Corporate Affairs Academy

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Keep reputation at the top of your company’s agenda

Start dates:


  • 4 days over 2 sessions

Time commitment:

  • Short programme


  • Oxford


  • £7,800 including accommodation

About the programme

Improve the impact of corporate affairs across your organisation and on an individual business leader basis.

Attendees of the Corporate Affairs Academy benefit from a balance of academic research and functional best practices.

The Academy focuses on three core, interrelated themes:

  1. Reputation research, theory and thinking
  2. Reputation engagement, trends and practices
  3. Professional development as reputation experts; high-value purpose, practices and resources

The Academy is delivered over the course of two sessions. Each session features a dinner at one of Oxford’s historic colleges.

At the end of the sessions, you will be equipped with practical steps for immediate implementation in your organisation.

The Academy is run by the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, in partnership with Teneo Blue Rubicon, leading thinkers in building reputation capabilities. Our aim is to improve your function’s impact on business value and as a business leader.

An introduction to the programme

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Meet the faculty

The programme is taught by a mix of academic faculty and senior practitioners comprising current CEOs and Chairs of large, global, public and private corporations. Led by Rupert Younger, co-founder of the Finsbury Group and a leading commentator on reputation matters, notable contributors include: Basil Towers, Senior Managing Director at Teneo Blue Rubicon leading both research and intellectual property development focused on how corporations organise to manage reputation for value; and Stewart Prosser, a highly experienced Corporate Affairs and Communications consultant for blue chip global organisations.



What our alumni say

A fantastically designed and executed programme. The insightful academic principles were perfectly balanced with examples of practical application into day-to-day business and how these can be implemented in the CA function.

Lewis Roberts

Head of Government Affairs (Europe) at CH2M

The benefits

To you

  • Develop senior corporate affairs contacts globally
  • Opportunity to shape the future of corporate affairs
  • Enhanced impact at Board level
  • Ongoing access to the latest research and events

To your business

  • Enhanced strategic direction
  • Improved business efficiency
  • Strategies to minimise risk

Programme outline

First session: 16–17 April 2019      

Covers the core concepts related to reputation, alongside current research and theoretical frameworks.

Second session: 1–2 October 2019

Explores the challenges in shaping corporate reputation, research trends and looks at how theoretical concepts have been applied in practice.

The Corporate Affairs Academy Report

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Find out about the research from the programme.

The 2017 Corporate Affairs Academy met twice in Oxford – in April and October. Our Corporate Affairs Academy 2017 report summarises these sessions, capturing the core connecting insights and recommendations that help the function to truly demonstrate its strategic value.

The report 'Corporate affairs - engaging with a dynamic universe' has been created for Senior Corporate Affairs Executives. Some highlights from the report include:

  • Character and capability, with a focus on advocacy

  • Trust - with an eye to the disparity between different generations in the degree of trust they have in institutions

  • Metrics - both for CA to measure the impact of its work, and for it to develop the contribution it makes to organisations more broadly 

You may be interested in these insights from previous programmes' reports:

Who can apply?

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The Corporate Affairs Academy is for senior corporate affairs directors of major international companies. 

If you would like to apply to join the Academy or have any questions please contact Miriam McGilvray.

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