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Does higher education make you think?
The Guardian online, Higher Education Network, 13/12/2013, David Watson

Professor Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College and professor of higher education at the University of Oxford, writes a column on the influence of higher education on critical thinking and the ability to make sound moral judgements.

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Study shows 25% of female prisoners have self-harmed

The Guardian, 14/12/2013, p.24, Alan Travis

Women's prisons in England and Wales are undergoing an "epidemic of self-mutilation", with one in four female prisoners having self-harmed, according to a new Oxford University study. The results of the largest ever study of self-harm in prisons also reveal women prisoners are four times more likely to self-harm than their male counterparts. The research by Dr Seena Fazel and GTC Fellow Professor Keith Hawton examined nearly 140,000 incidents of self-harm, involving 26,510 people, between 2004 and 2009. Dr Fazel said that while self-harm was a substantial problem across the board, it was a particularly serious issue for women in prison who made up 5 per cent of the prison population but accounted for half of all self-harm incidents.

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Self-harm 'four times more likely' in female prisoners
BBC News online, 16/12/2013

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The dreaming spires inspire new life
The Independent On Sunday -Main-, 15/12/2013, p.53, Adrian Mourby

Travel article recommends a walk around the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter area of Oxford: ‘You might feel you know Oxford well from all the times Brideshead has been revisited. However, recently the university has initiated a fundamental makeover of what is being called the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. This huge project is opening up new vistas in a city where visitors may think they've seen it all before. Here's a new way of looking at Oxford with hardly a dreaming spire in sight.’ Article mentions notable sights including the new Blavatnik School of Government which is under construction on Walton Street, Somerville College, the Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble College, University Parks, the Radcliffe Humanities building and Green Templeton College.

Read the Independent article online

Radio: Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4
12/12/2013, 10:14

GTC alumna Dr Lucie Cluver of Oxford University discusses her research into HIV risks for teenage girls in South Africa. It was found that if girls receive adequate government child support grants they are more able to resist the advances of 'sugar daddies' who provide financial support in return for sex.

Listen again here

'Dance your PhD' contest won by sperm ballet
Metro (USA), 03/12/2013, Kieron Monks

Science magazine's annual "Dance Your PhD" award has been won by Oxford University biologist and GTC alumnus Cedric Tan with his video "Sperm competition between brothers and female choice." The routine features a huge cast performing underwater ballet and costumed theatre. Cedric Tan is interviewed about his video.

Read the Metro interview

Radio: Phil Gayle and Friends, BBC Radio Oxford
03/12/2013, 08:10

GTC Fellow Jonathan Reynolds, a retail expert at Said Business School, is interviewed about 'pop up retailing'.

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Difficult but rewarding challenge of foster care
Oxford Mail, 03/12/2013, p.12, Judy Sebba

Senior Visiting Research Fellow at GTC Judy Sebba, director of Oxford University's Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, writes this week's University Life column. Professor Sebba discusses the challenges faced by children and parents in the fostering system, as well as the ways in which the Rees Centre works with the community: 'The centre aims to find the best ways to improve the lives of children and young people in foster care. We do this by meeting regularly with young people... their foster carers, social workers and teachers.' She goes on to say: 'There are key things we have discovered about what works in foster care... we have learned that support for foster carers is very important in making sure that children stay as long as is needed and that the carers don't give up fostering.'

Radio: The Science Hour, BBC World Service
01/12/2013, 2.50pm

Fiona Powrie, GTC Fellow and professor of gastroenterology at Oxford University, discusses the immune system in our gut.

Listen again on the BBC website (c.44:00 on the clock)


Poor performers pull out of Pisa

The Times Educational Supplement, 29/11/2013, p.14, William Stewart

Article on countries dropping out of the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) includes comment from GTC Senior Research Fellow Professor Jenny Ozga of the University of Oxford.

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Qualifications snobbery holds back poor students
Times Higher Education, 28/11/2013, p8 Jack Grove

“Snobbery” among universities is stopping students from poorer backgrounds gaining degrees using credits accumulated at other institutions, according to a leading educationalist. Calling for a national structure that enables students to transfer credits between different courses and universities, Sir David Watson, GTC Principal, says the UK should adopt the “much messier system” of university admissions used in the US.

In a report for the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, titled Credit Risk? Reviving Credit Accumulation and Transfer in UK Higher Education, Sir David says that a third of all students in the US transfer institutions before graduating, taking their marks with them to their new university.

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Radio: Discovery, BBC World Service
26/11/2013, 09:41

Fiona Powrie, Professor of Gastroenterology at Oxford University, is interviewed about the importance of microbes in our gut.

Listen again on BBC iPlayer (around 10:30 on the clock)

Radio: MacAulay & Co, BBC Radio Scotland FM
26/11/2013, 11:50

Nancy Puccinelli from Oxford University is interviewed about the aggressive marketing tactics being employed by some firms selling tea and beer.

Listen again on BBC iPlayer (around 1:20 on the clock)

Oxford professor calls for less snobbery over portable qualifications
Media FHE, 25/11/2013

British universities have been urged to move towards a US-style system of credit transfer where students can switch institutions and trade "portable" qualifications. A stimulus paper launched by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education says that reviving the UK's credit accumulation and transfer system (CATS) is critical if higher education is to prosper in the contemporary world. The paper's author, Professor Sir David Watson, the Principal of Templeton Green College, argues that higher status universities, in particular, need to be less 'snobbish' about the routes that students take.

