Radio: BBC Radio Oxford, Howard Bentham
Trudie Lang, Professor of Global Health at Oxford University, discusses the news that the first ever malaria vaccine is to be introduced in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi next year. Professor Lang has been involved in the development of the vaccine.
Solving the refugee issue
The Sunday Times, Culture, 23/04/2017, p.34, Justin Marozzi
Review of a new book, Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier, both of Oxford University.
Read the review in the Sunday Times online
Encouraging African entrepreneurship
The Economist online, 06/04/2017
Nicolas Friederici of Oxford University comments on the reasons why tech and entrepreneurship incubators in Africa have found it hard to succeed.
Our best gift to refugees is a job near their home
The Sunday Times, 02/04/2017, p.18, Sarah Baxter
Comment piece on the refugee crisis includes discussion of a new book, Refuge, by Alexander Betts and Paul Collier of Oxford University.
Read the article in The Sunday Times online
Radio: LBC 97.3, Stig Abell
Alexander Betts, Director of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, discusses his new book Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System [co-written with Oxford economist Paul Collier].
Oxford paints a more diverse picture
The Times, 31/03/2017, p.21
Oxford University has commissioned more than 20 portraits to display the institution’s diversity. The sitters include more women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds, people from LGBT communities, and people with disabilities.
Rebecca Surender, advocate and pro-vice-chancellor for equality and diversity at the university, said: “It is hugely important for students and staff to feel at home at Oxford and to feel inspired by people they can relate to. This series of portraits, created by a talented group of artists, will broaden the range of people represented around the university. All of those selected to take part have made enormous contributions to Oxford life and to society more widely.”
Premature babies' brains respond differently to gentle touching
New Scientist online, 16/03/2017
Article on a new study looking at the effect of skin contact on premature babies includes comment from Rebeccah Slater of the University of Oxford.
Corrections and clarifications
The Times (Main), 14/03/2017, p.26, Unattributed
The names of three heads of Oxford colleges were inadvertently omitted from the letter about right to residency of EU nationals from outside the UK. The signatories should have included the Very Rev Professor Martyn Percy, Christ Church; Professor Steven Cowley, Corpus Christi; and Professor Denise Lievesley, Green Templeton.
Airlines and airports everywhere have to prepare for growth in traffic
The Financial Post online, 08/03/2017
Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines and Porter Aviation Holdings interviews Green Templeton Associate Fellow, Karl Moore.
An innovative cure for broken water pumps in Africa
The Economist online, 28/02/2017
Johanna Koehler of Oxford University comments on the challenges facing efforts to provide clean drinking water to rural sub-Saharan Africa.
Refugees turned entrepreneurs: ‘I needed to think about the future’
The Guardian online, 28/02/2017, Suzanne Bearne
Alexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, comments as part of an article on refugees who overcome economic constraints through their entrepreneurial spirit.
Ensuring educational success, latest achievement for former journalist Paddy Coulter
Oxford Times online 16/02/2017 Luke Sproule
Paddy Coulter, Fellow at Green Templeton College, talking about how his early education and his later experiences at Oxford helped instil in him a belief in the transformative role of education.
Read the article on the Oxord Times online
Did they really say that?
BBC news online, 16/02/2017, Joseph D'Urso
An article on fake political quotations quotes Rasmus Nielsen, director of research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, who said: "It's easier to fabricate things than it is to debunk them. As communication gets easier, there is going to be more and more of this stuff floating about online."
Founders not scroungers: There's a business case for welcoming refugees
City AM, 16/02/2017, p.18, Maximilian Yoshioka
An article on the economic benefits of welcoming refugees mentions research carried out in Uganda by Oxford University professor Alexander Betts, who found that the presence of refugees from neighbouring countries dramatically boosted local purchasing power, employment and human capital. In the capital city of Kampala, 21 per cent of refugees run businesses that employ other people.
Phones are now indispensable for refugees
The Economist, 09/02/2017
Article on the importance of mobile phones to refugees includes comment from Professor Alexander Betts of the University of Oxford.
