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Posted by: on November 30, 2017

Polishing pearls: six tips for your first assignment

It was the final pop-up message. I decided to read it although I already knew what it was going to say [to the tune of the 1996 smash hit, “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls] “Now… tell me if you’re sure, if you’re really really sure?”. It was now beyond doubt; my brain was totally frazzled. […]

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Posted by: on October 30, 2017

What the [Sub] Fusc are you wearing?

I looked around. There was nothing heavy within reaching distance. I decided to take the plunge. For probably the fifth time in as many days I asked my wife the most pressing question for the upcoming trip to Oxford, “So, you definitely think this grey suit is dark enough for Sub Fusc?”. The advanced risk […]

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Posted by: on October 6, 2017

I got in! Now to see where the rabbit hole goes

I’m sitting at my laptop surrounded by a pile of papers… on my left, the first draft of my formative assignment. The equivalent to a pre-season friendly that will no doubt show us how much work we have to do to start producing outputs worthy of a Master of Science degree from the number one university in the world*. […]

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Posted by: on July 11, 2017

Rethinking financial management: a deconstruct and reconstruct in practice

Coming into my fourth module of Financial Management was unlike any course I have previously undertaken academically. I am convinced that my fellow cohort strongly identified with this perspective. Meeting and learning from Professor Paolo Quattrone is an experience of renaissance. I was immediately left with the impression that his teaching is the embodiment of […]

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Posted by: on July 11, 2017

Module 4, and a trip down the Thames with the MPA

Upon reflection, May was a very busy month in the most satisfactory way. We have formed strong professional and personal friendships over the course of the last 10 months, supporting each other during modules and remotely. It is difficult to imagine a more hardworking, interactive and fun-loving group of people to be assembled in one […]

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Posted by: on April 18, 2017

A Sense of Urgency: The Peaks and Troughs of Study

It has been a little while since I have written my last post. Typically, I would be excited and enthusiastic to transfer thoughts from pen to paper. However, in the last couple of months, my professional, personal and study commitments collectively have limited my capacity to engage and write. During module three of Systems Engineering, […]

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Posted by: on March 6, 2017

Challenge your expectations

The number 6 bus from Wolvercote to Magdalen Street. You don’t get much more of a glamorous start than that do you? But I’ve got a few minutes spare as we weave our way through the early morning Oxford traffic to put down some thoughts for this blog. If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed to […]

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Posted by: on December 12, 2016

Learning Major Programme Risk and Being Immersed in the “Oxford Lifestyle”

After a weekend of celebrations and fun at the Merton College Winter Ball, the cohort was back and ready for our next module on Major Programme Risk. Whilst most cohort members were eagerly keen to commence, there were others including myself striving to put their best foot forward despite feeling jet lagged. The morning started with […]

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Posted by: on November 3, 2016

A Life in the Day

As published in Kellogg College News Michaelmas 2016 I work from home in south-west London. Commuting on crowded Tube trains every day was sapping. Everything in my office has a purpose or means something to me, from the photographs of my parents and my children, to the books, journals and pictures. On the wall is my degree certificate from London, so […]

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Posted by: on October 20, 2016

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – Is this Really the Case?

This afternoon I was passing my time with a close friend and we reflected upon some of our personal achievements to date. As I sipped my coffee, a thousand thoughts were simultaneously running through my mind. I was thinking about my career, my family, my life experiences and what it takes to accomplish an aspiration. […]

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