About us

The Private Equity Institute was founded in 2009 to provide a forum to promote research, education, and networking, in private equity.

Oxford Saïd ran its first private equity elective in 2000 and introduced the Private Equity Forum in 2006.

Together with the Oxford Saïd Finance Lab, which began in 2012, and a leading global executive education programme, the Private Equity Programme , the Private Equity Institute offers unprecedented access to top private equity practitioners and research.

The Institute maintains an authoritative, independent and unbiased perspective on the private equity industry, aiming for the highest standard of academic integrity associated with the University of Oxford. Our research often involves working closely with industry practitioners and is aimed at the top peer-reviewed academic journals as well as more policy and practice-oriented publications.

We produce research that is equally important to investors (Limited Partners, or LPs, in funds), private equity fund managers (General Partners, or GPs), advisors, banks, and companies, as well as entrepreneurs attracting the attention of private equity funds.

Our expertise is reflected in both our programmes for students and in our executive courses for professionals around the world. We connect theory with practice, developing courses and case studies with leading practitioners.

In addition to research and education, the Institute encourages and supports a number of network initiatives, including the Private Equity Forum, Hermes GPE Private Markets Challenge and Rothschild Global Advisory Challenge. We also host the European conference of the Private Equity Research Consortium. Through these events, the Institute fosters the exchange of views between academics, students, alumni, and professionals.


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Our objective is to be the leading academic institution in the field of private equity.

We run courses and events, and produce research, that should be equally important to investors (the Limited Partners, or LPs, in funds), private equity fund managers (the General Partners, or GPs) as well as to advisors and those companies attracting the attention of private equity funds.


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Our aim is to produce the highest quality independent research on the important issues facing the private equity sector.

To do this, we put considerable efforts into obtaining the most reliable and unbiased data in the sector. We are one of the founding members of the Private Equity Research Consortium, which has a data collaboration with Burgiss Group.


We host a number of annual events at Saïd Business School including the Private Equity Forum and the Risk Management Symposium.

Case studies and teaching notes

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Our members have created a series of business case studies in cooperation with practitioners to facilitate learning. These studies examine real-life examples and decision-making, and are presented in class.