Published on Friday, 21 Apr 2017 at 02:35
Wow!!! I can’t believe how time has flown since I attended Oxford Summer School Foundation programme. So much happened for me in the first 5 months back to work....
Published on Friday, 21 Apr 2017 at 09:01
"The biggest thing that I took from my Oxford Summer School experience was confidence!"
'The biggest thing that I took from my Oxford Summer School...
Published on Tuesday, 04 Apr 2017 at 01:43
To change or not to change?
By Rob Husband
Is there an annual event you look forward to? It could be a conference or a show, a festival or a sports match. Perhaps you're involved in organising and leading or maybe you are just a...
Published on Monday, 20 Mar 2017 at 09:58
THE RETAIL FACTS MIKE PARKES Partner, Momentum Results LLP and Programme Director for Oxford Summer School Masters Dr Jonathan Reynolds, Academic Director - Oxford...
Published on Monday, 20 Mar 2017 at 07:52
Understanding Customers, Personalisation, Technology and more...
Published on Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 at 12:06
Confidence Building, Stronger Team Leader, Promotion! Read Gemma's story here!
Published on Friday, 25 Nov 2016 at 12:12
Alex Bibby, Academy chair for 2017, outlines the impact of the Oxford Summer School Academy as a unique retail management development experience.
Published on Friday, 04 Nov 2016 at 03:29
After returning from the Academy programme I realised one of my main objectives which was to be clear on what direction I wanted to take my career, I discussed this with my line manager and now have a solid development plan in place.
Published on Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 at 02:22
Many years ago, I attended what is now called the Oxford Summer School Academy at Keble College, I absolutely loved it. I gained a huge amount of knowledge from it and even now, almost 15 years on, I still find myself talking about it!
Published on Wednesday, 02 Nov 2016 at 12:30
Each year, the Masters has addressed not only the current topical issues together with practical solutions, but also provided a ‘crystal ball’ to view future trends in retailing, enabling retailer in all spheres of the sector to make the...
Published on Friday, 28 Oct 2016 at 02:26
Now is the time to put all your learns into practice on the run up to peak trading. Take at look at Academy Director Steve Connell's top tips to keep your learning alive.
Published on Friday, 28 Oct 2016 at 02:22
Since returning from the Oxford Summer School Academy I have been thrown in to new and demanding projects with the business focusing on efficiency and productivity.
Published on Friday, 28 Oct 2016 at 02:10
Since attending the OSS Academy I've had the time to reflect on what I learnt during an intense, learning filled week. I've gone through some of my key learning's with my peers, my line manager and my regional team with plans to share more with our 'geo' of stores in the New Year.
Published on Friday, 28 Oct 2016 at 01:57
The Oxford Summer School Academy has helped equip me with a leadership toolkit to assist both in my immediate career role now and for my potential future roles.
Published on Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016 at 04:31
The UK’s retail sector is going to be a particularly sensitive indicator of the effects of the Brexit referendum decision.
Published on Friday, 23 Sep 2016 at 10:17
We welcome Andrew Marrins as the new Foundation Programme Manager!
Published on Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016 at 12:14
Preparing tomorrow's leaders for the changing retail world - Academy 2016 is taking place 20th to 26th August at Keble College, Oxford.
Published on Thursday, 09 Jun 2016 at 04:03
The constant challenge that Oxford Summer School sets itself is keeping the Academy programme relevant and resonant so that we play our part in preparing the retail leaders of tomorrow for the changing retail world.
Published on Monday, 18 Apr 2016 at 09:43
It's a lot of fun, and it's fast approaching: the Oxford Summer School Foundation programme for retail professionals. It's a popular and prestigious annual event - a week at St. Catherine's College in Oxford learning and developing management...
Published on Monday, 04 Apr 2016 at 09:47
March this year saw another phenomenal Masters programme which confronted, discussed and addressed the main challenges not only of Retailing today, but Retailing in the future.
