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A chest belonging to 18th century American patriot and silversmith Paul Revere can now be viewed at 13 Norham Gardens. Revere, famed for alerting Massachusetts residents about the arrival of the British military in 1775, was memorialised in an 1860 poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and is now considered a national hero in American history.

handbook coverChris Adams, founding fellow of Green College (now GTC), has decided to provide free downloads of his book A Neurosurgeon's Notebook to all who wish to read it. Adams was appointed neurosurgeon at The Radcliffe Infirmary in 1972 until he retired and the hospital vacated the Radcliffe site. This book, originally published in 1998, contains his pearls of wisdom after a lifetime of neurosurgical practice. It is a distillation from his own notebook, which contains 30 years′ worth of clinical cases (and both his successes and failures).

Adams says 'I decided to put it online for free download because Amazon was selling it for £200 (in the past it was selling for several thousand pounds), but new it cost £20! It is a rather different book--something for lay public, medical students, neurologists and neurosurgeons!' A Neurosurgeon's Notebook can be downloaded here. Enjoy reading!


On June 13th and 14th 2017, Green Templeton College welcomed 60 participants from 8 countries to debate different approaches to the study of complexity in healthcare. Organised by Trish Greenhalgh and colleagues, this workshop featured keynote talks by Professor Penny Hawe (University of Sydney) and Professor Mark Petticrew (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). Sessions covered a range of theoretical perspectives and empirical studies from different disciplines, with participants making thought-provoking contributions about what it means to work with complexity.

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Prepared for the UK Prospective Diabetes Study by Alison Barratt (artist)

Another GTC Research Talks symposium was held on May 25th, with a wide and sometimes unusual range of topics, and with close to 30 attendees throughout the day. Spirited discussions ensued after each talk, and more discussion occurred over lunch, for which the Principal was able to join us. A majority of formal talks in the afternoon was clinical. At the end of the day there was an informal discussion which mostly revolved around the talk on stroke thrombectomy by Gary Ford.

Human Welfare Conference

On May 12th and 13th 2017, Green Templeton College welcomed over 100 delegates and 25 speakers from across the world to speak at its annual Human Welfare Conference. This event seeks to find innovative solutions to the main challenges facing social wellbeing, and unifies a set of people who often speak on disjointed platforms, including academics, policy-makers and students.

GosselinProfessor Derrick Gosselin, Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). The RSA was established in 1754 to enrich society through ideas and action. Professor Gosselin began his association with RSA in 2009 when he was developing a ‘New Industrial Policy’ for Flanders as Chief of Staff to Kris Peeters, then Prime Minister of Flanders (now Belgium’s Vice-Prime Minister of Economic Affairs).

Art 1On June 1, Green Templeton College welcomed the return of an art exhibition featuring art from 12 members of the GTC community and 3 members of the homeless community.

Exhibition organizers Marija Pantelic (reading a DPhil in Social Interventions) and Farzana Dudhwala (Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Health) opened the exhibition last year. This year Audrey Tan (reading an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention) proposed that the exhibition be expanded to include the work of homeless community members.

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John Bond surrounded by GTC members at a Truth and Peace Series event in May.

GTC Truth and Peace Series is a student-run event series which aims to promote and strengthen the truthful dialogue in academia about challenges and conflicts around all the world. Founded in February 2017 on the initiative of GTC student Lisa Yasko, the group has organised a number of events including a lecture at GTC by John Bond, the former Secretary of Australia’s National Sorry Day Committee from 1998 until 2006, a screening of 'Winter on Fire', a documentary about the Maidan protests, and a talk by former Ukrainian political prisoner Gennadiy Afanasiev. They are also planning a special event in November with the generous support from the GTC Annual Fund to promote the peace, truth and the arts at GTC. (Stay tuned on their Facebook page.)

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Dr Josep Figueras discusses 'The Four Horsemen of the Health Systems Apocalypse'.

