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Oxford Saïd and the Linbury Trust unveil arts, heritage and cultural sector scholarships

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford has collaborated with the Linbury Trust to create a scholarship programme for students intending to work in the UK’s arts, heritage and cultural sectors. The scholarship will fund three students per year to the value of £55,000, and it will support applicants to both the MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) programmes.

Linbury scholars will benefit from a programme of co-curricular activities supported financially by the scholarship, including arts and humanities events from across the wider university.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must have been shortlisted for an MBA or EMBA interview, and they should be able to demonstrate a long term commitment to the arts, heritage and cultural sectors. They will be required to submit an application essay, as well as attend a panel interview.

Amy Major, MBA recruitment manager at Oxford Saïd, stated that the scholarship provides a ‘unique opportunity for UK professionals in these sectors to learn the business skills necessary for senior positions within their fields.’

The Linbury Trust is a charitable trust, established by Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG and his wife, Lady Sainsbury CBE, the former ballerina Anya Linden. The name ‘Linbury’ is derived from the names Linden and Sainsbury.

Founded in 1973, the Linbury Trust makes grants to charities and towards charitable causes across a broad range of categories, including the Arts, Education, Environment, Medical, Museums & Heritage, Overseas, and Social Welfare. In Oxford, Linbury has been a major supporter of the Ashmolean Museum; the Sainsbury Library at Saïd Business School; Worcester College (where there is both a Linbury Building and a Sainsbury Building); and the Bodleian.  Elsewhere the Linbury name is particularly associated with the Linbury Theatre (Royal Opera House), the Linbury Galleries (Tate Britain), the Linbury Gallery (Museum of London), and the Linbury Prize for Stage Design.

Philip Lawford, Director of The Linbury Trust commented: ‘We are delighted to be working with Saïd Business School to create this unique scholarship for outstanding individuals working in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors in the UK.  Our vision is that Linbury scholars will acquire a range of skills that will equip them to become future leaders in these sectors.’