Oxford Scenarios Planning


What is the purpose of the Oxford Scenarios Programme, and what unique value does it offer participants?

The Oxford Scenarios Programme shows participants how to build and use scenarios and progress purposeful and effective scenario planning within their organisations. We want to help our participants improve the way their organisations approach strategy and planning – to reveal and test the assumptions they and others bring in considering their future.

In the programme, participants will learn to design and facilitate processes that make their organisations less vulnerable, see and discuss critical changes in their wider context, and be more prepared to identify risks and seize new opportunities.  They will be better prepared to make fewer strategic mistakes, and learn more from those that will inevitably be made.

The programme is taught by recognised leaders in scenario planning, who between us, have over a century of hands-on scenario planning experience at a strategic level in government, business, and civil society organisations.

Participants who are accepted to this programme will gain first-hand experience of building and using scenarios for organisations, and will be entrusted with sensitive commercial information, enabling them to hone their skills and practise scenarios in a realistic, yet safe environment.




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Sean Bowden Coached the Dark Blue


Oxford University has won the 2014 Men’s Boat Race after beating Cambridge by 11 lengths on Sunday 6 April.

Oxford won the toss and chose the Surrey station, and the race was close in the early stages. But after a clash of oars shortly after Mile Post, the Dark Blues eased clear of Cambridge and had extended their lead to 11 lengths as they crossed the finish line to secure the biggest win in a Boat Race since 1973.

Oxford’s coach Sean Bowden said: ‘We can look back on this year with a lot of pride. I felt this year we could achieve really high standards. The clash is one of those things that can happen. Cambridge put a lot of pressure on early on but we were moving away. Steering is always competitive and this is one of the things that can happen when you take risks.’

Oxford’s win continues their good form of recent years, bringing the overall score to 81-78 to Cambridge.

Oxford’s crew was strengthened by the presence of three Olympic rowers: Malcolm Howard of Canada, Constantine Louloudis of Great Britain, and Storm Uru of New Zealand.

The names and colleges of Oxford’s crew can be found here. http://theboatrace.org/men/blue-boats

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Canada’s Malcolm Howard and Tom Watson helped Oxford win 2014 Boat Race v Cambridge


Canadian Olympian Malcolm Howard says he gets excited for the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race the same way NHLers are pumped for an outdoor game.

A normal regatta has multiple crews covering a 2,000-metre straight course. The Boat Race is a gruelling 6.8 kilometres on a horseshoe-shaped stretch of the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake in southwest London.



A rower originally from Winnipeg has won the race of his life, as a member of the Oxford University crew that won the 2014 BNY Mellon Boat Race on the River Thames on Sunday.

Tom Watson grew up in Winnipeg but is rowing for Oxford in the 160th annual Boat Race, which pits Oxford against Cambridge in a gruelling 6.8-kilometre race on a horseshoe-shaped stretch of the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake in southwest London.

Oxford & Cambridge Society of Toronto watched the race:

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Canadian Malcolm Howard, Olympic gold (2008) and silver (2012) medalist, today helped Oxford University to a win in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race.

Oxford claimed this 159th Boat Race by a length-and-a-half on the River Thames. First raced in 1829, the contest between the two famous universities is one of the oldest sporting events in the world.

“We were aggressive from the start and stuck to the race plan,” said Howard after today’s race, which Oxford finished in 17 minutes and 28 seconds over 6.8 km. “Cambridge did not give up, and we fought for every inch we got. Our total focus was on beating Cambridge.”

Howard, originally from Victoria, B.C., was in the stroke position of the Oxford eight.

“Malcolm is an outstanding athlete and a great ambassador of Canadian rowing,” said Peter Cookson, Rowing Canada’s High Performance Director. “We are very proud of his accomplishments both with our National Team and with Oxford.”

The victory cut Cambridge’s overall Boat Race win lead to 81-77.

Howard was not the only Canadian who was victorious today. In the reserve race, Tom Watson, originally from Winnipeg, stroked Oxford’s Isis boat that also triumphed, beating Cambridge’s Goldie.  Oxford won this race by 1/3 length, in a time of 17 minutes 51 seconds.  Watson represented Canada in 2010 lightweight development squads, but has been rowing for Oxford for the last few years.

“It went to plan like a script, everyone committed to winning,” said Watson. “It’s a great feeling. And I’m enjoying sharing this with another Canadian.”

More information www.theboatrace.org

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Toronto Trek Reception

Meet students and alumni over drinks at the Metropolitan Restaurant and Bar

Thu, 10 Apr, 2014 18:30 – 21:00

During spring term break, 12 current students from Saïd Business School’s MBA and MFE programmes will be undertaking a trek to Toronto to expand their understanding of business in various sectors.

