Women in Business Q&A
The Huffington Post (US), 25/05/2015, Laura Dunn
Professor Linda Scott, GTC Fellow and DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Oxford's Said Business School, is interviewed about her research on gender inequality and the Double X economy.
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Thought for the day: Is mindfulness bad for us?
The Daily Telegraph, 26/05/2015, p. 12, Sarah Knapton
Report of comments on mindfulness by Oxford University's Dr Theodore Zeldin, a GTC Associate Fellow. In a talk at the Hay Festival, he said: 'Life is about living, it's about going out there and meeting people and hearing their thoughts and opinions. One of the beliefs of this time is you've got to be yourself and develop your own potential but only thinking of oneself is a feeble and cowardly activity.'
Does a death sentence always mean death?
BBC News online, 23/05/2015, Charlotte McDonald
Feature on the number of death sentences which are actually carried out includes comment from Professor Carolyn Hoyle, GTC Fellow and Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford, on the use of the death penalty around the world.
Read the BBC News article online
Radio: More or Less, BBC Radio 4
Radio: PM, BBC Radio 4
GTC Associate Fellow Charles Foster is interviewed about whether, if the patient demands it, a life-sustainging pace maker should be switched off.
The Daily Telegraph, 13/05/2015, p.1, Laura Donnelly
Senior doctors, including GTC Emeritus Fellow, Professor Sir Muir Gray from Oxford University, have warned that NHS patients are being given drugs and tests they may not need because GPs and hospitals are paid for the quantity not quality of their treatment. Writing in the BMJ, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said patients should be encouraged to ask if their medical procedures were really necessary, in a bid to halt over-diagnosis and needless treatment of swathes of the population. In an unprecedented intervention, the medics - who represent all 21 medical royal colleges in the UK - said too many patients were being forced to endure tests and treatments which could do more harm than good.
Read article in The Guardian
Plea for enforced ceasefire in Yemen
The Times, Letters, 09/05/2015
GTC Associate Fellow Paddy Coulter co-signs a letter calling for the international community to ensure a ceasefire in Yemen.
Read article in The Times
Turn that selfie stick on your neighbour, and live
The Sunday Times, 10/05/2015, Josh Glancy
Oxford historian, philosopher, and GTC Associate Fellow Theodore Zeldin is interviewed about his new book, The Hidden Pleasures of Life.
Read article in The Sunday Times
The West's demise is greatly exaggerated
The Telegraph, 08/05/2015, p.28, David Coleman; Stuart Basten
Article by David Coleman and GTC Governing Body Fellow Stuart Basten, Professors of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford, about their recent research: ‘…The Death of the West is a favourite demographic horror story. We know the way it goes: declining birth rates, falling populations and ruinous population ageing will reduce Europe to the margins of world political and economic power – with a similar fate ultimately befalling the United States. But it’s time to bring a halt to the stories of doom and gloom. Western Europe does not face a dismal decline and fall; and the emerging powers face many problems that their cheerleaders in the business pages often ignore. In much of the West, demographic trends are, in fact, reasonably favourable…. in some emerging economies, economic growth has raced ahead of social change. There, traditional patriarchal cultures typical of agricultural societies persist, as misfits, into the modern world. Sexes remain unequal, women retain responsibility for children, family and household, while outside the home they only very slowly approach equality with men. That can depress fertility rates to very low levels…Worse, many emerging economies are not truly democratic and do not enjoy developed justice systems, security of property or civil society... No doubt many of the developing world’s problems will be overcome. Autocratic governments retain some advantages in problem-solving and the creativity of many societies outside Europe is remarkable. But we need to pause, take stock, and take heart that, for demographic and broader reasons, the future balance between the “West and the Rest” is likely to be more nuanced, less sensational, less ruinous to the West, than we have been led to believe.’
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Help for parents of young self-harmers
The Guardian, 08/05/2015, p.36, Professor Keith Hawton and Dr Anne Ferrey
Letter: Professor Keith Hawton, Governing Body Fellow at GTC, and Dr Anne Ferrey of Oxford University’s Centre for Suicide Research write: ‘We read Saturday’s piece on the crisis in children’s mental health with great interest (How is a child drinking poison not an emergency?, 2 May). Its description of parental distress after the discovery of a child’s self-harm rang very true. Parents tell us that, after they discover a son or daughter has been self-harming, they can feel very alone and isolated and may struggle to find help and support. At the University of Oxford, in collaboration with the charity healthtalk.org, we have developed a web-based resource to help parents to feel less alone and to give them information to help them to cope with their child’s problems. The website includes video, audio and text extracts from interviews with 39 family members of young people who have self-harmed. It covers topics such as the impact on the family, how to support the child, treatment options and advice from other parents, and provides information for parents and carers on what to expect from hospitals, schools and mental health services, plus individual families’ experiences with the healthcare system. This resource is freely available and can be found here.
