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What differentiates SSEE executive education from other business and sustainability executive training or short courses?

At the core of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment is a strong interdisciplinary research team focused on engagement with enterprise on climate change and long-term environmental sustainability. In addition, we have strong links with other centres for the development of global leadership, particularly the Saïd Business School. Our executive education programmes draw upon our leading academics' work to bring cutting-edge thinking from the University of Oxford to a wider executive audience.

Where do you run the executive education programmes?

Our open programmes are run in Oxford; most teaching will take place within a departmental building at the University of Oxford. Where accommodation is included in the programme fee, bed and breakfast will usually be in the beautiful surroundings of the University's colleges.

Our customised programmes can be run anywhere in the UK or internationally.

What teaching methods are used on your programmes?

Our experienced faculty use the teaching methods they feel most appropriate in the context, depending upon the knowledge to be conveyed or skills to be developed. This means that a typical programme will offer a variety of formal presentations, case studies, interactive group discussions, panel debates and simulation exercises.

I work in the public/NGO sector. Will your programmes be suitable for me?

SSEE's main research focuses on solutions and recommendations for enterprise in issues around climate change and environmental sustainability. We work with governments and social enterprises, recognising that a successful business operates within a broad context of policy, regulation and stakeholder engagement. Many leaders in the public and NGO sectors will be actively involved in collaboration and engagement with business and can benefit from understanding business perspectives on sustainability and the environment.

Around one-third of past participants have come from a position outside of the private sector. We find that fostering networking opportunities for participants from a diverse range of backgrounds, with a wide variety of perspectives, results in new ideas and is beneficial for all. The skills development aspects of programmes (e.g. leadership, negotiation, and management) will be relevant to a broad range of decision-makers. Depending upon the core themes addressed, some of our programmes may tackle issues of relevance to the public and NGO sectors in greater scope than others. If you are in doubt about which of our programmes would best suit your background, please contact us for advice.

Do the open programmes award certificates?

A Certificate of Attendance is given to those who successfully complete one of our open programmes.

Do you have any distance-learning or e-learning programmes?

No: at the moment, all of our programmes are run wholly in Oxford, which offers the benefit of in-person contact with our faculty in the historic learning environment of the University of Oxford.

Are there bursaries or discounts available?

At the moment we do not have any bursaries available. In some instances, we may offer discounts for employers sending more than one participant for training, or for participants from an NGO - or public-sector background. Please see individual open programme pages for further information.

How can I apply?

For SSEE's internal programmes, application forms are available via our website. Where programmes are being run in partnership with other organisations, our pages will normally provide a link to the application form on the partner's website.

Who can I contact for further information?

For further information about the Smith School's educational programmes, please contact Anna Baginska.

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