FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have a question regarding the Saïd Business School’s alumni relations programme, the Oxford Business Alumni (OBA) Network, or member benefits, choose from a category below. If you have further questions, please contact a team member in the Alumni Relations Office.

Joining the OBA Network
Am I eligible to join the OBA Network?

All University of Oxford degree-awarded alumni  are eligible to join the OBA Network. Non-matriculated Oxford Saïd graduates, including those who have completed an Open Programme Executive Education Course of four consecutive days or more and have received an Alumni Number are also eligible to join.

What are the benefits of joining the OBA Network?

Benefits by Programme of Study

OBA Network Benefits

Use this grid to see which benefits are available to you. 

Alumni Students
School
degree
School
Diploma
Other
degree
-holding
Oxonians
Exec Ed
School
Open
School
degree
School
Diploma
OBA Community      
OBA LinkedIn Group
OBA Webmail      
 Library Databases      
 OBA Chapters    
 Oxford Business Networks
eNewsletter 
 Events
✓*School degree students invited to selected events only
✓*School Diploma students invited to selected events only
Alumni Careers Advisor           
 Alumni Advisory Council        
 UO Alumni Card      

 

Please note: Executive Education Custom Programme benefits vary depending on programme.

I want to join the OBA Network but I do not have an Alumni Number. How can I get this?

Request your Alumni Number here. You will need this to register for OBA Network membership.

How do I obtain my Alumni Card?

Alumni Cards are issued by the University’s central Alumni Office (not the Saïd Business School Alumni Relations Office). ). If you are a School degree programme graduate and did not receive your Alumni Card from the School’s Alumni Relations Office around the time of your End of Course Ceremony, or an Open Programme Executive Education participant (of four days or more) request an Alumni Card here (you will need your Alumni Number). If you have forgotten this, request your alumni number here.

Please note the eligibility levels and benefits on offer, which will determine your alumni status with the University’s central Alumni Office.

I have recently moved house/changed my email address/have a new job. How can I update my details?

We rely on you to provide us with your latest details so that we can keep in touch and let you know about alumni activities where you live. You can update your details by visiting the Update Your Details page. From here you can also add your interests and choose what information you would like to be published in the Member Directory. Or simply email us at alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk.

OBA Newsletters and Communications
How will I hear about upcoming events and school developments?

The OBA eNewsletter is sent out every month except August and December and will keep you up to date with the latest news and events. You may also receive notices and invitations from the Alumni Relations Office that will be particularly relevant to you, depending in your location and interests. To ensure you receive relevant updates from us, please update your details. Visit the Events section for a complete listing of events.

Degree and diploma alumni can also join the OBA Community – an online alumni platform  where you can share information and invitations to events with your peers. Sign up here.

Finally, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Why am I not receiving the monthly OBA eNewsletter or other emails from the Alumni Relations Office?

Sometimes our emails can end up in junk folders, so please ensure you add alumniupdates@sbs.ox.ac.uk and alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk to your safe senders list. Note that we only send emails to you from email accounts ending with @sbs.ox.ac.uk.

Otherwise it's possible that your email contact details may be out of date or you may have chosen an alternative address to have our communications sent to. You can update your details here.

OBA Webmail for Oxford Saïd Alumni
How can I register for an OBA email address?

Visit the Webmail Registration section for information about the webmail  service and to request an OBA webmail account. You will receive confirmation of your registration with your login details from the Alumni Relations Office within 3-6 working days. If you have not received a response after this time please contact alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk.

Your OBA lifelong email address offers you:

  • A choice of two email addresses (oxfordbusinessalumni.org and oba.co.uk), both directed into your OBA mailbox
  • a webmail inbox up to 10GB or a POP3 forwarding service to an external inbox
  • webmail-based calendar and RSS aggregator.
How can I reset my OBA webmail password?

Visit the Webmail Password Reset section and you will be sent a new password from the Alumni Relations Office within 3 working days. If you have not received a response after this time please contact alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk. You can change your password once you have logged in again.

How can I redirect OBA emails to my personal inbox?

You can find details on how to use your OBA email as a forwarding service in the Webmail Support and Configuration section.

How can I configure my oxfordbusinessalumni.org address to be my default address?

You can find details on how to configure your oxfordbusinessalumni.org address in the Webmail Support and Configuration Section.

How do I login to my OBA webmail?

