Alumni Lectures

The Green Templeton College Alumni Lectures are a series of presentations organised by the Development and Alumni Relations Team for the college community and beyond. 

All Green Templeton alumni are warmly invited to attend these events.

On this page, you will find details of forthcoming Alumni Lectures and video recordings of previous Alumni Lectures. If you have accessibility requirements or would like further information about any of our talks, please contact

Michaelmas Term 2021

DPhil students symposium

Tuesday 30 November 2021. Zoom

This event showcases the research of three current Green Templeton College DPhil students. Each student will give a brief presentation on their research before a Q&A session.

What influences whether international university graduates stay in their countries of study?
Presentation by Filip Nemecek, DPhil Sociology

Maternal health and quality of medicine: practical and ethical challenges for frontline healthcare workers
Presentation by Scholastica Zakayo, DPhil Population Health

Prisoners of war, enemy combatants or criminals? Punishment in the context of conflict: legal and criminological perspectives
Presentation by Rachel Noah, DPhil Criminology

The rise – and fall? – of video consulting

Tuesday 16 November 2021. Zoom

Our third lecture in Michaelmas Term’s Alumni Lecture Series will be given by Dr Sara Shaw, Research Fellow of Green Templeton College and Associate Professor at Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

The political rhetoric of parity of esteem

Tuesday 2 November 2021. Zoom

Our second lecture in Michaelmas Term’s Alumni Lecture Series will be given by Dr Susan James Relly, Governing Body Equality and Diversity Fellow of Green Templeton College, Deputy Director of the Department of Education and Associate Head (Education) at Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford.

Towards continuous processing in biopharmaceutical manufacturing: approach, challenges and opportunities

Tuesday 19 October 2021. Zoom

Our first lecture in Michaelmas Term’s Alumni Lecture Series introduces Dr Matthew Cheeks, alumnus of Green Templeton College and Senior Director, AstraZeneca.

Trinity Term 2021

Changing perceptions of pharma research

Tuesday 4 May 2021. Zoom.

A discussion of how medical communications are helping to rebuild trust in the pharma industry with Chris Winchester, Associate Fellow and member of the Principal’s Circle at Green Templeton College, and CEO of Oxford PharmaGenesis, and Dr Paul Farrow, alumnus of Green Templeton College and Group Communications Director at Oxford PharmaGenesis.

Hilary Term 2021

Press freedom in a pandemic

Tuesday 2 March 2021. Zoom.

Meera Selva, Deputy Director and Director of Fellowship Programmes at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, discusses the role of the press during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Understanding inflammation in joint disease: from horses to humans

16 February 2021. Zoom.

Research Fellow Professor Stephanie Dakin discusses her research. Stephanie is Associate Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences and a veterinary surgeon. She spent her early career as an equine vet with a particular interest in musculoskeletal injuries in horses.

The media matrix

2 February 2021. Zoom.

Alumnus and Sky News co-founder John O’Loan (MSc Consulting and Coaching for Change, 2003) spoke on the evolution of power in the media as a function of technology, invention and regulation. 

Integrating diversity and inclusion into corporate strategies: a case study of MGM Resorts International

19 January 2021. Zoom.

Alumna Jyoti Chopra (EMBA, 2015) spoke about understanding the latest trends around human capital, diversity, equity and inclusion, and corporate social responsibility and sustainability. She delivered an overview through the case of MGM Resorts International.

Michaelmas Term 2020

Politics, post-truth science and COVID-19

1 December 2020. Zoom.

Senior Research Fellow Professor Trish Greenhalgh is Professor (Clinical) of Primary Care Health Sciences at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

What is happening to our news?

17 November 2020. Zoom.

Senior Research Fellow Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen is Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Professor of Political Communication at the University of Oxford. His talk looked at how the way we receive and share news is changing, and what future changes may lie ahead.

How to pivot out of crisis mode

3 November 2020. Zoom.

Governing Body Fellow Professor Michael Smets is Professor of Management at Saïd Business School. He studies the complexities of organisations facing conflicting institutional pressures. His work has featured, among other places, in the Harvard Business Review, the Economist and Forbes.

School exclusion risks after COVID-19

27 October 2020. Zoom.

Governing Body Fellow Professor Harry Daniels is Professor of Education at the University of Oxford. He is currently undertaking funded research on a variety of topics including exclusion from school and young people’s feelings of safety, belonging and respect in schools.

Diversity and inclusivity: why does your business success depend on it?

20 October 2020. Zoom.

Henrietta Jowitt, Deputy Director-General of the UK’s influential business organisation the CBI, joined Green Templeton Vice-Principal Dr Rebecca Surender in conversation, focusing on diversity and inclusivity in business.

From the Natural History Museum to Green Templeton College

Tuesday 13 October 2020. Zoom.

Principal Sir Michael Dixon gave the inaugural Alumni Lecture, which explored his past role running the Natural History Museum in London, a world-class visitor attraction, and his plans for Green Templeton College.

Thank you to all alumni who have joined us for these events!

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