Who is it for?
MBA candidates, as well as all other students from across the University of Oxford.
When does the programme take place?
October 2020 - April 2021.
- Workshops - A series of Creative Destruction Technology workshops introducing the concepts of how science and technology (including AI and MedTech) disrupts business. They will introduce you to some of the breakthroughs in science at Oxford and beyond, and explain how this is impacting business and industry structures.
- Sessions - All ventures admitted to the programme attend up to four CDL-Oxford sessions, spread approximately eight weeks apart. These intense, day-long events include small-group meetings with mentors in order to formulate three draft objectives for the venture to sprint towards over the following eight weeks. Subsequently, all mentors convene in a large-group discussion during which each venture is presented, and its prospective objectives debated and finalised.
Session #1 – All students admitted to the programme can sign up to shadow a mentor for the small-group meetings and they will also observe the large-group discussion. Session #1 will take place virtually.
Sessions #2-4 – students will attend the small-group meetings with their assigned venture, provided the ventures give their consent; students are also invited to observe the large-group discussion and deliberations for all virtual sessions, and subject to room availability, some of the in-person sessions.
- Student debriefs - The Friday after Sessions #1 - #4, you will meet with the stream moderators and the CDL team, to debrief the session and draw out key learnings by interpreting the large-room discussions.
- Tutorials - You will work in teams of 2-3 people. You will receive team-based tutoring throughout the process, consisting of two tutorials of 60 mins each. The tutor’s role is to guide the teams to gain the best experience from working with the venture, as well as offering guidance and feedback on the consulting projects. Exact tutorials times and locations are to be determined with the individual tutors.
- Attendance – You are expected to attend all the workshops, online sessions, debriefs and tutorials. You will be responsible for meeting and communicating with your assigned venture in between these dates.
- Commitment – Beyond workshops, session days and tutorials, we estimate you will spend approximately 40 hours doing research for the Venture Consulting Projects.
- Venture consulting projects – Each student team will be working on a bespoke consulting project described below. Suggested project options.
Q. Is this a curricular or co-curricular course?
Currently, this programme does not count towards a grade or credit and you commit your time on a voluntary basis. However, we still expect a high grade of excellence and commitment if selected.
Q. Are students able to participate in CDL as well as other co-curricular activities?
In most cases participating in CDL alongside other co-curricular activities is feasible, however, once matched with a venture the time commitment is slightly higher, approximately 40 hours over Hilary and Trinity terms. This excludes sessions, debrief sessions and tutorials.
Q. Are CDL-Oxford Sessions full-day events?
There will be three virtual sessions and one in-person session at the following times: 8AM - 1.30PM BST (Shift 1) and 1.3PM - 6PM BST (Shift 2). You can choose to join the live session suitable to the time zone you are in. After being matched with a venture, you should aim to attend the same shift as them.