Women at Oxford Saïd

Creating a climate of change

We are committed to increasing women’s influence and impact in the world.

Our work enables women to use their distinctive perspectives and skills to make a difference in every sector. Through our research and teaching, we develop new insights and support women leaders in effecting transformational change.

Stay up to date with news and insights into the world of women and business on our LinkedIn page.

Prospective EMBA students at women's recruitment event


Research projects conducted in our different research areas offer new perspectives on the issues of women’s leadership and women’s economic empowerment.

Talent development

The Inspiring Women skills development programme is open to all students at Saïd Business School.

Both men and women are welcome to join the sessions, which focus on issues of interest to women seeking to build confidence and leadership potential. Sessions cover negotiation, networking, confidence for success, work-life balance, understanding boards, and imposter syndrome.

The programme draws on expertise from within the School – faculty and staff – and it also features outside speakers from a range of sectors.

Claire Davenport, Celia Francis and Ariane Gorin at Inspiring Women event

Past activities have included:

  • a 'Pathway to the board' workshop with Claire Davenport (CEO of Hello Fresh), Celia Francis (CEO of Rated People), and Ariane Gorin (President, Expedia Partner Solutions, Expedia Management Board)
  • a salary negotiation skills workshop for current MBA students in partnership with leading salary negotiation experts – The Gap Partnership
  • a brand and impact workshop for current MBA students in partnership with three Cargyll consultants: a psychologist, performance coach and voice/impact coach
  • Associate Dean Kathy Harvey in conversation with Brenda Trenowden, Global Chair of the 30% Club and Head of FIG Europe, ANZ Bank

Scholarships for women

We are committed to helping women succeed in their career pursuits, starting with supporting their business education through scholarships and awards.

The School has a range of scholarships available for exceptional female students across our degree programmes. 

We have partnered with Forté and the 30% Club to provide brilliant women with the support they need to pursue a first-class business education.

Explore our growing list of scholarships and fund your career transformation.


Kathy Harvey addresses group

As part of the Inspiring Women series, we offer a programme of events.

These include speaker sessions, skills and development workshops, networking and corporate engagement events, and student recruitment. We want to ensure that our students have access to the best business minds in the world and encourage them to engage with our incredible line-up of events.


International Women's Day 2019

Inspiring Women at Oxford Saïd

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2019, Saïd Business School hosted a series of events across to inspire women and create a climate for change in the world of business.

Events included an exhibition exploring ways women have historically been marketed to, a keynote address from Professor of Finance Renée B. Adams, an online taster module of our Women Transforming Leadership programme and career workshops for staff and students.

International Women's Day 2018

Baroness Shriti Vadera at International Women's Day 2018

Baroness Shriti Vadera talks to Associate Dean Kathy Harvey, students and alumni.