Rewley Scholars: Michaelmas term in review


An update from our Rewley Scholars

As the Christmas break approaches and another term comes to a close at Oxford Saïd, we caught up with two Rewley Scholars, Lisa Li and Jing Chen, to find out what drew them to the Oxford MBA, and how the Michaelmas term has gone. 

Lisa, who was born in China, but moved to Canada as a teenager, is a finance professional with five years of work experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions, deal advisory and accounting advisory. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator who’s passionate about helping businesses create value through strategic growth initiatives.


Lisa chose to pursue an MBA to improve her communication and leadership skills and explore careers in the intersection between investing and sustainability and energy transition. Since joining the School, Lisa has taken on leadership roles as the co-chair of the Finance Oxford Business Network (OBN) and event manager at the Oxford Sustainable Finance student society which aims to provide students with access to industry speakers and holistic support with their professional journeys in finance. Additionally, she has also participated in the Finance Lab and Asset Management Masterclass.

‘I am absolutely honoured to have received the Rewley Scholarship. It was important to my decision to pursue my MBA at Oxford as financial flexibility was a big consideration for me, alongside the School’s focus on sustainability and impact and the diversity of the cohort.'


Jing has experience working in digital sales within consumer goods businesses. She decided to undertake the MBA in order to expand her network and hone her managerial abilities and intends to return to the consumer goods industry at a higher level.

‘It is a wonderful honour and acknowledgement of my efforts, talent and successes, and expresses my confidence that I can have a good influence on the route I have chosen. It's also an opportunity for me to express my thanks and think about ways that I may give back to the community. In the end, receiving a scholarship is a privilege, an honour and a first step toward a more promising and bright future.’

The scholars’ participation in activities outside of their classes is essential to their experience at Oxford Saïd and enhances their education. The financial flexibility that scholarships afford ensure that they are able to maximise on the opportunities available to them, and fully consider career options post MBA. It’s thanks to the support of our alumni community that we’re able to offer more scholarships to deserving students and give them the flexibility to explore their next move.