Accessibility Page Navigation
Style sheets must be enabled to view this page as it was intended.
Green Templeton College | Oxford

Latest News

IMG 8276Elli Farrant displays a model of Green Templeton College

Green Templeton College has selected an architectural firm, Feilden Fowles, to plan a building project on the site of the current tennis courts. Current plans include creating additional on-site accommodation for students, a new dining venue, and larger study areas and academic spaces. The firm is seeking input from College members to aid them as they integrate this new project with existing College architecture.

By Denise Lievesley

We were saddened to hear recently of the passing of Professor Max Blythe on 5th October 2017.

Max was a valued and much appreciated member of Green Templeton College. He was a long-standing Common Room Member, and supporting the College in the maintenance of archives and records relating to Richard Doll and William Osler, for the promotion of the study of medicine and the history of medicine.

JPL headshotRecently, the Nuffield Department of Medicine’s 3rd Year Graduate Student Award was given to Jeff Lienert, a doctoral student at Green Templeton College. Although his degree is housed in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, he is mentored at the University of Oxford by Felix Reed-Tsochas at the Saïd Business School. By virtue of his degree program, he is also mentored by Dr Laura Koehly and Dr Christopher Steven Marcum at the National Institutes of Health. This combination of health and social science in his mentorship ideally places him to make contributions relevant to the whole of GTC.

Maki Recital
It was a full house for Maki Sekiya’s first recital as GTC’s Musician in Residence in the Observatory Common Room last Sunday in a generous programme including major works by Schubert and Mussorgsky. With her prodigious technique, Maki revealed the nuances of Schubert’s monumental Wanderer Fantasia, making the subtlest of transitions between the contemplative and the tempestuous. Equally majestic was her account of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a performance which seized and never let go of the audience’s rapt concentration.

Maki will be giving a repeat performance of last Sunday’s programme in a public recital sponsored by GTC at 7:30pm on Saturday, 25 November in St John the Evangelist Church (109A Iffley Road, Oxford, OX4 1EH). Tickets are available via the SJE website - an opportunity not to be missed!

EMS Shutterstock
Editorial credit: Yury Birukov /

The Emerging Markets Symposium (EMS), an academic initiative of Green Templeton College, launched its latest report in July 2017 on Environmental Health in Emerging Markets. The report summary was translated into Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The main messages in the report have received media coverage in over 20 countries since the launch including major emerging market countries such as Brazil, China, India and Pakistan.

de BruijnProfessor Marella de Bruijn, Governing Body Fellow at Green Templeton College, Programme Leader at the MRC Molecular Haematology Unit at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, has been awarded the title of Professor of Developmental Haematopoiesis at the University of Oxford. Marella leads a team investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the birth of blood stem cells during embryonic development. Her work has contributed fundamental insights into these developmental processes. Marella is Director of Graduate Studies for the Radcliffe Department of Medicine and MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, and recently became the new Director of the Oxford-MRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

NOHL Observatory 2
SLL NoHL – design by Hoare Lea Lighting

On the evening of Friday 29 September, the Radcliffe Observatory will be specially illuminated by the Society of Light and Lighting as part of the Night of Heritage Light 2017. This event celebrates the art and science of light – with fun, creative designs lighting up some of the city’s most iconic sites, including the Observatory. Beginning at 7pm, the public is invited to view this fantastic building as it has never been seen before.

Farmland earmarked for industrial zone in Chatterjee's site of study

Mihika Chatterjee, a 4th year doctoral candidate in international development, has been awarded the Frere Exhibition 2017 (proxime accessit). The Exhibition is awarded to enable a specific piece of work to advance scholarship in Indian Studies. It is open to students, faculty and members of the University.


On 7 August, Dr Abrar Chaudhury, outgoing DPhil student at Green Templeton College and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, received the ‘Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2017’ by the Organisation and Natural Environment Division (ONE) at the Academy of Management in Atlanta. The award recognises relevance, scholarly contribution, theoretical and methodological rigor, as well as practical implications in selecting the best dissertation.

Dame Margaret Turner WarwickWe regret to announce the passing of Dame Margaret Elizabeth Turner-Warwick DBE, FRACP, FACP, FRCP, FMedSci, an Honorary Fellow of Green Templeton College on 21 August, 2017 at age 92. A long-time friend of the College, Dame Margaret studied at Lady Margaret Hall and at University College London, where she contracted tuberculosis. As a result, she developed a major interest in pulmonary medicine which led to her lifetime professional work and research. 

RamirezOn 5 September, Professor Rafael Ramírez, Governing Body Fellow at Green Templeton College and Director of the Oxford Scenarios Programme and Professor of Practice, was awarded the British Academy of Management Education Practice Award 2017 for the development of the ‘New Life for an Old Trick: Teaching and Learning through the Live Case Method for Improved Impact of Business Schools’ programme at Saïd Business School. This award, established in 2016, recognises initiatives that enhance management learning and education.

RasmusProfessor Rasmus Nielsen, Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, Director of Research at the Reuters Institute, and editor in Chief of International Journal of Press/Politics, has been awarded the title of Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford. Dr Nielsen is the University's first professor of political communication, named in recognition of the critical role that communication, news, and media play in contemporary societies and of his research on journalism and news, digital media, and political campaigns.


Professor Neil Mortensen, Governing Body Fellow of GTC, has been appointed Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSE), where he has been a member of Council and Trustee for the last three years.

By Trish Greenhalgh

Steve Iliffe
Steve Iliffe discusses the 'crisis' in contemporary healthcare

For many years, a small but [almost] perfectly formed network of academics, policymakers, clinicians and health service leaders have congregated in Oxford in late summer to share ideas and research findings at the academic-service-policy interface. Organised by Alison Hann (University of Swansea) and Imelda McDermott (University of Manchester), HPPN has a tradition of asking critical questions that cross disciplinary boundaries and are best addressed through applied research, analysis of routinely collected data and intersectoral debate.

Tennis Court Project

Seven architecture teams have been selected to submit proposals for a new building at Green Templeton College. This new ‘tennis court project’ (built on the site of the College's current tennis courts) will serve as a new accommodation building to meet the College’s housing needs and will include 80 single-occupancy en-suite rooms. Candidates include Eric Parry, Feilden Fowles, Haworth Tompkins, Sergison Bates, Stanton Williams, Tim Ronalds, and Walters & Cohen.


The interior of the Tower of The Winds (the upper levels of the Radcliffe Observatory) is generally closed to the public and only available for private, guided viewing by Green Templeton College members. On September 9th and 10th, as part of the Oxford Open Doors celebration, the Tower will be open to the public between 10 am and 3:30 pm. During this time, members of the public will be able to visit the upper levels of the Observatory with the assistance of College students and staff. All are invited to explore the interior of the Tower of the Winds at this time.


Professor Robert Arnott, a Common Room Member and a specialist in human skeletal remains and the medical and disease history of the Eastern Mediterranean in the third and second millennia BC, is part of an international team studying the genetic origins of the Minoans and Mycenaeans, who have just published their results in the journal Nature.

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see the GTC Privacy Policy.

I accept cookies from this site

EU Cookie Directive Plugin Information