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Sustainable Finance Foundation Course (SFFC) 2019 - APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are inviting applications for our Sustainable Finance Foundation Course (SFFC) in 2019. You can apply here.

The SFFC was launched in 2016 and is the premier short-course on sustainable finance globally. We aim to attract the best and brightest current and future leaders and deliver a unique experience that equips participants with the knowledge and networks required to undertake significant future work on sustainable finance. Places are highly sought after and you are encouraged to apply early.

The SFFC has been designed and developed by the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme as an introduction to sustainable finance for current and future leaders working in a range of sectors, for example: staff at environmental NGOs who would like to help the global financial system create better environmental outcomes; civil servants and regulators working to develop policies that can foster the development of sustainable finance; executives working in financial institutions or corporations that need an introduction to sustainability, the environment, and climate change as they relate to finance and investment; philanthropic funders looking to navigate sustainable finance topics so as to support the most impactful activities; and trustees or company directors that want to understand how sustainable finance relates to their fiduciary duties.

The residential workshop provides a foundational knowledge in the emerging theories and practice of sustainable finance and investment. It will arm participants with sufficient understanding to navigate and critically analyse the key aspects and developments in sustainable finance and investment, as well as how to engage with financial sector stakeholders for collaboration.

You will have the chance to:

  • Engage critically with systems and theories in sustainable finance and investment such as: active ownership, carbon bubble, climate finance, conservation finance, disclosure, divestment, engagement, ESG, green banks, green bonds, green indices, impact investing, public private partnerships, reporting, responsible investment, and stranded assets.
  • Translate knowledge, information, and objectives from your work into evidence and motivation for engagement with the financial sector.
  • Frame your objectives in a way that is meaningful to financial decision-makers, exploring questions around: how financial engagement fits with your organisation's broader strategy; and where opportunities for environmental leadership can be expanded.
  • Learn from, challenge, and engage in conversation with leading Oxford faculty and expert practitioners who blend research with experience. They will make palatable cutting-edge theory on sustainable finance and investment using a combination of real world case studies, presentations, online simulations, and debate styled under the Oxford Union.
  • Embark on the unique 'Oxford experience' and explore first-hand the richness that the city has to offer including candlelit college dinners and the opportunity to immerse yourself in one of the global homes of education.

The course is centred around a five-day residential workshop held at a college in the University of Oxford from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th September 2019. Over the subsequent six to nine months, participants engage in an extended learning project implementing a real-world project related to finance and sustainability. The course is developing a global network of practitioners working at the intersection of finance and the environment.

The course fee is £4,500 per person for private sector participants and £3,500 per person for participants from the public sector and civil society. This includes all teaching costs, en-suite accommodation at an Oxford college, breakfast, lunch and several dinners. It does not include the cost of travel to and from Oxford, visas, or any personal expenses you may incur.

To apply, please see the Sustainable Finance Foundation Course webpage.

Discounts may be available if three or more individuals from a single organisation enrol. To discuss these, as well as further partnership opportunities such as bespoke variations of the course then please contact ben.caldecott@smithschool.ox.ac.uk


Climate-related Financial Risk Course (CFRC) 2019 - NEW COURSE / APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are inviting applications for our Climate-related Financial Risk Course (CFRC) 2019. You can apply here.

Measuring and managing climate-related financial risks will be critical for institutions across the financial system. This has been made clear by the G20 Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), as well as by central banks and financial regulators around the world.

Physical climate change impacts and societal responses to climate change are already stranding assets across sectors of the global economy and this looks set to accelerate. This has very real implications that need to be appropriately and professionally managed.

Yet practice has not caught up with the theory and the field is developing incredibly quickly. This course will equip participants with the very latest knowledge on climate-related financial risks, as well as the expertise, networks, and confidence to design and implement practices for measuring and managing these risks.

The course has been designed and developed by the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme to support individuals working in a range of areas, including: risk officers in financial institutions; analysts and portfolio managers; corporate risk managers and strategists; financial regulators supervising or considering how to supervise firms in relation to climate-related risk; government officials integrating climate-related risk into government decision-making and policy; and NGOs working on climate-related financial risks.

The course is centred around a three-day residential workshop held in a college at the University of Oxford, from Wednesday 17th to Friday 19th July 2019.

The course fee is £3,500 per person for private sector participants and £2,000 per person for participants from the public sector and civil society. This includes all teaching costs, en-suite accommodation at an Oxford college, breakfast, lunch and several dinners. It does not include the cost of travel to and from Oxford, visas, or any personal expenses you may incur.

To apply, please visit the Climate-related Financial Risk Course webpage.

Discounts may be available if three or more individuals from a single organisation enrol. To discuss these, as well as further partnership opportunities such as bespoke variations of the course then please contact ben.caldecott@smithschool.ox.ac.uk


Graduate Students

Each year the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme supervises or co-supervises a small number of University of Oxford graduate students from the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE). Occasionally we will co-supervise graduate students from other departments at the University of Oxford. We do not directly admit students, so please apply for graduate courses via the SoGE International Graduate School. We also very occasionally hire graduate students as part-time research assistants and provide bursaries where graduate research is directly aligned with our research priorities.

If you are already admitted or enrolled at the University of Oxford, please contact Dr Ben Caldecott, Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme, if you are interested in joining our research team and include an up-to-date CV and statement of suitability in any such expressions of interest.