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We are delighted to announce that pianist Maki Sekiya has been appointed to continue as GTC’s Musician in Residence for the 2018-19 academic year. Born in Tokyo, Maki studied at the Purcell School in North London and later at the Moscow Conservatoire where she gained a diploma with distinction. Her recitals in the Observatory Common Room during the current session have drawn capacity audiences who have been thrilled by her emotional range, technical mastery and careful choice of repertoire. She has also participated in our GTC Performs! events and organised early evening concerts at GTC featuring talented young musicians from local schools including the young choristers of Worcester College.

Maki’s next concert at GTC will on Sunday 8 July. Her programme and the booking arrangements will be published shortly.

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Governing Body Fellow Professor Mary Daly has won a Most Acclaimed Lecturer award in the 2018 Student-led Teaching Awards. There were five such awards given out across the University and Mary, a professor in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, was the recipient for the Social Sciences. 'I am delighted to receive this,' she noted, 'especially because it is awarded on the basis of nominations from students.'


David Nasralla, DPhil student in Surgical Sciences at Green Templeton College, recently had his research published in the journal Nature. His work, 'A randomized trial of normothermic preservation in liver transplantation', which he co-wrote with Professor Peter Friend, has now also been cited by outlets such as BBC News and The Times. The story was also featured on the cover of the May edition of Nature. David had the following to say about his research:

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Ever thought what it’s like being a conservation biologist? Experience this with the all new WildCRU boardgame that is both fun and educational! This game, co-designed by Green Templeton alumnus and current college advisor Cedric Tan and Jennifer Spencer, appeals to non-scientists to demonstrate some of the challenges faced by conservationists, the animals themselves, or the indigenous people who live with them.

PennyPenny Ehrhardt, a DPhil candidate in Law and a Green Templeton student, has been nominated for the Role Model Award in the inaugural Vice-Chancellor's Diversity Awards. These awards 'celebrate work across the University to promote and support equality and diversity.'The Awards Ceremony will be hosed by the Vice-Chancellor on Tuesday 8 May at the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College. 

EvansIt is with profound sadness that I write to inform the GTC community of the death of Professor Sir John Grimley Evans, MA, DM (MA, MD Camb), FRCP, FMedSci, FFPH, who was an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College and Emeritus Professor of Clinical Geratology at Oxford University. 

Grimley was a long-time friend of Green-Templeton College, having first become associated with Green College as a Governing Body Fellow in 1985. His contribution to the College was obvious for all to see, and after distinguished service of 17 years he was made Emeritus Fellow in 2002.



The Bhattacharya Group, a research group investigating therapeutics for cardiovascular, inflammatory and fibrotic disease and led by Green Templeton College Governing Body Fellow Shoumo Bhattacharya, has been awarded a grant of over £1 million to continue its research on ticks. As reported by an iNews article, Professor Bhattacharya's research suggests that tick saliva could serve as the foundation of drugs that treat inflammation caused by diseases including arthritis, pancreatitis, colitis, and Crohn's disease.


The Tenth Annual Human Welfare Conference will take place at Green Templeton College on Friday May 11 at Saturday May 12, 2018. This annual conference brings together leading graduate students, academics, and practitioners to engage with the specific challenges and opportunities of systematically improving human welfare in both academic and professional contexts. Encouraging collaboration between researchers from different backgrounds and disciplines, the conference explores new and comprehensive ways to tackle important issues relevant to human welfare.


Emeritus Fellow Barbara Lorna Hudson has won first prize in the Plymouth International Short Story Competition. Her story, 'The Woman who slept with a Monkey', features a graduate student and an older woman, but it may not be what one might expect. It is available to be read here.

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Professor Karl Moore (left) has been awarded the Principal's Prize for Public Engagement through Media - Outstanding Achievement Award by McGill University. Professor Moore, an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Organization at McGill's Desautels Faculty of Management. He, along with Professor Joe Schwarcz, received the award from Principal Suzanne Fortier on 15 March for his expert use of media channels to share his research, including radio, television, print, and social media.

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Vincent Ni, a Green Templeton College alumnus and a journalist at the British Broadcasting Corporation, has been chosen by Yale University as a 2018 World Fellow. He joins 15 others in this prestigious leadership development programme at one of the best universities in the world.

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Do you know a Green Templeton student who has excelled in academia, athletics, or improving College life? You can nominate them for a Nautilus award. Since 2004, this annual tradition recognises and rewards students who have enhanced the College's reputation through their outstanding achievement. Additional guidelines are available here. To nominate an individual, complete and send this application form to Kristina Masih. All nominations must be submitted by 31 May 2018.

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Bonnie Gammer (third from the right) has become the first Green Templeton College student to receive a placement at the Kawasaki Medical School in Japan. The College extends her its congratulations for this accomplishment. 


Green Templeton Boat Club had a very successful Torpids campaign this year, with all boats bumping in 100% of the races they started in! W2 finished 2nd overall in rowing on, decisively earning their place in the main week of racing. On Wednesday, they then bumped St Catherine's W2 in Division 5. M1 cemented their place in Division 3 with an overbump, initially closing in on Jesus M1 (who then bumped St Peters M1), then successfully chasing down and bumping St Peters M1. Sadly, the #beastfromtheeast meant that both M1 and W2 were only able to race in one day of the regatta, preventing more bumps and the potential to win blades.

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This all-day event has been organised annually since 2013 by Lindy Castell (GTC Visiting Research Fellow) and, more recently, bi-annually. Lindy took this initiative after participating in Dr Mary McMenanim’s event “Research Students meet Research Fellows“ , where 1st year students have the opportunity to hear brief talks about research at the coalface! Approximately 40 Research Fellows at GTC investigate a wide variety of topics, not always known to other College members. Thus, Lindy decided to arrange an all-day symposium at which different topics could be presented over 15-20 minutes. Initially she invited just Research Fellows: however, she has now widened this to include anyone who is undertaking (or has undertaken) research at GTC (N.B. DPhil students have their own event). In order to provide a theme, clinical talks tend to be presented after lunch, with other topics in the morning. The day ends with an informal discussion. Summaries of the most recent Symposium are available here.

Maki Recital March 2

It was a packed GTC Common Room for Maki Sekiya’s piano recital last Sunday evening. Especially appropriate during the great weekend thaw, her programme was themed to herald the coming of Spring and included two of the most demanding works in the canon of piano music - Schumann’s Carnaval and movements from Stravinsky’s Petrouchka. Her phenomenal yet seemingly effortless technique and her sensitivity to the broad emotional range of both works held her audience spellbound.

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The deadline for applications to the U.K.’s first ever summer school in Medical Humanities has been extended to 12 noon on Friday 23 March to allow universities to undertake final advertising to undergraduates after the strike days. The summer school in July 2018, hosted by Green Templeton College, is aimed at undergraduates and sixth-form students, with five bursaries available for sixth-formers school students in need. Topics to be covered in the week-long course include observation, illness narratives, communication, medical ethics, ageing, diversity and gender. The new summer school has created a lot of interest but there is still time to apply here. Additional information is also available here or by emailing

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