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Posted by: on September 13, 2021

Saïd Business School with a baby on board

2020 was a tough year for me, as it was for most of the world. I found out I was pregnant in February, and the excitement was quickly replaced by anxiety as it became increasingly clear that COVID was going to mean that this year of milestones would be spent far from friends and family […]

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Posted by: on August 19, 2021

On the subject of strong ties…

I am writing this on the eve of A-Level results day, and I have an 18-year-old daughter who is anxious about tomorrow. What I am thinking about is how, whatever plan comes together tomorrow, she is about to embark on one of the most formative adventures of a lifetime. And having finished my Executive Diploma […]

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Posted by: on April 22, 2020

Leadership requires a capacity to transcend adversity & emerge stronger

As the weeks go by and I get closer to starting module 2 of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School Diploma in Organisational Leadership I cannot express how incredibly fortunate I feel to not only have this opportunity but to be part of an educational institute that can thrive and adapt in amazing ways. […]

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Posted by: on November 21, 2019

Don’t be afraid to fit in as an Oxonian

When asked to write a blog about my Oxford experience I thought back to the very first hurdle, the decision to apply. Sure, you automatically think about the daunting aspects first – the funding, the time commitment on top of a full-time job, time away from your family, the exams. But then you think about […]

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Posted by: on October 28, 2019

Oxford Nostalgia

“After you climb a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb” – Nelson Mandela As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford University could be described as both the foundation of academia and apex of innovation. As an unique and historic institution dating back to 1096, it’s a […]

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Posted by: on August 14, 2019

Strategy and Innovation – What do I wish I had known before I started the course?

I thought a lot about attending this course before I applied and mostly I thought about all the barriers and concerns, of how little free time I already had, and how selfish would it be to spend less time with my young son; how would I juggle my work commitments and still be able to […]

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Posted by: on April 16, 2018

Why I chose to be happily outside of my comfort zone

I have thought about modernising my skills for a long time, but over the years working on construction projects 6-7 days a week for months on end, often in remote locations, always seemed to get in the way of actually doing something about it.  Every year I would receive a fresh batch of bright young […]

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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 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 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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