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Statement of Provision FOR ENTRY IN 2014-15


Master of Public Policy (MPP)

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Who is the Course Director with overall responsibility for students on this course?
The Director of the MPP programme is Professor Peter A Kemp.

What induction arrangements will be made?

Students will be inducted to the School on the first day of the programme and activities will be threaded throughout the first week. Activities will include a Welcome from the Dean, an introduction to the course by the Course Director, an introduction and orientation to the school buildings and facilities, and most importantly an introduction to faculty and your fellow cohort. Much of the key induction information will be provided electronically to students prior to arrival in Oxford via the Schools student newsletter.


What is the overall length of the course, and for how many weeks are students expected to work in Oxford?
The MPP programme is a 50 week programme split over three terms: First Term (Michaelmas) September-December, Second Term (Hilary) January-April and Third Term (Trinity) April-June. During the summer, participants on the programme undertake a 6-8 week summer project, which in many cases will be undertaken outside of Oxford including overseas; either a placement or a research project, submitted on 1 September. Students are encouraged to return after the summer project to take part in a graduation event.

4. What is the pattern of lectures, classes, seminars, tutorials and self-directed work for this course?
The formal teaching curriculum is made up of lectures, seminars and group work complemented with regular master classes and meetings with a wide and influential network of senior policy figures from around the world. For a view of the current curriculum this can be accessed via http://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/programmes/course-outline


What one-to-one or small group teaching will students on this course receive?
Students will benefit from small group teaching classes at various points in the course, for example, in an intensive 3-day practical skills session where they will participate in role-play and other forms of group work and in the integrative seminars each week that are an integral part of the core modules.


Who will take overall responsibility for an individual students progress and for completing the Graduate Supervision System (GSS) report in each term of the course?
Each student will be allocated a personal Supervisor whose job it will be to oversee their progress. The Supervisor will meet with the student at the beginning of the course and at least once a term thereafter. The supervisor will complete the termly GSS progress reports, and if any report (submitted either by the Personal Supervisor or the student) flags up concern about the students progress, it will be referred to the Course Director and the Schools Teaching Committee.


What are the provisions for providing written feedback on both formative and summative assessment? What formatively assessed work in the first term will receive written feedback, and which piece(s) of summative assessment (if any) will receive written feedback in addition to the final project of 5000 words or more?
Throughout the year, formative assignments are often marked with a grade, which is complemented by detailed written feedback. The written feedback accompanying the grade highlights what was good about the work, what was not so good, and ways in which the student could develop and enhance this and subsequent pieces of work. Students do not receive written feedback on their summative assessments.


What workspace will be provided? What IT support/library facilities/experimental facilities will be available?
Social and working space will be provided for students along with printing and photocopying facilities; students can also book group

Statement of Provision Version 1. August 2013 Entry criteria may be subject to amendment. We recommend that prospective applicants check the Schools website at the time of application to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.


Statement of Provision FOR ENTRY IN 2013-14


working rooms for group study. Some fixed computers will be available in the working spaces, and throughout the School there is a wireless facility, including the garden area. The School also makes extensive use of WebLearn (the Universitys Virtual Learning environment), but with an enhanced user interface. The University Computing Service provides a wide range of services available to all members of the University, including public access workstations at its own site, computing courses, site-licensed software, special deals for the purchase of hardware and peripherals, and of course email and web-space accounts for all. Many students have ethernet points provided in their College accommodation, for connection to their own personal computers. Colleges have computing officers to assist with networking and provide other help and advice, as well as computer rooms with public access workstations. The University of Oxford has an extensive library system and information on using library facilities is included in the induction. The majority of the reading list material will be available electronically.


What training needs analysis will be carried out with students and what formal graduate research skills and transferable skills training will be provided? What opportunities are provided for students to take part in research seminars or groups?
As part of the curriculum the MPP Programme features a number of policy analysis and practical skills sessions. In addition, students will be strongly encouraged to attend graduate skills training offered by the University. A dedicated careers advisor based at the School will also assist students in assessing and developing their transferable skills over the course of the year. There is an enormous programme of research seminars that run across the University and students are encouraged to attend those relevant to their areas of interest. In addition, the school will invite guest scholars and practitioners to speak on their areas of expertise. Details of further transferable skills training opportunities at the university can be accessed via http://www.skillsportal.ox.ac.uk


What are the arrangements for receiving feedback from students on provision and for responding to student concerns? What are the arrangements for appointing student representatives to (G)JCCs, Departmental Committees and to the Divisional PGT student discussion forum?
At the end of each module students will be asked to comment on the teaching and learning experience and to evaluate the module. The School also has weekly forums for students to come along and talk informally with faculty and staff. There is a Student Staff Committee in which elected students representatives can make suggestions, raise any problems and provide feedback, on behalf of their peers, directly to those responsible for the delivery of their degree programme. A student representative will also attend the termly Divisional PGT student discussion forums. Furthermore, the Teaching Committee will include student representatives for its unreserved business.

11. What arrangements for accommodation, meals and social facilities will be made for students on a graduate taught course?
MPP students are accommodated in private rented accommodation or through housing managed by their colleges. Colleges provide meals throughout the year, but provision will vary from college to college, especially during vacations. Additionally there are usually self-catering facilities available in graduate accommodation. All students will become a member of the Middle Common Room (MCR), or equivalent, at their college, which is the main social centre for graduates. The MCR typically provides a common room and usually organises a programme of social events throughout the year. The college will generally also provide a bar, some computing facilities and a library. Within the School, there is a student kitchen with tea and coffee facilities. Throughout the year the School will organise a number of social events which students are encouraged to attend.

12. What arrangements are in place for pastoral and welfare support?
Multiple sources of support and guidance on pastoral, welfare and financial matters are provided through the colleges, which provide each student with a personal tutor or its equivalent, whose role it is to provide advice and support on pastoral, welfare and financial matters, especially, but not solely, when students have academic or personal difficulties. Tutors will also refer to and liaise with other officers and/ or support services, including, at college level, the head of the College, the Senior Tutor, Tutor for Graduates, JCR Welfare Officers, the Chaplain, nurse, doctor, Tutor for Women, the Dean (and Assistant or Sub -Dean). Tutors may also advise on future employment. All colleges have harassment advisers, additionally the School has two harassment advisors. The University and colleges have in place policies relating to equal opportunities, harassment and disability, which are kept under review. There are a variety of welfare services provided by the university. These include a counselling service, a disability advisory service, support for student parents and a peer support group. The university welfare portal is online at: http://ox.ac.uk/students/shw/?path=shw Statement of Provision Version 1. August 2013 Entry criteria may be subject to amendment. We recommend that prospective applicants check the Schools website at the time of application to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.