Corporate Affairs Academy

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Connecting reputation with strategy and business performance
Time commitment:
  • Short programme
  • Oxford


  • £8,400 including accommodation

The Corporate Affairs Academy 2020 and 2021 cohorts will merge starting with virtual meetings between Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021. A 3-day session will take place in Oxford between 7th-9th June 2021. 

Reputation Symposium

This year, the coronavirus pandemic has regrettably put paid to the usual scale of our ambition. However, given the success of online alternatives we are excited to be hosting two panel discussions in September with outstanding leaders in government, business, sustainability and civil society to explore the global implications of the Covid-19 emergency, and strategies to navigate a post-Covid world. The discussions, under the title ‘Responsibility, recovery and reputations: geopolitics and global business’, will happen on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 September.

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?

Miriam McGilvray
Miriam McGilvray

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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