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.

You can read about our coronavirus-related research and projects and we are working hard to bring additional evidence to the global policy response.

We have also had to adapt our day-to-day operations. Our building is open with strict safety measures in place, though parts of our activity remain virtual. 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, 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 online programme. Enrolment is open now, with the next cohort starting 8 January 2021. 

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

For any questions on executive education, please email executive.education@bsg.ox.ac.uk.

Degree programmes

We have an exceptional set of students for our 2020/21 Master of Public Policy. The majority of our students are attending teaching in person with strict safety measures in place. Those students unable to join us physically due to travel restrictions or guidelines, are attending online in an innovative hybrid delivery, supporting an outstanding learning experience for the entire cohort.

Our doctoral students continue their studies, working remotely, and an outstanding set of students have joined us for new doctorates from September.

Events

Our events programme is being run online – so keep an eye on the event listings. Visit our YouTube channel to enjoy past lectures and seminars – including topics that remain highly relevant, including our 'Policy in a pandemic' video series.

We are not currently available for venue hire, but do register your interest in future dates using the enquiry form.

Fellows and visitors

We are currently not able to host academic visitors or practitioner fellows in-person. We hope to be able to accept these applications from January 2021 (Hilary term) for visits starting from April 2021 (Trinity term).

We are accepting applications now for remote visits from January 2021. Please email visitors@bsg.ox.ac.uk if you would like to find out more about the visitor programme and to register your interest in applying for a visiting fellowship.

Research

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 comms@bsg.ox.ac.uk.

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: 8 October 2020