Healthcare Forum 2017

Step back to step forward 

Oxford Next Horizons is a rich, six-month experience designed for mid to late career participants from any field; a carefully curated programme of academic, social, cohort-based and individual activities, tailored to your unique interests and perspectives.

Over two terms of 10 weeks, Next Horizons Scholars pursue several strands of exploration.

  • Exploring Purpose and Life Horizons

    A weekly two-hour seminar series, provided by Harris Manchester College, followed by dinner in the College dining hall.

    Seminars will focus on themes such as 'Legacy', 'Purpose and Profit', 'Inequality', 'Intergenerational relationships', 'Change and uncertainty'.

    For a few weeks in the second term, the seminar goes cross-generational as current Harris Manchester students and Rhodes Scholars-in-Residence are invited to join the discussion.

  • Showcasing Oxford’s Cutting Edge Research

    A weekly one-hour lecture series, provided by Harris Manchester College, followed by dinner.

    World-leading academic speakers will share their insights into the major global challenges of the present and future, and how Oxford-based research contributes to tackling them.

    The dinner following gives Scholars an opportunity to discuss these ideas informally.

  • Personalised Learning Journey

    Working with the academic community at Harris Manchester College, Scholars independently pursue a Personal Project, the nature of which will vary according to the individual Scholar's priorities. It may be a reflection on the experience of a life transition, exploration of an area of academic interest, or investigation of a major contemporary social challenge.
    Projects will culminate in a written piece and a brief oral precis for presentation and discussion with the full cohort.

    Scholars are assigned an Academic Adviser: a member of senior Oxford faculty who will meet them occasionally to advise and guide the development of their project.

    Scholars will also join fellow participants in small ‘streams’ of broad academic interests, which will meet termly to discuss their ongoing projects.

    Scholars also have an opportunity to participate in Oxford-style one-to-one tutorials (four per term) on topics of interest to them, along with attending the relevant University lectures.


  • Fostering Community

    Weekly events and activities provided by the Rhodes Trust to help Scholars build their relationships with each other, and make the most of being in Oxford and the UK. Opportunities may include:

    • A Character, Service & Leadership weekend retreat at Rhodes House
    • Thematic convenings and conferences at Rhodes House
    • Global challenge problem-solving debates
    • Special-access visits to libraries, museums and other venues in Oxford and the wider area
  • Other opportunities

    As members of the Harris Manchester and Rhodes House communities, Scholars will have opportunities to engage with the various events and activities taking place there, including:

    • Musical events and chapel services at Harris Manchester College
    • Distinguished speaker talks and Question & Answer sessions at Harris Manchester College
    • Speaker Events and Meet & Mingles with Rhodes Scholars
    • Yoga classes at Rhodes House
    • A rich and varied programme of public lectures and talks across the wider University of Oxford



Participants will also have the opportunity to connect virtually in advance of the programme.

The programme is drawn together in a Final Cohort Retreat, provided by the Rhodes Trust, where Scholars present their Personal Projects to each other and reflect on their journey and experiences during their time in Oxford.

  • What facilities and resources can Next Horizons Scholars access?

    Scholars enjoy the benefits and experiences of being members of both the Harris Manchester College and Rhodes House communities.

    • Student ‘buddies’ – current Harris Manchester students and Rhodes Scholars-in-Residence – who will be assigned to each Scholar to help them to settle in and integrate with the College and Rhodes networks.
    • A Common Room at Harris Manchester, with facilities for tea and coffee and newspapers, shared with the members of the College’s postgraduate community.
    • Access to the library facilities of Harris Manchester and the wider University of Oxford.
    • Additional meals at Harris Manchester College. Scholars will have the opportunity to join students for meals in the dining hall at subsidised student rates (with the exception of certain special occasions when attendance is limited). Twice a term, Scholars and a guest will have the opportunity to join the Senior Common Room for dinner at High Table.
    • Wellbeing support and pastoral provision through Rhodes House.


  • What does Next Horizons cost?

    The full fee for the 2024 programme is £30,000. This does not include the cost of housing, travel or immigration, which are the responsibility of an individual Scholar. Fee levels are reviewed for each annual iteration of the programme.

    Next Horizons is able to offer scholarships to those who would not otherwise have access to the resources to attend the programme. We are grateful to several supporters who have made this possible.

    If you would need scholarship support in order to be able to participate, please indicate this on your application.

    Please note that fee levels are reviewed annually and may be different for future cohorts from those quoted here.

  • What do Scholars receive at the end of the programme?

    Scholars who have satisfactorily completed the programme (including meeting attendance and conduct requirements) will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by Harris Manchester College and the Rhodes Trust, plus a Report on Studies providing more detail on the programme and the individual Scholar’s project work.

    We hope that Scholars with leave the programme with a richer understanding of the world and their place in it, and a bank of experiences and new relationships.

    Please note that the programme does not result in a formally-accredited award or degree from of the University of Oxford, the College or the Rhodes Trust.

  • Can partners join the programme?

    Scholars' partners and spouses may apply to take part in the programme as full Scholars in their own right, and special fee arrangements apply for partners or spouses undertaking the programme together.

    Partners also have the option to of joining our ‘associated partners’ programme, coordinated by the Rhodes Trust, and have the opportunity to participate in certain select aspects of the cohort and to attend many of the events in the Other Opportunities strand.

    A termly get-together of the associated partners will provide an opportunity to get to know each other and find out about the opportunities available to them in Oxford. There is a fee for associated partnership which, for the January 2024 cohort, is £5,000.



  • Does Next Horizons provide accommodation?

    While Next Horizons is unable to offer housing, and individual Scholars are responsible for securing and funding their own accommodation in Oxford for the period of the programme, offer-holders may draw on the support of a dedicated member of staff at Harris Manchester College who will be able to offer information and advice and make introductions to agencies.

  • Will Scholars have a College affiliation?

    Next Horizons is a joint programme between Harris Manchester College and Rhodes Trust, and therefore your college affiliation while a Scholar will be Harris Manchester College. If you are a graduate of another Oxford college, this affiliation does not supersede your existing relationships and, during your time as a Next Horizons Scholar in Oxford, you will be able to reconnect with your old college if you wish.