The year in review

2017-18 was a strong year for our School and this coming year looks equally exciting.

We aspire to be a world class business school community, and the accomplishments over the past year of our faculty, students and staff demonstrated that we are achieving our aim. 

Our students had a wonderful year. They took home the top prize in the MBATs for the second consecutive year; three of our MBA students were members of the winning varsity Ice Hockey team; students won Oxford Chicago Global Private Equity Challenge, the Yale Integrated Leadership Case Competition and the SDA Bocconi International Finance Competition among many others. In the job market, our graduates are doing well.

Students graduating

Our programmes have been acclaimed. Our Executive Education Open Programmes have been ranked second in the world by the Financial Times. Our Custom Executive Education team has welcomed new clients. We have successfully launched three digital open courses, FinTech, Block Chain and Algorithmic Trading, with over 4000 participants in the first eight months. We have successfully deployed the Hub for International Virtual Education (HIVE) and delivered programming to over 700 participants in 23 countries across the world.

The fine work of our staff has been recognized externally. The School received a Gold Award and was named Best New Comer in Green Impact as part of the University’s 2018 Sustainability Showcase and thanks to the work of our Estates team, the Oxford Foundry was named the ‘Most Enterprising and Innovative Workspace’ at the 2018 Oxfordshire Property Festival.

Our alumni have also accomplished a great deal. To name just a few examples, Srin Madipalli’s (MBA 2012) Accomable platform has been acquired by Airbnb, Phyu Hninn Nyein (PG Dip 2015) has been awarded a Woman of the Future prize, Mohamed El Dahshan (MBA 2015) was named among Africa’s young economic leaders, Jon Seaton (PG Dip 2015) received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade, and Shefali Roy (EMBA 2016) has been named one of the most powerful women in FinTech.


We are proud to be embedded in a world-class University. Over the years, we have been the beneficiaries of being a part of this remarkable university: Our GOTO programme, our Oxford 1+1 MBA, our joint undergraduate programme with Economics, our masters programmes with Economics and Law, the Ideas to Impact initiative led by Dr. Marc Ventresca, our joint research, and more deliver this embeddedness.

Embeddedness means not only benefitting from the University but supporting it as well. October 2017, we gave Oxford students a magnificent gift, the Oxford Foundry. The Foundry supports all 23,000 Oxford students, and in our first year, over 2100 students (83% of whom come from other university departments) have made use of the workspace, programmes and expertise the Foundry has to offer. Three-quarters of the start-ups currently supported by the Foundry’s inaugural L.E.V8 accelerator programme were founded by Oxford alumni.

MBA end of course ceremony

Tackling world-scale problems: a school’s core values are reflected in its core curriculum, and in both MBA and EMBA courses, our required GOTO module had students dive deeply into issues around the Future of Health Care. This along with our Map the System competition, our new Oxford Aspen Leadership seminar on ‘Leading with Purpose in a Networked World’, our Responsible Business Forum led by Prof. Colin Mayer CBE, and inspirational speakers like Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (courageous former Nigerian Finance Minister) and Mr. Paul Polman (pioneering CEO of Unilever) kept us focused on our broader responsibilities. 
After consulting with hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni, we identified six core values that define who we are – and whom we hope to be. We seek to be purposeful, to strive for excellence, to constantly improve ourselves and the world by being transformational and entrepreneurial, and to act respectfully and collaboratively. 

I sincerely hope you’ll want to find out more and join us.

Peter Tufano

Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance

Saïd Business School