Academic, Personal and Professional Development

The Academic, Personal and Professional Development (APPD) Programme is curated for Green Templeton students by the Senior Tutor and Student Engagement Coordinator, along with the College Office and Academic Initiatives Office. The mission of the programme is to enable students to find their fellow travelers during their academic and personal journeys during their time at Green Templeton College.

This programme works to engage and equip students to grow personally, excel in their academic journey, and to practice intentional citizenship. There are three pillars upon which the APPD is erected upon: Personal Growth, Citizenship, and Supporting the Academic Journey. We understand each to be:

  • Personal Growth as fostering a supportive environment for students to discover themselves and their place in the world around them
  • Citizenship: Students will engage in initiatives that promote engagement with the program, college community, civic life, and global citizenship through developing a social consciousness in order to pursue and uphold human welfare
  • Supporting the Academic Journey: allows students the space to engage in intellectual exploration outside the classroom to pursue life-long learning and curiosity

If you have an idea of a particular session that would fulfill one or more of these pillars, email student.engagement@gtc.ox.ac.uk

Forthcoming events

Brilliant Club taster session

Interested in tutoring and supporting students from disadvantaged communities?

Brilliant Club taster session

Tuesday 19 October from 17:30 to 19:00

Interested in tutoring and supporting students from disadvantaged communities? The Brilliant Club will offer a taster session allowing GTC students to understand more about opportunities available via The Brilliant Club – an award winning charity which mobilises the talent of graduate students to support disadvantaged school students. This session will explain the Scholars Programme, which recruits, trains and places PhD researchers and graduates in state schools across the UK to deliver academically rigorous programmes linked their own research. If selected to participate, graduates are paid for their time. Learn more about the time commitment and impact you can have on students both nationwide and locally!

Register for this online session

Writing for wellbeing Part 1

Sunday 24 October from 14:00 to 16:00

This workshop, led by Admissions Administrator Rebecca Wilson will explore the practice of expressive and therapeutic writing that can be beneficial to wellbeing in many ways – including enhancing your creativity, developing your own voice, and gaining clarity and insight into your own thoughts and feelings. Students will be guided through a range of writing prompts from playful to thought-provoking so you can develop your own practice of writing for wellbeing. Rebecca is a qualified talking therapist currently in private practice with previous experience working in a university setting, in a hospice and offering short-term counselling in an NHS setting. She has started developing her practice using Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes with both individuals and in small groups and all students are welcome, whether new to creative and expressive writing or wanting to develop their experience further.

Register for this event in the Barclay Room

Coaching Programme information session

Monday 25 October at 17:30

Coaching is a process of guided conversations to help a coachee [client or student] be better able to do what they want to do e.g. improve your skills and capabilities, make the best of yourself and your opportunities in relation to your current circumstances, explore questions, issues or challenges, consider new action plans or approaches to concerns. The coach helps you achieve these aims by encouraging reflection, enabling insights and exploring possibilities with you. This powerful process is highly sought after by top executives.

The programme has been underway in the college for the past 10 years with great success.

All students at GTC are eligible to join the programme during their time in Oxford. MBA students are encouraged to join the Saïd Business School MBA Leadership Coaching Programme for which there is an introductory session at 9:00 on 15 October The GTC programme begins in October/November each year and runs through until July the following year, with scheduling determined individually between student and coach.

Register to attend this Zoom event

Engaging with supervision

Tuesday 26 October from 17:00 to 19:00

This workshop, led by Professor Alan Silman, is aimed at newly registering DPhil students to provide some insight into how to achieve a successful and stress-free DPhil programme. The workshop focuses on generic skills, applicable across all academic areas of research. The aim will be to build on these skills at further events later on in the academic year.

Register for this event in the Lecture Theatre

The merit of non-academic publishing

Tuesday 2 November from 17:30 to 19:00

Understanding how to turn academic passions into informative publishable pieces for the general public is the aim of this session. Allowing students to understand how to develop a pitch for publications, the merit of publishing outside of academic journals/publications, and allowing students to evaluate the impact of learning to write and publish for the general public.

Register for this online event

Coaching Programme information session

Wednesday 3 November at 12:00

Coaching is a process of guided conversations to help a coachee [client or student] be better able to do what they want to do e.g. improve your skills and capabilities, make the best of yourself and your opportunities in relation to your current circumstances, explore questions, issues or challenges, consider new action plans or approaches to concerns. The coach helps you achieve these aims by encouraging reflection, enabling insights and exploring possibilities with you. This powerful process is highly sought after by top executives.

The programme has been underway in the college for the past 10 years with great success.

All students at GTC are eligible to join the programme during their time in Oxford. MBA students are encouraged to join the Saïd Business School MBA Leadership Coaching Programme for which there is an introductory session at 9:00 on 15 October The GTC programme begins in October/November each year and runs through until July the following year, with scheduling determined individually between student and coach.

Register to attend this Zoom event

Research students reflection group

Thursday 4 November from 17:00 to 18:00

These reflective sessions are intended to support DPhil students to have a regular opportunity to explore how the DPhil experience contributes to learning and personal development in the broadest sense. Facilitated by Senior Tutor Alison Stenton, these sessions will bring together students from multiple disciplines and departments and will provide an open and confidential ‘safe space’ for discussion and an opportunity to develop a community of researchers at GTC.

Participants will be encouraged to see regular opportunities to engage in reflective practice as complementary to academic progress. Based on principles core to reflective practice (see below), these sessions are exploratory and not necessarily solution-focused. That said, hearing from fellow DPhil students about their experiences may indeed give rise to new ways of seeing and tackling the ‘DPhil journey’.

