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We miss you!

At this strange time it’s more important than ever to stay connected and try to help each other where we can. That’s why we’ve pulled together a collection of resources to provide support and comfort during this difficult time. We’ve got resources to help our community in a range of ways, explore below. We plan to update this resource page over time, so do keep checking back as we update this.

  1. Looking after yourself during COVID-19

  2. Professional Support during COVID-19

  3. Relaxation Corner

  4. Rediscover College

  5. Stay Connected

1. Looking after yourself during COVID-19

It’s important to look after your physical and mental health the best you can at this difficult time. The resources provide some tips and tricks to help you stay well, and ways you can reach out if you need more support.

Ways to look after your mental health:

Look after your physical health:

General Advice:

  • The college has put together some resources and advice for self-isolating and welfare for students during this time. Please be aware that a lot of this support is specifically for current students, but there are some resources that you might find useful.

2. Professional Support during COVID-19

Alumni of Oxford University have access to the Oxford University Careers Service, who are available for Skype sessions and are providing a number of online sessions at this time. We’ve also got some general tips for working from home.

Careers Support

If you no longer have a single sign on, simply register as a graduate on CareerConnect and you’ll be able to sign up for a Skype consultation appointment and/or join the following online sessions:

  • Wednesday 20 May 2020 from 14:00 to 17:00Career Management Strategy Masterclass Webinar. Dr Mike Moss FRSC FRSA will outline a research-based approach to exploring career options to develop a robust career development strategy. Practical and actionable tips and tricks. He will also be answering any questions you may have whether at the start of your career, or many years into it.
  • Saturday 13 June 2020 from 10:00 to 13:00 Kickstart your Career for Recent Graduates Webinar. Dr Mike Moss FRSC FRSA, Alumni Careers Programme Manager, will cover career planning, how to identify and move towards your dream job, practical job-searching strategies, how to market yourself effectively (through effective CVs, Cover Letters & Applications) and how to prepare for interviews. You will also find out how the Careers Service can help you now and in the future.
  • Saturday 27 June 2020 from 10:00 to 13:00Kick Start your Careers after a Career Break. A special careers workshop for alumni looking to return to work after a long career gap, whether through illness or raising a family. We will cover job search strategies, document optimisation, networking and interview technique but we will also be exploring ideas and case studies on how to get back into the market and freshen up your skills and CV. Even if you are a few years from getting back to work, come along! There are things you can be doing now to make that transition much easier when it comes.

Tips for working from home

  • Stick to your usual routine! Get out of your PJ’s and dress as you normally would for a dress down day at work; be presentable enough to have video conferences with colleagues.
  • Larks and night-owls may find their timing drifting, but we all need to stay interacting with each other so try to stick to your normal hours so that you are in touch during core hours.
  • Agree your hours with your line manager and let your colleagues know when you are working and when you will be off-line.
  • Take coffee and lunch breaks as you normally would; contact colleagues and arrange a virtual chat over coffee/lunch.
  • Get up and get outside for a break when you can.
  • If you can, try to set up in a separate room, as free as you can make it from household distractions.
  • Talk to your family and agree your home-working timetable so that you set boundaries for quiet, uninterruptible time and for family time.
  • Establish a routine, this will help you, and those you live with, to keep a sense of normality and manage anxieties.

3. Relaxation Corner

Switching off can be difficult at the best of times, but it can be even more of a challenge at the moment. We’ve pulled together some resources to help you take a breath and relax for a bit. From one-pot suppers (from the Principal) and musical performances to museum tours and bug walks, there’s something to help everyone unwind.


Pass the time with an online jigsaw puzzle – which part of the college will you chose to build?

The Radcliffe Observatory – external link

The Principal and her partner – external link


Pedro Stoeckli, winner of the Green Templeton College 2019 Photography CompetitionOur Musician-in-Residence Maki Sekiya recently gave a performance, recorded from home, for St Michael at the North Gate. You can enjoy it online here.