Read the article in The Economist online
To Each Their Own: Giving Feedback to Introverts and Extroverts
The Quiet Revolution
Karl Moore, Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College talking about the different ways managers should give feedback to their employees depending upon whether they are extroverts or introverts
How Not To Do It
BBC Radio 4, 06/02/2017, 20:30, Dr Harry Annison
Dr Harry Annison, GTC alumnus and author of ‘Dangerous Politics: Risk, political vulnerability and penal policy’, featured on BBC Radio 4's 'Analysis' programme to discuss the injustice of the the indeterminate Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence, which often leaves prisoners trapped in the system.
Patients are dying from lack of good medical research
The Times, 25/01/2017, p.22, Ben Goldacre
Article by Ben Goldacre, a medical academic at the University of Oxford, arguing that academics need to be more critical of factors which obscure trial data, making it more difficult for doctors to make evidence-based judgements.
Refugees can be a powerful political resource to help those left behind
The Observer (Main), 22/01/2017, p.38, Alexander Betts
Alexander Betts, professor of forced migration and international affairs at Oxford, discusses the positive contributions that refugees might make in assisting long-term transitions to peace and democracy in the countries from which they have fled.
Purpose: Rebuilding Trust in Business
Huffington Post (USA), 19/01/2017, Andrew White
Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education at Said Business School, University of Oxford, writes about how to rebuild trust in capitalism.
If you were an elephant…
The Guardian online, 19/01/2017, Charles Foster
Charles Foster, Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, and author of Being a Beast, imagines life as an elephant.
Radio: BBC Radio 4, the Today programme
Jeffrey Sachs, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, who gave a lecture at the Sheldonian Theatre on The Path of Sustainable Development for the Emerging Economies as part of the Emerging Markets Symposium, is interviewed on the Today programme about Donald Trump's economic goals.
TV: Outside Source, BBC World Service
Dr Rasmus Nielsen, Director of Research at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, is interviewed about President-elect Donald Trump’s comments during his press conference about ‘fake news’.
Watch on the BBC World Service (Around 12:44 on the clock)
Radio: BBC Radio 4, You and Yours
Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education and Corporate Relations at the Saïd Business School at Oxford, contributes to an item looking at organisations which use animals in training courses, including leadership development.
Listen on BBC Radio 4
Radio: BBC World Hacks, BBC World Service
Mention of comments by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts on the idea of creating ‘border cities’ that would benefit refugees and the host country.
3 Silicon Valley-Tested Tips For Introvert Networking
Huffington Post 06/01/2017
Karl Moore, Associate Fellow at Green Templeton College talking about the different ways that introverts can network and ensure their work is valued.
Read the article in the Huffington Post
Losing hope in Mae La
BBC News online, 03/01/2017
Article on Dr Gracia Fellmeth's visit to Mae La, the largest of nine refugee camps along the Thai-Myanmar border and home to almost 40,000 people.
Blockchain raises fundamental questions
Financial Times online, 03/01/2017
Article on blockchain – the technology which underpins digital currencies such as bitcoin – includes comment from Ben Zevenbergen, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute and GTC alumnus.
Read the article on the FT online
Health curse of middle aged
Daily Mail, 28/12/2016, p.1, Sophie Borland
A study by Public Health England and Oxford University has found that 80% of middle-aged Britons are overweight, inactive or drink too much alcohol. The article includes comment from Professor Sir Muir Gray of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, who said: “Busy lives and desk jobs make it difficult to live healthily. But just making a few small changes will have significant benefits to people’s health now and in later life.”
Read the article on the Mail online
Free sanitary pads, puberty lessons can improve girls' school attendance
Business Standard India, 22/12/2016, via ANI agency
Giving free sanitary pads and lessons on puberty to teenage girls can be an effective way in boosting their attendance at schools, which can have long-term economic implications for women in low and middle-income countries, according to a new Oxford University study in the journal, PLOS ONE. The trial involved 1,000 girls at eight schools in Uganda. Lead author Paul Montgomery and co-author Julie Hennegan are quoted.
Read the article on the Business Standard India online