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Our Vision

The P3S Academy at the University of Oxford is a global centre of learning and capacity building focused on how the public and third sectors, whether central
or local government, regulators, supervisory authorities, multilateral institutions, campaigning NGOs, journalists, charities, and philanthropy, can grasp the opportunities associated with sustainable finance.

It arms these groups with the knowledge, networks, and skills required to shift the direction of tens of trillions of dollars of capital away from unsustainable activities to those aligned with the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Academy works globally, prioritising where possible public and third sector organisations in developing and emerging economies. We are building a full spectrum of capacity building activities in relation to sustainable finance.

Who is it for?

The P3S Academy supports civil servants, regulators, and central bankers working to develop policies that can foster the development of sustainable finance; staff at NGOs who would like to help the global financial system create better sustainability outcomes; and philanthropic funders looking to navigate sustainable finance topics so as to support the most impactful activities.

It is open to working with individuals, teams, functions, and entire organisations across these groups, and prioritises support for public and third sector organisations in developing and emerging economies.

Why the P3S Academy?

There is significant and growing interest from policymakers, the wider public sector, and civil society in aligning finance with sustainability and mobilising capital efficiently for the net zero carbon transition and other sustainable development outcomes.

Achieving this rapidly is necessary for tackling climate change and related sustainability challenges facing humanity. It is also necessary for financial institutions and the financial system to manage both discrete and systematic risks, particularly those related to climate change.

New opportunities for public policymakers and civil society are arising simultaneously in multiple areas related to finance and investment, for example on active ownership, the carbon bubble, climate finance, conservation finance, disclosure, divestment, engagement, energy efficiency, ESG, export credit, green banks, green bonds, green benchmarks and indices, impact investing, payments for ecosystem services, public finance, public private partnerships, renewable energy, reporting, responsible investment, stranded assets, and green taxonomies.

In order to maximise impact in these and related areas the public and third sectors urgently need to develop broader and more in-depth capabilities in finance generally and sustainable finance in particular.

University of Oxford

Born out from the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group, the P3S Academy is part of the University of Oxford, and draws upon the networks, research and teaching as well as significant expertise on sustainable finance that the University has to offer.

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and has been ranked first in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for six years in a row. Across our departments, schools, centres, and research groups the University of Oxford has world leading researchers and research capabilities relevant to understanding the challenges and opportunities of sustainable finance.

The Oxford Sustainable Finance Group is the focal point for these activities and is situated in the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. The Oxford Sustainable Finance Group is a multidisciplinary research centre and is arguably the world’s best place for research and teaching on sustainable finance. We were established in 2012 to align the theory and practice of finance and investment with sustainability.

Learning Partners

The P3S Academy considers applications for Learning Partners on an ongoing basis. Learning Partners are public and third sector organisations that are seeking to significantly upskill their employees (and/or networks) on sustainable finance and related topics.

Partnering with the P3SA is free and signals the value your organisation places on learning and development as well as sustainable finance more broadly. Learning Partners to date have ranged from smaller organisations looking to upskill a handful of employees through to entire government departments needing to train multiple teams and functions simultaneously.

 

The P3SA commits to provide Learning Partners with:

 

  • Priority free places on its courses;
  • Priority free places at the annual P3SA Sustainable Finance Summit,;
  • The option to co-develop joint training and capacity building events on sustainable finance;
  • The option to input into the design of new courses so they are tailored to their requirements;
  • The option to co-design courses for their stakeholder groups, such as through secondments;
  • Opportunities for their representatives to speak on our courses;
  • Opportunities to contribute case studies to our resource library;

 

In return, we ask that partners agree to nominate employees for the spaces that they are allocated, and agree to have their logo placed on our website. There is no catch; ultimately, we see Learning Partners as critically important to the mission of the P3SA as they enable us to deploy learning at scale and generate a deeper level of engagement and understanding on sustainable finance within organisations.

 

For queries in relation to Learning Partners please contact us at: P3SA@smithschool.ox.ac.uk and to apply for your organisation to be a Learning Partner please complete an application form here >    

Current Partners include:

Senior Associates

The P3S Academy considers applications for Senior Associates on an ongoing basis. Senior Associates should have significant knowledge of sustainable finance and investment topics and understand how they are relevant to the public and third sectors. These appointments are part-time and flexible, and the term of appointment is for 18 months in the first instance and renewable based on performance.

Senior Associates will support training and capacity building activities, provide guidance on the design and development of the P3S Academy course pipeline, contribute guest lectures and provide case studies/opinion pieces. We also expect Senior Associates to champion the work of the P3S Academy across their organisation and networks and attend a quarterly strategy meeting.

The positions are part-time, and applicants are expected to retain a primary affiliation with another organisation during the duration of their appointment. Time commitments are flexible. Applicants should ideally have considerable experience of working in the public and third sector. A modest stipend may be provided to Senior Associates.

As part of this opportunity Senior Associates will be able to work alongside world-leading researchers, practitioners and other P3S Academy partners, and maintain an affiliation to the University of Oxford.

Applicant criteria:

  • At least 10 years professional experience in the public and third sector;
  • Support from their current employer;
  • Strong interest in capacity building and training as a lever for change.

How to apply:

Send a CV and cover letter to p3sa@smithschool.ox.ac.uk

This is a rolling application process where applications are reviewed periodically and appointment start dates are flexible.

Current associates:

Sophie Robinson-Tillet 

Emma Dalhuijsen

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