Impact and recognition

Together we are changemakers.

Every contribution, small or large, helps Saïd Business School further its purpose and develop the leaders, the knowledge, and the new thinking that business needs to address world-scale challenges and create a better future for everyone.

To understand more about the impact of gifts given to the School, please read our digital donor reports.

Changemakers 2020-21

Our student and alumni contributions make a real impact, whether small or large. Together we are changemakers.

626 donors

Total raised £17,669,184


Raised on Giving Day 2021

456 donors

On Giving Day 2021

158 scholars

Across all programmes

Every pound and every minute that is given to the School is strengthening the knowledge, capabilities, and relationships that will help business build a more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient future.

Sue Dopson

Interim Dean and Professor of Organisational Behaviour

The Deans' Cloister

Donors from our community (Changemakers) are formally recognised in the new Deans’ Cloister in Park End Street, as we celebrate Oxford Saïd’s 25th anniversary.

The Deans’ Cloister is named in honour of theSchool's former Deans. Leading scholars in their fields, they have established Oxford Saïd as one of the world’s elite business schools, with a strong sense of its own distinctive purpose: to prepare business leaders for the task of making the world a better and more equitable place.

Those who made gifts of over £100 via the Giving Day website in June 2021 are featured on the Giving Day 2021 Roll of Honour, displayed on the wall of the Cloister during the year 2021/22.

Rewley lecture and dinner

Sarah Gilbert and MBA scholars at the Rewley Dinner
Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert at the Rewley Dinner

The Rewley lecture and dinner forms the centrepiece of our benefactors' programme and is a special occasion in the Oxford Saïd calendar. It is an annual event that gives us the opportunity to recognise the incredible generosity our benefactors have shown to us and express our gratitude for their support. It brings together some of the brightest minds and most influential leaders to engage with the world’s most pressing issues.

The evening consists of the lecture given by a distinguished speaker, followed by drinks, dinner and conversation.

Why Rewley?

在十三世纪,当我们一次now know as the University of Oxford was still a fledgling collection of halls of learning, the second Earl of Cornwall set about founding a small chantry of six Cistercian priests to pray for the soul of his father. This vision rapidly changed, and was soon enlarged to include provisions for a studium (college) for monks to learn in the city of Oxford.

The monastery was situated on land now occupied by Saïd Business School, establishing a centuries long tradition of learning and enquiry on this site. In the early sixteenth century, under the patronage of King Henry VIII it is likely that the place of learning moved to St Bernard’s College, now the site of St John’s College. As with so many great monasteries and abbeys, Rewley fell to the dissolution of the monasteries in 1536, and all that now remains is a small gate which can be found along the canal path to the east of the School.

From these modest foundations, we continue to be a place of academic enquiry, where scholars, researchers, leaders, and visionaries come together to build a global community committed to transforming the world in which we live.

Impact stories

Tulsi Parida: Gender parity

Born in India and raised in America, Tulsi Parida was an MBA Pershing Square Scholar (2018-19) at Saïd Business School. Her early career focused on reducing the global literacy gap at two start-ups, one in New York City and one in Mumbai. After graduating, she aims to continue using technology to help marginalised communities, diminishing inequality and creating a flourishing society.

Mofe Binitie: Widening access

说商学院提供Mofe Binitie冷杉t Oxford-Grace Lake scholarship in 2016-17, allowing him to pursue an MBA. Today he is working with the Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit to develop a bespoke private sector financing mechanism for conservation. Following his belief that business could not only provide livelihoods but also improve lives, he also founded Nigeria’s first online volunteering platform in an attempt to make life easier and better for others.

Dima Al Tabbaa: Greatest need

As a Saïd Business School Foundation Scholar (2016-17), Dima Al Tabbaa gained more than just a business degree from Oxford - she gained an education, a culture and a network that extends across all areas of learning. She now works as a Senior Vendor Manager at Amazon, and plans to return to her native Syria to guide and mentor a new generation through the challenges of higher education.

Our benefactors

Founding benefactors

Oxford University's vision for a business school was made possible by a generous donation from Mr Wafic Saïd.

Mr Saïd has continued to give generously for 20 years.

Our early benefactors include:

  • Sir Peter Moores CBE DL, for the endowment of the Peter Moores Dean, Peter Moores Professor in Management Studies and Peter Moores Lectureship in Chinese Business Studies.
  • Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG, for the establishment of the Sainsbury Library at the School.
  • The Rhodes Trustfor the Rhodes Trust Lecture Theatre and endowment of the Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour and the Rhodes Trust Associate Professor in Management Studies.
  • 欧莱雅for the endowment of the L'Oréal Chair in Marketing.
  • American Standard Foundationfor the endowment of the American Standard Professor in Management Studies.
  • HSBC/Mrs Lily Safrafor the Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre.
  • The Clore Duffield Foundationfor the Clore Courtyard and Clore Lecture Room.

Additional benefactors

We continue to attract substantial support from a variety of benefactors.

Recent benefactors include:

  • P&O/DP Worldfor the endowment of the Dubai Ports World Professorship of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
  • The Skoll Foundationfor the establishment of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and for the Skoll Scholarship programme.
  • The Goldman Sachs Foundationfor its support for the 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Business Programmes, delivered by the Entrepreneurship Centre.
  • BT Global Servicesfor its support for the BT Centre for Major Programme Management and for the endowment of the BT Professor and Chair of Major Programme Management.
  • Eni SPAfor its support for the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation and for the naming of a lecture theatre in the Thatcher Business Education Centre.
  • The Pershing Square Foundationfor endowing a scholarship programme for individuals with a passion for tackling world-scale issues while delivering sustainable impact.
  • The Amersi Foundationfor its support of entrepreneurship and social impact programmes, particularly the funding of the Amersi Foundation Accelerator in the Oxford Foundry.
  • 安永(Ernst & Young)律师事务所for the EY Scholarship, as well as its support for research and for an entrepreneurship programme in the Oxford Foundry.
  • Intesa Sanpaolofor its support for the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation and for the naming of a lecture theatre in the Thatcher Business Education Centre.