Published on Wednesday, 16 Mar 2016 at 03:01
Hi All Last year I took on the role of Vice Chairman for the Oxford Summer School Academy, a role that I enjoyed hugely. It was a challenge, most definitely but the development for me personally and spending time with so many great people has...
Published on Tuesday, 09 Feb 2016 at 03:18
In a retail world that is changing at an exponential rate it can often feel like a new strategy appears every week, making it hard to keep up with the pace. As 2015 ended, retailers focused not on yet another record breaking Black Friday or...
Published on Tuesday, 08 Dec 2015 at 09:18
One of the most memorable and enlightening moments (of which there were many!) from the Oxford Summer School Foundation course, was the talk given to the delegates by Danny Barrasso.
Published on Thursday, 03 Dec 2015 at 09:41
As we get to the end of another year of unprecedented change in the retail industry, my thoughts linger not on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and other yet-again-record-breaking eCommerce events, but on the extent and speed of the transformational change that lies ahead for retailers.
Published on Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 at 09:17
Blink and you're out - the dilemma of Black Friday. A blog by Masters programme director Mike Parkes.
Published on Friday, 14 Aug 2015 at 04:36
Lisa Wedlock, previous delegate of the Oxford Summer School Academy, has shared her experiences of her time on the course. Read about Lisa's time at the school here.
Published on Monday, 20 Jul 2015 at 11:41
A few words from the Academy's Vice and Chair, Alex Bibby and Ryan Cooper, discussing the theme of year's Academy programme; The Connected Customer.
Published on Friday, 26 Jun 2015 at 11:02
We sat down with Steve Connell, Oxford Summer School’s Academy programme director, to talk about the continuing success of the Academy and the changes made to this year’s programme.
Published on Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 at 03:56
We sat down with Chair and Vice Chair’s Kim Kimber and David Ramcharran to talk about what makes the Foundation Oxford Summer School so worthwhile for them? What excites them about the year ahead? And what keeps the school so relevant for...
Published on Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 at 12:31
We sat down with Chair and Vice Chair’s Ryan Cooper and Alexandra Bibby to talk about what makes the Oxford Summer School (OSS) so worthwhile for them? What excites them about the year ahead? And what keeps the school so relevant after 85 years?
Published on Monday, 02 Feb 2015 at 02:55
Rob Husband, Programme Director of the Oxford Summer School Foundation, talks about his career in the retail industry, his involvement in developing retail leaders through the Foundation and...
Published on Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 at 02:37
Mike Parkes, Programme Director of the strategic retail training and development programme the Oxford Summer School Masters, talks technological innovation and what's here to stay.
Published on Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 at 02:33
For the past three years, Hayley Baddiley has shared the secrets of her success with retailers at Oxford Summer School (OSS) Academy where she runs the marketing day - an exercise where delegates create their own brands. Hayley told us how the OSS marketing programme would benefit...
Published on Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 at 04:49
We spoke to Foundation's Vice and Chair, Kim and David, as they prepared for the 2014 school.
Published on Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 at 03:45
We had a lot of fun at the Bira High Street Conference recently, determining whether our independent retail colleagues felt they were more Fiery Fred than Sunshine Sally.
Published on Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 at 03:37
At times it’s hard to step back and take a breath in our business, but these blogs give me the perfect opportunity to sit down with my thoughts and reflect. It’s interesting to hear other retailer’s thoughts and predictions for the future....
Published on Monday, 03 Mar 2014 at 02:39
Patrick Marr of Leading Edge (OSS Foundation Principal Partner) talks about recent retail headlines and how to maximise learning opportunities and development.
Published on Friday, 20 Dec 2013 at 03:14
As a business, it is important that we not only invest time educating our customers, but that we also share our 40 years of payments experience with the industry as a whole.
Published on Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 at 12:08
Mike Parkes, Masters Programme Director, asks the question is it inevitable that everything eventually turns full circle? Or is this more the case that,no matter the circumstance, if you can identify the niche, find the location, provide the service...
Published on Friday, 08 Nov 2013 at 12:22
Oxford Summer School's Managing Director, Dominic Prendergast looks ahead to the coming months in retail
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