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B-Schools Are Fighting Over Top Women
Wall Street Journal (USA), 07/05/2015, p.5, Lindsay Gellman
As fewer US students show an interest in a business degree, MBA programmes are working to boost pipeline of qualified female applicants. Includes comment from GTC Governing Body Fellow Professor Linda Scott from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.
Read article in the Wall Street Journal
The Tories' £12bn benefit cuts will add to growing poverty
The Guardian, 06/05/2015, p.32, Unattributed
GTC Governing Body Fellows Professor Mary Daly and Professor Robert Walker, along with more than 60 other professors of social policy have written a letter expressing concern about the £12bn of further cuts in the social security budget that have yet to be detailed by the Conservative party: ‘The proposal the prime minister put forward last week to introduce a new law virtually preventing any rise in major taxes indicates that he intends to reduce the public sector deficit solely by cutting public spending. This would also inevitably hit the poorest hardest, including children and the working poor, and increase social inequality. The electorate have the right to know how the proposed £12bn cuts will fall. We urge all party leaders to tackle the deficit fairly, to repair the recent damage to the social security system and to cease misleading, and divisive, rhetoric such as “strivers” and “shirkers”.’
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China's heavy tax burden heightens risk of worker revolt and more repression
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), 04/05/2015, p. 13, Stein Ringen
Stein Ringen, GTC emeritus fellow and Professor at the University of Oxford, writes an article on the effects of China’s tax burden.
Eight professors from Oxford University have been made Fellows of the Royal Society. Among them is GTC Senior Research Fellow Sir Rory Collins.
The Oxford Mail highlights Sir Rory Collins, British Heart Foundation Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology; Jane Langdale, Professor of Plant Development and Henry Snaith, Professor in Physics. [The five other new Fellows of the Royal Society from the University of Oxford are: Benjamin Davis, Professor of Chemistry; Alison Etheridge, Professor of Probability; Philip Maini, Professor of Mathematical Biology; Gero Miesenböck, Waynflete Professor of Physiology; and Dr Jonathan Pila, Reader in Mathematical Logic.]
Will men ever live as long as women?
BBC News online, 30/04/2015, Smitha Mundasad
GTC Fellow, Professor Sir Richard Peto gives expert comment in an article about new research from Imperial College London suggesting the gender gap between men and women's life expectancies is narrowing. Peto comments on the impact of smoking on life expectancy.
Population growing in West, declining in Asia: Experts
Hindustan Times (India), 29/04/2015, Prasun Sonwalkar
GTC Fellow, Stuart Basten comments that the claim by leaders from Asia that declining populations in western countries would pose a challenge in the near future is false and that the western population is in fact growing. A new paper in the journal Population Studies by researchers David Coleman and Stuart Basten says that some countries in Western Europe, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand now have birth rates relatively close to replacement, that the underlying trend in Europe is upwards. They also explained that population ageing, although inevitable, is likely to be ‘manageable’. Basten and Coleman provide a more optimistic demographic picture of the future in the West.
The hidden biases of Geodata
The Guardian, 28/04/2015, Mark Graham
GTC Research Fellow, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow of the Oxford Internet Institute, Mark Graham, has written a guest post for The Guardian explaining the findings of his analysis of one of the world’s largest placename databases. The study reveals placenames in GeoNames is dramatically skewed toward the US’s cities, towns and settlements.
Read full article in The Guardian
Smuggling doesn't cause migration. We are ignoring the real problem
The Guardian, 26/04/2015, p.18, Alexander Betts
Article by Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford and the author of Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement, on the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean.
Read article in The Guardian
CNN (USA), 18:27, 23/04/2015
Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, is interviewed by Christiane Amanpour, about the EU’s response to the migrant crisis.
