Past alumni events

On this page you will find information about past alumni events at Green Templeton College. We host a wide range of events throughout the year and all alumni, friends and supporters are warmly invited to join us.

For more information about any event, please contact



Alumni Christmas Dinner 2023!

Observatory at Christmas

Thursday 14 December from 19:00 for 19:30, Radcliffe Observatory Dining Room

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the 2023 Alumni Black Tie Christmas Dinner. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

We very much look forward to celebrating with you and your fellow alumni!

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Meet the Principal

Tuesday 21 November from 15:00 to 16:00, Online

Sir Michael Dixon took the opportunity to update alumni on the future vision for the college and welcomed questions

‘How our digital lives shape a sustainable future’

Tuesday 31 October 2023 from 15:00 to 16:00, Online

Please join Research Fellow Dr Emilie Vrain as she discusses her latest research.

Digital technologies and applications are all around us. Apps, the internet, smartphones, cloud-based services powered by artificial intelligence – all increasingly inseparable from our daily life. In this online talk, Dr Emilie Vrain explores the ways in which digitalisation is changing how we move, shop, relax, interact, and manage life at home – and the impact this is having on energy use and carbon emissions… for better and for worse. She discusses how digitalisation can contribute to achieving net-zero emission targets, emphasising the need for strategic public policy direction.

Emilie will be answering questions after her talk, so if you would like to submit a question in advance please contact us at

Oxford and Cambridge Club London Alumni Reception

Oxford Cambridge Club

Wednesday 25 October from 18:30 to 21:00, Marlborough Room, Oxford and Cambridge Club, 71 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HD

Please join us for drinks and canapés at the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge Club in London, to meet and network with your fellow alumni. The reception will be hosted by the London Alumni Group: Mark Glaire (2016), Meera Joshi (2010), Nick Andreou (2018) and Lina Vilemaite (2020). Places are limited so be sure to book early! Please have your My Oxford Online login details ready when you sign up for this event.

Our guest speaker for the evening is alumnus Dr Hamish Stevenson. He has been an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College for over 20 years, and is the former CEO and founder of Fast Track, the UK’s leading network of Britain’s top-performing private companies.

Social enterprise and social justice: ethical entrepreneurship and careers for change

Thursday 26 October from 19:00 to 21:00

Interested in aligning your career with your values? Join your fellow Oxford alumni to hear a distinguished panel speak of their experience of working within social enterprises and social justices. Hosted by the university alumni team.

Informal London Alumni drinks

An informal gathering on Thursday 13 July at the The Archway Tavern, 1 Navigator Square, Archway, London N19 3TD.

Alumni social in London

Alumni gathered for after work drinks on Thursday 11 May from 18:30 at The Bow Street Tavern, London WC2E 7AU, to catch up with your fellow London-based alumni. This was the inaugural event of what we hope will become a regular fixture on the London alumni calendar.

Beijing Alumni Lunch

Saturday 14 January 2023. In person.

Guests Seated For Beijing Alumni Home Cooked lunch

A gathering hosted by Douglas Noble (Medicine, 1999) was a great opportunity for networking with those working in diverse fields in China including in academia, the private sector and for the United Nations. They were able to discuss their connection to the college and form new friendships. They also – with thanks to Alice Noble – enjoyed hearty British food! Principal Sir Michael Dixon recorded a short video message that they watched together. There is now a Green Templeton alumni WeChat group, and we encourage members to contact the Alumni Office if they wish to join it.


Changing perceptions of pharma research

Alumni Lecture Series
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.

Meeting Minds Global 2021

Monday 12 April to Saturday 17 April 2021. Zoom.

Meeting Minds, the University’s week-long event series for Oxford alumni, took place virtually this year. There was a great programme of events lined up across a wide range of disciplines. Further information.

Press freedom in a pandemic

Alumni Lecture Series
Tuesday 2 March 2021. Zoom.

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

Understanding inflammation in joint disease: from horses to humans

Alumni Lecture Series
Tuesday 16 February 2021. Zoom.

Research Fellow Professor Stephanie Dakin discussed 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

Alumni Lecture Series
Tuesday 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

Alumni Lecture Series
Tuesday 19 January 2021. Zoom.

Alumna Jyoti Chopra (EMBA, 2015) spoke on 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.


Politics, post-truth science and COVID-19

Alumni Lecture Series
Tuesday 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?

Alumni Lecture Series
Tuesday 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

Alumni Lecture Series
Tuesday 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

Alumni Lecture Series
Tuesday 27 October 2020. Zoom.

Governing Body Fellow Professor Harry Daniels, Professor of Education at the University of Oxford, 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?

