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Posted by: on November 4, 2021

Learning how to better serve

Warren Buffett once said he was lucky to be born American. After living, working, and studying in the United States, I came to the conclusion that he was right; my experiences in the US and Europe have shown me that there is a huge gap of opportunities for people born in developed countries to those […]

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Posted by: on October 29, 2021

How garbage led me to Oxford

My journey to Oxford started with an experience I never should have had. It was 2014, and I was a year away from completing my undergrad at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah, USA. Two friends invited me to join them on a summer study-abroad program at the University of Cambridge. I flatly said no. […]

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Posted by: on October 27, 2021

Now is the right time for the Oxford 1+1 MBA

During my six years at the UK Treasury, I often told people that I had the best job in government. I loved working on financial services policy, and felt very lucky to be part of tackling some of the most important and interesting issues facing my country, from Brexit to COVID-19. So it came as […]

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Posted by: on October 15, 2021

Three reasons I chose the Oxford 1+1 MBA

When I left my job before coming to Oxford, I had the chance to chat with our CEO and ask her for advice as I entered this next phase of graduate school. One bit that resonated with me the most was to “deliberately seek out perspectives that are different, sometimes even oppositional, than yours – […]

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Posted by: on October 13, 2021

It’s a sail-abration: Pershing Square scholars at sea

A few weeks before our MBA programme started, a group of six Pershing Square scholars set out to explore the coast of Britain on a week-long sailing trip. Our scholarship brings together a group of 1+1s, a unique programme within the MBA allowing students to study an MSc of their choice before the MBA. Our […]

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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 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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