Akshay Kotak DPhil Management
Green Templeton Management DPhil Scholarship
Having completed, with distinction, all the required coursework in the first two years of my four-year DPhil programme, I commenced life as a research student in earnest this past summer.
I completed my transfer of status on time, before the start of Michaelmas 2012, and am now working on completing my first paper on the Lender of Last Resort, which I am scheduled to present at a conference in Paris in July this year.
I also complemented my research this academic year with some teaching experience, serving as Teaching Assistant for Master’s level courses (MFE & MBA) at the Said Business School.
"The support that GTC has provided me, both as a financial benefactor, and as an academic and social community, has been instrumental in my advancement at Oxford."
It was the inability to secure financial aid that forced me to decline the offer of admission extended to me by Oxford University in 2009. This made me particularly thankful on receiving the GTC Management DPhil scholarship to commence my four-year DPhil programme in 2010, and I endeavour as much as I can to give back to the College community.
I had the opportunity to play for, and captain the college squash and cricket teams. The squash team had a fantastic season - finishing second in the Premiership, the top division of the inter-college league having steadily risen up from the third division over the last two years.
The cricket team also had an excellent showing this summer - going out as semi-finalists in the Jack Cox interdepartmental tournament. Playing for GTC alongside my fellow students has been an absolute pleasure and has kept me well involved on the extra-academic side throughout the year.
As a community, I have found tremendous support at GTC - be it in the form of students and fellows to bounce ideas off of, or an abundance of friends to count on when the chips are down, and inspiration seems elusive.
I have made invaluable connections at the College that will remain long after I leave.