3 july 2007

Merger to create new Oxford graduate college

In line with Oxford University's now declared strategy of increasing its provision for postgraduate students, two Oxford colleges have announced that they will merge to create a new graduate college. The merger is the first in the modern history of the University.

Following intensive discussions over the past year, Green College and Templeton College, both specialist graduate colleges, have agreed to create a new, combined college from 1 October 2008, which will be called Green Templeton College. Green Templeton College will be one of the largest graduate colleges in Oxford with about 80 Fellows and 480 students. It will use its scale to create a rich and diverse intellectual environment with facilities and services tailored to the needs of graduates. The new college will house well over half of its students in college accommodation and is committed to providing a strong range of scholarships and other forms of student support.

Green Templeton College will inherit Green's strengths in medical and life sciences and Templeton's commitment to management and business studies, and will also retain a cluster of social science disciplines.

The college will be located at Green College's Radcliffe Observatory site, just next to the planned University complex on the old Radcliffe Infirmary plot. Templeton College will move from its current home in Kennington, three miles outside the City Centre.

'Both Green and Templeton are committed to the interplay of academic theory and professional practice, promoting knowledge and enquiry across traditional disciplines,' said Professor Michael Earl, Dean of Templeton College. 'This means that Green Templeton will be well equipped to explore policy and define agendas in its professional specialisms. It will continue to bring practitioners, graduates, and academics together, and to explore the interrelations between its major academic areas. Importantly, the merger has the strong support of the student body of both colleges.'

'The strengths of Templeton College and Green College will combine to create a rich environment for graduate students and Fellows alike,' said Dr Colin Bundy, Warden of Green College. 'Housing outstanding academics and students from the medical and management sciences in a single college, together with their counterparts in disciplines such as social policy, education and environmental studies, promises a vibrant and fruitful intellectual engagement with human welfare and social, economic, and environmental well-being.'

The proposal has been approved by the University Council following strong votes in favour of merger by the Governing Bodies of the two colleges. The Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Dr John Hood, said: 'Opportunities for graduate study are becoming increasingly important in today's higher education environment. I am therefore delighted that two such distinct and academically vibrant colleges as Green and Templeton are joining forces in a move which will undoubtedly benefit students and staff alike.'