The merger between Green and Templeton Colleges, the first of its kind in the University’s modern history, was announced formally in July 2007 following its approval by the University Council and the Governing Bodies of both colleges.
A new model Oxford graduate college
Green Templeton College (or GTC) opened officially on 1 October 2008, the result of a merger between two graduate colleges, Green College and Templeton College. It is a graduate-only college, with a focus on a range of subjects generally concerned with human welfare, including education, environment, health, management, medicine, and social policy. It possesses particular strengths in medical and life sciences, and management studies, thanks to the pre-existing capacities of the two former colleges.
The College aims to lead the way in postgraduate education at the University of Oxford. GTC plans to be a truly contemporary college: friendly, informal, outward-looking, and future-focused – but in a traditional Oxford setting. Central to the character of the new College is the pursuit of an independent intellectual agenda, concentrating on human welfare.
An excellent site and fine architecture
GTC is based at the former Green College site at the Radcliffe Observatory on Woodstock Road, within easy walking distance of the city centre, the University Science Area, and the Saïd Business School. It is a natural social hub for both students and Fellows. The redevelopment of the former Radcliffe Infirmary site (to be known as the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter) over the next 20 years will give architectural prominence to the Observatory, and move the University’s centre of gravity north along Woodstock Road. As a result, GTC will become even more central and visible.
A strong competitive position
The University has approved an academic strategy of growing postgraduate student numbers and providing enhanced levels of support for postgraduate studies. As a result, existing and future graduate students will have rising expectations of what their university and their college can - and should - provide. A number of Oxford colleges are investing in additional graduate facilities. The strong balance sheet of the post-merger College enhances its ability to attract students as well as increasing our ability to gain further funding.
More scholarships and bursaries
As part of our commitment to providing a range of new scholarships and other student support, in March 2008 the College announced new scholarships for GTC students starting DPhils. Awarded in 2008 and in each year since, these 'GTC DPhil Scholarships' provide funding for full fees and living expenses, for up to three years.
The College is committed to increasing the number of scholarships available, both for long-term funding and for smaller annual awards, and since 2008 it has introduced a number of awards made possible by funds released as a direct result of the merger. It also intends to add a number of Junior Research Fellowships for early-career researchers. Funding has also been made available for other academic activities such as in-College teaching programmes and student-led academic activities, and a College Hardship Fund has been introduced.
Increased accommodation options for students
Thanks to Green College's accommodation on site and in a number of properties nearby, combined with Templeton’s student flats at Rewley Abbey Court, GTC can offer accommodation to more than half of its students. The new college also has planning permission for a new building which will provide fifty further student rooms, and hopes to proceed with this as soon as possible.
Character of Green Templeton College
GTC is contemporary, welcoming and international in style and outlook. Rather than being a traditional Oxford college with a High Table, separate common rooms and obscure customs, GTC places a premium on interaction between students and Fellows, symbolised by a single common room. It has a distinctive academic profile, with an intellectual agenda concerned with the big human welfare questions of the 21st century.
The College is there for its graduate student community. It aims to provide the optimal environment for its members studying at a higher level, engaging in research, preparing for a career (academic or otherwise), and benefiting from the diversity and interdisciplinarity of college life.
All the major subjects supported by GTC bring together academics and professionals. Its dynamism comes from being a meeting point of the practitioner, professional, and academic worlds. It is above all an academic community, with an active and engaged intellectual approach rather than a purely reflective one. It is outward-looking and inclusive. However, the College's culture is all about being part of a community – with common membership, a supportive environment, and a personal touch.