Watch interview here
GTC Research Fellow, Dr Rebeccah Slater, is interviewed about her team’s research using MRI to study infant pain: ‘We wanted to see what happens in an infant’s brain when they experience something that an adult would describe as mildly painful, so to do this we used a special device that applies a mild force to the surface of the foot, which is a bit like being poked with a blunt pencil. We were surprised that the pattern of brain activity in the babies was remarkably similar to that which has been seen in the adults, so not only were the sensory areas of the brain activated, which encode features like where the stimulus was being applied and how intense it was, but also emotional areas associated with the unpleasantness of the experience....’ In a follow-up interview Eleri Adams, clinical director of Newborn Care Services Oxford University Hospitals, discusses the possible implications of the new findings for the care of young babies.
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Babies feel pain ‘like adults’, MRI scan study suggests
The Guardian online, 21/04/2015, Reuters 21/04/2015
GTC Research Fellow, Dr Rebeccah Slater's pioneering study on babies' response to pain shows that a baby experiences pain in the same way as an adult would.
Radio: Newsday, BBC World Service
Professor Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, comments on the EU response to the refugee crisis across the Mediterranean.
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Are statins worth the side-effects?
Daily Mail, 20/04/2015, p.45, Unattributed
Article on the debate on the safety of taking statins mentions GTC Senior Visiting Research Fellow Sir Rory Collins, Head of the Clinical Trial Service Unit of Oxford University, who has advised against their widespread use.
Evolution, the light-switch theory and the scriptures
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), 19/04/2015, p.13, Alex Lo
Article focuses on Andrew Parker, GTC Senior Visiting Research Fellow and Oxford University zoologist who developed the so-called light switch theory of the Cambrian era in the early 2000s in his work looking at the early formation of the earth.
Tide of refugees but the West isn’t welcoming
International New York Times, 18/04/2015, p.A1, Somini Sengupta
The war in Syria is creating the worst global refugee crisis in decades, putting new pressure on the West to open their doors — and in turn, prompting domestic political backlash. Includes comment from GTC Research Fellow Alexander Betts, associate professor of refugee studies at the University of Oxford.
Could you track down your doppelganger?
The Daily Telegraph, 18/04/2015, p.3, Sarah Knapton
Article on the chances of finding someone who looks exactly like you includes comment from GTC Honourary Fellow Sir Walter Bodmer of the University of Oxford.
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Huffington Post (USA), 17/04/2015, Marcia Dyson
Article on or radical ways to eliminate the gender pay gap highlights the views of Professor Linda Scott, GTC Fellow and DP World Chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Saïd Business School, Oxford University.
More than 140 top doctors attack government record on NHS
The Guardian, 8/4/2015
Trisha Greenhalgh, a GTC Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Primary Care at Oxford has co-signed a letter with more than 140 doctors accusing the coalition government of "broken promises, reductions in necessary funding, and destructive legislation, which leaves health services weaker, more fragmented, and less able to perform their vital role than at any time in the NHS’s history."
Oxford Times Magazine: If I were a Carpenter
02/04/2015 pg 97-103, Richard O Smith
Profile of GTC Fellow Professor Rafael Ramirez who is a Fellow of Strategy at the Said Business School
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Radio: Power Talk with Iman Rapetti, Power FM (South Africa)
Wide-ranging interview with the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, Professor Andrew Hamilton, and Power FM presenter Iman Rapetti. Professor Hamilton said that the controversy around the statue of Cecil Rhodes at UCT was one for the University community to address, while defending the principle of vigorous, even contentious on-campus debate. He discussed issues around access to higher education, urging more South African students to apply for courses at Oxford. Professor Hamilton also described his visit to a rural village in Eastern Cape, where a research programme led by GTC alumna Dr Lucie Cluver is helping communities address poverty-related issues, including child abuse.
Dry winter is a huge relief for businesses at risk of flooding
Oxford Mail, p.19, 25/3/2015
Figures from the Radcliffe Meteorological Station - which is based in the gardens of GTC - saw winter 2013-14 produce a deluge of 334.7mm of rain, 123 per cent higher than Oxfordshire's 248 year average. This year's 145.9mm - three per cent below average - brought relief to businesses that were previously victims of severe flooding - but only cautious optimism as records show a dry winter does not guarantee a warm, dry summer.
College elects its successor to Principal who passed away
Oxford Times, 26/03/2015, p.4
Green Templeton College has announced that Professor Denise Lievesley CBE will succeed the late Professor Sir David Watson as Principal. Sir David died in February after a short period of illness. Professor Lievesley said ‘I am honoured to be offered this opportunity to build on the massive achievements of my illustrious predecessor.’