Read the Media FHE article online

UK proposes new law to jail doctors, nurses for 'wilful negligence', critics say
Washington Post (US), 19/11/2013, from Associated Press

Article on proposed UK legislation that could lead to doctors and nurses being jailed if convicted of 'wilful negligence' includes comment from GTC Associate Fellow Charles Foster, a medical law expert at Oxford University.

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Foster care research
Oxford Mail, 07/11/2013, p.11

An Oxford University review has found children are mostly happy about the decision to go into foster care. However, the review of 17 academic studies from Europe and North America showed the extent to which children were involved in the decision to foster them varied. Director of the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education, Professor Judy Sebba, GTC Senior Visiting Research Fellow, said: 'An important role needs to be played by social workers and school staff in addressing the needs of children in families who foster, as well as the fostered children themselves.'


Internet chatrooms can help those in distress, says study
BBC News Online, 31/10/2013

Internet forums and chatrooms can have positive effects that should be more widely acknowledged, experts say. The call comes after Oxford University researchers carried out an analysis of 14 different studies looking at how young people use the internet. The review - published in the Plos One journal - said a number of studies had found a link between internet use and self-harm and suicide. But it said others had found the internet could be a positive influence. Report author, GTC Fellow, Professor Keith Hawton of Oxford University said: "Communication via the internet and other electronic means has potential roles in both contributing to and preventing suicidal behaviour in young people. The next step is going to be development of therapeutic interventions using these channels of communication, especially to access those who do not seek help from clinical services."

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Vulnerable teenagers use web to study self-harming
The Times, p. 19, 31/10/2013, Murad Ahmed

Most vulnerable teenagers who commit self-harm or suicide do so after researching how to commit the acts on the internet, according to a study from the University of Oxford. Researchers said there was a 'strong link' between using online forums and chat rooms and an increased risk of suicide among isolated children. Psychologists found that 80 per cent of teenagers who carried out particularly violent acts of self-harm had gone online beforehand to research them. The research also shows that children used online forums to reach out to others, appreciating they could seek support anonymously. 'It seems as though the internet has got some potential for doing good, but in general we found that it appeared to be harmful among teens who were vulnerable,' said GTC Fellow Professor Paul Montgomery, a psychologist from Oxford. Kate Daine, the lead author of the study from Oxford, said: 'There are no known online interventions to date that specifically target young people at risk of self-harm or suicide and yet we find that adolescents who self-harm are very frequent users of the internet.'

Read the Times article online

Grant winners
Times Higher Education, 31/10/2013, p.25

GTC Fellow Carolyn Hoyle of the University of Oxford has been awarded a research grant worth £110,338 by the Leverhulme Trust for her project 'Last resorts: decisions and discretion at the Criminal Cases Review Commission'.

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Milestone: UCCA creation the true turning point
Times Higher Education, 31/10/2013, p.17, Jack Grove

Sidebar to an article on the 50th anniversary of the Robbins report notes that David Willetts, speaking at a conference to mark the milestone, 'rejected suggestions by Professor Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College, Oxford, that the UK risked a "sub-prime" student loan crisis, as low earning graduates struggled to repay loans for £9,000 tuition fees. But he admitted the absence of funding options for postgraduates was an issue, saying it was "the new social mobility barrier".'

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Teacher training faces crisis
The Independent, 21/10/2013, p.16

Letter: Professor Richard Pring, Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, is one of the signatories to a letter arguing that standards of education are being threatened by a serious and growing shortage of school places and an emerging recruitment crisis in teacher training.

SAP Voice: Five Research Tools To Outperform The Olympic Games
Forbes (USA), 03/10/2013, Susan Galer

Large-scale projects are typically high-risk/high-reward propositions. But it doesn't have to be that way says Alexander Budzier, GTC student (DPhil Management Studies) and senior researcher from the University of Oxford. At last month's SAP Global Business Transformation Summit in Washington Budzier outlined five research tools companies can use to better manage the risk and complexity of mega-projects. His suggestions are based on research into over 4,200 IT projects totalling $85 billion from 28 companies.

Read the Forbes article online

Insects: Female Fruit Flies Like One Mate, or His Brother
New York Times, 01/10/2013, p.D4, Sindya N Bhanoo

The love life of a fruit fly is complicated, according to researchers at Oxford University. In a new paper in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists report that while male fruit flies do not like to mate with the same female twice, females prefer to mate with the same male. And while females will also mate with the brother of a previous mate, males avoid mating with a mate's sister. The study of how fruit flies respond to the relatives of previous mates is the first to look at the 'in-law effect,' said lead author Dr Cedric Tan, a GTC alumnus (DPhil Zoology 2009) and a zoologist at Oxford.