Monday 22 May saw the launch of a new seminar series at GTC focussed on Health and Care Studies. In a full E P Abraham Lecture Theatre, Dr Josep Figueras, Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, spoke on 'HOW DO WE KEEP GOING? Addressing the Long Term Challenges Facing Health Systems Across Europe' with Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust, providing insight as the discussant. GTC Senior Research Fellow, Trish Greenhalgh, chaired the event and has written a blog 'The four horsemen of the healthcare apocalypse' giving her personal take on the day. The blog covers Dr Figueras’ provocative and fast-paced presentation and includes a review of the ‘closed-door’ pre-seminar at which a lively group of students, academics, and practitioners had the opportunity to question Dr Figueras over tea and muffins. You can read Trish’s blog on the Health and Care Studies Seminar Series page.

Industry 4.0

GTC Associate Fellow Robert Glaze, pictured centre with his Brenva Institute colleague, Rebeca Kung and one of the Chinese translators in Zurich, recently authored Leadership 4.0 as the management manual that is being used by China’s leading Business School, CEIBS. The manual was translated into Mandarin for China EMBA and Executive Education Students in Shanghai, Since early 2016 Robert Glaze has led Industry 4.0 seminars for the China CEO study program and EMBA program at the Zurich Institute of Business Education, the European Campus of CEIBS. Industry 4.0 is often referred to as the 'fourth industrial revolution'.

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The Principal, Professor Denise Lievesley, accompanied by her partner Professor Roland Rosner, recently returned from a trip to Beijing and Hong Kong.

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On Friday 12th May, at the 2017 Annual General Meeting in Burlington House, Piccadilly, Charles Barclay, GTC Associate Fellow, was elected Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS).

Professor Kenneth RogoffOn Tuesday 9 May, Green Templeton College together with the Department of Economics hosted a panel of distinguished economists to debate the early economic consequences of Trumpism and how his policies in key areas, such as trade, tax, finance, and monetary policy, are likely to develop. The speakers included Professor Kenneth Rogoff, the Visiting Sanjaya Lall Fellow, a Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Harvard University and a household name in for any undergraduate economics student who undoubtedly owns a well-thumbed copy of Foundations of International Macroeconomics. Rogoff is the recipient of the 2011 Deutsche Bank Prize in Financial Economics and has served as an economist at the International Monetary Fund.

Alexander bettsThe problem is a daunting one that Alexander Betts, Senior Research Fellow of Green-Templeton College and Leopold Muller Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the University of Oxford, considers every day. As he points out in a recent article article for Prospect magazine "The problem is that we have lost sight of what refuge is about. For Europe it signals fear. For Turkey and Kenya it signals cost." Read the full article on 'How to fix the refugee crisis.' 

Sue Ziebland

Medical sociologist and Senior Research Fellow, Professor Sue Ziebland, has been appointed as the new Director of the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme and takes up the post in May.

Solik treeFrom a desire to express emotional support for their fellow 2012-13 GTC student Brendon Solik, whose parents were kidnapped from their home in South Africa and murdered in February 2017, a group of former GTC students approached the College to see if some form of dedication to the Solik family could be made in the gardens. Head Gardener, Michael Pirie, met Georgia Cole, Farzana Dudhwala, Hayley Jones and James Morfopoulos on behalf of their wider community on 28 February and suggested that the distinctive Sequoiadendron giganteum or giant redwood growing in the main garden since the early 1980s might be appropriate.

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GTC alumnus, Nicolas Friederici (pictured left) studies digital entrepreneurship and collaborative innovation in challenging environments, such as low-income and post-conflict countries in Africa. He was recently quoted in The Economist commenting on the reasons why tech and entrepreneurship incubators in Africa have found it hard to succeed. Nicolas acknowledges: "The Internet has brought new opportunities for African entrepreneurs, but these opportunities have been unevenly distributed. It is our goal to better understand the true potential of 'the digital' for the continent, and how its benefits can be made more inclusive."

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