Take a tour of Oxford’s Museums

All of Oxford’s museums are (understandably) closed at the minute, but a number of them have opened up their doors, virtually. Take a look (it’s a great way to spend a rainy afternoon with the kids!)

Spend time outdoors

Stables from McAlpine Quad
If you’re fortunate enough to have a garden, or some green space you can visit it can really help to clear your head. There are other fun things you can do as well.

Virtual events and entertainment

As we all move to a digital way of working, the college and the wider university have moved a number of events online – ready for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home! More widely there are lots of events and entertainment options available for free, online at the minute. Go to the theatre, listen to a podcast, or participate in a discussion. There are all sorts of places to go whilst staying in.

4. Rediscover College

At the moment when we’re all feeling disconnected, and away from college, it can be nice to see somewhere familiar.


Let us know what you remember from your own days or how the college has changed by emailing us at

Tour the College

This virtual tour intended for prospective students was led by one of our students, Spencer Tong who is currently studying for a DPhil in Medical Sciences, a few weeks before we went into lockdown. Take a look and let us know what’s changed around the college since your day

History of the Observatory

It was Thomas Hornsby (1733-1810), the Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford, who first suggested building the Radcliffe Observatory. In 1768 he petitioned the estate of Dr John Radcliffe (1652-1714) for funds to build an observatory out of the interest on the property that had been left to the University by Radcliffe in 1714. Radcliffe’s estate had already financed a new quadrangle for his old college (University College) as well as the Radcliffe Library (now the Radcliffe Camera, completed in 1749) and the Radcliffe Infirmary. On its completion, the Observatory immediately became a centre of scientific knowledge internationally. In addition to making astronomical observations, the Observatory site maintained meticulous meteorological records.

Read more about the History of the Radcliffe Observatory

History of the Sundial

Sundial AnimationThe sundial commemorates the bi-centenary of the Radcliffe Observatory, and was unveiled at the then-named Green college on 21 June 1995 (the summer solstice), by the Warden of the College, sir Crispin Tickell. The sculptor Martin Jennings is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors, and lives and works in Oxford. He has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Palace of Westminster, the University of Oxford and many other national institutions, with his work in private and public collections worldwide, including the bronze statue of Dr John Radcliffe on the south lawn of the Radcliffe Observatory at Green Templeton College.

One of the most interesting things about the Sundial is how it works – read on to discover more

5. Stay Connected

As we keep saying, staying connected at the minute is more important than ever. We want you to feel part of the Green Templeton Community wherever you are, and whatever is happening in your part of the world. Contribute to our photo wall, reach out to a long-lost friend, join one of our online alumni groups, or just email us at to let us know what you’re currently up to.

Picture Wall

Over the coming weeks we want to add to our picture wall – send us a picture of you, wherever you are at the moment that we can share online. Email it to us at

Lockdown stories

We’re also going to pull together stories of what our community has been doing in lockdown. So many of our community have been helping in the most incredible ways, or using their lockdown to juggle many balls. We want to know what you’ve been doing. Let us know at , send us a lockdown picture, or written story, or even better, a short video of what you’ve been up to. Former GCR president Dr Nick Andreou (MBA, 2018) made a short video of what he’s been up to.

We’d really love to hear from you as well, whether it’s a photo, an update in text or in video form, let us know so we can stay connected.

Reconnect with friends

If you’ve lost contact with a friend from your Green Templeton days (or Green, or Templeton), or simply want to connect with other alumni in your area, now’s a great time to do just that.

Owing to data protection laws, we can’t give out contact details without the permission of the alumnus/a; however we can forward messages to individuals or groups. Get in touch with us at and let us know who you would like to contact, and we will do our best to get you back in touch.

Regional Facebook Groups

We have a number of Facebook groups for specific areas for our alumni (and we’re always looking for new areas that might benefit from a group). Historically they’ve been places for people to arrange meet ups and events; obviously that is limited at the moment but you can still connect with people in your area, talk about Green Templeton and find out what fellow alumni (and the college) are up to.

This page is curated by the Alumni team at Green Templeton. Please contact with reactions, comments and suggestions.