Read the New York Times article online

Pupils 'being damaged by endless tests set by Gove'
The Times, 01/10/2013, p.1, Greg Hurst

Oxford academics Dr Tony Eaude, a GTC alumnus (DPhil Educational Studies 1999), and GTC Emeritus Fellow Professor Richard Pring are among 200 signatories to a letter, published in The Times, calling for Education Secretary Michael Gove's school reforms to be suspended. The letter argues that 'incessant testing' and school performance targets risk damaging the quality of childhood. It demands that Mr Gove's new national curriculum, exam reforms and school performance measures are halted while a commission of teachers, academics, authors and business leaders look at alternatives. Other signatories to the letter include the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

Read the Times letter online


Sibling relationships can alter sexual behaviour in fruit flies

The Conversation, 25/09/2013

Fruit flies adopt a mating strategy based on sibling relationships and the sexual familiarity of potential mates, according to research carried out at Oxford University, including first author GTC alumnus Dr Cedric Tan (DPhil Zoology 2009). Male fruit flies like to have a variety of unknown sexual partners, but female fruit flies prefer the same mate or their 'brothers-in-law'. Although this 'in-law effect' has no clear explanation, it is speculated that males benefit from mating with dissimilar females through the higher genetic diversity of their offspring. Females, on the other hand, may prefer to mate with familiar males to avoid the health risks posed by allowing sperm from multiple partners into their bodies.

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The 'in-law effect': Male fruit flies sleep around but females keep it in the family, 25/09/2013

Article quotes GTC alumnus Dr Cedric Tan (DPhil Zoology 2009), first author of the paper.

Read the Physics article online

Radio: Malcolm Boyden, BBC Radio Oxford
26/09/2013, 12:49

An Oxford University study of mating preferences in fruit flies has found that males and females respond to the sexual familiarity of potential mates in fundamentally different ways. The paper's author, GTC alumnus Dr Cedric Tan (DPhil Zoology of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, is interviewed about his findings. He explains that males prefer to have a variety of partners, whereas females show a preference for their previous mate or their previous mate's brothers.

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Why big IT projects crash
Financial Times online, 18/09/2013, Henry Mance

Article on the failure of project overspend mentions a 2011 study from Bent Flyvberg and GTC student Alexander Budzier (DPhil Management Studies) at Oxford University's Saïd Business School, which analysed IT projects exceeding their budgets.

Read the FT online article

TV: Today Tonight, Seven Network (Australia)
05/09/2013, 6.18pm

Report about new research conducted by GTC Fellow Paul Montgomery, Professor of Psycho-Social Intervention at the University of Oxford, which suggests that foods containing Omega-3 can help children who are struggling with reading. A diet containing the fats found in foods like fish, seafood and some algae were also shown to improve the behaviour of the study group of schoolchildren, who were from mainstream schools in Oxfordshire, England. The report contains several interview clips with Professor Montgomery.

Read the associated Today Tonight article online


US study raises controversial prospect of blood tests to identify people at risk of suicide
The Independent online, Heather Saul, 20/08/2013

A US study has found biomarkers in the blood can be used to identify people at risk of suicide, raising the controversial prospect of a blood test providing early warning of suicide attempts. But Professor Keith Hawton, GTC Fellow and director of the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University, has urged caution about the results, saying: "There is a big difference between finding differences between groups (as in this study) compared with risk in actual individuals, the latter being the real test of predictors."

Read the Independent article online

US-Zeitungsbranche: Milliardaere auf dem Vormarsch
Die Welt (Germany), 07/08/2013

Professor Robert Picard, GTC Research Fellow and Director of Research at Oxford University's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, comments on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Washington Post.

Read the Die Welt article online

Fit for Purpose: Changing in a Changing World
Huffington Post (USA), 05/08/2013, Valerie Keller

Article by Valerie Keller, GTC alumna (Executive MBA 2009) and Associate Fellow at the Said Business School at Oxford on change in organisations.

Read the Huffington Post article online


Michael Gove warned over teacher recruitment
The Times online, Unattributed, 30/07/2013

The university think tank million+ has said that the Education Secretary Michael Gove is risking a potential "crisis" in teacher recruitment, with predictions that thousands of teacher-training places have been left unfilled in the new School Direct programme. Article includes a quote from John Furlong, GTC Emeritus Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oxford, who said: "For the first time since the early 1990s, we are seeing the issue of teacher shortages. The rapid development of an untested system (School Direct) is unwise and unhelpful." The report also includes a comment from a Department for Education spokesperson: 'School Direct is a response to what schools told us they wanted ... The programme is proving extremely popular ... Last year, outstanding providers like Oxford University and the Institute of Education became involved with School Direct.'

Read the Times online article

Royal Society prizes for three professors
Oxford Mail (in brief), p. 9, 24/07/2013

Three professors at Oxford University have been named prizewinners by the Royal Society for outstanding research and contributions to science, including GTC Honorary Fellow Professor Sir Walter Bodmer. Sir Walter, of the Department of Oncology, has received a Royal Medal for his contributions to research into genetic disease. The Buchanan Medal has been awarded to Professor Douglas Higgs, head of the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, for his work on the regulation of the human alpha-globin gene cluster. Professor Frank Close OBE, Fellow Emeritus at Exeter College, is the winner of the Michael Faraday Prize for his work in science communication.

We're parched in the driest June and July for 195 years
Oxford Mail, p.3, 20/07/2013, Emma Harrison

Oxford is set to experience its driest June and July combined for nearly 200 years as the city continues to bake in the sunshine. Records from Oxford University's Radcliffe Meteorological Station show that so far this month 1.7 millimetres of rain fell in the city, a stark difference to last July's total of 101.3mm. So far the combined June and July rainfall is 19mm, making it the second driest on record at the station. PhD student Ian Ashpole, who takes the measurements for the station at Green Templeton College, said: "It's currently set to be the direst July since 1825 and third driest on record. It has been very warm too, but the current mean air temperature has been exceeded in 11 previous Julys, most recently 2006."

