Introducing 'Global Challenges in Transport: Urban Mobility after COVID-19'
Please note: due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic our 2020 residential executive education courses and our Smart Technologies 2021 course have unfortunately been cancelled.
Our online executive education course Global Challenges in Transport: Urban Mobility after COVID-19 is open and accepting applications for the 22 February - 26 March 2021.
Our next residential courses will run from June 2021, on the dates advertised. However, in light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we will not require successful applicants to pay the course fees until the situation becomes clearer and would not advise committing to any other related expenses (i.e. travel).
It is possible that courses may need to be postponed, but we will continue to monitor events and follow UK Government guidance. Successful applicants will hear from us well in advance of the course date if this is likely to be the case. We will also be providing the option to defer enrolments to later courses.
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The Global Challenges in Transport Programme
The Global Challenges in Transport programme provides decision-makers from a range of sectors with the necessary skills and expertise to address the complex challenges of sustainable transport futures. Our courses attract both early-career and senior professionals, as well as academic researchers. The expertise of our speakers spans both developed and developing countries, and research as well as practice.
During the courses participants are encouraged to take an active part in the sessions, which emphasise small-group teaching, critical thinking, and debate. You will be able to draw on expertise from different sectors and disciplines to develop new insights into the challenges you encounter in your day-to-day practice or research.
The traditional programme comprises four residential courses, which focus on four core challenges, aimed at encouraging participants to share knowledge, think critically, and generate ideas within the transport policy/ planning arena to address the complex challenges of sustainable transport futures.
From November 2020 we offer also a new online course which maintains a similar feel to our usual residential courses providing plenty of opportunities for interaction and networking with leading experts in the sector.
[Oxford Leadership Programme: Global Challenges in Transport]
Prof Tim Schwanen (Director of the Transport Studies Unit): The Transport Studies Unit is an independent research institute that sits within the University of Oxford. We collaborate with researchers from across the University in engineering and economics and health in social sciences and that gives us a unique position to work on some of the biggest challenges and issues that transport and mobility is facing in the 21st Century.
Dr Jennie Middleton (Course Director, GCT): What's unique about the program is that it pulls academics, policymakers, practitioners into a space to critically reflect on some of the main global challenges in transport. We work really hard to not only get a mix of policymakers, practitioners and academics as speakers, but also the mix of participants in the room from the private sector, industry, organisations such as the World Bank, World Health Organization, but also from the public sector from local authorities to transport planning authorities at a city level and academics working around transport issues.
Ing. Michael Davis (Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Pontificia Universidad de Ecuador): The course is a sort of magnet that brings people together that would never have otherwise met. It's not a case of just receiving knowledge - it's a case of a knowledge exchange that's occurring.
Mrs Haddy Njie (Portfolio Risk Manager, Transport for the North): That's my motivation - to learn from my peers and from the lecturers and see how we can improve the transport infrastructure for the north of England.
Ms Jane Small (Group Manager Property and Planning, Auckland Transport): When I looked at what was available around the world I thought this was really relevant to what I do and it also allowed me to step out of what is a delivery role and actually look at a bit more theory and policy and ideas around transport.
Dr Jennie Middleton: Participants on the course are professionals and experts in their own right so a lot of our speakers they actually gain as much from being on the program as the participants and it's very much a two-way dialogue.
Prof Tim Schwanen: We get incredibly valuable information from the interactions that really helps us in thinking through our own ideas, our own research.
Sarah Webb (Manager, Sustainable Transportation Planning, City of Victoria): This program really helped me be able to take research really apply it to how we're designing infrastructure, how we are planning programs and the kinds of policies that our cities need to implement to be able to tackle the big issues around mobility.
Prof Tim Schwanen: We really want to have people whose research and whose expertise is global in experience, not least because it is in many parts, beyond Europe, that the problems that we face are much bigger than they are here.
Dr Jennie Middleton: The transport sector is traditionally a male-dominated sector so we are trying really hard to make the course accessible for women, particularly from the global South. We're continually evolving and developing the programme - we take participants feedback very seriously and we seek to incorporate that in terms of how we move things forward, but also we want the program to reflect where the contemporary challenges in transport are.
Sarah Webb: My motivation for coming here was really to really get connected with latest research around mobility and transportation trends that are happening, but also to meet people from around the world who are working on common challenges and coming up with creative solutions.
New: Global Challenges in Transport: Urban Mobility after COVID-19
What will transport systems look like after the dramatic transformations experienced in 2020?
Upcoming dates: 22 February - 26 March 2021
Find out more about the Global Challenges in Transport: Urban Mobility after COVID-19 course.
Global Challenges in Transport: Smart Technologies
What do the current rapid changes in technology mean for the future of people's mobilities and everyday lives?
Upcoming dates: currently suspended
Find out more about the Global Challenges in Transport: Smart Technologies course.
Global Challenges in Transport: Climate Change
How can transport policy and planning support the technological, behavioural and institutional transformation necessary to adapt and tackle climate change?
Upcoming dates: 22 - 25 June 2021
Find out more about the Global Challenges in Transport: Climate Change course.
Global Challenges in Transport: Infrastructures
What is the role and potential of transport infrastructure in supporting a transition to more sustainable transport futures?
Upcoming dates: 7 - 10 September 2021
Find out more about the Global Challenges in Transport: Infrastructures course.
