Corporate Affairs Academy

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Connecting reputation with strategy and business performance
Start dates:
  • 4 days over 2 sessions
Time commitment:
  • Short programme
  • Oxford


  • £8,400 including accommodation

Online event


Webinar and online forum on Oxford-GlobeScan corporate affairs survey 2020 Findings.

As part of our new Global Corporate Affairs partnership, we have teamed up with GlobeScan to help senior executives and corporate affairs leaders improve the impact of the corporate affairs function.

Please join us on 24 June at 14.00 – 15.30 BST for a special online collaboration forum to share the findings from our Corporate Affairs Survey 2020. We will share what your peers reported in terms of their risks, responsibilities and changing landscape.

The forum format will comprise a 45-minute livestream webinar moderated by GlobeScan with special guest panellists Bob Eccles, Visiting Professor of Management Practice, SBS; Anik Michaud, Group Director Corporate Relations, Anglo American; and Claire Dixon, Chief Communications Officer, Intel Corporation., followed by a text-based online discussion.

You will be able to connect online with peers from around the world in this unique dialogue to share timely insights about the evolution of the corporate affairs function and its agenda.

Register here, space is limited so please RSVP quickly to participate.

To help guide the discussion, we would greatly appreciate completing this short five-minute survey to answer five important questions on how COVID-19 has impacted on your function.

About the programme

Improve the impact of corporate affairs across your organisation.

Informed and strategic corporate affairs activity helps create significant business value and prepares organisations to best recover from downside risks and crises. Organisations operating in fast paced information overload environments are counting on corporate affairs professionals to make the judgements that are required to build long term success.

Attendees benefit from a balance of leading academic research and functional best practices.

The Academy focuses on three core, interrelated themes:

  1. Reputation research, theory and thinking
  2. Reputation engagement, trends and practices
  3. Professional development as reputation experts; high-value purpose, practices and resources

The Academy is delivered over two sessions augmented by a series of summer workshops. Each session features a dinner at one of Oxford’s historic colleges.

At the end of the sessions, you will be equipped with practical steps for immediate implementation in your organisation.

Run by the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation - our aim is to enable you to make a more strategic and valuable contribution to your business by providing you with an opportunity to connect with the latest academic research in the field and share experiences, ideas, and best practice with expert faculty and a global peer group of Corporate Affairs Directors.

An introduction to the programme

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Meet the faculty

The programme is taught by a mix of academic faculty and senior practitioners comprising current CEOs and Chairs of large, global, public and private corporations. Led by Rupert Younger, founder and director of the Oxford Centre for Corporate Reputation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and a leading commentator on reputation matters. Alongside Rupert is Associate Fellow, Stewart Prosser, a highly experienced Corporate Affairs and Communications practitioner and mentor.

Industry experts and speakers

Every year the programme welcomes new insights from other members of faculty from within the School, industry experts and external speakers who offer invaluable learnings to you and your cohort.

What our alumni say

A fantastically designed and executed programme. The insightful academic principles were perfectly balanced with examples of practical application into day-to-day business and how these can be implemented in the CA function.

Lewis Roberts

Head of Government Affairs (Europe) at CH2M


To you

  • Develop senior corporate affairs contacts globally
  • Opportunity to shape the future of corporate affairs
  • Enhanced impact at Board level
  • Ongoing access to the latest research and events

To your business

  • Enhanced strategic direction
  • Improved business performance
  • Strategies to minimise risk

Programme outline

First session: 6-7 April 2021

Covers the core concepts related to reputation, alongside current research and theoretical frameworks.

Summer Workshops

A series of workshops are hosted in London between modules allowing participants to discuss issues raised by the cohort in more detail. These can be attended in person or remotely.

Second session: 5-6 October 2021

Explores the challenges in shaping corporate reputation and looks at how theoretical concepts have been applied in practice.

The Corporate Affairs Academy Report

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Find out about the research from the programme.

The 2019 Corporate Affairs Academy met twice in Oxford – in April and October. Our Corporate Affairs Academy 2019 report summarises these sessions, capturing the core connecting insights and recommendations that help the function to truly demonstrate its strategic value.

The 2019 report 'Corporate affairs - Defining Purporse, Driving Engagement’ has been created for Senior Corporate Affairs Executives.

You may be interested in these insights from previous programmes' reports:

Is the programme right for you?

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The Corporate Affairs Academy is for senior corporate affairs directors of major international companies. 

If you would like to apply to join the Academy or have any questions please contact Miriam McGilvray.

FT rankings 2020

Our Open Programmes have risen to number two in the world, and maintained their position as first in the UK for the sixth consecutive year in the 2020 FT Executive Education Rankings.


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