Read the Oxford Mail article online

First Indigenous Australian students at Oxford look to rewrite history
The Guardian online, 05/07/2013, Oliver Laughland

Feature article about the indigenous Australian students studying at Oxford University, saying: 'Oxford University's seven-strong group of Aboriginal students are reshaping history.'  The article mentions GTC student Krystal Lockwood who is studying for an MSc in Evidence Based Social Intervention under the Charlie Perkins scholarships and is one of the first Aboriginal students to come to Oxford.

Read the Guardian article online

Radio: Mark Cummings, BBC Radio Gloucestershire 02/07/2013, 07:10

Professor Robert Walker, GTC Fellow based in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at Oxford University, is interviewed about his research which suggests that the poor are made to feel a sense of ‘shame’, following the news that schoolchildren who qualify for free school meals are not claiming them.

Listen again [Around 2:41 on the clock for the interview with Robert Walker]


Fish really does make kids clever
Daily Express (Scotland), 28/06/2013, p.35, Jo Willey

It has long been claimed that fish is good for the brain - and now a study has discovered children who struggle with reading have low levels of essential fish fats in their blood. Omega-3 fatty acids called EPA and DHA, found in fish and seafood, are essential for the brain's structure and function as well as for maintaining a healthy heart. Research carried out at Oxford University and published in the journal PLOS One found children's blood levels of DHA 'significantly predicted' how well they were able to concentrate and learn. Blood omega-3 levels were studied in 493 UK schoolchildren aged from seven to nine. GTC Fellow Professor Paul Montgomery, co-author, said: 'We found levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood significantly predicted a child's behaviour and ability to learn. Higher levels in the blood, and DHA in particular, were associated with better reading and memory, as well as with fewer behaviour problems.'

Read the Daily Express article online here

Radio: Witness, BBC World Service
26/06/2013, 08:50

Programme on research by Sir Richard Doll, the first Warden of the former Green College, which first demonstrated the link between smoking and lung cancer. The programme includes archive footage of Sir Richard Doll and an interview with Sir Richard Peto, GTC Fellow and professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at Oxford University, who joined the research team in the late 60s and in 1970 moved to Oxford with Sir Richard Doll, who had been appointed Regius Professor of Medicine at the University. Sir Richard Peto discusses the longitudinal nature of the research and how it took many years for media and public perceptions of the risks of smoking to change.

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The Global Search for Education: Women Part 3
Huffington Post, CM Rubin, 19/06/2013

The third and final part of a series by Cathy Rubin on gender equality featuring some of the findings and recommendations of last January's GTC Emerging Market's Symposium. The article features commentary from GTC fellow Linda Scott (DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Said Business School), as well as EMS particpants Mary King (Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University for Peace), and Sir George Alleyne (Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean).

Read the Huffington Post article online here.

The Global Search for Education: Women Part 2
Huffington Post, CM Rubin, 10/06/2013

The second part of a three part series by Cathy Rubin on gender equality featuring some of the findings and recommendations of last January's GTC Emerging Market's Symposium includes commentary from Ian Scott, GTC Associate fellow and Director of the Emerging Markets Symposium, and participants Suman Bery and Jeni Klugman.

Read the Huffington Post article online here.


Do you need to get down with the kids?
The Times Educational Supplement Scotland, 07/06/2013, p., p.22, Unattributed

Article on how to boost students' engagement with study in the classroom includes comment from GTC alumnus Tony Eaude (DPhil Educational Studies 1999), an honorary research fellow at the University of Oxford's department of education.

Radio: David Prever, BBC Radio Oxford
04/06/2013, 17:10

GTC Fellow Dr Jonathan Reynolds from the Oxford Institute of Retail Management is interviewed about his research, which examines retail diversity in the UK high streets over the last 30 years.

Listen again here (1:09 on the clock)

The Global Search for Education: Women Part 1
Huffington Post, CM Rubin, 06/06/2013

The first part of a three part series by Cathy Rubin on gender equality featuring some of the findings and recommendations of last January's GTC Emerging Market's Symposium includes commentary from GTC Principal Professor Sir David Watson, GTC Fellow Professor Linda Scott, Governor Madeleine Kunin, and President of Bryn Mawr College Jane McAuliffe.

Read the Huffington Post article online here.


Radio: Malcolm Boyden, BBC Radio Oxford
29/05/2013, 12:10

The Department of Health is giving £4m to four NHS centres including Oxford to improve the diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. GTC Research Fellow Dr Matthew Thompson of Oxford University, clinical lead of the Oxford centre, is interviewed.

Listen to the interview here [c.2:07 on the clock]

TV: BBC South Today Oxford, BBC One
30/05/2013, 18:35

Watch the interview here [c.4:50 on the clock]

New device keeps liver alive outside body

Huffington Post, 20/05/2013

Article on OrganOx, a device which earlier this year was successful in keeping a liver functioning outside the body before transplantation into a patient. OrganOx was developed by GTC Fellow  Peter Friend, director of Oxford Transplant Centre, and Constantin Coussios, biomedical engineering professor at Oxford University.

