Oxford Cultural Leaders

Oxford Cultural Leaders 2018

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'Oxford Cultural Leaders completely changed my whole life - not just my professional life - for the better. It re-stoked my energy at a time when I needed a boost to get to the next level. I met brilliant people, got to ask questions I’d always wanted to ask and found answers inside myself that I didn’t know were there. For anyone considering taking a big step in a new direction, needing expert encouragement and a life-long network then this is definitely the course for you. Do it!'

Sally Shaw MBE, Director, Firstsite, UK

About the Programme

The Oxford Cultural Leaders programme will help you challenge and redefine your identity as a leader and shape your vision for your organisation at a time of great challenge and complexity for the cultural sector.

Applicants have a choice of the Residential programme or Online programme. The Residential programme includes a mix of immersive workshops, lectures, panel discussions, provocations, reflection sessions and keynote speeches, delivered by cultural sector leaders, business school experts and industry authorities. The Online programme has been carefully programmed to include a lively mix of interactive workshops, provocations combined with break out groups, peer coaching, reflection and learning tasks with the same OCL faculty who support the residential programme. 

Social events form an integral part of the programme. Those on the Residential programme will enjoy visits to cultural attractions, college dinners and networking events while the Online programme includes virtual social and networking events.

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'It was fantastic to take time out from the everyday pressures of running a museum to learn to think strategically in the company of an amazing group of peers. The opportunity to reconnect with my vision for my organisation, and to be supported in that by the outstanding group of lecturers and facilitators was hugely valuable. I've done a number of leadership programmes in the past but this was something really special.'

Stephanie Fuller, Director and CEO, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, UK

 

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Cultural Leadership Programme

 

OCL Online Programme

Next course: 11 - 19 April 2021
Duration: 9 days

Deadline for Applications: Monday 1 February 2021

The online programme will include expertly facilitated, immersive and highly participatory online sessions with the same OCL faculty who support the residential programme. These sessions will be tailored to optimize online learning and will be designed to inspire innovation as well as building a supportive peer-network. Online delivery offers greater flexibility during this time, allowing participation from attendees across the UK and around the world. The sessions will feature regular breaks, interactive activities and opportunities to network with faculty and other OCL delegates.

 

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OCL Residential Programme

Next course: 26 September - 1 October 2021
Duration: 6 days

Applications will open in April 2021.

This established residential programme offers participants the opportunity to re-examine their approach to leadership through workshops, lectures, panel discussions and keynote speeches, delivered by cultural sector leaders, business school experts and industry authorities. A group of 24 participants will be based in Oxford, within Corpus Christi College, where they can enjoy the benefits of the central Oxford location, and access to the expertise of Oxford University staff and OCL teachers and the acclaimed resources of the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums.

 

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Why choose Oxford Cultural Leaders?

Benefits for you

The programme empowers you to:

  • Have greater insight into your role as a leader
  • Reflect on your vision, values, impact, behaviours and attitudes
  • Be better equipped to deliver a more robust and resilient solution to challenges ahead
  • Become more entrepreneurially minded
  • Gain confidence to take charge of yourself, your team and the tasks in hand
  • Understand how to re-evaluate, reflect and ask the right questions
  • Join a global network of cultural leaders who are broadening their impact and influence
  • Have access to leading industry experts, OCL Faculty and the OCL Alumni group

 

Benefits for your organisation

Organisations will benefit from leaders who will be empowered to:

  • Return to their organisations with confidence and the skillset to experiment and take risks using new business models and ways of working
  • Support staff and teams to create a climate for new ideas
  • Have the insight and ability to uncover the hidden talents and qualities of their people
  • Help their organisations adapt by developing and encouraging new ways of thinking, challenging behaviours and acquiring new skills
  • Have the skills to enable their organisations to be more sustainable and resilient
  • Work with an extended network of cultural organisations to exchange and share ideas

 

 

The Oxford Experience

Oxford

Known as 'the city of dreaming spires', Oxford is famous the world over for its University and place in history. Located on the River Thames, Oxford is close to the beautiful Cotswolds but also conveniently located for London. On the Residential programme, delegates will also enjoy dinners and unique Oxford experiences such as a city walking tour, gin tasting at Oxford Botanic Garden and behind the scenes museum tours.

