Women at Oxford Saïd

We are committed to increasing women’s influence and impact in the world.

Our work enables women to use their distinctive perspectives and skills to make a difference in every sector. Through our research and teaching, we develop new insights and support women leaders in effecting transformational change.

The Oxford Women in Leadership Alliance


Women on the Oxford MBA

The Oxford Women in Leadership Alliance exists to create an atmosphere of inclusivity, partnership, and allyship around the women of Saïd Business School. Through meaningful discussions and informative events, we work to challenge conventional conceptions of women in business, and further cultivate the next generation of thought leaders and role models.

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International Women's Day 2022

To celebrate International Women's Day we hosted a series of events and activities within the School to share insights, learnings and actions to drive gender equality within our community and beyond.

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Gender equality in business


This short film explores gender equality issues, including how women can be encouraged to develop the confidence to overcome these hurdles. 

Scholarships for women

We are committed to helping women succeed in their career pursuits, starting with supporting their business education through scholarships and awards.

The School has a range of scholarships available for exceptional female students across our degree programmes. 

We have partnered with Forté, the Laidlaw Foundation and the 30% Club to provide brilliant women with the support they need to pursue a first-class business education. 

The Laidlaw Foundation intends to build a pipeline of future women leaders through access to best-in-class education, resources, and global networks. New for the 2021 MBA class, the Laidlaw Scholarships are intended to encourage extraordinary women with clear leadership potential to enrol onto the Oxford MBA programme when they would not have previously considered the qualification due to financial constraints.

Explore our growing list of scholarships and fund your career transformation.

Student talent development

The Inspiring Women skills development programme is open to all students at Saïd Business School.

Both men and women are welcome to join the sessions, which focus on issues of interest to women seeking to build confidence and leadership potential. Sessions cover negotiation, networking, confidence for success, work-life balance, understanding boards and imposter syndrome.

The programme draws on expertise from within the School – faculty and staff – and it also features outside speakers from a range of sectors.

Past activities have included:

  • a 'Pathway to the board' workshop with Claire Davenport (CEO of Hello Fresh), Celia Francis (CEO of Rated People), and Ariane Gorin (President, Expedia Partner Solutions, Expedia Management Board)
  • a salary negotiation skills workshop for current MBA students in partnership with leading salary negotiation experts – The Gap Partnership
  • a brand and impact workshop for current MBA students in partnership with three Cargyll consultants: a psychologist, performance coach and voice/impact coach
  • Associate Dean Kathy Harvey in conversation with Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair of the 30% Club and Head of FIG Europe, ANZ Bank

Executive Education programmes


We have two programmes specifically designed to help female leaders thrive:

  1. Women Transforming Leadership - On campus programme
  2. Oxford Women's Leadership Development - Online programme


Research projects conducted in our different research areas offer new perspectives on the issues of women’s leadership and women’s economic empowerment.

Current research

Members of the community who are leading on gender and diversity-focussed research

Diversity and inclusion focussed events.