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Academies are not the way forward for education
The Observer, 19/05/2013, p.38

Letter from GTC Emeritus Fellow Professor Richard Pring, contesting an argument in favour of academies by Will Hutton previously published in The Observer: '[Academies are] certainly not [the solution] on the basis of the evidence so far available. Despite the extra funding that such schools received (including the £1bn over the budgeted sum) and despite (according to the recent RSA report) the apparent manipulation of admissions to improve results, the academies as a whole do not compare well with those schools that remain accountable to the local community.'

Read the Observer letters page online

In pursuit of the truth

Times Higher Education, p. 42-45, John Furlong, 02/05/13

Comment by John Furlong, GTC Emeritus Fellow and professor of educational studies at Oxford University, where from 2003 to 2010 he served as director of the Department of Education. Article discusses the role of universities in providing professional preparation to teachers and changes to the structure of teacher training in England announced by Michael Gove that will see more than half of all teacher training places delivered by schools rather than universities.

Read the THE article online

Evidence and insight be damned

Times Higher Education, p. 5, John Gill, 02/05/13

Editorial on teacher training programmes at universities and the government’s changes to teacher training funding notes a comment piece in the magazine by John Furlong, GTC Emeritus Fellow and professor of educational studies at the University of Oxford.

Read the THE article online


New Device Keeps Liver Alive Outside Body
Forbes Magazine online (USA), 'Singularity University' section, Peter Murray, 01/05/13

In what's being called a medical first, doctors have been able to keep a liver functioning outside the body and then transplant it into a patient. The device is much better at preservation than the current method, cooling livers with ice. By extending the health of donated livers, the new device could not only increase the chances those who desperately need the organs will receive them, it could also improve the outcome of recipients. OrganOx was developed by Peter Friend, GTC Fellow and director of Oxford Transplant Centre, and Constantin Coussios, biomedical engineering professor at Oxford University. It keeps livers alive by keeping them at body temperature and circulating red blood cells through them that deliver nutrients and oxygen.

Read the Forbes online article

Is gap year volunteering a bad thing?
BBC Magazine online, 01/05/2013

Volunteering abroad to build schools or dig wells might make people feel good about themselves - but it can be detrimental to those who are supposed to be helped, writes GTC alumna Daniela Papi (MBA 2011) who has founded a tour company based on her principles.

Read the BBC Magazine article online


Radio: Shelagh Fogarty BBC Radio 5 live

A special 5 live investigation looks at the issue of gender-based abortion in countries including India and China. The programme included interviews with Shaukat Aziz, Tsung-Mei Cheng of the GTC Emerging Markets Symposium and GTC fellow Stephen Kennedy and research for the programme was done by GTC postgraduate medical student Katharine Knight.

Listen again here(available until Thursday 2 May)

Could your medicine give you a drink problem?

Daily Mail, 23/04/2013, p.49, Jerome Burne

An article on the difficulty of picking up and reporting uncommon side effects of drugs, and the role of drug companies and regulators, includes comment from GTC Honorary Fellow Sir David Weatherall, Regius Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Oxford University.

Read the Daily Mail article online

MPs and academics call for nuclear review: full letter
Sunday Telegraph online, 06/04/2013

In an open letter to the Sunday Telegraph, MPs and academics have called for the National Audit Office to review nuclear negotiations between the Government and EDF Energy over financial support for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in Somerset. The signatories include GTC Research Fellow Dr Sarah J Darby,  Senior Researcher, Lower Carbon Futures, in the Oxford University Environmental Change Institute.

Read the letter online


Letters: Benefit cuts and rhetoric undermine a bastion of civilised society
The Guardian online, letters, 27/03/13

Professor Robert Walker, GTC Fellow and Professor of Social Policy in the University Department of Social Policy and Intervention is one of the signatory's of a letter urging the government to reconsider the benefit cuts scheduled for 1 April and to ensure that no further public spending cuts are targeted on the poorest.

Read the Guardian letter online

When Women Do Well, Everyone Does Better
Huffington Post World, Madeleine M Kunin, 25/03/1013

Kunin, a participant in GTC's Emerging Markets Symposium in January, writes about the importance of gender equality in creating a more prosperous ans stable world. "Restrictions on women - either to education or to their safety - act like a dead weight on the best-laid plans to boost economic growth and political stability. This was the message from the symposium I recently participated in on 'Gender Inequality and Emerging Markets' at Green Templeton College at Oxford University."

Read the Huffington Post article


Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets
Heartfile E-Forum, Ian Scott, 14/03/2013

Ian Scott, GTC Associate Fellow and Director of GTC's Emerging Markets Symposium, argues that gender inequality must be eliminated from emerging markets as in other countries because it is morally wrong and because it is bad economics.

Read the blog post


SRF [Swiss radio & television, largest Swiss broadcaster in German]

Professor Peter Friend, GTC Fellow, is interviewed about a device developed at Oxford that can keep livers alive outside the body.

See the SRF online article with video here.

Grieving husband pushes bill for unproven remedies
Yahoo News, 13/03/2013, Maria Cheng

GTC Associate Fellow Charles Foster, a barrister who teaches medical ethics at Oxford University, comments on a bill proposed by Lord Maurice Saatchi (a member of the House of Lords) that would allow doctors to use experimental therapies even if there is no proof they work. Foster said Saatchi's bill could be important in addressing doctors' misconceptions of what the law allows. "It could change the zeitgeist of the medical profession and make them more willing to try new things," he said.

