Saïd Business School was founded in 1996, and since then has become one of the highest ranking business schools in the world with a reputation for entrepreneurship and innovative business education. The history of business at Oxford dates back to 1965 when the Oxford Centre for Management Studies, later Templeton College and now Green-Templeton College, was founded.
In 1988, a committee chaired by Sir Claus Moser recommended that the University create a new School of Management Studies and in 1990 the University passed a resolution establishing the School. The first Director was Dr Clark Brundin who had previously been Vice-Chancellor of Warwick University and he, together with a number of newly appointed faculty and staff members, including the first professor, Colin Mayer, helped to establish the embryonic School.
A new joint undergraduate degree in economics and management was launched in 1994 and in 1996 Saïd Business School opened its doors to its first MBA students in the Radcliffe Infirmary while it was still a fully operating hospital in the centre of Oxford.
Ultimately, business schools have to produce powerful ideas, deliver transformative education, and reach out to the broader world. Oxford’s unique history and tradition enable us to do all three. The convening power of the University enables us to bring together leaders to address major topics at the interface of business, government and society.
Individually, our faculty and alumni are at the forefront of their fields and provide intellectual leadership not only for businesses, but also for institutions such as the European Commission, the European Corporate Governance Institute, the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Indian Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, the UK’s Behavioural Insight Team, and the World Bank. Through these and many other connections, we aspire to be the most influential institution of our kind in the world.
True education is about transformation. Our degree programmes and short executive education programmes seek to transform individuals. Our research produces cutting-edge knowledge and changes the way leaders think and act. Our Executive Education programmes transform organisations as well as individuals, with immediate and powerful impact. Collectively, we aspire to improve the world in which we live. Our focus on trends that will define the future, the organisations that will shape it, and their leaders, enables the School to uphold the centuries-old responsibility of Oxford University.
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All of your learning will take place at Saïd Business School in a building that has state-of-the-art lecture theatres, dozens of rooms available for project work, as well as widespread Wi-Fi access, and facilities such as reprographics, IT and AV. As a student, you will have exclusive use of our dining room where you will gather to eat breakfast and lunch each day, and you can relax in the main common room. The conversations you have with your peers and your lecturers at Oxford are a vital part of your learning process. Our state of the art facilities are designed to bring you together as a community to debate, to think, and to develop your ideas. You will also be part of an Oxford College and will be able to enjoy the extra-curricular activities of college life.
The Sainsbury Library is Sad Business School’s own dedicated resource. This state-of-the-art facility is spacious and fully equipped with desk space, wireless and networked computers, printers and copiers. Experienced library staff are available for advice and can help you use advanced search tools to carry out research for course projects and theses.
The Sainsbury Library is a member of the integrated system known as the Bodleian Libraries, comprising 28 libraries and home to over 11 million printed items and a vast array of digitised manuscripts and e-resources.
At the heart of this system stands the fabled Bodleian Library, which has been illuminating scholars since 1602. It contains 120 miles of bookshelves and enough space in its reading rooms to seat more than two thousand researchers.
The Bodleian Libraries attract millions of researchers from around the globe to their incomparable treasures – not only books, manuscripts and journals, but also pictures, sculptures, coins, medals, musical scores and ‘curiosities’.
As a student at the University of Oxford, you will be a member of one of its 38 colleges. An Oxford college is both an academic and a social community, and offers an essential element of the Oxford experience. While the Saïd Business School will be the focus of your academic life, your college is your home in the University. It provides accommodation, meals, common rooms, sports and social facilities, academic support, intellectual stimulation and pastoral care. Most of our students stay in college accommodation, which is located in or around the city centre. Some, however, opt to rent privately. Both your college and the Universitys accommodation office can help you find somewhere suitable to live. Even if you are living out of college, you can still take your meals there, or at the School. Light meals and snacks are available in the common room and bar, while the dining room offers a variety of hot and cold meals for lunch and dinner. Oxford is a very vibrant student city and there is always something interesting to do.