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Sir John Hanson

It is with great sadness that Green Templeton College has learned of the death of Sir John Hanson, Warden of Green College 1998-2006, who passed away on 13 January at the age of 78 after a short period of ill health. He will be greatly missed by all members of the Green Templeton community.

Sir John became the fourth Warden of Green College in 1998 after a long career in the British public service, culminating in his appointment as Director-General of the British Council 1992-8 where he led a major reform programme for management change throughout the British Council.

We're delighted to announce that Professor Alexander Betts, Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, and Professor Mark Graham, Director of Research, Oxford Internet Institute have both been appointed GTC Senior Research Fellows. 

galaxy 1676711 1280Charles Barclay (Marlborough College and GTC Associate Fellow) and Sandor Kruk (PhD student in Oxford Astrophysics and Merton College) led the first full UK team of five students in the 10th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, held in Bhubaneswar, India from 9th to 19th December. 

Professor John FurlongCongratulations to Professor John Furlong, Emeritus Professor of Education and Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College, who was appointed OBE for services to research in education and government. A former Director of Oxford's Department of Education and a former President of the British Educational Research Association, Professor Furlong is a member of research groups encompassing learning and new technologies, teacher education, and professional learning.

Congratulations to Ron Emersonron emerson, Governing Body Fellow, who was appointed CBE for services to International Banking and the Financing of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises. This is recognition of his role in setting up the government’s economic development bank, The British Business Bank, that was established to improve financial support for small and mid sized business in the UK, which had not been well served before. Over the first three years the Bank mobilised an additional £7 billion of new money to this sector and widened the sources/suppliers of finance and the range of financial instruments available.

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Green Templeton College will be closed from 4pm on Wednesday 21 December 2016 until 8.30am on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

The Porters' Lodge will close at midday on Saturday 24 December and will reopen for business as usual at 6am Tuesday 3 January 2017.

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The BBC Sky at Night team filmed their Review of the Year at Green Templeton, with the gardens, Rotunda and the Radcliffe Observatory all featured throughout. The crew of seven spent an entire day filming in order to create sufficient links and undertake an interview for the programme, that when edited, lasts a mere half an hour.

Green Templeton College student Johanna Koehler, Researcher for the Smith School of Enterprise Water Programme, was invited to join the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum.

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At the 2016 National Dentistry Awards on 25 November, Green College Alumnus Jonathan Worton was awarded "Best Young Dentist". 

Jonathan Worton

Governing Body Fellow Professor Mary Daly was the keynote speaker at a meeting organised by the charity RESEC (Research in Specialist and Elderly Care) at the House of Lords on Monday November 25th.

GCR Christmas

The outgoing GCR Committee handed the baton over to the incoming Committe at the annual Changeover Dinner in the Observatory. The evening provided an the opportunity for the Principal and members of staff to offer thanks as well as guidance and encouragement for the hard work that the GCR Committee undertakes in enhancing life within the Green Templeton community.

Drug card Northern Thailand

GTC Research Associate Dr Marco J Haenssgen (in collaboration with GTC Governing Body Fellow Professor Felix Reed-Tsochas) has won two research grants from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to support socio-medical research in Southeast Asia. Photo: A drug card used in Northern Thailand to study people’s use of antibiotics (Ern Charoenboon)

PharmacyGreen Templeton alumnus, Dr Mahiben Maruthappu, is co-founder of the NHS Innovation Accelerator which has brought about a walk-in pharmacy test of whether somebody with a sore throat needs antibiotics.


Last Sunday evening, GTC hosted a piano recital by Oxford- based Japanese pianist MAKI SEKIYA. She astonished a rapt audience with a virtuosic performance of music by Chopin and Schumann.

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Governing Body Fellow Professor Mary Daly has been made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Daly’s work centres on the analysis of social policy with a particular focus on how different policy arrangements impact on inequality, poverty and welfare. She explores these topics especially from a comparative perspective, examining variations across countries and regions of the world. Family policy and parenting support are two of the fields she has recently written extensively on.

Lord Walton of Detchant

The Principal of Green Templeton College, together with approximately 30 friends and colleagues of Lord John Walton’s, attended his Memorial Service in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, on Thursday 3rd November. Lord Walton was the former Warden of Green College, Oxford from 1983-1989. He died aged 93.

Campaign clubfoot

Senior Research Fellow, Professor Chris Lavy, today launches an Oxford 4-week crowdfunding campaign for the Africa Clubfoot Training project. Green Templeton are pleased to support this campaign as part of our mission on human welfare and for pledges of £1,001 or more will host donors for a dinner in the Radcliffe Observatory with Professor Lavy, who is Africa Clubfoot's Training Director, to hear more about the project.