Impact and recognition

Together we are changemakers.

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Every contribution, small or large, helps Saïd Business School further its purpose and develop the leaders, the knowledge, and the new thinking that business needs to address world-scale challenges and create a better future for everyone.

To understand more about the impact of gifts given to the School, please read our digital donor reports.

Changemakers 2018-19

Our student and alumni contributions make a real impact, whether small or large. Together we are changemakers.

523 donors

Total raised £33,231,843


Raised on Giving Day 2019

105 donations

From MBA Students during Giving Day 2019

490 donations

Under £10k from unique donors

12 Scholars

Supported by OBA Network

398 donors

From the OBA Community

Every pound and every minute that is given to the School is strengthening the knowledge, capabilities, and relationships that will help business build a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient future.

Sue Dopson

Interim Dean and Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Impact stories

Tulsi Parida

Tulsi Parida: Gender parity

Born in India and raised in America, Tulsi Parida was an MBA Pershing Square Scholar (2018-19) at Saïd Business School. Her early career focused on reducing the global literacy gap at two start-ups, one in New York City and one in Mumbai. After graduating, she aims to continue using technology to help marginalised communities, diminishing inequality and creating a flourishing society.

Mofe Binitie

Mofe Binitie: Widening access

Saïd Business School offered Mofe Binitie the first Oxford-Grace Lake scholarship in 2016-17, allowing him to pursue an MBA. Today he is working with the Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit to develop a bespoke private sector financing mechanism for conservation. Following his belief that business could not only provide livelihoods but also improve lives, he also founded Nigeria’s first online volunteering platform in an attempt to make life easier and better for others.

Dima al Tabbaa

Dima Al Tabbaa: Greatest need

As a Saïd Business School Foundation Scholar (2016-17), Dima Al Tabbaa gained more than just a business degree from Oxford - she gained an education, a culture and a network that extends across all areas of learning. She now works as a Senior Vendor Manager at Amazon, and plans to return to her native Syria to guide and mentor a new generation through the challenges of higher education.

Our benefactors

Founding benefactors

Oxford University's vision for a business school was made possible by a generous donation from Mr Wafic Saïd.

Mr Saïd has continued to give generously for 20 years.

Our early benefactors include:

  • Sir Peter Moores CBE DL, for the endowment of the Peter Moores Dean, Peter Moores Professor in Management Studies and Peter Moores Lectureship in Chinese Business Studies.
  • Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG, for the establishment of the Sainsbury Library at the School.
  • The Rhodes Trust for the Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre and endowment of the Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour and the Rhodes Trust Associate Professor in Management Studies. 
  • L'Oréal for the endowment of the L'Oréal Chair in Marketing.
  • American Standard Foundation for the endowment of the American Standard Professor in Management Studies.
  • HSBC/Mrs Lily Safra for the Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre.
  • The Clore Duffield Foundation for the Clore Courtyard and Clore Lecture Room.

Additional benefactors

We continue to attract substantial support from a variety of benefactors.

Recent benefactors include:

  • P&O/DP World for the endowment of the Dubai Ports World Professorship of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
  • The Skoll Foundation for the establishment of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and for the Skoll Scholarship programme.
  • The Goldman Sachs Foundation for its support for the 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Business Programmes, delivered by the Entrepreneurship Centre. 
  • BT Global Services for its support for the BT Centre for Major Programme Management and for the endowment of the BT Professor and Chair of Major Programme Management.
  • Eni SPA for its support for the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation and for the naming of a lecture theatre in the Thatcher Business Education Centre.
  • The Pershing Square Foundation for endowing a scholarship programme for individuals with a passion for tackling world-scale issues while delivering sustainable impact.
  • The Amersi Foundation for its support of entrepreneurship and social impact programmes, particularly the funding of the Amersi Foundation Accelerator in the Oxford Foundry.
  • Ernst & Young LLP for the EY Scholarship, as well as its support for research and for an entrepreneurship programme in the Oxford Foundry.
  • Intesa Sanpaolo for its support for the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation and for the naming of a lecture theatre in the Thatcher Business Education Centre.

Rewley event

The annual Rewley event forms the centrepiece of Oxford Saïd’s benefactors’ programme; it is our ‘thank you’ and a way of recognising the tremendous generosity of our major donor community.

The Deans' Cloister

Donors from our community (Changemakers) will be formally recognised in the new Deans’ Cloister in Park End Street, due to be unveiled in 2021 as we celebrate Oxford Saïd’s 25th anniversary.

The Deans’ Cloister is named in honour of Dean Peter Tufano, who is stepping down this year, and former Dean Colin Mayer, who is retiring. Both leading scholars in their fields, they have between them established Oxford Saïd as one of the world’s elite business schools, with a strong sense of its own distinctive purpose: to prepare business leaders for the task of making the world a better and more equitable place.

This purpose has given us the theme for our Giving Day 2021 – the annual 36-hour fundraising marathon in which we come together to remember what makes Oxford Saïd special, to celebrate its impact, and donate to the School’s teaching, research, and public engagement. Together, we can reshape business as a force for justice.

Giving Day is 29–30 June 2021. Those making gifts of over £100 via the Giving Day website in June will feature on a Giving Day 2021 Roll of Honour displayed on the wall of the Cloister during the year 2021/22.