‘Reflective thinking requires you to recognise, understand and to define the valuable knowledge and experience you bring to each new situation, to make the connections based on your prior learning and experience (your ‘insight’), and bring these to bear in the context of new events. […] Examining your beliefs, values, attitudes and assumptions in this way forms the basis of a deeper understanding.’ The Open University, ‘Key features of reflective practice.’

Register for the first session in the Barclay Room

DPhil Drinks

Friday 5 November from 19:00 to 20:00

Come with your fellow Green Templeton College DPhils to mingle over some drinks and pizza in the Tower! This is a great opportunity to meet the people who are on the same journey as you are! Meet not only your year group, but also those above you who can offer advice and guidance!

Register for this event in the Observatory Tower

Coaching Programme information session

Monday 8 November at 17:30

Coaching is a process of guided conversations to help a coachee [client or student] be better able to do what they want to do e.g. improve your skills and capabilities, make the best of yourself and your opportunities in relation to your current circumstances, explore questions, issues or challenges, consider new action plans or approaches to concerns. The coach helps you achieve these aims by encouraging reflection, enabling insights and exploring possibilities with you. This powerful process is highly sought after by top executives.

The programme has been underway in the college for the past 10 years with great success.

All students at GTC are eligible to join the programme during their time in Oxford. MBA students are encouraged to join the Saïd Business School MBA Leadership Coaching Programme for which there is an introductory session at 9:00 on 15 October The GTC programme begins in October/November each year and runs through until July the following year, with scheduling determined individually between student and coach.

Register to attend this Zoom event

Tame your inner critic

Tuesday 9 November from 17:30 to 19:00

Learn how to master your inner critic and deal with perfectionism and imposter syndrome in this interactive session. We will look at practical techniques to release your innate wisdom and harness your own resources for greater confidence and personal and professional success. It will be led by Heather Kirkup, a Careers and Business Coach who has worked with Green Templeton students for over ten years.

Register for this event in the Barclay Room

Writing for Wellbeing Part 2

Sunday 14 November from 14:00 to 16:00

This workshop, led by Admissions Administrator Rebecca Wilson will explore the practice of expressive and therapeutic writing that can be beneficial to wellbeing in many ways – including enhancing your creativity, developing your own voice, and gaining clarity and insight into your own thoughts and feelings. Students will be guided through a range of writing prompts from playful to thought-provoking so you can develop your own practice of writing for wellbeing. Rebecca is a qualified talking therapist currently in private practice with previous experience working in a university setting, in a hospice and offering short-term counselling in an NHS setting. She has started developing her practice using Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes with both individuals and in small groups and all students are welcome, whether new to creative and expressive writing or wanting to develop their experience further.

Register for this event in the Barclay Room

Doodling for productivity

Tuesday 16 November from 17:30 to 19:30

GTC’s Artist-in-Residence Weimin He will lead students in a guided lesson on doodling. Weimin’s interest in how art and unscripted artistic practice can affect the brain has led him to begin his own meditative practice in doodling. Learn how to build in a doodling session to help catalyze your creativity as well as your academic juices!

Register for this event in the Lecture Theatre

Create and activate your personal brand

Tuesday 23 November from 17:30 to 19:00

In today’s fast – paced professional world it’s important to define who you. It’s not only vital to understand what you offer an employer, but if that employer is right for you! Join our interactive workshop helping you uncover your values and passions and look at practical ways to craft a personal brand for greater personal and professional success!

Register for this event in the Barclay Room

Research students reflection group

Thursday 2 December from 17:00 to 18:00

Register for this event in the Barclay Room

Other opportunities

The Human Welfare Conference

The annual Human Welfare Conference at Green Templeton College brings together leading student-scholars from Britain and Europe to debate important welfare issues that have real-world ramifications.

The conference seeks to encourage and recognise original work in human welfare, foster dialogue on current research and develop scholarly networks both within and outside the University.

The conference committee is made up entirely of Green Templeton students, who get the opportunity to plan and deliver a major conference including budget management, programme planning and project management.

Find out more about the Human Welfare Conference.

Support with quantitative research methods

Are you planning a survey/questionnaire as part of your research? We have an expert in survey design and statistical analysis in College. Discussing your survey before you send it out will help you to avoid common errors and will maximise the analytical potential of your data. Once you have collected your survey data, you may want to discuss your proposed analysis, to ensure that you are getting the most out of your data. For stats help, please contact Dr Coral Milburn-Curtis (coral.milburn-curtis@gtc.ox.ac.uk). Coral has also created a set of resources for students which can be accessed via the College intranet

GCR Personal and Professional Development Officer

Each year, a member of the Graduate Common Room (GCR) is elected as a Personal and Professional Development Officer. The P&PD Officer has a budget to develop their own programme of events. In the past this has included workshops on leadership, mindfulness, CV writing, influencing people, interview skills, and much more.

Management in Medicine Shadowing Programme

The shadowing element of the Management in Medicine Programme provides medical students, doctors-in-training in the Thames Valley area, postgraduate students and others with an interest in healthcare management, with an opportunity to shadow a senior manager in healthcare, or social services for approximately two half-days.

The purpose of the shadowing is to give an insight into the activities of managers, how they go about them and the issues on which they work.

Find out more about Shadowing Programme.

“Thank you for the amazing opportunity and resources to organise this conference. We got to know inspiring professionals, academics and fellow students from a multiplicity of different disciplines and discuss issues that matter to us and the college community as a whole.”

Human Welfare Conference Chairs 2017

“Coaching was one of the highlights of my year at Oxford. My coach was so talented at helping me think through the areas where I needed work and at helping me challenge myself to create new ways to reach my goals. “

A Green Templeton College Coachee 2016