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Blood of Britain's ancient tribes still runs in our veins after 1,400 years
The Daily Telegraph, 19/03/2015, p.17, Sarah Knapton
Britons are still living in the same 'tribes' that they did in the 7th Century, Oxford University has found after a study into our genetic make-up published in Nature. Archaeologists and geneticists were amazed to find that genetically similar individuals inhabit the same areas they did following the Anglo-Saxon invasion, following the fall of the Roman Empire. Geneticist Professor Sir Walter Bodmer of Oxford University - who is also a GTC Honorary Fellow - said: 'What it shows is the extraordinary stability of the British population. Britain hasn't changed much since 600AD.
'When we plotted the genetics on a map we got this fantastic parallel between areas and genetic similarity. It was an extraordinary result, one which was much more than I expected. We see areas like Devon and Cornwall where the difference lies directly on the boundary.'
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Genetics Britons are the people they used to be
Financial Times, 19/03/2015, p.26, Clive Cookson
The genetic make-up of Britain closely reflects its ethnic composition of more than 1,000 years ago, according to a DNA study of 2,000 people across the UK. The analysis is the 'first fine-scale genetic study of any country in the world', said Sir Walter Bodmer of Oxford university, who initiated the project in the early 1990s.
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Testosterone boost 'could cut deaths'
BBC News online, 14/03/2015, James Gallagher
Professor Ashley Grossman, an endocrinologist at the University of Oxford and GTC Senior Research Fellow, comments on new research suggesting that boosting men's testosterone levels could potentially reduce deaths from heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
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Blue plaque unveiled for renowned Oxford biologist
ITV News online, 15/03/2015, Unattributed
Article about the unveiling of a plaque to celebrate JBS Haldane, a leading scientist of the 20th century, includes comment from GTC Honorary Fellow Professor Sir Walter Bodmer from the University of Oxford.
Teaching training reforms 'critical' in Wales - review
BBC News online, 09/03/2015
Teacher training is at a "critical turning point" and needs to be changed, according to a major independent review for the Welsh government. Professor John Furlong of the University of Oxford said the quality of the system had "deteriorated" since he last looked at it nearly 10 years ago.
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Dr Harry Boardman gains media attention for HRT review
Dr Harry Boardman, a second-year Green Templeton DPhil student reading Cadiovascular Medicine, has quickly gained media attention for his research on the effects of Hormone Replacement Therapy.
By hook or by crook, jihadists fleece Britain
The Sunday Times, p.22, 08/03/2015, Tim Rayment
Article on the asylum seekers and the benefit system includes mention of research by Brian Bell, associate professor in economics at Oxford, who found that "as the proportion of asylum seekers in the population rises, there is a small rise in property crime... and no rise in violent crime. When you adjust for deprivation the difference in crime disappears. Poor refugees and poor Britons are more or less equal." Professor Alexander Betts, GTC Research Fellow and director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, also comments on whether or not the asylum system should be changed.
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Statins 'raise diabetes risk'
The Australian, via The Times, 06/03/2015, p.12
Article on research in Finland suggesting taking statins could increase a man's chance of getting diabetes by 46 per cent includes comment from Keith Frayn, GTC Emeritus Fellow and emeritus professor of human metabolism at the University of Oxford.
13 steps towards ending poverty and climate change
The Guardian online, 02/03/2015, Eliza Anyangwe
Linda Scott, GTC Fellow and chair for entrepreneurship and innovation at Oxford University, comments that 'many of the forces that propel poverty into the future ... are best addressed by working to improve the economic autonomy of women.'
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Scholar was an international influence on higher education
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), 02/03/2015, Glyn Davis
Obituary for Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College who passed away on 8 February.
Second sunniest winter since city records began
Oxford Mail, p.5, 02/03/2015
Oxford had the second sunniest winter since records began and experts believe spring will start off mild. Figures collected at the weather station in the gardens at Green Templeton College revealed there were 259.1 hours of winter sun between December and February. Meteorological observer at the Radcliffe Observatory Meteorological Station Callum Munday, said: 'Sunny weather does not have a simple relationship with warmth, especially in winter, when cloudless nights are often the coldest.'