Alumni Lecture Series
Tuesday 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 to discuss diversity and inclusivity in business.

From the Natural History Museum to Green Templeton College

Alumni Lecture Series
Tuesday 13 October 2020. Zoom.

Principal Sir Michael Dixon gave the inaugural Alumni Lecture, which explored his past role running a world-class visitor attraction and his plans for the college.


Alumni event at The Royal Society, London

13 November 2019

To mark the launch of the London Alumni Chapter, Green Templeton Fellow Professor Charles Foster gave a talk on his acclaimed book ‘Being a Beast’; a New York Times bestseller and IgNobel Prize winner, at The Royal Society, London. More information.

Alumni reception in Cape Town

24 September 2019

Green Templeton Vice-Principal Dr Rebecca Surender hosted an informal drinks reception at The Protea Hotel in Cape Town.

Meeting Minds in Oxford

20 to 22 September 2019

The University of Oxford’s Meeting Minds in Oxford was held from 20 to 22 September 2019. As part of the alumni weekend, on Saturday 21 September, Green Templeton hosted a garden and history tour led by Head Gardener Michael Pirie, with talks on the legacy of Sir William Osler. More information.

The history and evolution of Green College and Green Templeton College

Part of Meeting Minds in Oxford
22 September 2019

Hosted by Emeritus Fellow Professor John Sear, speakers  included Principal Denise Lievesley and Governing Body Fellows Professor Peter Friend and Professor Sir Richard Peto. More information.

40th celebration of the founding of Green College

Part of Meeting Minds in Oxford
20 September 2019

Green Templeton was established in its current form in October 2008 through the merger of Green College and Templeton College.  Guest speakers include Green Templeton Emeritus Fellow Sir Muir Gray. More information.

San Francisco alumni reception and talk

22 August 2019

Green Templeton Research Fellow Dr Benjamin Chrisinger hosted an evening reception at the Golden Gate Tap Room. Dr Chrisinger also gave a talk based on his research, entitled Place Matters: Linking Evidence to the Practice of Building Healthy Communities.

Kuala Lumpur alumni reception 

22 August 2019

Green Templeton Principal Professor Denise Lievesley hosted a reception at The Gobo Upstairs Lounge at Traders Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on 22 August from 18:30 to 20:30.

Singapore alumni reception

14 August 2019

Green Templeton Principal Professor Denise Lievesley hosted a reception at The Tanglin Club in Singapore on 14 August from 18:30 to 20:30.

Copenhagen alumni reception

9 July 2019

Dr Marc Thompson, Governing Body Fellow of Green Templeton and Senior Fellow in Strategy and Organisation at Saïd Business School, hosted a drinks reception at Hotel SP34.

Johannesburg alumni reception

28 May 2019

Dr Rebecca Surender, Vice Principal of Green Templeton, hosted an informal reception in Johannesburg for alumni to meet up and hear about college news and forthcoming events.

What’s happening to our news? (Japan Alumni Chapter)

17 April 2019

An event hosted by Green Templeton Alumni in Japan. Senior Research Fellow Professor Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, joined the Japan Alumni Chapter to give a talk in Tokyo about the future of journalism.

New York City alumni reception with Principal Denise Lievesley 

Part of Oxford in North America.
16 April 2019

Green Templeton Principal Professor Denise Lievesley hosted a reception at The Yale Club in New York City for alumni, friends and supporters of the college.

Washington D.C. alumni reception with Principal Denise Lievesley

Part of Oxford in North America.
11 April 2019

Green Templeton Principal Professor Denise Lievesley hosted an evening reception at The Officina, in SW Washington, D.C. with drinks, canapés and an opportunity to meet and mingle for fellow alumni, friends and supporters of the college.

Tokyo alumni reception with Principal Denise Lievesley

Part of the University’s Meeting Minds in Asia.
22 March 2019

Part of the University’s Meeting Minds in Asia. Green Templeton Principal Professor Denise Lievesley hosted an evening reception for college alumni, friends and supporters at the spectacular Happo-en, offering drinks, canapés and the opportunity to mingle and network with fellow alumni, friends and supporters of Green Templeton.

Meeting Minds in Asia: Tokyo Alumni Weekend

22 to 24 March 2019

The Meeting Minds in Asia Weekend, taking place in Tokyo, included presentations of the latest Oxford research across many disciplines, talks from prominent local figures, and socialising and networking opportunities. There were specially-organised tours and events including a Celebration Dinner at the Edo Period Happo-en gardens and a brunch-time cruise. The last Meeting Minds weekend was held in Oxford in September 2018 and drew more than 100 speakers and 1,400 guests. Find out more about Meeting Minds in Tokyo here.

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