Read the Yahoo News article online

Radio: Health Check, BBC Radio 4
21/03/13, 04:34
The long-awaited results of the biggest clinical trial that has ever been carried out have just been published in the medical journal The Lancet. One million young children from 10,000 Indian villages took part and the idea was to trial two health interventions, deworming and Vitamin A supplementation, which are often thought of as magic bullets. Sir Richard Peto, GTC Fellow and Professor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, speaks exclusively to Health Check about the results. 
[The five-year trial was conducted by Oxford University (CTSU) with King George's Medical University in India.]

Listen to the programme online

'One Billion Rising' - Universities must play a role
University World News, 09/03/2013, Brenda Gourley

Gourley, a participant i the recent GTC Emerging Markets Symposium on Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets argues that higher education institutions must take a lead in gender equality issues.

Read the article online

Other coverage of the Symposium:

A moral issue that challenges us
The Church Times, 08/03/2013, Elaine Storkey

International Women's Day: A Time to Reflect on What Has Been Done to Secure World Gender Equality
The Huffington Post, UK, 08/03/2013, Baroness Mary Goudie

Gender Equality Pays Off in Brazil
The Huffington Post, World, 07/03/2013, Otaviano Canuto

The Economic Benefits of Educating Women
Bloomberg Businessweek, 07/03/2013, Kathy Matsui

Education Is Indispensible in Tackling Gender Inequality
The Huffington Post, UK, 06/03/2013, Sir George Alleyne

TV: BBC News at Six, BBC One
15/03/2013, 18:21

Ian Christie was dying from liver failure and needed a transplant. But instead of the donor liver he was to receive being stored 'on ice', in a world first it was kept functioning at body temperature on a machine developed at Oxford University. The technology is the result of 15 years of work by an engineer and a surgeon at Oxford. GTC fellow Professor Peter Friend is interviewed about the research. Ian Christie and the surgeon who performed the transplant at King's College Hospital are also interviewed.

See the report here


Machine helps liver function outside the body
Financial Times, 16/03/2013, p.3, Clive Cookson

Patients given livers that machine had kept 'alive'
The Daily Telegraph, 16/03/2013, p.16, Sam Marsden

Human livers kept 'alive' out of body in donor breakthrough
The Independent, 16/03/2013, p.13, Tom Peck

Radiation Treatment's Heart Risk Is Called Modest

New York Times online (USA), 13/03/2013, Denise Grady

Radiation treatment for breast cancer can increase a woman's risk of heart disease, doctors have long known. But the size of the added risk has not been clear. Now, a new study offers a way to estimate the risk. It finds that for most women the risk is modest, and that it is outweighed by the benefit from the treatment, which can halve the recurrence rate and lower the death rate from breast cancer by about one-sixth. According to the study, a 50-year-old woman with no cardiovascular risk factors has a 1.9 per cent chance of dying of heart disease before she turns 80. Radiation treatment for breast cancer would increase that risk to between 2.4 percent and 3.4 percent, depending on how much radiation hits the heart. "It would be a real tragedy if this put women off having radiotherapy for breast cancer," said Sarah Darby, GTC Fellow a professor of medical statistics at the University of Oxford in Britain, and the lead author of the study, published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Read the New York Times article online

Heart risk rises with breast cancer radiation
Reuters, 13/03/2013, Gene Emery

The radiation that might cure a breast cancer may also raise a woman's risk of having a heart attack or heart disease later in life, according a new study that looked back at the cases of 2,168 women in Sweden and Denmark. The risk "begins within a few years after exposure, and continues for at least 20 years," the researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine. And that risk rises, they found, in proportion to the dose of radiation the heart receives. The researchers said the results should not be a cause for alarm and will allow doctors to factor any potential risk it into cancer treatment planning. "Doctors can now estimate the risk and know that in most cases it will be very small so they can reassure their patients," said lead author of the study, GTC Fellow Professor Sarah Darby. "The results of our study should not scare women off having radiotherapy," she added."It is a life-saving procedure."

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Study: Radiation for breast cancer can harm hearts
Associated Press (USA), Marilynn Marchione, 13/03/2013

Heart risk rises with breast cancer radiation
Chicago Tribune, via Reuters, 13/03/2013, Gene Emery

Study: Radiation for breast cancer can harm hearts
Huffington Post (USA), via AP, 13/03/2013, Marilynn Marchione

New study says breast cancer radiation treatment harms women's hearts
Global Post (USA), Kristin Deasy, 13/03/2013

Radiotherapy raises CVD risk in breast cancer patients (USA), 13/03/2013

Heart risk rises with breast cancer radiation
Fox News online, 14/03/2013, via Reuters

Cancer Treatment Takes Toll on Heart
ABC News online (USA), via MedPage Today, 14/03/2013, Michael Smith

'Night shift link' to ovarian cancer
BBC News online, 15/03/2013
Report on news that US researchers have found a link between working night shifts and ovarian cancer includes comment from Professor Valerie Beral of the University of Oxford, who said that there could be a number of other factors which should be taken into account.