Visit the Webmail Login link at the top of the webpage or go to http://www.webmail.oba.co.uk directly.

The login details to access your webmail are not the same as your OBA username and password to access the OBA Network website.
Contacting Alumni
I would like to get in touch with fellow alumni in my region, how can I do this?

The OBA regional Chapters support and co-ordinate various events and activities for all OBA Network members living in their regions. Visit the Regional Chapters section to find out if there is a Chapter in your area.

We also have a growing network of Regional Ambassadors to cover areas that don’t currently have representation by a Chapter. Visit the Regional Ambassador page to connect with an Ambassador near you. 

If you are a degree or diploma graduate of the University you can also join the Oxford Business Community website and use the 'Near Me' tool to find fellow alumni in your area.

I have an event that I would like to promote to fellow alumni in my area, how can I do this?

If you are a member of the Oxford Business Community platform you can promote your event through this. If you are a member of a regional Chapter, contact your local Committee Chair with details of your event. Visit the relevant Chapter page for contact details. If you would like to add your event to the Events section of the OBA Network website please contact alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk.

I would like to advertise a position within my company to Saïd Business School Alumni. How can I go about doing this?

Oxford Business Alumni Network members and external companies can recruit top talent from Saïd Business School. Vacancies, which you post with us, can be published to various groups (alumni, current postgrads/undergrads), depending on the requirements you specify in your job description.

Contact careers@sbs.ox.ac.uk for more information.

If you are a member of the Oxford Business Community you can also post vacancies for alumni on the Job Board.

Directory
What is the difference between the OBA Directory and the OBA Community?

The OBA Directory is available to all OBA Network members and contains details of OBA members who have chosen to share with other alumni information  held on their University alumni profile. You can choose the details you would like to share, for example your email address and industry from the Publish Your Details section. The quality of the data held here is dependent on alumni updating their details, so please ensure yours are correct by visiting the Update Your Details page.

The OBA Community is open to degree and diploma alumni only. The Community is a new and exclusive platform  which syncs with user’s LinkedIn profiles to provide an improved Alumni Directory. The Community also allows alumni to search for a mentor, post news, photos, jobs and events!

Can I join the OBA Community website?

During its pilot phase the Community is restricted to degree alumni and School diploma alumni.

Where can I find out more information about the OBA Community website?

Visit the OBA Community FAQs section where you will find more detailed FAQs.

News
I would like to add some news to the OBA News section on the website. How can I do this?

You can share your news by completing the online Share Your News form. We may publish your news in the Class Notes section, OBA eNewsletter, or the School's website.

Events
I have an event I would like to publicise. How can I do this?

If you are a member of the Oxford Business Community website you can post your event here.

If there is a regional Chapter in your area, contact your local Committee Chair with details of your event. If you would like to add your event to the Events section of the OBA Network website please contact alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk.

How many OBA flagship events are held each year?

On average the Oxford there are three main reunions held each year. These are:

  • Reunion Weekend (Oxford)
  • New Year Dinner (London)
  • Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Party (London)
Oxford Business Networks
What are Oxford Business Networks (OBNs)?

Oxford Business Networks (OBNs) are student-led clubs which promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge surrounding an industry, interest or geographical region. OBNs are comprised of current MBA, EMBA, MFE and MLF students and some school faculty and also retain an alumni base - many of whom had been members during their own programme of study at the School.

If you are interested in supporting an OBN, or would like to find out more, please contact OBNenquiries@sbs.ox.ac.uk.

How can I join an OBN?

To join and manage your membership of the OBNs visit your Network Membership section.

I would like to be a mentor. How can I do this?

Please e-mail alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk with details and the Alumni Networks Manager will contact you with more information.

If you are a member of the Oxford Business Community ensure your profile states your willingness to be a mentor. You will then appear in Directory search results when peers search for support.

Regional Chapters
What are the roles of the Regional Chapters?

OBA regional Chapters are led by dedicated and engaged alumni volunteers who support and co-ordinate various events and activities for all OBA Network members living in their particular region. 

Am I eligible to join a Regional Chapter and if so how can I join?

All OBN Network members are eligible to join regional Chapters. Once you have logged in to the OBN Network visit your Chapter Membership page where you can join and manage your membership to all the Chapters.

There isn’t a Chapter set up in my region. What can I do?