Fact check: No proof the death penalty prevents crime
ABC News online (Australia), 26/02/2015
With the fate of Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran seemingly decided by the Indonesian legal system, Australian advocates for the pair have been attempting to secure a reprieve through legal avenues and public pressure. Article highlights the views of Oxford University professors Roger Hood and Carolyn Hoyle, authors of the book 'The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective'.
Who are the world's top thinkers? Vote on who should be crowned the most important thinker of 2015
Prospect, 01/03/2015, p.36
Prospect has launched its annual vote to decide who the world's top thinkers are. Among those on the list of 50 names are Sir Paul Collier of the Blavatnik School of Government and St Antony's College, Professor John Goldthorpe of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and Nuffield College, and Professor Linda Scott of the Saïd Business School and Green Templeton College. To see the full list and to vote, go to http://fluidsurveys.com/s/worldthinkers2015/.
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Austerity is fuelling increase in suicide, says MP
The Guardian, 19/02/2015, p.17, Caroline Davies
Professor Keith Hawton of Oxford University's suicide research centre comments extensively on Nick Clegg's promise to sign up the NHS to a national 'zero suicide' campaign, citing a programme to combat depression in Detroit, Michigan, that has reduced suicides sharply over the past decade. Professor Hawton is 'encouraged by the spirit behind the zero suicide movement', but admitted he was not keen on the terminology. 'I think the use of this label implies an unreasonable aspiration and it has not been thought through clearly,' he said. 'I know that it is causing concern to clinical staff in psychiatric services responsible for the care of people at risk of suicide. It is likely to encourage unhelpful defensive approaches to care. It may also have untoward negative effects on people bereaved by suicide, with a risk of increasing feelings of guilt and stigmatisation.'
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Ebola: The race to find a cure
The Guardian, 17/02/2015, p. 27, Sarah Boseley
Feature article on the research of Peter Horby, Jake Dunning, Laura Merson, and GTC Senior Research Fellow Trudie Lang, who are scientists at Oxford University's Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health. The Oxford team received a £3.2 million grant from the Wellcome Trust to speed new drugs into trials at Ebola treatment centres in West Africa. Article follows their search for a suitable trial centre in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in late 2014. A site in Monrovia, Liberia, was chosen and they began to trial a drug on patients. But the number of new patients arriving at the centre was relatively low and drug manufacturer Chimerix decided not to send any more of the drug being trialled to Liberia. Professor Horby said: 'This is the first time that we've really gone hell for leather to try to set up a trial during an acute epidemic and it's been the mother of all epidemics really. So it's certainly been a baptism of fire for everyone.' The Oxford team is now running a trial into a drug made by Tekmira in Sierra Leone.
Hormone replacement therapy increases ovarian cancer risk
BBC News online, 13/02/2015, James Gallagher
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has been linked to a higher risk of ovarian cancer, according to a new study by Oxford researchers published in The Lancet. An analysis of 52 studies involving more than 20,000 women with ovarian cancer found that using HRT for a few years increased the risk by about 40 per cent. GTC Fellow Sir Richard Peto of Oxford University, co-author of the study, said: ‘For women who take HRT for five years from around the age of 50, there will be about one extra ovarian cancer for every 1,000 users and one extra ovarian cancer death for every 1,700 users.’
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HRT 'doubles risk of ovarian cancer'
The Daily Telegraph, 13/02/2015, p.1, Victoria Ward
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Colleagues pay tribute to Sir David Watson's career
Times Higher Education, 12/02/2015, Jack Grove
Tributes have been paid to Professor Sir David Watson, one of the country's best-known higher education academics and former vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton.
Academic's 'formidable expertise and knowledge' and 'unique voice' remembered.
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Professor Sir David Watson 1949-2015
wonkhe.com, 11/02/2015, Rob Cuthbert
David Watson, who has died aged 65, was one of the foremost academic leaders of his generation. Although his abundant talents meant that any career could have been open to him, it is our great good fortune that he chose to spend his life in higher education as an academic, manager, strategic thinker and policymaker, enriching the lives of thousands of students and colleagues with his wisdom, humanity, courage and leadership.
A huge loss to higher education: a tribute to David Watson
The Conversation, 12/02/2015, John Brennan
David Watson, the Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford and a revered professor of higher education, died on Sunday, February 8, aged 65. It is a huge and sad loss: to his family and friends, to his colleagues, and to the whole of higher education.
