Permanent Secretary Fellowships

The Permanent Secretary Fellowship programme establishes a relationship between a current Permanent Secretary – the most senior civil servant of a government ministry in the UK – and the Blavatnik School, strengthening the links between policymakers and public policy researchers.

These civil service leaders use the Fellowship as an opportunity to reflect upon a policy or operational challenge facing their department, supported by interaction with the scholars and practitioners within the Blavatnik School’s global community and the wider Oxford academic community.

“My time at the Blavatnik School of Government has helped me to test and refine a National Performance Framework for Scotland.” Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government

The programme usually runs from January to December and is shaped around each Fellow’s areas of work, priorities and availability. It can include visits, workshops and discussions on key aspects of their work. The Fellows enrich the life of the School, stimulating debate over pressing current challenges with faculty and students.

2019–20 fellows
  • Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development
2018–19 fellows
Funding

The Permanent Secretary Fellowships at the Blavatnik School were created thanks to philanthropic support from The Beecroft Trust – up to three fellows can be appointed each academic year until 2019.