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Posted by: on March 9, 2021

How geology prepared me for the other pandemic impacting Oxford, the imposter sy...

There may be a few of us, but geology is not a common undergrad major for MBA students. Studying geology may not have necessarily enhanced my affinity with rocks, but I did end up being seduced by the way geologists think. That thinking has served me well at Oxford. It is easy to feel insignificant […]

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Posted by: on December 8, 2020

MBA & Motherhood? Yes, You Can

When I started thinking about doing an MBA, I spent hours googling “MBA and motherhood”.  What would a day in my life look like? Would I be able to keep up with the frantic pace of business school, and balance the pressure with the demands of mothering? Would my children recognize the inconveniences as part […]

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Posted by: on December 2, 2020

“Reflections from a whirlwind first few months: a note of gratitude”

I had heard from previous students that the MBA would fly by quickly, and a few months into the programme I can see exactly why!  Since starting Launch in late September, it’s been hard to find moments to pause and reflect, so I’m grateful to have the opportunity to write this blog post. In fact, […]

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Posted by: on December 3, 2019

Time management

If there is one thing we are all universally struggling with at Oxford, it’s time management. On any given night you could be going to a dozen different interesting talks, seeing a show or a gig, chatting with college friends or coursemates, or (gasp) actually getting some reading done! I’m currently in my MSc year […]

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Posted by: on October 3, 2019

Get to know Alexis McGivern, 1+1 MBA 2019-21

Tell us about yourself: I’m a conservationist with a passion for trash! I come to Oxford after working on plastic pollution from all angles, from grassroots consumer movements to large-scale policy interventions. I cherish being outdoors, especially on my bike, and I love performing – whether that’s music, theatre, or stand-up comedy! Sector/Industry you worked […]

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Posted by: on May 23, 2016

And what’s your other one?

“Wait you aren’t doing your MBA with us?” If I had a dollar for every time I have been asked this, I would be very rich by now. My “No, I am on the 1+1 MBA programme” is followed by a “oh, wow I didn’t know that! I have seen you around the business school […]

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Posted by: on May 5, 2015

What might Artificial Intelligence do with the Natural World?

Over a recent pub dinner, Oxford MBA classmate and good pal, Joel Usher, went cerebral over his favourite topic, Artificial Intelligence (AI). Joel discussed how rapidly AI could usurp humans as the dominant player on Earth. He highlighted that some of the world’s most influential people, such as Stephen Hawking (Oxford alum) and Elon Musk, […]

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Posted by: on February 23, 2015

Role Reversal: Increasing Nature Connectedness through Technology

I’ve written before on the value of the MSc dissertation as a component of Oxford’s 1+1 MBA programme. Through my dissertation, I explored the emerging frontier of big data and environmental sustainability. Fortunately, I’ve found similar opportunities during my MBA year to research a topic I’m passionate about, namely, our connectedness with the natural world, […]

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Posted by: on January 26, 2015

(Ice) Hockey’s Continuing Benefits and Oxford University Sports

For roughly two decades of my life, hockey – or ice hockey so as not to confuse my British friends – occupied the majority of my time. If I wasn’t playing it or training for it, I was thinking about it. While playing junior hockey in Strathroy, Ontario, our coach and mentor, Pat Stapleton, a […]

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Posted by: on January 5, 2015

Through Term One: The Transformation Report

I came to Oxford to achieve a career transformation. Specifically, I’ve been looking for something that my father has often repeated he is fortunate to have found in his work: a spiritual connection. No. Allow me to explain. Since 1872, my family has been stewards of the land in the hardwood lumber industry. In addition […]

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