Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of Green College

Green Templeton College celebrated the 40th anniversary of the founding of Green College on Friday 20 September 2019, with fellows, alumni, friends and staff gathering for a memorable evening reception.

Green College was founded in 1979 to pioneer the work of medical and applied social science postgraduate students. Green Templeton College was established in its current form in 2008 through the merger of Green College and Templeton College.

Photographer: Nuno Pereira

The evening began with a talk by Oxford medical alum Dr Christoffer van Tulleken, who was introduced to the stage by Green Templeton Governing Body Fellow Dr Laurence Leaver.

Chris trained at Oxford and is now an infection doctor at UCLH, specifically the Hospital for Tropical Disease. Over the last decade he has presented some of the BBC’s flagship series about health and medicine, including the BAFTA-winning Operation Ouch on CBBC.

He spoke on the subject of ‘Industry influence, profit incentives and overdiagnosis’ and you can listen to his lecture, with introductory remarks by Dr Leaver, below.

Guests were also treated to a recital by Musician-in-Residence Maki Sekiya, who performed in the Observatory Common Room. Japanese-born virtuoso Maki has held the position since 2017 and has given termly recitals at college since her appointment.

Green Templeton Emeritus Fellow Sir Muir Gray provided the after-dinner remarks before the college’s Bursar Dr Timothy Clayden introduced the auction and raffle, with all funds raised allocated to the Principal’s Fund, to support students, and the Musician-in-Residence.

The evening drew to a close with a stunning son et lumière display on the iconic Radcliffe Observatory, showcasing a selection of images from the history of the college, and a wonderful performance by a jazz ensemble.

Green Templeton College is grateful to Oxford PharmaGenesis and Bio-Techne for their support ahead of the event.

Read summaries of a series of talks on the history and evolution of college held on Sunday 22 September

Created: 23 September 2019