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Saïd Business School

University of Oxford Department makes full use of Rackspace Mail for its students and alumni

Established in 1996, the University of Oxford Saïd Business School is one of Europe's fastest growing and most entrepreneurial business management schools. It is fully integrated into the University of Oxford and draws on Oxford's strengths in subjects such as anthropology, economics, international relations, law, politics, and psychology.

Highly Ranked Business School
In the prestigious ranking of full-time MBA programmes compiled by the Financial Times, the School's MBA was ranked number 27 in the world. The School is also highly ranked worldwide: 15th in the FT's combined ranking of Executive Education programmes (May 10) and 11th in the European Business School ranking (Dec 2010). It also features in the top 10 list in Business Week's business schools outside the USA. Internationalism is a key feature of management education at the University of Oxford, and this is clearly exhibited by the 238 one-year MBA students that are drawn from 50 different countries around the world.

The School's new building in the centre of Oxford opened in 2001 and was designed by Dixon and Jones, the architects responsible for the new Royal Opera House in London.

The University of Oxford has a strong track record in innovation. It has produced over 100 companies with a combined market capitalisation of over £ 2 billion. Three Oxford spinouts - VASTox, Evolutec and Physiomics - recently raised a total of £ 145 million on floatation.

Networking encouraged
It is hardly surprising that students and alumni from the business school are active proponents of networking with colleagues and wider industry. And the school has been quick to recognise the benefits of keeping in touch electronically and up to date with what's happening in the world. This is why the school provides the Oxford Business Alumni Network with personal email mailboxes as part of their business course and ongoing development.

Business and education linked
Conrad Youngman is the Web and Database Officer at Saïd Business School, "We provide all our students with an email box, which enables them to stay in touch and network with their contemporaries extensively, even after completing the course and moving into the realms of government, industry and commerce. This facility has been universally welcomed by the students, and we have extended the membership to include the many business and corporate short course members as well as executive educational participants."

Remarkable support network
Conrad revealed, "We can offer this special facility to our students because we are able to outsource the entire email programme from Rackspace® Hosting. Rackspace Email is a web-based email service that removes the complexities of installing and maintaining an in-house email solution, while offering the latest anti-spam, anti-virus and security technologies to its users. It is also supported 24/7/365 by a live team of technicians that you can rely on day or night to answer questions. It offers further benefits including a shared calendar option for those requiring the facility."

Easy administration
Conrad added, "The business relationship with Rackspace has enabled us to provide mailboxes on demand, which can be added or removed via an easy to use online control panel. I currently have 3696 active mailboxes with a further 60 applicants waiting to be set up. "Such a large number of active members is bound to bring its share of minor technical problems and issues for the department" said Conrad, "however, Rackspace offers such a remarkable support network, that any difficulties or technical troubles are soon resolved - it's excellent service to have instant Fanatical Support® at the end of the phone and certainly makes the management of the facility very straightforward indeed."

World’s business elite stay connected
Conrad summarised, "Our alumni are among the world's business elite. Oxford Entrepreneurs is the largest entrepreneur society in the UK, with over 7,000 members, one in ten of whom run their own companies. The University of Oxford has the highest number of academics working in five-star departments of any UK university; its researchers have won over 40 Nobel prizes. Having the opportunity to keep up to date with their contemporaries using the alumni network ensures great things will always happen."

And finally Conrad reported, “I am very happy indeed to recommend Rackspace Mail to everyone in the education and commerce sectors, particularly with the recently increased maximum mailbox size and the introduction of lower pricing.”

If you are interested in discovering more about the Saïd Business School, at the University of Oxford please visit the website at www.sbs.ox.ac.uk.

Keeping up with the network
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