Saïd Business School, University of Oxford: Student Will Match $20,000 for Nepal Earthquake Fundraising Campaign

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April Chapman, a student from the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Co-Chair of the World Vision Innovation Fund, has begun a fundraising campaign for the Nepal earthquake with her fellow students, in which April will personally match every dollar raised in the next 7 days, up to $20,000.

Oxford Saïd student April Chapman

As soon as the news broke about the tragedy in Nepal, social media posts and emails within our group started flying to discuss what we could do to offer help.

April Chapman, a student from the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and Co-Chair of the World Vision Innovation Fund, has begun a fundraising campaign for the Nepal earthquake with her fellow students, in which April will personally match every dollar raised in the next 7 days, up to $20,000.

The 7.8 earthquake has affected over 8 million people and over 5,000 people have lost their lives. Many survivors are in urgent need of food and water and are sleeping out in the open.

So far the Oxford student’s fund has raised around $4,000 (to be matched by an additional $4,000) and the proceeds will go to World Vision, a faith-based humanitarian development and relief organisation that serve the poor in over 100 countries. World Vision’s staff in Nepal, along with staff mobilised from other countries, are delivering temporary shelters, food, hygiene kits, water, emergency health and protection for children.

April Chapman said: ‘As soon as the news broke about the tragedy in Nepal, social media posts and emails within our group started flying to discuss what we could do to offer help. In fact, one of our colleagues, who is a cardiologist, was consulting with search and rescue teams on their way to Nepal. We quickly coalesced around a group financial gift for our Nepalese neighbours. I am personally delighted to be part of this generous Oxford Diploma cohort. Their willingness to make a difference during this difficult tragedy is inspiring and we invite others to join us.’

Christopher Mckenna, Academic Director of the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation programme at Oxford Saïd said: ‘The participants on the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation always create a strong network in the course and beyond. This remarkable team spirit is particularly evident this year in their collective aid following the earthquake in Nepal.’

To donate to the fundraising campaign go to:

http://mycause.worldvision.org/team/DipSI

For more information on the initiative go to:

http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/school/news/nepal

For more information or to speak to April, please contact:

Jonaid Jilani, Press Officer, Saïd Business School
Mobile: +44 (0)7860 259996; Tel: +44 (0)1865 614678,
Email: jonaid.jilani@sbs.ox.ac.uk or pressoffice@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Josie Powell, Senior Press Officer, Saïd Business School
Mobile: +44 (0)7711 387215, Tel: +44 (0) 1865 288403
Email: josie(dot)powell(at)sbs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk or pressoffice(at)sbs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk

Notes to editors

1. About the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation programme

The Oxford Diploma in Strategy and Innovation is a masters-level postgraduate qualification designed to enhance your ability to take effective strategic decisions in today’s dynamic business environment, and to innovate for competitive advantage. Designed for senior managers this intellectually rich programme will extend your knowledge and broaden and deepen your skill base, with a clear focus on practical application.

The programme is based on four taught modules of four days each in the areas of strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship, international business and strategy execution. The modular programme structure allows you to study alongside employment and complete a prestigious University of Oxford postgraduate-level qualification in one year.

2. About Saïd Business School

Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a vibrant and innovative business school, but yet deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We create programmes and ideas that have global impact. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to tackle world-scale problems. We deliver cutting-edge programmes and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class University, tackling world-scale problems.

In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2014) Saïd is ranked 10th. It is ranked 14th worldwide in the FT’s combined ranking of Executive Education programmes (May 2014) and 22nd in the world in the FT ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 2015). The MBA is ranked 7th in Businessweek’s full time MBA ranking outside the USA (Nov 2014) and is ranked 5th among the top non-US Business Schools by Forbes magazine (Sep 2013). The Executive MBA is ranked 21st worldwide in the FT’s ranking of EMBAs (Oct 2014). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 7th in the world in the FT ranking of Masters in Finance programmes (Jun 2014). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (Jun 2014) and has ranked first in nine of the last eleven years in The Times (Sept 2014). For more information, see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/

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