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Posted by: on November 2, 2015

Are we all training to be wizards?

I am still new at Hogwarts, um, I mean Oxford. I know, comparing Oxford with Hogwarts has been done a million times and is such a cliché that I hope I am not turning readers away with my very first sentence of this blog.  But I can’t help it: I arrived in Oxford only about […]

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Posted by: on June 4, 2015

A place for learning

One may argue that Trinity is the prettiest of the termly triad. It is quintessentially Oxonian, more so than Michaelmas’ fresh-faced hearties, or Hilary’s frost-covered spires. As the limestone warms under a delicate spring sun, Oxford’s gardens and lawns come into their full verdant glory, while the punts reclaim the Isis and the Cherwell. My […]

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Posted by: on February 5, 2015

Hand in the honeypot

One of the perks (and curses!) of doing a DPhil is the endless opportunity to learn more. Not just from books, from your supervisor, or your immediate colleagues, but from the vast university network of scholars who all have incredible knowledge to share. Be it a standalone lecture, a lunchtime seminar, or a full-blown course, […]

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Posted by: on December 17, 2014

The social life of a DPhil student

Being an academic community is an important part of the philosophy of our Business School. While you hear of PhD students spending most of their time by themselves working from home or in a library, at Saïd Business School there are two offices where doctoral students can work on their research and still speak with […]

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Posted by: on December 5, 2014

The Bookish Winter Wonderland

Did you know the Bodleian Libraries stock at least 10 copies of Cat in the Hat? My research requires me to read many children’s books. As I realized this, I began to despair at the thought of hassling my parent-friends to give me access to their crayoned collections. I shouldn’t have worried. Across the university, […]

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Posted by: on November 10, 2014

Navigating your first day in Oxford

Oxford is a lively city with a lot of exciting, hidden places to discover. Arriving here is easy; you can arrive by train, or bus, at the bus station in Gloucester Green. The centre of Oxford is at the intersection between Cornmarket and Broad Street. From here, walk toward the Sheldonian theatre where all Oxford […]

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Posted by: on October 31, 2014

Michaelmas – that delightful time between summer and winter

Michaelmas is a term in both senses of the word. A period of time and a loaded concept, it stands for: ‘When leaves turn red—freshers abound—must get back into reading/writing/thinking (never mind the order)—I’m soaked through again—can’t wait for mulled wine—why is it dark already—and, finally—where did the year go?’ At Saïd Business School, term […]

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Posted by: on April 29, 2014

Spring Doctoral Conference

A few weeks ago, Saïd Business School hosted its fourth annual Doctoral Conference. This conference aims to showcase and celebrate the work of our DPhil community and to facilitate the exchange of ideas between students and faculty members. Organised by Prof Thomas Noe (Director of the DPhil Programme), Dr Felix Reed-Tsochas (Associate Dean of Research), […]

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Posted by: on April 1, 2014

Teaching as a DPhil

The never-ending pile of exams and projects on my desk is a reminder that teaching has been an important part of my academic training during this term. I have helped as a Teaching Assistant on an MBA course and I tutored an undergraduate student. Being a TA is something common in doctoral programmes, as it […]

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Posted by: on November 29, 2013

Labels and meanings

Here in Oxford, traditions are important. That is why, among other things, we wear gowns for formal examinations, we say grace at dinner in Latin, or we refer to fall/winter, spring, and summer terms as Michaelmas, Hillary, and Trinity. When something has survived for 800 years, it is not that easy to change. These labeling […]

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