Oxford Summer School

Our partnership with the Oxford Summer School for retail provides a range of management training programmes suitable for first line managers through to those approaching board level as well as smaller or independent business owners.

retailRIGHT supports Oxford Summer School as headline partner, by providing six fully-funded and six part-funded scholarships across the portfolio of programmes, from Foundation to Masters. The aim of these scholarships is to give all employees in retail the opportunity to develop their careers in the sector and gain lifelong skills for business.

Masters: 26 February to 1 March 2018

Going beyond the day-to-day issues of running a business, the programme gives you the opportunity to consider the broader picture, network with other senior retailers and position yourself for the boardroom and beyond.

Applications are now closed.

Foundation: 25 to 29 June 2018

Understand your role within the wider business and develop the vital skills required to ensure your team delivers to the organisation’s standards, targets and expectations.

Applications are now closed.

Academy: 18 to 24 August 2018

Interviews to be held the week commencing 18 June 2018

The programme exposes you to problems, decisions and challenges outside the day-to-day function, developing you as a ‘complete manager’, not just a specific commercial specialist.

Applications are now closed.

How to complete your application for the Oxford Summer School scholarship

Check out our advice below before completing your scholarship application.

1.    Allocate enough time 
You will need to complete your application in one go to ensure you don’t lose any information. Make sure you allocate enough time to prepare and submit your answers.

2.    Employer support 
It is important that your scholarship application is supported by your employer so you can receive paid leave to attend. Ensure this has been agreed before you complete the form.

3.    Have your CV to hand 
It will be helpful to have a record of your retail work history available for some of the sections. You will be asked about your roles and responsibilities over the last five years.

4.    Write a supporting statement
You have a maximum of 500 words (around one side of A4) to outline why you should be awarded a scholarship. Think about your reasons for attending the course, what you will take away from the week, and how you can apply the skills to your job.

You will be able to upload your supporting document in the following formats: PDF, DOC, DOCX, PNG, JPG, JPEG and GIF.

Once you submit your application you will receive an acknowledgement within five working days. If you have been shortlisted, you will be invited to a 30-minute telephone interview. Offers will be made when all the shortlisted candidates have been interviewed.

Good luck with your application!