With the end of the Michaelmas term in sight, we caught up with two of our inaugural Rewley Scholars to find out about their experiences so far at Oxford Saïd. It’s gratifying to see that beyond formal teaching they’ve been involved with a range of extra-curricular activities and attended important School events including the Rewley Lecture & Dinner, where they heard from leading economist Professor Sir Dieter Helm and met several alumni who have generously contributed to the Rewley Fund.
Rewley scholars: their experience so far
This year’s Rewley MSc in Financial Economics (MFE) scholar, Muhammad Ibrahim has an undergraduate degree in accountancy and finance, and sees this programme as a great way to increase his portfolio of skills and build a more complete profile. He’s taken advantage of opportunities like the Asset Management Masterclass and the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, which helps students to break into the investment banking, private equity, and asset management industries.
I was inspired to apply to Oxford Saïd because I knew people from my undergraduate course who had been successful in applying. I was so glad to receive the Rewley Scholarship and I hope that I’m able to inspire others from Pakistan to apply too.
Tarini Luniya is a Rewley Scholar on the MBA programme with a background in consulting. She’s pursuing the MBA in order to gain a more structured approach to taking business decisions and aims to enhance her existing data and analytics skills. Her highlights so far include being surrounded by a diverse cohort who bring their insights into trends happening across regions and sectors. Tarini wants her MBA to challenge her and make her more aware of her own bias and assumptions. She’s adopted what she terms an ‘exposure mindset’ and is keen to experience new cultures this year. In turn, she was able to share her culture with her fellow students at Diwali celebrations in November.
Being selected as a Rewley scholar was a meaningful recognition and endorsement of my right to be here. It validated my choice of Oxford Saïd and allows me greater freedom.
With philanthropic support we’re able to enhance the experience that our students have at Oxford Saïd. By funding scholarships, our community makes this experience available to more deserving students, and we’re able to attract the best and brightest which contributes to our aim of improving our performance in the rankings.