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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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Posted by: on May 2, 2017

Tearing down walls, building perspective

Returning home on Saturday evening from Module 2 of the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation, the adrenaline was starting to slow down from the previous days, but I still had the feeling of awe. Words like “intense”, “challenging”, “life changing” that described the week before were still in my head. We arrived as a cohort […]

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Posted by: on May 2, 2017

Our First Exam

Well, we did it! Wednesday morning was our first “final” exam at Oxford (yes, I know “first” and “final” sounds like a contradiction, I’ll explain in a minute). As you may know, examination here is a VERY different experience from most any other exams experience anywhere else… First, I offer the actual, non-emotional description of […]

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Posted by: on April 20, 2017

The Big Race

It’s a gorgeous sunny afternoon in London! Perfect weather to watch the famous Oxford v Cambridge Boat race. The very first race was held in 1829 and since 1856, it has been an annual tradition. The spirits are high, we are excited and impatiently waiting for the women’s and men’s rowing teams to pass, so […]

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