If your region doesn't currently have representation by an OBA Chapter there may be a Regional Alumni Ambassador in your area. Visit the Alumni Ambassadors section to find out more.

Careers
How can the School support my job search?

You can search and apply for jobs specially targeted to Saïd alumni by visiting Careers@Saïd.

If you are a member of the Oxford Business Community search the Job Board for a range of roles posted by alumni peers and by the School’s career service. 

How can the School help me recruit for my company?

Oxford Business Alumni Network members and external companies can recruit top talent from Saïd Business School. Vacancies, which you post with us, can be published to various groups (alumni, current postgrads/undergrads), depending on the requirements you specify in your job description.

There are three ways you can post a vacancy:

Rankings
Where can I find out information about the Financial Times Rankings?

Visit the Rankings section to find out the methodology used for the rankings, when you will be surveyed and recent statistics.

Degrees/Conferrals
How can I request a copy of my transcripts?
Courses that started before 2007-2008

Official University transcripts are not available for courses starting before 2007. If you were a degree or diploma student, copies of School transcripts can be provided by Saïd Business School. Please supply an address to which they can be posted. We can also send them on your behalf to another institution, for example if you are applying for another course. There is no charge for this service. Please email your request and destination address to examsoffice@sbs.ox.ac.uk  

Students on courses from 2007-2008 onwards

Transcripts can be provided by the School (as above) but it is recommended you apply for your official University transcript.

How do I order a printed copy of my degree certificate for display?

Once your degree has been conferred at a degree ceremony either in person or in absentia, you will automatically receive a degree certificate. It will either be presented to you by your college on the day of the graduation ceremony, or posted to you.

Students who have completed an award bearing non-matriculated course (certificate or diploma) with the Department for Continuing Education will receive an award certificate from the Department.

My degree certificate has been lost/stolen/damaged. Can I request a replacement?

You can order a replacement certificate from the University at a cost of £30.

I would like proof of my degree but I have not yet formally graduated and received my certificate. What can I do?

If you have passed your examinations and have not had your degree conferred at a degree ceremony, or if you have attended a ceremony but require proof of your award to present to a third party, you can request a degree confirmation letter free of charge. The letter will confirm that you have successfully completed your course at the University of Oxford, the dates of attendance and the classification you received.

More information about degree certificates is available on the University's website at www.ox.ac.uk/students/graduation/certificates

How can my potential employer confirm I received my degree from Oxford?

Requests for information about your degree from employers, prospective employers or from other educational institutions, funding bodies or recognised voluntary organisations can be answered by the University's Degree Conferrals Office with your permission.

Requests must be made via email to Degree Conferrals (degree.conferrals@admin.ox.ac.uk). The request must include a signed release form (dated within the last year), as well as the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Name of college
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degree awarded.

Appropriate requests will receive a response within seven working days.

Saïd Business School and Library Access

Saïd Business School and Library Access
I will be visiting Oxford, how can I gain access to areas of the School, such as the Common Room or Library?

Please go to Reception and present your alumni card. If you do not have this, the Reception staff will confirm your alumni status with the Alumni Relations Office. You will then be able to access the ground floor and Sainsbury Library during the week (starting at 9am), and the ground floor, only on Saturdays (starting at 9am). Access cards must be returned to the front desk by 7pm on the same day (4pm on Saturday).

An OULS Bodleian Reader card is required before alumni can gain access to any information housed in the Sainsbury library. Matriculated alumni of the University of Oxford can obtain an OULS Bodleian reader’s card, by following these instructions.

I would like to utilise the Sainsbury Library while I'm visiting Oxford. How do I gain access to the Library's resources?

The Sainsbury Library is a part of the Oxford University Library Services (OULS). An OULS Bodleian Reader card is required before alumni can gain access to any information housed in the Sainsbury library. Matriculated alumni of the University of Oxford can obtain an OULS Bodleian reader’s card, by following these instructions. You will also need a temporary School building access card to enter into the library.

An OULS Bodleian Reader card is required before alumni can gain access to any information housed in the Sainsbury library. Matriculated alumni of the University of Oxford can obtain an OULS Bodleian reader’s card, by following these instructions.

Alumni Authors
How can the School help promote my new book that has recently been published?

There are two ways your book can be supported. The first is through the School Alumni Relations Office – we can discuss the possibility of promoting the book in a monthly OBA eNewsletter and on the OBA website, providing it is business-focused.