 

Corpus Christi College

Residential programme delegates will experience a taste of college life during their stay in Corpus Christi's beautiful accomodation. Founded in 1517, Corpus Christi is one of Oxford’s oldest and smallest colleges, steeped in history but with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Located just off Oxford’s High Street, its central location means it is within the heart of the University but also close to amenities and the cultural attractions of Oxford.

 

Gardens, Libraries and Museums

Oxford University's gardens, libraries and museums form one of the greatest concentrations of university collections in the world. Comprising over 21 million objects, specimens and printed items, the six institutions include: the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University Museum of Natural History, History of Science Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, Bodleian Libraries and Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum.

 

Saïd Business School

​​​Saïd Business School is a young, vibrant, and entrepreneurial business school deeply embedded in Oxford University. The school delivers cutting-edge education and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. It is ranked number one in the UK for Open Programmes and number two Worldwide in the Financial Times Executive Education Rankings 2018.

 

 

Our Alumni

By participating in Oxford Cultural Leaders, you join a growing group of alumni from across the world and will have the opportunity to continue to share best practice, support one another’s continued leadership, and develop innovative and transformative partnerships and programmes. Below are a list of institutions and countries that our alumni work for:

 

United Kingdom

Arnolfini Galleries, UK
Arts Council, UK
Auckland War Memorial Museum, UK
Axiell, UK
Beamish Museum, UK
Bletchley Park Trust, UK
Bristol Old Vic, UK
British Museum, UK
Compton Verney House Trust, UK
Design Museum, UK
Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft, UK
Dorset County Museum, UK
Elmbridge Museum, UK
Embassy of Denmark, London, UK
English National Ballet, UK
Event Communications, UK
Falmouth Art Gallery, UK
Fusion Arts, UK
Glasgow Life/Glasgow Museums, UK
Houses of Parliament, UK
Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, UK
Jersey Heritage, UK
Kelmscott Manor, Society of Antiquaries of London, UK
Lancashire County Council, UK
Leeds Museums and Galleries, UK
Modern Art Oxford, UK
National Army Museum, UK
National Galleries of Scotland, UK
National Library of Scotland, UK

 

 

National Museums Liverpool, UK
National Museums Northern Ireland, UK
National Museums Scotland, UK
National Museums Scotland, UK
National Portrait Gallery, UK
Natural History Museum, UK
Neon Dance, UK
Powell-Cotton Museum, UK
Practical Action, UK
RAF Museum, UK
Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation, UK
Royal Armouries, UK
Sadler's Wells, UK
Science Museum Group, UK
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, UK
STEAM, UK
The Atkinson, UK
The British Museum, UK
The Charleston Trust, UK
The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, UK
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), UK
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, UK
The Story Museum, UK
Turtle Key Arts, UK
University of Cambridge Museums, UK
University of St Andrews Museum Collections, UK
V&A, UK
Watts Gallery Trust, UK

 

Worldwide

Accion Cultural Española (AC/E), Spain
Agency for Art and Culture, Denmark
An Chomhairle Oidhreachta, Ireland
Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia
Association of Heritage Industries Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Canadian Museum of History, Canada
Cultural Facilities Corporation, Australia
Danish Arts Foundation, Denmark
Deutsches Museum, Germany
Embassy of Estonia in London, Estonia
Gaudí Exhibition Center, Spain
Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA
Jamaican Military Museum and Library, Jamaica
Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, Dresden State Art Collections, Germany
MiA - Museums in Akershus, Norway
Ministry of Culture, Denmark​​
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Australia
Museum of Australian Democracy, Australia
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand
Museum of Transport and Technology, New Zealand
National Museum of Australia, Australia
National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, New Zealand
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Netherlands
New Zealand Police Museum, New Zealand

 

Play Africa, South Africa
Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center, US
Queensland Museum, Australia
Queensland State Archives, Australia
Scienceworks, Australia
Smithsonian Institution, US
Stiftelsen Norsk Folkemuseum, Norway
Te Awamutu Museum, Waipa District Council, Te Ara Wai, New Zealand
The Danish Agency for Culture and Royal Palaces, Denmark

 

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