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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 June 13, 2014


Summertime (if you want to hear Norah Jones’ version of Summertime while reading this, please click here) We can now find tasty and cheap strawberries in the supermarket, which is the best sign summer has arrived in Oxford. The long days – we have daylight until 10pm – and good weather – averaging 21 C […]

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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 February 12, 2014

Learning mode

The main objective of the DPhil programme at Saïd Business School is probably being trained to be an outstanding academic and the basic legs of this learning process are taking courses, carrying out your own research, and usually doing (or helping with) some teaching. Today I wanted to say a few words about the first […]

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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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Posted by: on November 27, 2013

The top 5 things about being a DPhil at Oxford

I just had a call today, as I frequently do, with an acquaintance thinking of applying for a DPhil at Saïd Business School. The call reminded me of all of the things I love most about being a DPhil student here. Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted how wonderful this place is, and how […]

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