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From 22-24 June, Green Templeton College celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its creation from the merger of Green and Templeton Colleges. The weekend included a wide variety of celebrations, including research presentations, a rowing taster session, the Universally Challenged quiz competition, and plenty of food. Highlighting the weekend were the annual Garden Party and a special edition of GTC Performs!, photos of which can be found on the College's Facebook page.

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Dr Haenssgen presents at the Aid and International Development Forum 2018 Asia Summit, UN Convention Centre, Bangkok (Photo credit: Nutcha Charoenboon)

Green Templeton College Associate Fellow Doctor Marco J Haenssgen (Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health and CABDyN Complexity Centre) and his team have recently completed survey research in Thailand and Laos to inform policy responses to the growing global health problem of drug resistance. Threatening to evolve into the leading cause of death with a toll of ten million lives annually by 2050 if left unchecked, drug resistance is a top priority on global health agendas. Dr Haenssgen’s work took place to inform policy responses from a social science perspective, building on his background in development studies.

Jamie 2Many College members know Jamie Brooks, who works as one of Green Templeton's porters. What you may not know is that Jamie once played striker for Oxford United and several other teams; early in his career, he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a rare autoimmune condition affecting the peripheral nervous system, usually leading to temporary or long-term paralysis. Around 80% of those with GBS will make a good recovery, but between 5-10% of people will not survive and the other 10-15% may be left with severe mobility or dexterity issues. Jaime was in intensive care for 80 days, but eventually was able to continue playing football.

Glaze 3The Assembly for the Digital Age is a newly registered charity in Edinburgh, Scotland that has been founded by Iain Osborne and Robert Glaze. The ADA will initially begin exploring new concepts in lifetime digital education, digital ethics, appropriate digital technologies and the digitally disenfranchised that replace the education and business models of today which are accelerating the decay and decline of humanity.

AlisonStenton2Dr Alison Stenton has been appointed as the new Senior Tutor at Green Templeton College. Previously she was the College Senior Tutor (2014-18), and before that Director of the Extended Medical Degree Programme (2010-14), at King’s College London. Alison studied for a BA (Newcastle), MA and PhD (King’s) in English Literature, specialising in interdisciplinary approaches to eighteenth-century writing. At King’s she was a tutor in Medical Humanities in the Guy’s, King’s & St. Thomas’s Medical School and an honorary fellow in Liberal Arts. She was College’s academic lead for student welfare, receiving a King’s Award for her role in launching the university’s ‘It Stops Here’ campaign against sexual violence.

Professor Trish Greenhalgh and Dr Chrysanthi Papoutsi have edited a new article collection proposing a complexity-informed paradigm in researching health services and systems

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A new special issue on ‘Understanding Complexity in Health Systems: International Perspectives’ has been launched by BMC Medicine, guest-edited by Professor Trish Greenhalgh and Dr Chrysanthi Papoutsi from the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford.


In January, Green Templeton College (GTC) and The Lancet Psychiatry co-hosted a one-day conference on Global Mental Health (GMH). The event was organised by medical students and senior members of GTC to interest and inspire both medical and research students in this area of great public health importance. The conference included a series of presentations and interactive workshops from leading international researchers and clinicians working in psychiatry in lower and middle-income countries (LMIC), and a poster competition judged by The Lancet Psychiatry.

CaduceusThe Health and Social Care Committee published their report on Integrated Care: organisations, partnerships and systems on 11 June. The cross-party committee, chaired by Dr Sarah Wollaston, has been scrutinising evidence on new approaches to planning and delivering integrated care. Better integration of health and social care has been a long-standing aspiration in the UK, aimed at improving people’s sometimes fragmented experiences of services, and at increasing efficiencies across the health and social care system. The Committee’s report reviews progress made on integrated care since the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View in 2014, and indicates a need for legislative reform to improve the delivery of joined-up services. Gemma Hughes, DPhil student in Evidence-Based Health Care at Green Templeton, blogs about the contribution this report makes to the discourse of integrated care. You can read her analysis here.

