounters

One of the rewarding things about doing the course in Oxford, is the people that I am meeting and the experiences that we share.  There is an incredibly great richness to the experiences and knowledge of the members of the cohort. Just prior to leaving Korea I received a message from a member of the cohort […]

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Posted by: on June 2, 2017

The Lull Between Modules

Lull… If it is, it really shouldn’t be. But, we work a lot don’t we, the type of student who attends a part-time graduate program? And if you are worried for yourself that work and life will get in the way of studying – I can nearly promise you it most certainly will. Being overwhelmed […]

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Posted by: on June 2, 2017

The Oxford Experience

We are not in it for the grades, or are we? I am a student at the Saïd Business School at the Diploma in Global Business programme. I am also many other things, but it is irrelevant from this blog’s point of view. When you enter the gates of the University of Oxford as a […]

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Posted by: on June 2, 2017

Organisational leadership at Oxford Saïd

Thoroughly enjoying the opportunity I have to study organisational leadership at the Saïd Business School in Oxford. Supported by ISARIC’s (Federation of clinical research networks) Executive Committee and my Oxford scholarship I am being taught a wide range of models and concepts. Already I have been applying these as ISARIC goes through a strategic review […]

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Posted by: on May 8, 2017

The Moocs are taking over… or are they?

After a hiatus of around 5 years I decided to study again. My last certification was CIA (not the investigative kind, the audit kind). I breezed through it if I may say so myself. It was in essence the kind of certification that in today’s world would be considered redundant. It reinforced skills that I […]

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