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Emerging Markets' Feminine Future
Project Syndicate, HE Shaukat Aziz, 01/03/2013

Following the meeting of GTC's Emerging Markets Symposium in January at Egrove Park in Oxford on gender inequality, Chairman of the EMS steering committee and former Prime Minister of Pakistan, writes about the symposium's conclusions: "First and foremost, national policymakers must take concrete, comprehensive action to ensure that women are forced to abandon neither productive nor reproductive activities. To this end, governments should implement measures that guarantee, directly or indirectly, affordable child- and elder-care support systems for working parents."

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KiniBiz, Malaysia, 05/03/2013

The Timaru Herald, New Zealand, 05/03/2013

Stabroek News, Guyana, 05/03/2013

L'Orient-Le Jour, Lebanon, 04/03/2013

The Bangkok Post, Thailand, 04/03/2013

Today's Zaman, Turkey, 03/03/2013

Nation of Change, US, 03/03/2013

иноСМИ (inoSMI), Russia, 02/03/2013

Tribuna Libre de Almendron, Spain, 01/03/2013

Il Sole 24 Ore, Italy, 01/03/2013

La Igualdad de Género
El Colombiano, Rodrigo Botero, 28/02/2013

Rodrigo Botero, former member of the Emerging Markets Symposium steering group and former Colombian Minister of Finance, writes about the outcomes of the 2013 symposium on gender equality.

Read the El Colombiano article online (in Spanish)

Women's Vital Role in the Emerging Markets
The Huffington Post, UK, Baroness Mary Goudie, 27/03/2013

Baroness Goudie, who attended the Emerging markets Symposium on gender equality, outlines a number of areas where women's roles can be improved and supported within emerging countries, including education, technology, access to finance and human and sex trafficking.

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One Billion Rising, and more
Blog in Waging Nonviolence, Mary Elizabeth King, 21/02/2013

Mary Elizabeth King, who attended the recent Emerging Markets Symposium on gender inequality, argues that advances for women benefit societies.  "The symposium recognized the value of leveraging technology in the sharing of information to help break the isolation of women. It recommendsthat emerging-market governments enable women to experience reproductive autonomy and sexual sovereignty, including criminalizing the neo-naticide and infanticide that result in imbalanced gender ratios. It encourages private-sector employers to create solutions for child care, elder care and other work-life challenges of employed parents of both sexes."

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A irmã de Freud
O Estado de S.Paulo, Eliano Cardoso, Brazil, 13/02/2013

A report on the Emerging Markets Symposium on gender inequality held in Oxford in January 2013.

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Why gender will matter for India
Business Standard, Suman Bery, 04/02/2013

Suman Bery, a member of the steering committee of the Emerging Markets Symposium, explains why gender is an important issue for economic development.

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Women's vital role in emerging markets
Letter in The Guardian, 31/01/2013

Letter signed by Lady Justice Ang'awa (Judge of the high court of Kenya), Rodrigo Botero (former finance minister of Colombia), Baroness Mary Goudie, Prof Linda Scott (GTC Fellow DP world chair for entrepreneurship and innovation, Said Business School, University of Oxford), Prof Ngaire Woods (Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford), Shengman Zhang (chair, Citi Asia Pacific). "We recently participated in a symposium at Green Templeton College, Oxford, where 50 leaders from government, the public and private sectors, business, civil society and academe agreed that gender inequality may be more acute in emerging markets and the need for national and international action more urgent than anywhere else in the world."

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Is it even possible to live a celibate life?
BBC News online, Tom de Castella, 05/03/2013

Article on whether celibacy is possible includes comment from GTC Emeritus Fellow John Wass, Professor of Endocrinology at Oxford University, who notes that men are driven by testosterone to want sex.

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How men are seduced by red shop price labels

Daily Mail, p.11, Unattributed, 05/03/2013

Researchers have discovered that men are seduced by red price labels, while women see through the marketing ploy. Faced with sales prices written in red, men in the British study believed they were saving nearly twice as much as when the cost was laid out in black and white. Lead researcher and GTC Visiting Research Fellow Dr Nancy Puccinelli said: "Essentially, women are better shoppers than men and spend more time shopping. They appear to be immune to the effects of prices in red because they tend to process advertisements in greater depth, and are more sceptical. But when men see prices in red they feel more positive and think there are greater savings to be had."

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Radio: Call Kaye, BBC Radio Scotland
06/03/13, 08:52 & 09.45

GT Visiting Research Fellow Dr Nancy Puccinelli of Oxford University is interviewed about her research into how the use of colour can affect consumers' perception of price, and in particular how men are more likely to perceive something is a bargain if its price label is in red rather than black.

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9 store tricks to get you to spend
The Daily Mirror (Scotland), p. 8, Ruki Sayid, 06/03/13

Article on retailers' tricks to try and get consumers to spend more while in shops notes that an Oxford University study found British men believed they were saving twice as much when buying red-tag items as when the cost was shown in black and white. Lead researcher Dr Nancy Puccinelli said: 'When men see prices in red they feel more positive and think there are greater savings to be had. Men appear particularly susceptible to the effects of red colour, possibly for evolutionary reasons.'

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Analysis: Tough times for soccer, and Italy

USA Today, Kim Hjelmgaar, 27/02/13

Article about recent match-fixing scandals in European football includes comment from GTC alumnus Declan Hill (DPhil Sociology 2004), a leading authority on match-fixing who has a doctorate from Oxford University on the topic.