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To celebrate Green Templeton College’s 10 year anniversary, the College will be hosting a number of celebratory events from Friday 22 June to Sunday 24 June 2018. There will be talks, drinks, a garden party, a special edition of GTC Performs!, and a number of fun activities for the whole GTC community over the weekend. Find more information on where to go, what to see, and how to book here. Those who attend the events are ecnouraged to share photos and thoughts on social media using #gtcturns10.

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On the 21 and 22 May, 2018, Green Templeton hosted the first GTC mHealth Conference to bring together leaders of large-scale mHealth projects from India, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region with international experts and GTC fellows, members and students.

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Green Templeton College held its annual Human Welfare Conference on May 11 and 12, 2018. The conference was organized by a student team co-chaired by Papa Kojo Botsio reading a DPhil in Comparative and International Education, and Aditya Srinath, reading an MSc in Financial Accounting. The team received invaluable support from GTC Principal Professor Denise Lievesley, the Bursar Dr Tim Clayden, and the many essential college staff and members who made the conference a great success.

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Dr Peter Bourne, Green Templeton Senior Visiting Research Fellow, has been interviewed by Matthew Sweet on his life and diverse career. The interview, which will be aired on BBC Radio 3 this evening at 10:00 pm, covers his friendship with US President Jimmy Carter, his work as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, his military service in Vietnam, and his tinvolvement in various political movements. After its broadcast, the interview will be available on iPlayer and as a podcast.

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Trudie Lang, Senior Research Fellow at Green Templeton and Professor of Global Health,  recently addressed a panel in the House of Commons, organised by the Coalition for Global Prosperity, to discuss preventing the next global epidemic. This timely meeting occured as Ebola cases have reemerged in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


A conference centred on informality, ideas, and inspiration, the Oxford Residence Week for Entrepreneurship Scholars has become, throughout the years, one of the ‘academic highlights of the year’. Stemming from a desire to facilitate a deep interaction between scholars without the constraints of more traditional conferences, the Residence Week is an innovative concept initiated by Saul Estrin (London School of Economics and Green Templeton College Associate Fellow) and Mirjam van Praag (Copenhagen Business School and University of Amsterdam). The academic success of the Residence Week is reflected in both scholars’ research output based on previous participations, and their constant enthusiasm for engaging with the active and vibrant community that Mirjam and Saul have developed over time. To continue this tradition, the 6th annual meeting of the Residence Week for Entrepreneurship Scholars took place in Oxford between June 26 and June 30, with the continued generous support of the Templeton Education and Charity Trust. There report is available here.

The next annual meeting will take place from 25-29 June; details of how to participate available here.

MattickJohn Mattick (AO FAA FTSE FAHMS HonFRCPA) has recently been appointed Chief Executive of Genomics England and Research Fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He obtained his BSc from the University of Sydney and his PhD from Monash University in Melbourne. He undertook his postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and then joined the then new CSIRO Division of Molecular Biology in Sydney, where he developed one of the first genetically engineered vaccines. In 1988 he was appointed Foundation Professor of Molecular Biology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, where was also Foundation Director of the Australian Genome Research Facility and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience. From 2012 until 2018 he was the Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, where he established a major human genome sequencing facility and one of the world’s first clinically accredited genome analysis enterprises.


We are delighted to announce that pianist Maki Sekiya has been appointed to continue as GTC’s Musician in Residence for the 2018-19 academic year. Born in Tokyo, Maki studied at the Purcell School in North London and later at the Moscow Conservatoire where she gained a diploma with distinction. Her recitals in the Observatory Common Room during the current session have drawn capacity audiences who have been thrilled by her emotional range, technical mastery and careful choice of repertoire. She has also participated in our GTC Performs! events and organised early evening concerts at GTC featuring talented young musicians from local schools including the young choristers of Worcester College.

Maki’s next concert at GTC will on Sunday 8 July. Her programme and the booking arrangements will be published shortly.

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Governing Body Fellow Professor Mary Daly has won a Most Acclaimed Lecturer award in the 2018 Student-led Teaching Awards. There were five such awards given out across the University and Mary, a professor in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, was the recipient for the Social Sciences. 'I am delighted to receive this,' she noted, 'especially because it is awarded on the basis of nominations from students.'