Ian Robertson


Diploma in Strategy and Innovation




Investment Management



By Ian Robertson

Oxford is a special place

I left Oxford yesterday with mixed feelings: relief that my coursework and examinations for my graduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation (DipSI) had finished, and all that remained were a paper for this session’s content and a larger overall term paper; gratefulness and sadness, respectively, that my cohort had gelled so well but that I would not see them again until a year’s time, at graduation; and a certain sense of accomplishment that I had made it this far – not completed yet, but with completion in sight.

Oxford is a special place, as multiple busloads of tourists in the daytime and revelers in the nighttime will attest.  One just need stroll the many historic streets lined with awe-inspiring edifices to get a sense of Oxford’s role in the pursuit of higher education excellence.  Even as a tourist or reveler, the ambiance is inspiring.  To be some very small part of the academic system has been both humbling and inspiring.

One of the highlights of my diploma program has been the chance to study at the libraries. Of course one can study almost anywhere, but the chance to study in the Bodleian library, in particular the iconic Radcliffe Camera, makes the review of theoretical frameworks so much more enjoyable, and I was more likely to stretch out my study time just to be able to soak up the historic atmosphere.

Especially outside regular term times, the Bodleian library hours were sometimes shorter than I needed, and one of the extra privileges of being an associate member of Oriel College was the ability to study in Oriel’s library as well.  Perhaps I was breaking the rules – I don’t know, but as students hadn’t yet return to campus from summer break no one complained – when, alone in the top balcony of Oriol’s library and with the casement window slightly open, I let drift from my laptop speakers the ethereal sounds of Pink Floyd across the empty First Quad lawn.  Wish You Were Here, too.

Now that I’m home again it’s time to turn my attention to the two papers and to look forward to my return to Oxford in one year’s time.  Somehow, though, my home office lacks the ambience of the Oriel library upper balcony.

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