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Fellows at Green Templeton College shared their latest ideas and research focus at the recent GTC symposium. In addition to her welcome address, the Principal, Denise Lievesley, started the proceedings by giving the first talk, on international statistics.


As a modern, egalitarian, graduate College with students from 69 countries, half of whom are female, studying medicine, business and management and the applied social sciences, Green Templeton is proud to celebrate International Women's Day. We focus on human welfare issues and our ethos is based on an assumption of tolerance for all people regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, opinions and religion and on a concern for equality, justice, peace and shared stewardship of the planet.

Lorraine WrightWhile most students might not hesitate to admit that it can be a struggle to balance their studies with their personal lives, current GTC student Lorraine Wright juggles her Exec MBA with both her day job and the running of her multi award-winning nationwide event, the University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY).

UGCY is an annual televised competition that aims to bring together talented individuals through music. Founded and organised by Wright, the competition provides a platform for University Gospel Choirs across the UK and in Ghana to develop and showcase their musical abilities.

Martin Turner 2016More than 150 colleagues, friends and family crowded into the Lecture Theatre at the John Radcliffe Hospital Academic Centre on 28 February to hear Professor Martin Turner, GTC Senior Research Fellow, give his inaugural lecture to celebrate his status as a full professor. As Professor Irene Tracey said in her introduction “these are joyous occasions”: this one certainly was. Martin delivered a masterly lecture, with enthusiasm and humour.

Cammy Crolic AMADr Cammy Crolic, Associate Professor of Marketing and Research Fellow of Green Templeton College, has won the prestigious John A. Howard American Marketing Association (AMA) Doctoral Dissertation Award, including a $1,000 cash prize and plaque, for her dissertation work entitled, 'Hedonic Escalation: When Food Just Tastes Better and Better'. Her work was judged to be the best dissertation among all doctoral students in marketing worldwide.

james lovelockSaving the planet is no mean feat, but Senior Visiting Research Fellow James Lovelock did so by accident. In last week’s New Scientist, writer Fred Pearce helped Lovelock to reveal that, in 1957, Lovelock singlehandedly invented a device capable of detecting poisonous pesticides and ozone-eating compounds at concentrations of just one part per trillion.

Such sensitivity from other ‘electron capture detectors’ (as Lovelock labelled his) had never before been seen and, to date, is still to be bettered. While working as a medical researcher in a government lab, Lovelock created the first detector on a lab bench in attempt to improve the tools at his disposal for his daily work.

shoumoGreen Templeton Governing Body Fellow Professor Shoumo Bhattacharya and Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine for the British Heart Foundation (BHF), has been awarded an accelerator grant by LAB282 for his work with ‘Drugs from bugs’.

The project in question works on developing evasins, a potential treatment for cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases derived from the saliva of ticks.

NeurosleeveGreen Templeton alumnus Dr Louwai Muhammed (graduated BM in 2014) has just won the first leg of the MIT $100K Accelerate Competition for his start-up, receiving a grant of $10,000 for the ‘NeuroSleeve’. Along with electrical and robotics engineer Matthew Carey, Dr Muhammed pitched the creation to a panel of judges with a live demonstration of its prototype.

The sleeve, which is designed for early detection of carpal tunnel syndrome, has the potential to reduce surgery related costs each year, which are currently around $1 billion. With early detection, sufferers can hope to overcome their carpal tunnel syndrome with mild home treatments, rather than undergoing costly and potentially disruptive surgery.

Sir John Hanson

On 9th February 2017 there was a service to celebrate the life of Sir John Hanson, who was Warden of Green College from 1998-2006. About 400 people were welcomed into the beautiful surroundings of Christ Church Cathedral by impressive music on the organ, which then continued with the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana to start the service. The congregation were in good voice for the well-known hymns – favourites of Sir John’s.

Martin 03 002Alumnus Martin P. Thomas of the Oxford & HEC Master’s programme ‘Consulting & Coaching for Change’ has recently been published alongside co-author Dr Mark McElroy.

The book, ‘The MultiCapital Scorecard’, is a direct result of Thomas’ studies here at Green Templeton College. In it, Martin and McElroy set out principles and a working methodology by which organisations of all sorts can measure their environmental, social and economic performance.

HarryGreen Templeton College alumnus Dr Harry Annison, who graduated with a DPhil in Criminology in 2013, recently featured in a BBC Radio 4 documentary addressing the indeterminate Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence.

While studying at Green Templeton, Dr Annison carried out research which was then published in his book, ‘Dangerous Politics: Risk, political vulnerability and penal policy’ (Oxford University Press, 2015). The book is based on interviews with over 60 senior UK policy makers.

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A casual conversation about data in the Barclay Room at College sparked a partnership that led two Green Templeton College-affiliated scholars to collaborate on a global study that underpins, amongst others, a new report for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and a string of academic papers.

GTC Lecture 1 resizedAs part of the 2017 Green Templeton Lectures on the topic of Delivering Health: Clinical, Management and Policy Challenges, the first lecture of the four-part series looked at evidence-based healthcare.

Led by Professor Sue Dopson of the Said Business School and Richard Gleave of Public Health England, the discussion centred on the challenges facing attempts to implement research into policy and medicine, and the concept of accountability in relation to quality improvement.

Dana HosnDana A. Hosn, MSc Education (Child Development and Education) 2013, has recently completed a cycling expedition from Melbourne to Cairns in Australia, spanning over 4000 kilometres. With a group of 19 other riders, Dana completed the journey in just 45 days with the aim of promoting healthy and active living. 

Such an event has never before been organised in Australia and took part in collaboration with the not-for-profit organisation Steer North. Throughout the 18 months preparation from March 2015, the riders organised everything from securing accommodation to food donations and, most importantly, raising funds for cancer research, education and patient care. 

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The Queen has presented renowned Brisbane paediatrician and Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Professor John Pearn, with the Royal Life Saving Society's most prestigious award for his work in preventing child drownings. Professor Pearn was awarded the King Edward VII Cup for contributions to rescue, resuscitation, lifesaving and injury prevention and safety promotion.

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Given that the grounds of Green Templeton College are home to the C18th Radcliffe Observatory, a question often asked is "What is the astronomy link to a C21st Oxford college with a focus on human welfare?" The answer is provided by Charles Barclay FRAS, Director Blackett Observatory, Associate Fellow GTC, Academic visitor in Astrophysics sub-Department, Oxford University.

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Speaking to an audience of 300 people at the Emerging Markets Symposium on Health and the Environment Lecture in the Sheldonian Theatre, world-leading American economist who specialises in sustainable development, Professor Jeffrey Sachs, drew on President Kennedy’s announcement that he would take a man to the moon, and back, as a goal for his administration.