Global Challenges in Transport: Health and Wellbeing
What are the current and potential impacts of transport on health, wellbeing and social equity?
Upcoming dates: 7 - 10 December 2021
Find out more about the Global Challenges in Transport: Health and Wellbeing course.
Course fees cover full access to main course content for 4 weeks, syllabus, 6 lectures, Q&A session, discussion forum, group case study with final panel discussion and 2 personalised live Oxford-style tutorials on 2 case studies of your choice.
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Course fees for each course cover attendance at all sessions; 3 nights en-suite accommodation at Kellogg College, University of Oxford; breakfast, lunch and dinner, including a formal Networking Dinner at Kellogg College on the first evening; morning and afternoon tea and coffee; teaching materials; certificate from the University of Oxford.
If you do not require accommodation in Oxford, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for the non-residential rate.
The following fees per course apply in 2021:
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(Early bird £4,050*)
(Early bird £2,250*)
If you book more than two months ahead of your residential course's start date, you will be eligible for our 10% Early Bird discount*.
Every time you or your organisation books more than one place on the Global Challenges in Transport programme, a 10% multiple bookings discount will be deducted from each subsequent course fee*.
If you work in and are a national of a country that receives official development assistance from the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) you may be eligible for our 25% DAC OECD discount* (notice this is a 30% discount for the online course!).
If you have already attended one of our residential courses, you will be eligible for our 15% Alumni discount to attend the online course.
If you enrol both to the online course and one of our residential courses, you will be eligible for our 20% full package discount!
Further discounts and scholarships may also be available for specific courses.
* Please note that only one discount can be applied per course fee.
Global Challenges in Transport Diversity Scholarship
The Transport Studies Unit is strongly committed to delivering an education programme that facilitates knowledge exchange and dialogue amongst a diverse group of researchers and practitioners from different countries and backgrounds. In a world in which transport planning is often a white-male dominated sector, our Diversity Scholarship provides a unique opportunity for under-represented voices to participate in our Global Challenges in Transport Leadership Programme.
The scholarship will cover all course cost.
The scholarship will cover all tuition fees and accommodation, plus visa and travel expenses up to £500, enabling beneficiaries to attend one of our courses in 2021.
Applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
- be a national of (and currently working/researching in) a country that receives official development assistance from the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
- have fluency in the English language; and
- be able to show strong evidence of work/research experience in the transport policy/planning sector in line with the specific theme/content of the course for which they are applying.
Awards are based on:
- financial need,
- excellence in the field,
- demonstrable benefits for the applicant in attending the course, and
- commitment to work and develop a career in sustainable transport.
Each application will be assessed in line with these specific criteria. The application deadline for a scholarship is 8 weeks before the start date of each residential course and 4 weeks for the online course.
To apply, please complete the online application form including the 'Diversity Scholarship' section.
We have a limited number of places reserved for national and international PhD students for each course. The scholarship allows students to attend the residential courses for a reduced fee of £750 and the online course for £300.
To apply, please complete the online application form including the section 'Discounted Places for PhD Students'. The application deadline for a scholarship is 6 weeks before the start date of each residential course and 4 weeks for the online course.
All participants who complete a Global Challenges in Transport course will receive a certificate of attendance from the University of Oxford.
On completion of any of our Global Challenges in Transport courses, participants are eligible to join the Global Challenges in Transport Alumni Network.
Everyone who completes a Global Challenges in Transport course will become part of our growing global network of alumni. From TSU events to online communications, we create spaces for participants to stay in touch with us and each other, and to continue exploring opportunities for collaboration. Alumni have access to:
- the quarterly Global Challenges in Transport alumni e-newsletter;
- the LinkedIn group for Alumni; and
- invited short talks during Global Challenges in Transport courses.
If you are one of our alumni, please contact us to be added to the network.
Staying at Kellogg College
Each course is delivered over four days in the pleasant surroundings of Kellogg College, Oxford, with all accommodation and meals provided including a welcome lunch on arrival and a formal Networking Dinner with special guest speakers.
Course accommodation is included in the programme fees (three nights en-suite accommodation, with breakfast). Participants stay in Kellogg College's newly-refurbished property at 12 Bradmore Road, Oxford, OX2 6QN. (In some cases of high demand, rooms at Kellogg's Bradmore Road property may not be available for all participants - in these cases, participants will be accommodated in nearby hotels or colleges of the same high standard.)
The Bradmore Road property backs onto Kellogg College's grounds and is part of its Norham Manor site, which is conveniently located close to most Oxford University departments, libraries and the town centre. All rooms are beautifully finished, are spacious and have en-suite facilities. Linen and bedding is provided, a flat screen television, and coffee and tea making facilities. There is a shared kitchen, as well as a comfortable communal living room where you can relax and spend time with other participants. All meals and refreshments are served in College.
Please note: There is strictly no parking available on-site.
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"Each of our courses offers a fantastic opportunity for professionals interested in transport to tap into the expertise of a world-class research centre. The programme incorporates lectures delivered by leading experts, interactive workshops, and hands-on demonstrations. Participants can expect to learn new approaches for thinking about the major challenges in transport and mobility today, build their professional networks, and develop new skills."
Prof Tim Schwanen, Director of Oxford's TSU.