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Oxford Summer School scholarships up for grabs

Retail bodies Skillsmart Retail and the Retail Trust have teamed up to offer 10 free places at the next edition of the Oxford Summer School.

The bursaries are available for the week-long residential Summer School course, to be held at Oxford’s Keble College from August 22 to 28. The places are open to all retail managers of independent and multiple businesses of all sizes.

Normally, one place on the course costs £1,750 and numbers are limited to 225. However for the fifth year, Skillsmart Retail and Retail Trust are offering bursaries to up-and-coming managerial talent.

Skillsmart Retail chief executive Anne Seaman said: “I urge all young retail managers to apply for one of the scholarships as now more than ever, training is essential for those who really want to get ahead in their careers. All retail employers will know that a graduate of the Oxford Summer School will have some of the key skills needed to succeed.”

In order to apply applicants must submit a written application and complete a telephone interview. The 10 winners will head to Oxford and build on key skills including how to manage people, money, marketing, merchandise and retail space.

The intensive course run by the British Shops and Stores Association, will include exercises, lectures and tutorials led by retail experts, presentations from leading retail figures, team-building events and social activities aimed at delivering an inspirational experience to help each delegate realise their potential.

To apply download the application form from the events section of For more information on the Oxford Summer School, visit



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