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Many fellows, students and members of staff play instruments, sing and dance. As well as being ideal for relaxation from the pressures of academic study and research, music adds a valuable dimension to the academic, cultural and social life of our community. Making music for personal pleasure or performing at informal events in the College is strongly encouraged. This section contains information on facilities and activities as well as contact details if you would like to get involved.

Music Practice Room
A small Music Practice Room in the Rotunda is available for use by College members. It has an upright Yamaha piano, a Yamaha portable electronic keyboard and music stands. No booking is necessary and entrance is via the fob.

Piano in the Observatory Common Room
The Yamaha grand piano in the Common Room is also available to members of GTC. When not in use, this high-quality instrument is kept locked and covered. A list of approved users is kept at the GTC Lodge where the keys must be signed for and returned after use. If you would like your name to be added to the list, please contact Roland Rosner ( No prior booking is necessary. Using the piano for practice is obviously restricted to times when the Common Room is not very busy.

The GTC Choir
The College does not have a chapel but it does have a choir - the Observatory Overtones - which welcomes all-comers, whether experienced singers or novices. The choir performs at several GTC events and its repertoire covers a wide range of music including classical, jazz and popular. Recruitment of new members will be intensive at the start of the academic session so watch out for details of introductory and taster sessions. If you are interested, please email

GTC Performs!
This is a series of events held once a term at which performers of any standard and any type of music offer to perform short items in a very relaxed environment to a GTC audience. Please volunteer by responding to invitations publicising the next event.

GTC’s Musician in Residence
The College has appointed Maki Sekiya as its first Musician in Residence. A Japanese-born pianist living in Oxford, she trained at the Purcell Music School in London and is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire. Her appointment follows a recital she gave at GTC in November 2016 at which the audience was held spell-bound by her world-class performance. As Musician in Residence, she will be giving a solo concert at GTC in each of the three terms of the 2017-18 session. The first recital will be at 5:30pm in Sunday 15 October and announcements on how to register will be publicised in due course. She will also be giving a public concert sponsored by the College on Saturday 25 November at the St John the Evangelist Church in Iffley Road.

The Elman Poole Fund
GTC is indebted to Dr Elman Poole, a Common Room Member and retired neurologist, for his generous donation which supports musical activities at the College.

Green Templeton is the only graduate college which accepts students on the accelerated Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) course.

Dr Alexander Finlayson, a Doll Fellow and an Associate Fellow at the College, has responsibility for looking after GEM students.

Here, he answers some questions about the College's support for GEM students.

Why choose to study Medicine at Green Templeton College?

Green Templeton is home to a large cohort of clinical medical students, who are studying on the standard six-year course as well as the accelerated four-year Graduate Entry Medicine course.

The College is the University's premier college for the study of medicine and medical sciences, the former Green College being founded in 1979 to bring together graduate students in medicine and related disciplines.

Some 20 fellows of the College are also medically qualified, making for a diverse and lively community of medics at the heart of the College.

There is a thriving college medical society, the Richard Doll Society, and regular social and academic events throughout the year.

What additional clinical teaching takes place at the College?

The College offers a comprehensive clinical teaching programme for all GTC medical students, in addition to the teaching provided by the Medical School.

This includes clinical tutors delivering bedside teaching, weekly evening tutorials focussing on clinical skills and clinical medicine, examination practice, encouragement and support to pursue research and contribute to the research literature.

Find out more about clinical teaching at Green Templeton.

What academic support is offered to Graduate Entry Medicine students?

In addition to the teaching provided for GEM students by the Medical School, the College ensures that GEM students have weekly teaching in either clinical skills, examination practice or revision of the core material.

During term, there are tutorials of extension material, practice of essays in critical appraisal and encouragement to pursue the willingness of College fellows to give more detailed academic tutorials in specialist areas.

Is there any financial support for Graduate Entry Medics?

Yes, the College offers a range of grants and bursaries as follows:

An entrance bursary of £1000 towards fees in Year 1 of the course.

Grants of up to £1000 for elective placements or £200 per year for any other academic activity.

An additional £300 grant for Year 3 placements for paediatrics or obstetrics.

Graduate Entry Medics attending conferences or courses can apply competitively for further funds, for example up to £500 for presenting a poster at an international conference.

There are also some College prizes based on merit, including the Emanoel Lee Prize for the best essay written by final year students about their elective and the Liz O'Brien Prize for the best mark in the Year 1 Clinical exams.

Find out more about financial support for students at Green Templeton

What do GEM students say about the support offered by Green Templeton?

Rachael Dellar (2015)
"The first year of the graduate medicine course is quite intense in content, so it's really helpful to cement what you've read in a textbook with clinical experience. I've found the regular clinical teaching sessions organised by GTC really useful in this regard: there is nothing like seeing a presentation of a disease in a hospital to make you remember it.

"The extra teaching is also helpful in making the most out of the clinical days for first years organised by the department, and obviously for making you feel more confident for the clinical exam we have at the end of the year."

Anneka Tomlinson (2014)
"The support offered by GTC to GEM students I have found to be next to none. In terms of academic support, we have regular tutorials with college tutors who are friendly and fantastic, and really do help with learning core material. The clinical support offered by GTC is excellent and starts at week 1. We have regular small group bedside teaching with clinicians, mock clinical exams, and weekly teaching sessions on a variety of clinical topics as a group with the undergraduates.

"From a financial support perspective, GTC has been extremely generous offering a tuition fee reduction in my first year, start-up equipment and funding for electives.

"Finally, the pastoral support given by the college is excellent. During the exam period the College were brilliant in helping me through difficult circumstances, and made a very stressful and upsetting time more manageable. I often meet with my College advisor, and enjoy dinner with her and her husband. It really is a fantastic college to be a part of both academically and socially!"

Alastair Cockburn (2014)
"The support we get at GTC is great. Alexander makes sure his first-year students are never wanting for extra tutorials and in the second year, College fellows give teaching every Tuesday evening throughout the year.

"The lab med course evening sessions at the start of the second year are excellent and presented in a very accessible way. The GTC Doll fellows also organise bedside teaching in the second year so you plenty of chances to have expert feedback on your clinical skills too."

Visit the University Medical Sciences Division website for more information about the Graduate Entry Medicine programme

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