The Alumni Relations Office warmly invite you to attend the Toronto Trek Reception on Thursday 10 April from 6.30pm at the Metropolitan Restaurant and Bar.

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet with the current students and catch up with fellow alumni over drinks and snacks.

We hope to see you there!

Location: Metropolitan Restaurant and Bar, 20 Victoria Street, Toronto M5C 2N8
Fees: Free
Contact: lois.kirby@sbs.ox.ac.uk





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John Freely

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All Souls College

John Freely (born 1926) is an American physicist, teacher, and author of popular travel and history books on Istanbul, Athens, Venice, Turkey, Greece, and the Ottoman Empire. He is the father of writer and Turkish-to-English literary translator Maureen Freely.[1]

Freely was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up there and in Ireland. He dropped out of high school and joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 for the last two years of World War II, serving with a commando unit in Burma and China. He did his undergraduate work at the traditional American Catholic college, Iona College in New Rochelle, New York, under the G.I. Bill.

His physics teacher at Iona was Brother Thomas Bullen. Bullen had studied under 1948 Nobel Prize winner in physics Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, and Blackett had studied at Cambridge under 1908 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry Ernest Rutherford. Rutherford had been a student of James Clerk Maxwell.

Freely completed his postdoctoral study at All Souls College at Oxford University under Alistair Cameron Crombie, the pioneering researcher in the history of Medieval European science. The principal idea he inherited from Crombie was “the continuity of western European science from the Dark Ages through Copernicus, Galileo and Newton”. Following his postdoctoral work, he taught courses in history and astronomy at the University of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, including the course, “The Emergence of Modern Science, East and West”.[2]

Since 1960 he has taught physics and the history of science at Bogazici University (formerly Robert College and Bosphorus University) in Istanbul, with sojourns in New York, Boston, London, Athens, Oxford, and Venice. He returned to Bogazici University in 1993. He is the author of over 40 books.


Travel guides:

History and science books:

  • Stamboul Sketches (1974)
  • Istanbul: The Imperial City (1996)
  • A History of Robert College: The American College for Girls and Bogazici University (2000), YKY,Two volumes
  • Sinan: Architect of Suleyman the Magnificent and the Ottoman Golden Age (1992), with Augusto Romano Burelli, Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Inside the Seraglio: Private Lives of the Sultans in Istanbul (1999)
  • The Lost Messiah: In Search of the Mystical Rabbi Sabbatai Sevi (2001)
  • Jem Sultan: The Adventures of a Captive Turkish Prince in Renaissance Europe (2004); Harpercollins
  • The Emergence of Modern Science, East and West (2004), Istanbul: Bogazici University
  • Byzantine Monuments of Istanbul (2004), with Ahmet S. Çakmak; Cambridge University Press
  • John Freely’s Istanbul (2003, ill. ed. 2006), Scala Publishers
  • Storm on Horseback: The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey (2008); I B Tauris & Co Ltd
  • Children of Achilles: The Greeks in Asia Minor Since the Days of Troy (2009); I B Tauris & Co Ltd
  • The Grand Turk: Sultan Mehmet II: Conqueror of Constantinople and Master of an Empire (2009); Tauris Parke Paperbacks
  • Aladdin’s Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World (2009)
  • Before Galileo: The Birth of Modern Science in Medieval Europe (2012)
  • The Flame of Miletus: The Birth of Science in Ancient Greece (and How it Changed the World) (2012); I B Tauris & Co Ltd
  • Light from the East: How the Science of Medieval Islam helped to shape the Western World (2010); I B Tauris & Co Ltd

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Conversation with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer

Recorded from 4 March


Watch the School’s recording and read the press articles of former Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, joining Dean Peter Tufano in conversation during an informal lunchtime talk.

or cut the link below:


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160th Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race


06 April 2014


Cheer on the Oxford Blues at the finish line from our garden-vantage point at The Ship pub at Mortlake in London with fellow alumni and students.

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Watch the Boat Race from across the globe!

Boat-Race-TrophyJoin fellow alumni and current students on the finishing line at The Ship at Mortlake to cheer on the Oxford crew during the 160th Varsity Boat Race.

Not in London? Alumni are coming together in Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, San Diego and San Francisco to celebrate the Boat Race and show their Oxford spirit – why not join them! Gatherings range from pub viewings and brunches to a formal dinner.

if you are interested in getting involved, please contact alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk.

Go Dark Blues!

Tags: Boat Race, alumni, London

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