Read the Conversation tribute
Ten years of Google Maps - Tech Weekly podcast
Guardian online, 11/02/2015
Audio: Professor Mark Graham from the Oxford Internet Institute discusses how the geographies of the internet have reconfigured how people engage with the city.
Listen to the Guardian podcast
Sir David Watson dies aged 65
Times Higher Education online, 09/02/2015, Chris Parr
Sir David Watson, one of the UK's leading higher education academics and Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford, has died at the age of 65. Sir David, who was also professor of higher education at the University of Oxford, led the University of Brighton to gaining university status in 1992 and continued as vice-chancellor for another 13 years. He was a member of the Dearing review of higher education in the 1990s and professor of higher education at the Institute of Education (now part of University College London) between 2005 and 2010. As a prolific and influential higher education commentator, he was knighted in 1998 for his services to the sector. A tribute published on Green Templeton's website describes Sir David as "an energetic 'hands-on' head of house who was involved in every aspect of College life". "He demonstrated outstanding dedication in his leadership of the College's dynamic, influential and friendly community of students, fellows and staff, which focuses on understanding the issues of managing human welfare in the modern world," it says, describing his legacy as "enormous".
The woman who will never grow up: 20-year-old looks like a young child due to rare condition affecting her growth hormones
Mail Online, 09/02/2015, Madlen Davies
A Chinese girl with a rare medical problem has the appearance of a child - despite being 19-years-old. Ashley Grossman, GTC Senior Research Fellow and professor of endocrinology at Oxford University, explains the causes of the condition.
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Can a new organ carry the donor's personality?
The Daily Telegraph, 06/02/2015, p.23, Joe Shute
Article on the experiences of people who exhibit personality changes after an organ transplant includes comment from Professor Peter Friend, Head of Transplantation at Oxford University and a consultant transplant surgeon.
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Passing the Saatchi Bill
Daily Telegraph online, 02/02/2015, Unattributed
Letter on the proposed Medical Innovation Bill, co-signed by Professor of Gynaecological Oncology Ashour Ahmed, Professor of Reproductive Medicine and GTC Fellow Stephen Kennedy, Professor of Translational Medicine Chas Bountra, Coordinating Editor Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group Dr Rupert McShane, and Head of the Medical Science Division and the Dean of the Medical School Professor Alastair Buchan, all of Oxford University: 'While there have been significant advances in cancer treatments in recent decades, there remain areas where there has been no meaningful advance. Diseases such as glioblastoma, sarcoma or pancreatic cancer have seen no clinically relevant improvements over those decades.
'While clinicians have leeway to prescribe drugs "off-label", we know from our direct experience with patients that viable clinical options are not being used in the vast majority of "terminal" cases. When all standard therapies have failed, and there are no clinical trials available, the response is almost uniformly to move that patient into palliative care.
'We do not dispute that the clinical trial is necessary in order to identify those advances that work and those that do not. However, the evidence base for medicine can come from many different sources. Data collection is a necessary corollary of increased off-label usage and the new registry included in the Bill will record information (including side-effects and outcome data) in every instance of an innovative treatment. This ground-breaking registry will enable us to analyse real-world data, thereby providing greater patient protection than exists at present.
Ultimately the question that must be addressed is: what can we responsibly offer to those patients for whom there are no suitable clinical trials?'
Emerging into a big issue
Eastern Eye, 30/01/2015, p.14
Fifty leading international policy experts and practitioners have called for radical change in the policies and priorities in emerging markets at the Emerging Markets Symposium held at Green Templeton College, Oxford, earlier this month. Experts said that increased longevity will offer new opportunities for economic growth but only if political and cultural institutions adapt to meet the challenges an ageing population.
Chemicals in lipstick linked to early menopause
The Times, 29/01/2015, p.24, Tom Whipple
Ashley Grossman, GTC Senior Research Fellow and professor of endocrinology at Oxford University, comments on research from Washington University which suggests that women with the highest levels of endocrine disruptors are likely to start the menopause earlier.