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East Asian medicine in South Korea
The Society of Korean-American Scholars, 20/02/2013

The association for renowned Korean academics based at US universities featured a synopsis of a paper by Seonsam Na (DPhil Anthropology) article in its weekly, globally distributed online newsletter. Na's paper (originally published in the Harvard Asia Quarterly) looks at the unique bipartite healthcare system where Western and eastern medicine stand equally side-by-side.

Read the newsletter article online (English language)

Fall in paracetamol deaths 'linked to pack limits'
BBC News online, 08/02/2013

Deaths from paracetamol overdoses fell by 43% in England and Wales in the 11 years after the law on pack sizes was changed, according to an Oxford University study published in the BMJ. In 1998, the government restricted pack sizes in the UK to 32 tablets in pharmacies and 16 in other shops. Using figures from the Office for National Statistics, the Oxford researchers looked at deaths involving paracetamol in people aged 10 years and over between 1993 and 2009. They found there were 765 fewer deaths after the legislation was introduced in 1998 than would have been predicted based on trends dating back to 1993. The study also found that patients registered for a liver transplant because of a paracetamol overdose had reduced by 61% following the legislation. Professor Keith Hawton, GTC Fellow and lead researcher, from the University of Oxford Centre for Suicide Research, said lives had been saved since the change in the law: "While some of this effect could have been due to improved hospital management of paracetamol overdoses, we believe that this has in large part been due to the introduction of the legislation... We are extremely pleased that this measure has had such benefits, but think that more needs to be done to reduce the toll of deaths from this cause." Despite the reduction in deaths from paracetamol, the study found there had been no decline in overdose cases after 1998.

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Does FDI provide spoils, or does it just spoil?
China Daily, 28/01/2013, Xiaolan Fu

Article by Xiaolan Fu, GTC Fellow and professor of technology and international development, on foreign direct investment in China, in which he mentions a survey in Guangdong province jointly carried out by Oxford University and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

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Time to rethink an old business model
The FT, Andrew Hill, 28/01/2013

Article about the management benefits and challenges of partnerships includes comment from GTC Fellow Tim Morris who is based in the Saïd Business School.

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When You're Stuck in the Antarctic, Who You Gonna Call?
Time magazine, Ian Lloyd Neubauer, 29/01/2013

Article on the rescue of yachtsman Alain Delord off the coast of Tasmania includes comment from GTC Emeritus Fellow Chris Bulstrode, Emeritus Professor in trauma at the University of Oxford and chief medical officer on the cruise liner Orion which rescued him.

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East Asian Medicine in South Korea, January 2013

Korean health sector newspaper features 'East Asian Medicine in South Korea', a paper by GTC student Seonsam Na (DPhil Anthropology) which appeared in the Harvard Asia Quarterly, a professional academic journal affiliated to the Harvard University Asia Center. The paper looks at the unique bipartite healthcare system where Western and eastern medicine stand equally side-by-side.

Read the article here (Korean language version)


Radio: The Forum, BBC World Service
19/01/2013, 1.06pm

Catherine Dolan, GTC Fellow and an anthropologist based at the Said Business School, discusses the intersection of business and poverty in Africa.

Listen again here (c.01:00 on the iPlayer clock)

Grave concerns for sailor adrift on a life raft south of Tasmania as rescue described as a 'very big if'
The Age (Australia), Ian Lloyd Neubauer, 19/01/12

Article on the search for Alain Delord, a lone yachtsman who got into severe difficulties south of Tasmania, includes comment from Chris Bulstrode, GTC Emeritus Fellow and emeritus professor in trauma at Oxford University, and chief medical officer on the Orion, the only vessel which responded to his distress call. [Mr Delord was later rescued]

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Exploitation of the workers
University of Oxford Magazine, pp. 20-21, January 2013

GTC Emeritus Fellow Keith Frayn writes about publishers' contracts that academic authors are expected to sign and the implications of copyright transfer.

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Grant winners
Times Higher Education, p. 33, 17/01/13

Xiaolan Fu, GTC Fellow, has been awarded £480,713 from the DFID-ESRC Growth Programme to study 'The diffusion of innovation in low-income countries'.

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How refugee entrepreneurs help themselves and their host economy
AlertNet (Reuters' humanitarian news site), 18/12/2012, Astrid Zweynert

Alexander Betts, GTC fellow and a lecturer in refugee studies at Oxford University, launched the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP) last month with the aim of tracking and documenting how refugees in countries like Uganda have thrived through their own entrepreneurial drive coupled with the right to work. The project will also look at innovative measures needed to help refugees expand their enterprises and stimulate the economies of their host countries, such as access to education, credit and incubators to make it easier to start up a business.

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Put innovation at the heart of refugee protection work
Guardian online (Professional), 04/01/2013, Alex Betts

Comment piece by Alex Betts, GTC Fellow and lecturer at the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. He suggests the traditional model of refugee protection is donor-state funded and prioritises keeping people alive, but can be inefficient. It could fail to make use of the best products and processes available, and prove unsustainable, requiring public money to be endlessly channelled into warehousing people. He is director of the Humanitarian Innovation Project, which aims to draw upon untapped resources or build upon refugees' own skills, aspirations, and entrepreneurship.

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Radio: Phil Gayle, BBC Radio Oxford
01/01/2013, 08:00

The news headlines include a report by the Royal College of Physicians on obesity care in the NHS. GTC Emeritus Fellow Professor John Wass of Oxford University, one of the authors of the report, comments.

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