Women at Oxford Saïd


Creating the climate for change.

At Saïd Business School we are committed to increasing women’s influence and impact in the world. We have long promoted female participation across all our programmes, seeing it as a critical way to increase female representation in business.

We are very proud to be one of the most gender-balanced business schools globally. This year nearly half of our 2022-2023 MBA cohort are women making it the largest ratio of female-to-male participants in the school’s 26-year history. 

Female participation




MSc Financial Economics


Executive MBA


MSc Global Healthcare Leadership


Diploma in Organisational Leadership

Diversity, equality, and inclusion are paramount to everything we do as a school, and empowering women is key to that. Achieving a high ratio of female students is a testament to our mission to prepare the next generation of female leaders.

Kathy Harvey

Associate Dean, MBA and Executive Degrees

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International Women's Day 2023

Throughout the month of March, to mark International Women’s Day, we host a series of events to share insights, learnings and actions to drive gender equality within our community and beyond.

Our passion and commitment to empowering women on their leadership journey reaches far beyond International Women’s Day. It is an intrinsic part of the work of our community every day and it is woven throughout the School’s research and teaching.  

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.

Scholarships for women

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

Through partnerships we provide brilliant women with the support they need to pursue a first-class business education:  

  • Laidlaw Foundation
  • Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Forté
  • 30% Club 



The Laidlaw Scholarships

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


Executive Education for women


Through our Executive Education programmes we support women in their leadership journey and help them to define the kind of leader they want to be to lead successfully in their own particular context.

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

Research and insights

Through our research and teaching, we develop new insights on women’s leadership and women’s economic empowerment.

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.