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Nautilus Award 2018 Poster

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


Chris Heemskerk, DPhil Candidate in Education and member of Green Templeton College, will be raising funds for the British Heart Foundation by running the Brighton Marathon on April 15th, and for Children with Cancer UK by completing the City to Summit duathlon on July 29th (half marathon + 184km bike through the Scottish Highlands + marathon over Ben Nevis in under 20h).

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To celebrate GTC’s 10 year anniversary, the College will be hosting a weekend of celebratory events from Friday 22 June to Sunday 24 June 2018. There will be talks, drinks, a garden party, GTC performs and a number of fun activities for the whole GTC community over the weekend. We will send out further details nearer the time but please do pencil the weekend in your diary.


Have you ever wondered how it would feel to be kept away from the people you love? Minor refugees are often separated from their family upon arrival in the UK. STAR (Student Action for Refugees) OXFORD is raising awareness as well as money for refugee family reunion in the UK by selling personalized tote bags for £4 each. All profit will go to Safe Passage, an organisation which breaks open safe and legal routes for unaccompanied child refugees, making family reunions a reality.

Summer Ball

The College is pleased to announce that ticket pre-sales will open for the 10th Anniversary GTC Havana Nights Summer Ball on Monday 26 February at 12 pm for College members and their guests.  A link for purchase will be sent to all students on Monday before noon. Sales will open to the entire University on 4 March at noon through the Summer Ball website. College members have this exclusive opportunity obtain a ticket before the general public. However, there is a limited number of early-bird price tickets at £105 non-dining tickets and £115 for guests, after which the price of the tickets will be at £120 for all. There is also a limited number of dining tickets at £143.

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February is LGBT History Month and, in honour of that occasion, Green Templeton College has displayed the LGBT pride flag at the College's main entrance. The University will host its annual LGBT History Month Lecture on 20 February at 6pm at the Mathematical Institure. This year's speaker will be Asad Dhunna. Further details are available here.

Using a mobile phone to take a photo of medicine. Credits: Nutcha CharoenboonResearch by Green Templeton Research Associate Dr Marco J Haenssgen shows that the fast spread of mobile phones across low-income countries like India can make it harder for poor people without phones to access essential health services. Published today in the journal World Development, this study analysed publicly available data from more than 12,000 households in rural India with sick family members in 2005 and 2012. The study suggests that healthcare services gradually expect more people to use a mobile phone, and that mobile phone users are more assertive when they compete for access to the few doctors and nurses in rural India. In areas where mobile phone become more common, people left behind have therefore more difficulty accessing healthcare services.

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A symposium on Migration and the Future of Emerging Markets at Green Templeton College, Oxford has issued its conclusions and recommendations in a press release today.

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We were saddened to hear recently of the passing of Doctor Peter Pritchard on 1st January 2018. Peter was a general practitioner who started his career just before the NHS was founded; his memoir, An Eventful Life, tells the story of a remarkable man who was professionally active to the end of his days.

Tim Hoff 002Professor Tim Hoff, Visiting Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, recently published two op-ed articles on current challenges faced in the health care industry. The first, published in OUPblog, discusses how the field is increasingly unpopular to many medical school graduates in the UK and US because of increased workloads and administrative requirements. According to Professor Hoff, 'relational care, the bedrock of effective primary care delivery, is less and less possible in US and UK health systems.... Young medical students have to be trained and socialized better to understand how to be a relational doctor in a system that won’t always reward or support that type of care.'

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Dr Ben Goldacre (left), Research Fellow at Greent Templeton College, Professor Judy Sebba (centre), Senior Visiting Research Fellow at GTC, and Professor Bernard Silverman (right), Associate Fellow of GTC, were recognised in the 2018 New Year's Honours list for their extraordinary achievements and service. Goldacre was appointed MBE for services to Evidence in Policy, Sebba received an OBE for services to higher education and disadvantaged young people, and Silverman received a knighthood for public service and services to science.

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Green Templeton College is proud to be hosting the U.K.’s first ever summer school in Medical Humanities in July 2018. The summer school will accept ten undergraduates and five sixth-form students; GTC has generously provided bursaries for school students in need. Several GTC fellows are involved, both on the steering committee and as co-directors. Topics to be covered in the week-long course include observation, illness narratives, communication, medical ethics, ageing, diversity and gender.