The second option is through the University of Oxford's Alumni Office and Blackwell's Bookshop, where you can apply to be featured on the homepage of the Oxford Alumni Bookshop online. They are interested in all genres of fiction and non-fiction, and especially books that have been published recently. A different category will be featured each month. For further information please visit the central Alumni Office website and complete the form.

University Clubs
How do I become a member of the Oxford Union or the Oxford and Cambridge Club?

Membership to either of these clubs is managed directly by the club themselves. Your OBA Network membership or Oxford Alumni Card from the University of Oxford Alumni Office, does not afford automatic membership. Please visit the clubs' membership links for more information:

Admissions/Recruitment
How can I assist with recruiting students for the School?

There are many ways you can help recruit new talent for the School.

Firstly, you can join the Alumni Ambassador (formerly known as Alumni Country Champion) scheme, run by the Alumni Relations Office. When prospective students request to speak with alumni about a particular course, they can be matched with Ambassadors via email. Visit the Volunteer Schemes page for more information.

I am interested in further education at Saïd Business School.

Further educational opportunities are widely available for alumni interested in business. The School's Executive Education programme offers Leadership, Management, Strategy and Change, and Finance executive courses. An alumni discount is available on a range of Executive Education courses - contact Caroline Williams for more details.

The School's degree programmes on offer include the full-time MBA, 1+1 MBA, Executive MBA, multiple masters programmes and a doctoral programme. Visit the respective pages to find out about Open Days and further information.

Central University - Oxford Alumni
I have joined the OBA Network. Am I also eligible to join the central University's alumni association?

The main University alumni association recognises two levels of affiliation: full and associate. Your affiliation will determine whether or not you are eligible for an Oxford Alumni Card and other benefits.

Full status - awarded to matriculated undergraduate and post-graduate students.
Associate status - awarded to a range of non-matriculating students, including anybody who has completed an Open Programme Executive Education Course of consecutive 4 days or more.

Read more about eligibility for Oxford Alumni membership.

How do I join the Oxford Alumni?

Full alumni status is awarded automatically on expiration of the University card at the end of your course. You should receive your Alumni Card from your College or the School (selected courses), which includes your Alumni Number in the format 8-******** , used to register for the Oxford Business Alumni Network and for Oxford Alumni Online. If you do not know your Alumni Number, please contact us at alumni@sbs.ox.ac.uk.

What are the benefits?

As a full Oxford Alumni member, you will be able to:

  • Register for an Oxford Alumni Card, which identifies you as a member of the University's international body of alumni and carries your unique identification number. It also includes associated benefits with businesses, shops, restaurants, hotels, and more.
  • Join a University of Oxford Alumni Network such as a regional branch, Oxford10, and interest-focused and subject-related networks.
  • Participate in events with fellow Oxonians at UK or international locations.
  • Benefit from lifelong careers support and a range of career-related events and services.
  • Receive the latest news from Oxford by registering for the monthly e-newsletter Oxford Today Extra and receive your bi-annual copy of Oxford Today.
  • Access exclusive University of Oxford merchandise for alumni.
  • Gain access to the many Oxford colleges during a return visit to Oxford

Alumni with Associate status are able to:

  • Register for an Oxford Alumni Card, which identifies you as an associate of the University's international body of alumni and carries your unique identification number. It also includes associated benefits with businesses, shops, restaurants, hotels, and more.
  • Join selected University of Oxford Alumni Networks such as a regional branch, Oxford10, and interest-focused and subject-related networks.
  • Participate in selected events with fellow Oxonians at UK or international locations.
  • Receive the latest news from Oxford by registering for the monthly e-newsletter Oxford Today Extra.
  • Access exclusive University of Oxford merchandise for alumni
UK Visas
How do I find out about a visa for working in the UK after my course is complete?

If you are a current matriculated student, you can login to CareerConnect, and under the Resource Library, you can find updated information and news in the UK Visa Information. The International Student Advisory Service, University of Oxford, also gives a presentation a couple of times per academic year at the School, regarding visas if you plan to stay in the UK after your course.

If you have recently become an alumnus, you can login to CareerConnect (CC) with your newly provided CC username and password, and follow the above path to find UK Visa information.

You should also visit the UK Border Agency website for full details on visa categories and conditions. It is advised that you monitor this website for any changes in policy.