Coronavirus information

Governments the world over are facing an unprecedented challenge, one that underlines the importance of public policy to the lives of every individual. At the Blavatnik School of Government, our mission to improve government worldwide has never felt more important. We are working hard to bring additional evidence to the global policy response, and you can find more about our coronavirus-related research and projects here.

We have also had to adapt our day-to-day operations. Our building is closed until further notice, though most of our activity continues in a different form. In all our decisions, we are following UK government advice and University of Oxford policy.

Executive programmes

We are committed to offering all executive programmes on the dates advertised, either in Oxford as originally planned, or on a modified schedule online. If you are registered for a programme, you will hear from us no later than four weeks before it begins whether it is running in Oxford or online.

The use of evidence by governments is at the forefront of everyone’s minds, so there is no better time to sign up for our Evidence in Public Policy eight-week programme, which can be undertaken from anywhere in the world. Enrolment is open now, with the next cohort starting 24 July 2020. 

You can also take Paul Collier's MOOC on Understanding Economic Development.

For any questions on executive education, please email

Degree programmes

Exams and teaching for the current term of our Master of Public Policy are both being delivered remotely.

We have an exceptional set of offer-holders for our 2020/21 Master of Public Policy, and are working on the basis that it will run as planned in Oxford. It will run as scheduled from the end of September 2020, even if we need to teach the start of the programme remotely, and we have robust contingency measures for innovative online delivery should it be required.

Our doctoral students continue their studies, working remotely, and we have an outstanding set of offer-holders joining us for new doctorates in September.


Our in-person events programme is on hold, but we will host events online – keep an eye on the event listings. Do also visit our YouTube channel to enjoy past lectures and seminars – our back catalogue spans several years and includes topics that remain highly relevant. We are not currently available for venue hire, but do register your interest in future dates using the online enquiry form.

Fellows and visitors

We are currently not able to host academic visitors or practitioner fellows. Please email if you would like to find out more about the visitor programme and to register your interest in applying for a visiting fellowship when we are in a position to welcome visitors to the School again.


Most of our research programmes continue, with relevant adjustments where fieldwork is temporarily impossible. We have launched a number of new coronavirus-related applied research projects which aim to contribute evidence and thinking to the global response. Journalists wanting to talk to our experts about policy aspects of the pandemic should contact

Staying connected

Our mission to improve government worldwide feels more relevant than ever, and while we must distance ourselves physically, our community of committed people is closer than ever digitally. Stay connected with us through social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) and by signing up to our newsletters.

Last updated: 1 July 2020