Read the Times article online
Could your make-up put you at risk of early menopause? Chemicals in lipstick, face cream and nail varnish can speed up the process by four years, study finds
Mail Online, 28/01/2015, Lizzie Parry
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City sees sunniest December since records began
Oxford Mail, p.5, 24/01/2015
Oxford University researchers have found that December was the sunniest in Oxford since records began in 1881. Nearly 97 hours of sunshine were recorded for the month by observers from Oxford University's Radcliffe Meteorological Station which is based in the gardens at GTC - almost twice as much as the December average of 49 hours. Dr Ian Ashpole, observer for the Radcliffe Meteorological Station from the university's School of Geography and Environment said: 'This December record is just another chapter from the extraordinary weather story of 2014. Overall it was the warmest since 1815, and the winter months December to February were the wettest in 248 years.'
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Improvisation puts a spring in the step of plodding managers
Financial Times, 26/01/2015, p.12, Emma De Vita
Instead of wasting time and effort trying to control the uncontrollable, improvise, suggests GTC Associate Fellow Robert Poynton, of Saïd Business School and co-founder of On Your Feet, a consultancy that transposes methods from improvisational theatre to business. 'Improvisation is not making it up on the spur of the moment, it's not winging it,' he says. Nor do you have to be an acting genius to become an effective improviser. Instead, it comes down to your ability to view everything as an 'offer' - something that can be used to good effect. Mr Poynton has created games that executives use to strengthen their improvisational muscles. At improvisation's core is being responsive to unexpected situations, letting go of expectations and using every skill to find a solution.
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Why we're obsessed with the cult of busy
Brisbane Courier-Mail (Australia), via The Sunday Telegraph, 23/01/2015, Nicole Mowbray
Article on how busy people feel they are includes comment from Ashley Grossman, GTC Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Endocrinology at Oxford University, on the stress hormone cortisol and its effect on our bodies.
Read the Brisbane Courier-Mail article online
Leading cos transforming to drive innovation, growth: Report
Business Standard India, 22/01/2015, via Press Trust of India
Leading companies around the world are transforming themselves with a purpose to drive innovation and growth, new research by EY and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, has found. The research highlighted a shift toward "purpose-led" transformation. "We have noticed from a number of conversations with CEOs and senior leaders that defining and implementing 'purpose' is becoming increasingly important to them," Saïd Business School Associate Dean of Executive Education and GTC Fellow Andrew White said.
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Radio: BBC Radio Oxford, David Prever
Observers from Oxford University's Radcliffe Meteorological Observatory, which is based in the garden at Green Templeton College, have determined that December 2014 was Oxford's sunniest December on record.
Sad movies, happy ads
Boston Globe, 11/01/2015, Kevin Lewis
Short article about the dangers for advertisers scheduling an upbeat television advert during a sad or relaxing drama, cites research carried out by Dr Nancy Puccinelli, GTC Associate Fellow and Associate Professor at the Said Business School.
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Don't blame the facilitator
Times Higher Education, 15/01/2015, p28, Sue Shepherd
Opinion piece on the use of headhunters in making senior appointments in Higher Education. Professor Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College, is quoted as saying that headhunters help create a "competitive waiting room" that is less and less diverse.
Read the Times Higher Education article online
Radio: Today, BBC Radio 4
Professor Trudy Lang of the Centre for Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford comments on the lessons to be learned from the Ebola outbreak.
Gut bacteria, prebiotics and the link between helping stress, anxiety and depression
The Independent online, 08/01/2015, Clio Korn
Scientists at Oxford University have demonstrated that consumption of prebiotics affects both emotional processing and stress hormone levels in healthy volunteers. The study found that volunteers who took a prebiotic called B-GOS paid less attention to negative words, and more attention to positive ones, than those taking placebo. Volunteers taking B-GOS also had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their saliva after three weeks on the prebiotic than they had at the beginning of the experiment. Author Clio Korn is a GTC DPhil student researching Neuroscience.
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Cracks in the digital map: what the 'geoweb' gets wrong about real streets
The Guardian online, 08/01/2015, Henry Grabar
The 'geoweb' of digital urban maps is full of omissions and distortions. Article includes comment from Mark Graham, a senior research fellow at Oxford Internet Institute.
Family planning relaxation has little effect on fertility rates: study
Global Times (China), 04/01/2015, Sun Wei
The 2013 reforms aimed at relaxing China's 'one-child policy' are likely to have a limited effect on the country's long-term demographic trends, or solve the problem of China's shrinking workforce, according to a report by the University of Oxford and Xi'an Jiaotong University. The researchers explored the effect of reforms which allow couples in which one member is an only child to have two children. Report co-author Stuart Basten, GTC Fellow and associate professor at the University of Oxford, is quoted.